Learn how to connect your Apple TV to a Wi-Fi network so that you can access the Internet and stream content from online services such as Netflix.
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How to connect your Apple TV to a Wi-Fi network
If you have a second- or third-generation Apple TV, you can connect it to your Wi-Fi network right out of the box. Just plug your Apple TV into power and your HDTV, then use the included Apple Remote to choose your language and sign in with your Apple ID.
If you have an older Apple TV, you’ll need to connect it to your router with an Ethernet cable before you can set it up. Once it’s connected, follow these steps:
1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
2. Select General.
3. Select Network.
4. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list that appears and enter the password for that network when prompted.
If you can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network on your Apple TV
If you can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network on your Apple TV, try these tips:
Make sure that your Wi-Fi router is on and connected to the Internet. If you’re not sure how to do this, check the documentation for your router or contact your Internet service provider (ISP).
Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on in Settings > Network. If you see a Closed Captive Portal error, make sure that your Wi-Fi network supports captive portals.
Restart your Apple TV and your router. To restart your Apple TV, go to Settings > System > Restart. To restart your router, find the power button on the back or bottom of the router.
Check for updates to your tvOS software. Go to Settings > System > Software Updates and select Check for Updates. If there’s an update available, select Download and Install. After the update installs, try connecting again.
Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network.
How to set up your Apple TV
If you’re using an Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you’ll need to set it up using your iOS device or Mac. If you’re using an Apple TV (4th generation or later), you can set it up with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
How to use your Apple TV
Your Apple TV can connect to the Internet in two ways: using Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Here’s how to set it up.
If your network includes a broadband router, you can connect your Apple TV directly to it using an Ethernet cable. Once you’ve connected, select Settings from the main menu, then select Network. Select Configure Network and make sure that Respond to DHCP is turned on. If you’re not sure which settings to use, contact your Internet service provider or network administrator.
If you don’t have an Ethernet connection, you can connect your Apple TV to the Internet using Wi-Fi. Once you’ve connected, select Settings from the main menu, then select Network. Select Configure Network and make sure that Respond to DHCP is turned on. If you’re not sure which settings to use, contact your Internet service provider or network administrator.
How to restart your Apple TV
If you’re having trouble with your Apple TV, restarting it might help. Here’s how:
1. On your Apple TV remote, press and hold both the Menu and Home buttons for at least 5 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo appear.
2. If your Apple TV is connected to a power outlet, unplug it, wait 30 seconds, then plug it back in.
How to update your Apple TV
If you’re using an Apple TV (3rd generation), you won’t need to update it — it always updates automatically.
To turn on automatic updates, go to Settings > System > Software Updates and select Automatically Update. If your Apple TV is in sleep mode, it checks for updates once a day. To update now, select Update Software.
If you have an Apple TV (2nd generation), the quickest way to update is to connect it to your computer and use iTunes to check for updates:
1. Connect your computer and Apple TV using a USB-C or Micro-USB cable (depending on your model).
2. Open iTunes and select your device.
3. Click Summary, then click Check for Update.
4. Click Update if prompted about a new version of software being available for your device.
How to sign in with your Apple ID on your Apple TV
Sign in with your Apple ID on your Apple TV
To use all the features of your Apple TV, you need to sign in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one.
Here’s how to sign in with your Apple ID on your Apple TV:
1. On the Home screen, go to Settings.
2. Scroll down and select Accounts. If you don’t see Accounts, restart your Apple TV and check again.
3. Select Sign In or Add Account, then enter your email address and password or use your iPhone or iPad to sign in wirelessly. If you see a message that says “An update is required to use this feature,” update your software.
4. Select what content (if any) you want to share with other family members who use this Apple TV Go to Settings > Accounts > Family Sharing and open Set Up Family Sharing.
How to turn on Subtitles or Closed Captions on your Apple TV
If you’re watching a movie or TV show in a language that you don’t understand, you can turn on subtitles or closed captions to have the dialogue translated into your own language. You can also use subtitles or closed captions to improve the experience if you have hearing difficulties. Here’s how to turn them on.
How to use Picture in Picture on your Apple TV
With Picture in Picture, you can watch a movie or show from iTunes in a small, resizable window while you work in another app on your Apple TV. For example, you can search the web for recipe ideas while you continue to watch your favorite cooking show.
How to AirPlay video and audio from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Apple TV
AirPlay is a proprietary protocol stack/suite developed by Apple Inc. that allows wireless streaming between devices of audio, video, device screens, and photos, together with related metadata. Originally implemented only in Apple’s software and devices, it was called AirTunes and used for audio only. AirPlay allows users to wirelessly stream content from their iOS device or Mac directly to their Apple TV.
To start streaming content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Apple TV:
1. Open the Control Center on your iOS device by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
2. Tap the AirPlay icon.
3. Select your Apple TV from the list of available AirPlay destinations.
4. If prompted, enter the AirPlay passcode displayed on your TV screen.
5. Tap Done.