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How to enable HDR on Apple TV 4K

How To Enable HDR on Apple TV 4K
How To Enable HDR on Apple TV 4K (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

High Dynamic Range — the latest must-have TV feature, offers the deepest of darks and the brightest colors possible, taking the viewing experience on Apple TV 4K to a whole new level. If you have a more recent 4K TV, then the chances are high that it supports HDR, so if you haven't set up the best Apple TV— the Apple TV 4K — to use it, then you are missing out. All it takes is a few swipes and a couple of clicks on the Siri Remote to turn it on. Here's how to enable HDR on the Apple TV 4K.

How to enable HDR on Apple TV 4K

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

How to enable HDR on Apple TV by showing steps: Open Settings, Click Video and Audio (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click Enable HDR.
  2. Click Try HDR.

How to enable HDR on Apple TV by showing steps: Click Enable HDR, Click Try HDR (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click OK to save the setting if your picture looks correct.
    • If your TV's image shows color issues or distortion, click Cancel to return to your previous settings.
    • If your TV does not support HDR, the screen may go completely blank. After 20 seconds, the Apple TV will automatically return to your previous video settings.

How to enable HDR on Apple TV by showing steps: Click OK to save the setting if your picture looks correct (Image credit: iMore)

How to disable HDR on Apple TV 4K

Once you turn on HDR, you can adjust resolution and video settings in the Format menu, with options to revert to 4K SDR if desired.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Video and Audio.

How to disable HDR on Apple TV by showing steps: Open Settings, Click Video and Audio (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click Format.
  2. Click 4K SDR or another SDR option to disable HDR.

How to disable HDR on Apple TV by showing steps: Click Format, Click 4K SDR or another SDR option (Image credit: iMore)

Enable HDR on Apple TV 4K for the best image possible

Now that you know how to enable HDR on Apple TV 4K, you are ready to take your movie nights to the next level. Do you need some help tracking down 4K content? Don't worry — we got you covered there as well with our handy guide on how to find 4K and HDR content with Apple TV.

Updated December 2021: Updated for tvOS 15.

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.

3 Comments
  • This is not considered the best method as it forces all SDR content to HDR. The best option is 4K/SDR and "match range" enabled which will auto switch to HDR or Dolby Vision as appropriate with the exception of some apps that don't support the feature.
  • Exactly. They should revise the article with precisely this.
  • Doesn’t HDR look like crap in SDR displays? You sure you want basic consumers to switch to a mode that might make them believe their perfectly fine TVs suddenly have a contrast issue?