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How to Update an Apple TV

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Introduction

Apple TV update menu.
Updates to the Apple TV offer system enhancements and bug fixes that can improve the user experience. This guide will show you how to perform an update.

1 Check for Updates

There are two ways to keep your Apple TV up to date: Performing a manual update check, or by enabling automatic updates.

To Check for Updates Manually

  1. While your TV is on, press the home button on your remote.
    Apple TV remote highlighting the home button.
  2. Choose Settings > System > Software Updates.
  3. Choose Update Software.
    Apple TV software updates screen highlighting the Update Software button.
  4. If an update is available, you will be prompted to update. Choose Download and Install.
    Apple TV Update Software screen highlighting the Download and Install button.
  5. Your Apple TV will begin the update process. It may restart a couple times during the update.
    Apple TV performing an update.

    The update process can take a long time depending on the size of the update, and the connection to Apple's servers.

    It is critical that you do not turn off or restart your Apple TV during the update process. Doing so can cause your Apple TV to no longer function.

To Check for Updates Automatically

  1. Press the home button on your remote.
    Apple TV remote highlighting the home button.
  2. Choose Settings > System > Software Updates.
  3. Choose Automatically Update, and make sure it is set to On.
    Apple TV Software Updates screen highlighting the Automatically Update option.

? Are you able to update your Apple TV?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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Apple TV update menu.
Updates to the Apple TV offer system enhancements and bug fixes that can improve the user experience. This guide will show you how to perform an update.

There are two ways to keep your Apple TV up to date: Performing a manual update check, or by enabling automatic updates.

To Check for Updates Manually

  1. While your TV is on, press the home button on your remote.
    Apple TV remote highlighting the home button.
  2. Choose Settings > System > Software Updates.
  3. Choose Update Software.
    Apple TV software updates screen highlighting the Update Software button.
  4. If an update is available, you will be prompted to update. Choose Download and Install.
    Apple TV Update Software screen highlighting the Download and Install button.
  5. Your Apple TV will begin the update process. It may restart a couple times during the update.
    Apple TV performing an update.

    The update process can take a long time depending on the size of the update, and the connection to Apple's servers.

    It is critical that you do not turn off or restart your Apple TV during the update process. Doing so can cause your Apple TV to no longer function.

To Check for Updates Automatically

  1. Press the home button on your remote.
    Apple TV remote highlighting the home button.
  2. Choose Settings > System > Software Updates.
  3. Choose Automatically Update, and make sure it is set to On.
    Apple TV Software Updates screen highlighting the Automatically Update option.
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