How to set up Apple TV

Apple TV is a device that has taken the entertainment streaming to the next level. It has undergone a lot of changes since it was launched first in 2006. The latest version is called the 4th generation and allows 4K streaming on your device. Apple has made sure to make this television with the latest technology. You can watch movies, play video games, use Siri, use a third-party app like Netflix, and sync it with your other Apple devices. The beginning set-up of the TV is very simple and can be done swiftly while there are some settings that will take a few moments to configure and personalize. Nevertheless, you can start setting it up, and here’s how you can get your Apple TV to get working.

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Things required before the set-up

  1. HD or 4K television set
  2. HDMI cord
  3. Wi-Fi or broadband
  4. Apple ID

After you have checked off the list above, you can start the procedure for setting up your TV.

Setting up the Apple TV

To start, affirm that you have a wireless network and its password or connect the Ethernet cable to your TV for the wired connection. Now, to begin, connect the HDMI cable to the port on your TV and another end of it to the Apple TV. After this, connect your Apple TV to a power source. Switch on your television and select the HDMI port which has input to your Apple TV, this step happens on some devices.

Now, press the ‘Menu’ button on your Apple TV remote to wake up the device. If this doesn’t work, connect your remote first by pressing the ‘Menu’ and ‘+’ keys together. The screen will start showing step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process to set-up the data connection and sign in to your account. Next, choose your language and country using the Siri Remote. For the next step, enter your Apple ID and password which can be annoying to do given the on-screen keyboard isn’t very user friendly. So, for inputting this, you can use Siri or VoiceOver. To use Siri, click on the space where you want to enter data and hold down the mic button on the remote. For using VoiceOver, press the ‘Menu’ button thrice on the remote.

Automatic set-up via an iOS device

You can also directly connect and transfer your data and sign-up information to your Apple TV by using an iOS device. Make sure that your iOS device is updated and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on. Touch the device to the TV and follow the on-screen guide on both the TV and your iOS device.

Customizing the settings

You can configure the settings on your Apple TV according to your choice. Firstly, you can opt to switch on the location services which is not that necessary as your device is static but it is an option if you want to see wallpapers change according to the time of the day. Next, choose to enable Siri as it will give you the advantage of using the inbuilt mic on the remote and help you command your Apple TV. During the set-up, you will be asked if you want aerial screensavers, you shouldn’t choose this option if you have limited data. To help the company, collect the data, and survey or analyze the problems with the technology, you can choose to enable the option for sending diagnostic data.

Getting familiar with the TV

After you are done with the above-mentioned procedure, you will reach the home screen where you can add apps by downloading them from the app store. You can also change the screensavers in the settings or in the photos. The television goes to the sleep mode after an hour of inactivity but you can also put it into sleepy by holding the home button for a few seconds and then selecting sleep.