How to set up multiple accounts on your new Apple TVSource: iMore

Since the new Apple TV is meant for rooms—family rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms—it needs to support more than one person. That means it needs to support more than one Apple ID (iTunes/App Store account) at a time. And it does! It may not be as smooth or as powerful as multiuser on the Mac, but it's more than we've had on any iPhone or iPad to date. Here's how it works!

How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV

Before you can use multiple accounts, you need to log into any and all additional accounts you want available.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Click on Accounts.

    Open Settings, click AccountsSource: iMore

  3. Click on iTunes and App Store.
  4. Click on Add new Apple ID.

    Click iTunes and App Store, click Add new Apple IDSource: iMore

  5. Click on Enter New... if prompted to do so.
  6. Enter the additional Apple ID username.

    Click Enter New... if prompted, enter new Apple ID usernameSource: iMore

  7. Click on Continue.
  8. Enter the additional Apple ID password.

    Click Continue, enter Apple ID passwordSource: iMore

  9. Click on Sign In.

    Click Sign InSource: iMore

Repeat this process for each account that you wish to add.

How to switch between multiple accounts on Apple TV

While you have multiple accounts you can only use one account at a time. That means switching!

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on iTunes and App Store.
  4. Click on the account you want to use.

    Switch accountsSource: iMore

You'll now be able to download or re-download any apps or content available on that account.

A note on Family Sharing

Multiple accounts work with Family Sharing, so kids can switch to their accounts and "ask to buy" just like on iPhone or iPad.

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How to use Control Center to switch between users on tvOS 13

Members of your family will finally have their own entertainment experience when multi-user support arrives on Apple TV this fall with tvOS 13. Users will see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and film recommendations based on their tastes. Besides offering multi-user support, the all-new Control Center also provides quick access to key Apple TV features, such as sleep and audio routing.

Here's how to switch between different users on Apple TV.

  1. From the Siri remote, hard-press the Home/TV button.
  2. Change users at the top right of the device from Control Center on Apple TV.

    change Apple TV userSource: iMore

You've now switched between users on Apple TV.

Apple TV Control Center: other uses

The Control Center on Apple TV isn't just to switch users. It also offers additional functions.

How to put your Apple TV to sleep using Control Center

You can use Control Center to put your Apple TV to sleep:

  1. From the Siri remote, hard-press the Home/TV button to bring up the Control Center on Apple TV.
  2. Select Sleep.

    sleep Apple TVSource: iMore

That's it; your Apple TV is now asleep. Click on the Home/TV button on your Siri Remote to wake it up.

How to change your Apple TV's audio destination with Control Center

You can play music from your Apple TV on HomePods, other AirPlay speakers, and different Apple TVs with ease by making a change in Control Center.

  1. From the Siri remote, hard-press the Home/TV button to bring up the Control Center on Apple TV.
  2. Select the Audio icon.
  3. Scroll down, then choose your new audio selection.

    change audioSource: iMore

How to search with Control Center on Apple TV

With tvOS 13, it's easier to find great content since there's a search button on the Control Center.

  1. From the Siri remote, hard-press the Home/TV button to bring up the Control Center on Apple TV.
  2. Select the Search icon.
  3. Type or use Siri to search.

    Apple TV tvOS 13 searchSource: iMore

View current music selection

The Control Center on Apple TV also includes a display of what is currently playing on the Apple TV, including videos, music, or other audio content.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about Apple TV? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated March 2020: Updated for tvOS 13.

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