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Apple TV is small device that connects to a TV using HDMI and is capable of streaming content from iTunes, Netflix, and many other sources, and which supports third-party apps as of the release of the fourth generation. This tag is for questions relating to Apple TV hardware and software.

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Will audio settings sync between AppleTV, AirPods Max and an iPad Pro

I have an AppleTV and AirPods Max. If I buy an iPad Pro and change the bass setting on the iPad will these bass settings transfer over (synchronize) to my AppleTV and the desktop Mac?
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Apple TV crashes internet upon startup for 5 minutes

We just got the Apple TV 4K and are having a weird problem. When Apple TV is plugged in and setup and we turn on our TV (Samsung), our internet completely crashes. After about 4-5 minutes everything ...
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Touch pad on remote control for AppleTV 4K getting slower to react

Our AppleTV 4K remote control is getting clunkier, getting slower to react to touches and swipes on the remote control. When choosing an app, I make a swipe-swipe-swipe to select the third adjacent ...
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Airplay to Apple TV with Bluetooth speakers doesn't work

My Apple TV uses Bluetooth speakers that play normal Apple TV sounds. When I use an app to send AirPlay to the tv, there is no sound. However if I use mirroring sound to the Apple TV via bluetooth ...
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TV shows not showing on Up Next

If I want to watch a TV show (or a movie) that is in a family shared account. I am able to watch it, but it does not display in "up next" nor does it remember when I was up to in the movie. ...
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How do I accept Game Center invites (or view notifications) on Apple TV?

If I'm playing a game on Apple TV and a friend invites me to join them (we're "nearby players"), I get a Game Center notification on my TV. But I can't figure out any way to accept the ...
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Is it possible to mirror 2.5K or 5K iMac display to 1080p TV through Apple TV without swithcing iMac's resolution?

I have a 27" iMac with 2.5K built-in display resolution. Also i may replace it with a 5K/retina one. The problem is mirroring it's display without changing my mac's resolution other than it's native ...
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How to stop iPhone from listing Apple TVs as audio options during phone calls?

Over the past few months (possibly since installing iOS 13.2 back in October 2019 but I'm not sure) my iPhone has been listing my home Apple TVs as audio options when on phone calls. Normally when ...
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How can I disable restrictions and/or factory reset without having the passcode of my Apple TV 4K?

I recently bought an Apple TV 4K at our local electronics store. It functioned perfectly when I started it up, except what I just noticed is that I cannot do a lot of things. After a quick Google this ...
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Terminal user@location is using AppleTV and not computer [duplicate]

I opened terminal this morning after I turned on my computer from a shut down. Normally the terminal starts with username@computerName. This time it's username@appleTVname. I can't figure out how to ...
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Apple TV 4K + LG Computer Monitor: Apple remote has but loses volume control

Equipment: Apple TV 4K with remote. 43" inch computer monitor LG 43UD79-B 4K with built-in speakers, has its own remote. Connection: HDMI, from Apple TV to monitor Problem When I first ...
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Is it possible to browse the apps available for the Apple TV device with a web browser on a desktop?

I want to avoid typing with the Apple TV Remote and use the keyboard of my desktop pc to search apps. On Apple'S web page they explain what the app store is but I cannot find a way to browse apps ...
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Use a Mac Mini as an Apple TV For Audio?

On the weekend I went to a friend's house, he owns an Apple TV. He started streaming music from the Music Apple application on the phone to the Apple TV, and on the TV it appears the song lyrics ...
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Difficulty with VLC playing video files on Apple TV

Files are shared on LAN from MacOS 10.15.7 Catalina, using Home Sharing. Apple TV is model A1625 (Gen 4 I think), TvOS 17.2. VLC is ver. 3.4.9. It's weird: I can view exactly one video file (.m4v or ....
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Do "Beta Updates" of tvOS collect significantly more telemetry data than the stable release? What potential privacy issues can arise?

Because you can easily install a beta release on tvOS and also revert back to the stable channel, I often do this. Now a colleague told me that I should never install beta releases because they ...
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Can I use MacBook Pro as a display for AppleTV?

