How to Set Up an Apple TV

Introduction

Apple TV.

The Apple TV lets you stream movies, TV shows, music and even play video games on your TV screen. Enjoy content from iTunes or other apps available in the App Store and use the Siri Remote to find the content you want or as a controller for any available games. This guide will assist in setting up your Apple TV to enjoy all the entertainment it brings to your home.

1 Package Contents

Apple TV package contents.

In the package you will find:

  • Apple TV
  • Siri Remote
  • Power cable
  • Lightning to USB cable

You will also need an HDMI cable (HDMI 2.0 or later compatible cable recommended), as it's not included, but sold separately.

2 Connection Type

Devices can be connected to a network in two ways:

Wired
EthernetWired, using an Ethernet cable.
Wireless
W-FiWirelessly, using Wi-Fi.

? How do you plan connecting your Apple TV to the internet?

  1. Wired
  2. Wireless

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Apple TV.

The Apple TV lets you stream movies, TV shows, music and even play video games on your TV screen. Enjoy content from iTunes or other apps available in the App Store and use the Siri Remote to find the content you want or as a controller for any available games. This guide will assist in setting up your Apple TV to enjoy all the entertainment it brings to your home.

Apple TV package contents.

In the package you will find:

  • Apple TV
  • Siri Remote
  • Power cable
  • Lightning to USB cable

You will also need an HDMI cable (HDMI 2.0 or later compatible cable recommended), as it's not included, but sold separately.

Devices can be connected to a network in two ways:

Wired
EthernetWired, using an Ethernet cable.
Wireless
W-FiWirelessly, using Wi-Fi.
Ethernet Cable
Ethernet CableAn Ethernet cable can come in many colors and lengths. The end is larger than a phone cable; and has eight small contacts on the bottom, with a clip on the top to make sure it stays locked into the port.
Ethernet Port
Ethernet PortAn Ethernet port will be on the side or back of your device, and sometimes has lights on the left and right, used to show traffic and link conditions. It is larger than a phone jack.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into your router or modem Ethernet port.
    Plug in Ethernet cable to Ethernet port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into your devices Ethernet port.

Connect your Apple TV:
Connecting cables to Apple TV.

  1. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the Apple TV box and the other end into your TV.
  2. Plug one end of the power cable into the Apple TV box and the other end into a power outlet.

Use your TV's remote to make sure that your TV input channel or source is set to the correct HDMI port.
Selecting input source on TV.

  1. You will be presented with instructions on how to pair the remote with your Apple TV.
    Remote pairing screen during Apple TV setup.
  2. Click the Touch surface on the remote to pair it with your Apple TV.
    Siri Remote.
  3. If the remote won't pair, press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons for five seconds.
  4. Or if a message says that you aren't close enough, set the remote on top of your Apple TV.
  1. Select your preferred language.
    Language selection during Apple TV setup.
  2. And select your country or region.
    Location selection during Apple TV setup.
  3. Choose whether you want to use Siri, Apple's intelligent voice assistant.
    Voice input usage prompt during Apple TV setup.
  4. You will be then asked how you want to set up your Apple TV. If you have an iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can use that to transfer your account and internet connection information, or you can choose to enter all that manually.
    Setup method prompt screen during Apple TV setup.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth
  3. Ensure that the Bluetooth toggle is in the On position.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

On the Apple TV

You will be presented with instructions on how to initiate the setup with your iOS device.
Instructions on how to set up Apple TV with iOS device.

On the iOS device

  1. Hold your iOS device close to the Apple TV. You will be prompted to start the setup. Select Set Up or Continue.
    Initiating Apple TV setup from iOS device.
  2. Your account and network (Wi-Fi) information will be transferred from the iOS device to the Apple TV. If the iOS device doesn't contain that information, you will be prompted to enter it.

On the Apple TV

Wait for the Apple TV to be set up using the information received from the iOS device.
Apple TV being set up.

