How to automatically set up your Apple TV with your iPhone

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The Apple TV opens your world to different forms of entertainment, including films, TV shows, sports, and gaming. Setting up your new Apple TV is relatively easy if you already have an iPhone or iPad.

Here's how to do it.

How to set up your Apple TV with a device

To get started:

  1. Put your iPhone or iPad near your Apple TV. Make sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on.
  2. Start your Apple TV. This can include the Apple TV 4K or older models.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions on your iPhone or iPad.

As Apple explains, "automatic setup doesn't transfer account information for third-party apps such as Netflix or Hulu, and doesn't turn on iTunes Match or Home Sharing."

And with that, you're all set! You can set up your Apple TV on the best iPhones and best iPads.

Are you looking for more? Be sure to check out the latest Apple TV+ offerings, which include award-winning TV shows, films, documentaries, and more.

Simple, no?

As you can see, it takes just a few seconds before you're enjoying Apple TV in your home. Happy viewing!

Updated March 2022: Current through latest watchOS version.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.