Can I use MacBook Pro as a display for AppleTV? I'm often traveling and I don't have always external monitor for testing tvOS apps on the device. Thanks, Milos PS. I can connect AppleTV with MBP ...
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How do I stream audio to my HomePod minis without using Apple TV?

I have a pair of HomePod minis connected to an Apple TV 4K, which is connected to a projector. Is there a way to stream directly to the HomePod minis from my iPhone without “waking up” the Apple TV ...
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Where did my Apple TV wish list go?

Since updating to iOS and tvOS 17.2 I've been unable to find my wishlist. I've assumed that it was just the usual sync delay with my AppleID following an update and that the wishlists would eventually ...
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Apple TV no longer allows dictation into Search fields

On Apple TV, when searching for content in various apps, on the screen with an alphabet used to type into the Search form, we see a prompt inviting us to press the Siri button to dictate rather than ...
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Disabling wifi password sync between Apple TV and iPhone

I'm in an environment with a wireless network that has a different WPA key for each user. My Apple TV and my phone have different passwords, but they seem to insist on syncing between themselves. The ...
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Can I flash Linux on Apple TV A1469? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to flash Linux (pihole to be more specific) on my old Apple TV Model A1469. Searched a lot but only found a way to do in the 1st gen. Any way I can do this?
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Install a Linux distrubution on Apple TV Model A1469

So, recently, I found an Apple TV at my house. Since it no longer supports Youtube and I don't really have a use for it, I want to make a little makeshift computer for browsing the web. Problem? ...
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How do I have both custom show tv art and custom episode thumbnails?

I have a homemade tv show that I want to add to the Apple TV app on my Mac. I've imported the show, added all the metadata I want to, and I want to add thumbnails for each individual episode, as well ...
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Stop “Position iPhone camera” appearing on my phone

I attempted to use an iPhone with an Apple TV FaceTime app. It didn’t work correctly, and now the iPhone constantly shows this message pasted below. No amount of pressing “Disconnect” or “skip this ...
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One of our Apple TV 4K devices does not permit speaking the characters when entering a password

Title says it all. We have two Apple TV 4K devices. One of them lets us speak each character of a password when in a password data-entry screen. The other Apple TV 4K does not. Is there some way to ...
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Apple TV remote loses ability to control old infrared sound bar

We have an old Vizio sound bar, with infrared remote control. We use the Apple TV 4K remote to "learn" that old remote. This works very well, with the Apple remote able to raise/lower volume ...
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casting third-party apps (like YouTube, Netflix, etc.) to Apple TV 4K from iPhone

Goal My goal is to cast third-party apps like YouTube or Netflix to my Apple TV 4K. I do not want to Airplay my screen but rather control the Third-Party-App via my iPhone. Usually the button looks ...
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Is it safe to sign into subscription services on a holiday smart tv

I am renting a cottage for a week holiday and it has a smart tv. That is tempting to watch Foundation etc on Apple TV rather than my tablet screen. However I am concerned that there could be residual ...
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Ask Siri for battery level on Apple TV remote

On our Apple TV 4K, we were previously able to ask Siri on the remote control “battery level”. The current amount of battery charge appeared on screen. That feature disappeared in recent versions of ...
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How to use the FaceTime Live Photos on tvOS?

Using FaceTime on iOS and iPadOS, there's a circular white button that takes a still frame of the video: It doesn't seem to be available while on a call directly on the TV : Is there a way to take ...
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Disable an Apple TV’s ability to be airplayed audio to only

I never AirPlay audio to our Apple TV, but instead use a receiver with AirPlay capabilities. The AirPlay list is therefore crowded with an option that is never used and is only there to confuse. We do ...
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Use apple TV remote as the *only* remote for a TV

I would like to purchase an Apple TV and an accompanying TV. I will use the Apple TV and tvOS as the only software to watch anything on that TV. Is there a way to be able to use the remote of the ...
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Where can I find a list of Apple TV apps that can be installed in France?

I bought a French relative an Apple TV from the US as a gift. Until I can go there and see what the Apple TV App Store has to offer, I would love to see if there's a list of TV Apps that one can ...
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Mystery: Why do my new landscape lights (which aren't on wifi) show up on my Apple TV?

