Apple TV Tutorial - How to Plug in and Set Up
How to Install an Apple TV
Apple’s digital media device, the Apple TV, allows users to stream videos, music and TV, using a high-speed Internet connection. It is highly compatible with other Apple products and Internet TVs. You must have an HDMI connection and a wireless or Ethernet connection in order to install Apple TV.
Connecting the Hardware
Gather your pieces.The Apple TV comes with the Apple TV itself, along with a power cord and a remote. You can only connect the Apple TV to an HDTV, and you'll need an HDMI cable to do so. The HDMI cable doesn't come with the Apple TV, but you can pick one up at an electronics store or online for cheap. When it comes to HDMI cables, there isn't much practical difference between a cable and an cable. You will also need to be able to connect the Apple TV to your network, either via Wi-Fi or by using Ethernet cable.
- The first generation Apple TVs could connect via component (five-prong) cables, but this is no longer possible with newer versions of the hardware.
- If you want to connect your Apple TV to your home theater system, you'll need an optical digital audio (S/PDIF) cable.
Setup your Apple TV where it can reach the TV and an outlet.Make sure that none of the cords will be stretched tight by the connection. You should also make sure that the Apple TV has room to breathe around it, as it can get warm during operation.
- If you're using a wired connection to your network router, make sure that you'll be able to reach it with the Ethernet cable.
Connect the Apple TV to the HDTV or home theater receiver via HDMI.You can find the HDMI ports on the back or side of your HDTV, or on the back of your home theater receiver. Your HDTV may have one or more HDMI ports. Some older HDTVs may not have HDMI ports.
- Make note of the label for the HDMI port that you connect the Apple TV to. This will help you select the correct input when you turn on your TV.
Connect the power cable to the Apple TV and plug it into a socket.To be extra cautious, make sure it's plugged into a surge protector to protect against power surges.
Connect the Ethernet cable (if applicable).If you're connecting to your network via Ethernet, plug the cable into the back of the Apple TV and then into your router or network switch. If you're connecting via Wi-Fi, you don't need to worry about this.
Connect the Apple TV to your home theater (optional).Normally the Apple TV will send audio through the HDMI cable to the TV, but if you use an audio receiver you can connect the Apple TV to it with an optical digital audio (S/PDIF) cable. Connect the cable to the back of the Apple TV and then into the proper port on your receiver or TV.
Setting Up Apple TV
Turn on your TV to the correct input.Press the "Input" or "Source" button on your TV's remote to select the HDMI port that you connected the Apple TV to. The Apple TV usually turns on automatically, so you should see the menu to select your language. If you don't see anything, double-check your connections and then press the center button on your Apple TV remote.
Select your language.Use the remote to select your interface language. Use the center button on the remote to make your selection.
Connect to your network.If you are connected to the network via Ethernet, Apple TV will automatically detect the network and connect. If you are connecting via Wi-Fi, a list of available wireless networks will be displayed. Select the network that you would like to connect to. Enter your password if the network is secured.
Wait for the Apple TV to activate.It may take a few moments for Apple TV to perform its initial setup process. After the setup process is complete, you'll be asked if you want to opt-in to the usage data collection program for Apple.
Check for updates.Your Apple TV will work best when it's updated to the latest version of the software. You can check for updates using the Settings menu.
- Open the Settings app on the Apple TV Home screen.
- Open the "General" option and then select "Update Software". Your Apple TV will check for and install any available updates.
Connecting With iTunes
Open the Settings app on the Apple TV.You can find this on your Apple TV Home screen.
Select "iTunes Store" from the Settings menu.Log in with your Apple ID and password. You'll now have access to your iTunes purchases on your Apple TV. You can also connect your home computers to the Apple TV using Home Sharing.
Click the File menu in iTunes and select "Home Sharing" → "Turn On Home Sharing".Enter your Apple ID and password, and then clickTurn On Home Sharing. This will enable the Home Sharing function of iTunes, which allows you to share your iTunes library with other computers and devices (including the Apple TV).
- Repeat this process for all of the computers that you want to connect together.
Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.You can move backwards through screens by pressing the "Menu" button on the remote.
Select the "Computers" option in the Settings menu.Select the "Turn On Home Sharing Option", and then choose to use the same Apple ID that you are already logged into iTunes with. You can enter a different Apple ID if you set up Home Sharing under a different account.
Watching Apple TV
Browse your iTunes purchases.You can stream any of your purchased movies and TV shows after connecting your Apple TV to your iTunes account. Your most recent purchases will be displayed at the top of the Home screen. You can select the "Movies", "TV Shows", and "Music" libraries to see the iTunes storefronts and all of your purchased content.
Use the streaming apps.The Apple TV comes loaded with a variety of streaming apps that you can use to watch streaming video. Many of these apps, such as Netflix and Hulu+, require a separate paid subscription before you can start using them to stream video.
QuestionWhen I am Skyping on my iPad, how can I get the picture on my TV?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure bluetooth is connected on both devices and then something should come up prompting you connect with a device, saying the device name, and then you would click on the one you want.Thanks!
QuestionCan I make an iCloud account with Apple TV?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt will probably ask you to sign in when you first get an Apple TV. There will also be a "create account" option.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I charge the Apple TV 4 control?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPlug the USB side of the Lightning (charger) cable into the Apple TV and the small end into the remote.Thanks!
QuestionWill Apple TV work on Airplay?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your iOS device and the device that you want to AirPlay to. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. In Control Center, tap AirPlay Mirroring, then select your Apple TV from the list.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my TV only has one HDMI connection, and DirectTV is attached to that?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou have to connect the HdMI cords to a power cord extender that has an HDMI connection.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use an Apple TV if I have an older TV without HDMI and can't run an ethernet cable to the TV?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. The connection between the TV/receiver and the Apple TV is now limited to HDMI only.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I accidentally selected Spanish during setup?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnplug and start over. I did that several times and it took me a while to learn the remote.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a universal remote if I don't have the Apple remote?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you will need the Apple remote. You can find one on Amazon.Thanks!
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