How to update Apple TV

Apple TV is provided with new features with every new model launch, promising a better user experience. Apple tries to fix the bugs in the software by providing regular software updates and Apple Tv is not an exception. So, make sure that your device is installed with the latest version of the software in order to function smoothly. If your device is updated timely, your device will be from the glitches and the performance issues. To ensure the uninterrupted flow, update your device which is very simple to do, and here’s how you can do it.

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Updating the 4K or HD Apple TV

To update your television set, go to the system settings and select ‘Software Updates’ and choose update software. If an update is available, agree to the terms and conditions, then download and wait while your TV downloads it. Make sure to not uproot your TV from the main power source while you are updating. After the update is done downloading, the TV will prepare it by restarting. Don’t unplug the TV while it’s completing the preparation step. When this step is completed, the device will install it and restart automatically.

Updating 3rd generation Apple TV

Go to ‘General’ in the setting and select ‘Software Updates’, then click on update software. Download and install an update, if available. Wait for a few moments to let the TV download the update and don’t disconnect your television during this process. Once the update has downloaded, the TV will restart and prepare it. Next, it will get installed and restart automatically.

Turning on automatic updates

To save yourself the hassle of checking and updating your phone, you can turn on this feature. This will automatically update your TV when a new update is available.  On 4K and HD TV, to do this, go to the settings and select ‘Software Updates under ‘System’ and slide the button beside ‘Automatically Update’ to ‘ON’. On your 3rd generation TV set, go to the settings, then ‘General’. Under that, select ‘Software Updates’ and turn on the setting for automatic updates.

Points to note

If there is a problem in updating the TV, affirm that it is connected to a Wi-Fi signal or an Ethernet cable. The bar showing the advancement of the downloading of the updates appears like it has stopped or is stuck, gives more time to the update to complete rather than unplugging the TV. If the time has crossed the one-hour limit, contact the Apple customer support before restarting or disconnecting your TV. If a problem arises during the update and a pop-up appears asking you to choose between ‘Restart’ and ‘Erase All Settings’. Select the ‘Restart’ option first and give it a try but if the pop-up appears again, select the latter option.

Problems while updating

An update is made to fix the problems but sometimes the downloading and installation of it can cause some glitches too which can be fixed. If your screen has turned white and the iTunes icon appears with a white cord, it means that the update has failed. Now, the updating procedure has to be done via your personal computer using iTunes.

If for some reason, your television doesn’t start after the update is complete, here’s what you can do. Restore your TV to factory settings by connecting it via a USB cable to your PC or Mac. Open iTunes and select your device when it shows up, select ‘Restore Apple TV’ and wait for it to restore. Don’t disconnect the cable if it takes a while as the speed of restoration depends on the data speed. Connect the power plug and HDMI back to the TV after the process is done.