I'm stumped...when I share a video from any iOS device I on (iPad, iPhone, etc) using AirPlay to my Apple TV three things happen: The audio is shared, but not the video I get a notification on the ...
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Differences between using AppleTV 4K device, AppleTV app and AppleTV+?

This is my first foray into the world of AppleTV and also my first 4K television and I could use a little help orienting myself. I have a (43") Samsung LED 4k 'smart' television on order (I ...
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Can you use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller with an Apple TV?

I am wondering if the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can be used with both the Nintendo Switch (obviously, it can) and my appletv(4th generation). The specific controller I am referring to is this ...
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When mirroring the screen on a Mac to AppleTV, can the Mac built-in monitor be shut off?

Is there a way to, when mirroring the screen on a Mac to AppleTV, to have the Mac built-in monitor shut off? It is a waste of energy to have both monitors on when I'm watching a movie. (If it's ...
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Older AppleTV 4K started having decoding artifacts a few months back. Factory reset didn't help. Is it just my device?

I have an A1842 AppleTV 4K (one of the first versions) that I have been very satisfied with and which functions as expected. A few months back I started noticing that the edges around persons in ...
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Watch WWDC videos on Apple TV (4th gen)

On the 4th generation of Apple TV, is there a way to watch the presentations delivered at the annual Apple World Wide Developer Conference? The videos can be viewed on a Mac and on iOS devices. But ...
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How can I prepare for Apple WWDC 2018 event live broadcast and rebroadcast?

I expect I will not be able to view the livestream of the WWDC main public keynote event. Has Apple announced any plans for non-attendee viewing of WWDC keynote and events?
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How to view in slow motion on Apple TV 4K

Is there some way to switch to slow motion (slo-mo) while watching the Apple TV 4K? I have the second generation Siri Remote with Siri button placed on the side edge.
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Is AppleTV the only device that can receive AirPlay VIDEO?

3rd-party AirPlay-enabled AV-receivers are starting to hit the market (Pioneer, Denon, Marantz), but as far as I can tell, they can stream AirPlay audio only. Apple's page for AirPlay seems to imply ...
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AppleTV gray blank screen after OS update

There was an OS update for my AppleTV 4th gen, so I set it to download & install. Everything went as it should with any Apple device, but when it rebooted, there is a gray-ish blank screen and ...
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AppleTV remote lost, can't use remote app

I lost my AppleTV 4th Gen remote, so I tried to use the remote app on my iPhone but it's asking me to enter a code on the AppleTV! If I had a way to do that why would I use the remote app on the phone?...
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How to play a movie on a MacBook using a multimedia projector for output?

At our school there are (not smart) BenQ multimedia projectors in every classrom, every one of these is connected to an AppleTV (AppleTVs are not connected to WiFi) via HDMI cable and more and more ...
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Apple TV and PC monitor - how to control the volume?

I've got Apple TV 3, solely to AirPlay YouTube to my monitor with speakers connected to it. I can't adequately express my feelings when I discovered I can't control the output volume while playing ...
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Do 3rd party devices (e.g. Smart TV) have access iCloud Keychain?

I am trying to figure out how iCloud keychain works, especially for 3rd party devices and apps. Mainly using https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/security/sec0a319b35f/web and other partial ...
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.movpkg conversion to normal format

I've bought a few movies on AppleTV and after downloading them I wanted to copy them onto an USB stick as an example so I can watch them on other devices easily. The problem here is though, that like ...
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Send "soft power off" signal from a Mac via HDMI to a TV

How can I make a TV (a Sony W755C in my case) do a "soft power off" (same as when pressing the ON/OFF on the remote) by sending HDMI signals from a connected Mac? I think Apple TVs can turn TVs on ...
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Can iTunes for Windows play 4K movies that purchased from iTunes Store?

I rented a 4K movie from iTunes Store in iTunes for Windows. But the resolution seemed not to be 4K when it started playing. (My monitor is 2K) I checked the preferences of iTunes and found something ...

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