  1. Choose whether you want to be prompted to enter a password for making purchases.
    Password entry settings for purchases made on Apple TV.
  2. You will be asked to sign in to your TV provider or skip that for now.
    TV Provider selection during Apple TV setup.
  3. You can enable One Home Screen for every Apple TV in your home or skip it.
    One home screen toggle during Apple TV setup.
  4. Choose whether you want Location Services enabled for the Apple TV to retrieve your approximate location.
    Location Services toggle during Apple TV setup.
  5. Select whether you want screensavers to be downloaded automatically.
    Screensaver automatic download toggle during Apple TV setup.
  6. Choose whether you want to send Diagnostics and Usage data to Apple.
    Analytics sharing toggle during Apple TV setup.
  7. Then choose whether you want to share App Analytics data with app developers.
    App Analytics sharing toggle during Apple TV setup.
  8. Agree with the Terms and Conditions to finish the setup.
    Terms and Conditions agreement prompt during Apple TV setup.
  9. At this point your Apple TV should be set up and ready to use.
    Apple TV home screen.
  1. Since you connected the Apple TV to the network using an Ethernet cable, the internet connection will be established automatically.
  2. You will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
    Apple ID sign in prompt during Apple TV setup.

Connect your Apple TV:
Connecting cables to Apple TV.

  1. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the Apple TV box and the other end into your TV.
  2. Plug one end of the power cable into the Apple TV box and the other end into a power outlet.

Use your TV's remote to make sure that your TV input channel or source is set to the correct HDMI port.
Selecting input source on TV.

  1. You will be presented with instructions on how to pair the remote with your Apple TV.
    Remote pairing screen during Apple TV setup.
  2. Click the Touch surface on the remote to pair it with your Apple TV.
    Siri Remote.
  3. If the remote won't pair, press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons for five seconds.
  4. Or if a message says that you aren't close enough, set the remote on top of your Apple TV.
  1. Select your preferred language.
    Language selection during Apple TV setup.
  2. And select your country or region.
    Location selection during Apple TV setup.
  3. Choose whether you want to use Siri, Apple's intelligent voice assistant.
    Voice input usage prompt during Apple TV setup.
  4. You will be then asked how you want to set up your Apple TV. If you have an iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can use that to transfer your account and internet connection information, or you can choose to enter all that manually.
    Setup method prompt screen during Apple TV setup.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth
  3. Ensure that the Bluetooth toggle is in the On position.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

On the Apple TV

You will be presented with instructions on how to initiate the setup with your iOS device.
Instructions on how to set up Apple TV with iOS device.

On the iOS device

  1. Hold your iOS device close to the Apple TV. You will be prompted to start the setup. Select Set Up or Continue.
    Initiating Apple TV setup from iOS device.
  2. Your account and network (Wi-Fi) information will be transferred from the iOS device to the Apple TV. If the iOS device doesn't contain that information, you will be prompted to enter it.

On the Apple TV

Wait for the Apple TV to be set up using the information received from the iOS device.
Apple TV being set up.

  1. Choose whether you want to be prompted to enter a password for making purchases.
    Password entry settings for purchases made on Apple TV.
  2. You will be asked to sign in to your TV provider or skip that for now.
    TV Provider selection during Apple TV setup.
  3. You can enable One Home Screen for every Apple TV in your home or skip it.
    One home screen toggle during Apple TV setup.
  4. Choose whether you want Location Services enabled for the Apple TV to retrieve your approximate location.
    Location Services toggle during Apple TV setup.
  5. Select whether you want screensavers to be downloaded automatically.
    Screensaver automatic download toggle during Apple TV setup.
  6. Choose whether you want to send Diagnostics and Usage data to Apple.
    Analytics sharing toggle during Apple TV setup.
  7. Then choose whether you want to share App Analytics data with app developers.
    App Analytics sharing toggle during Apple TV setup.
  8. Agree with the Terms and Conditions to finish the setup.
    Terms and Conditions agreement prompt during Apple TV setup.
  9. At this point your Apple TV should be set up and ready to use.
    Apple TV home screen.
  1. You will need to connect your Apple TV to the internet over Wi-Fi. Select the network name from the list then enter the password if required.
    Wi-Fi network selection during Apple TV setup.
  2. Then you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
    Apple ID sign in prompt during Apple TV setup.
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