How to use Control Center on Apple TV

Starting with tvOS 13, coming this fall, your Apple TV will gain a Control Center of its own. Like the Control Center on iPhone and iPad, Control Center on Apple TV offers easy access to various control and capabilities on your device. For instance, it's how you will put your Apple TV to sleep after the launch of tvOS 13. You can also view currently playing music tracks or videos, though you can't use Control Center to jump to content.

Control Center is also used, importantly, for tvOS 13's most important feature: user switching. Using Control Center, it's just a swipe and a click, and you can change profiles on your Apple TV, bringing up your personalized content and recommendations, rather than those of your other housemates or family members.

Here's what you need to know about using Control Center on Apple TV.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to activate Control Center on Apple TV

  1. Press and hold the TV button on the Siri Remote.
  2. Use Control Center to switch users, put your Apple TV to sleep, route audio, or search.

    Press and hold TV button, use Control Center

How to switch users with Control Center on Apple TV

  1. Press and hold the TV button on the Siri Remote to activate Control Center.
  2. Click on the profile to switch to it.

    Activate Control Center, click a profile

How to put your Apple TV to sleep with Control Center

  1. Press and hold the TV button on the Siri Remote to activate Control Center.
  2. Click on the Sleep button.

    Activate Control Center, click Sleep

Your Apple TV will go right to sleep, and won't ask for confirmation.

How to change your Apple TV's audio output using Control Center

  1. Press and hold the TV button on the Siri Remote to activate Control Center.
  2. Click on the AirPlay button in the bottom-left of Control Center.

    Activate Control Center, click AirPlay button

  3. Click on the new audio output you want to use, such as a stereo pair of HomePods.

    Click new audio output

  1. Press and hold the TV button on the Siri Remote to activate Control Center.
  2. Click on the Search button in the bottom-right of Control Center.

    Activate Control Center, click Search

  3. Type your search term using the Siri Remote, connected keyboard, or iOS device, or search using Siri dictation.
  4. Click on your search result.

    Type or dictate search term, click search result

Questions?

If you have any questions about using Control Center on your Apple TV, let us know in the comments.

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