Useful Apple TV Features


Apple TV – a digital set-top box for televisions, according to Apple itself, is a hobby product, since it does not have special hopes and marketing plans for sales, but nevertheless, Apple TV remains a fairly popular product. In today’s article, we have collected several useful “chips” consoles from Apple, which will be useful when getting acquainted with the device.


Of course, this function cannot be called unknown. Too many owners of iOS devices buy Apple TV solely because of AirPlay support. For those who don’t know, this technology allows you to transfer image and music via Wi-Fi from your iPhone or iPad directly to a TV with an audio system.

The latest iOS update for Apple TV made it possible to use AirPlay without Wi-Fi, but it will be useful to those who use the console with Mac computers for presentations – it’s much more convenient to carry a small “box” with you than bother with the projector.

Use AirPlay Mirroring – broadcasting images from a computer is possible only with Mac computers, but when installing special software (Air Parrot), you can also connect a Windows PC.

Desktop customization

Of course, Apple TV cannot boast of a wide range of programs, but there are rumors about the appearance in the near future of a special version of the App Store for a set-top box. Well, for now, users still have to be content with a standard set of software. By the way, the number of programs differs depending on the account used.

But, like on iOS, program icons can be moved. To do this, just select an icon and long press the center key of the remote control. After that, the icons will begin to “tremble”, as on the iOS desktop. In this mode, you can swap them.

Home button on the remote

Using the Apple TV using the remote control from Apple is quite simple, there are few buttons on it, and any user can understand the principles of navigation.

But there are some peculiarities – the menu key is used to go to the previous screen. The same key is an analogue of the home button on iOS. Just hold it for a few seconds and the console will go to the home screen with icons from any application.

Using third-party remotes

Suppose that Apple’s standard remote is lost or broken, in which case do not rush to run to the store for a new one. You can easily configure any remote control to work with Apple TV. The remote control from the TV is very suitable if it has navigation keys that are used only during the initial setup of the TV.

To “learn” the set-top box for a new remote control, go to Settings -> General -> Remote Controls and select the Remote Control Assignment option.

After that, you need to add keys similar to those on the Apple remote. To do this, press and hold the buttons shown on the screen until the blue bar is filled.

Control Apple TV from an iOS device

The standard remote control for Apple TV is quite convenient, but only until you have to enter something using the virtual keyboard.

It is much more convenient to use the iPhone or iPad as a remote control, you can do this using a special application, which we talked about in a separate article.

How to hide desktop icons

A feature that many iOS users have long dreamed of, namely hiding standard applications, has been available on Apple TV for quite some time.

You can hide the icons in edit mode by pressing the play / pause button on the remote while editing the desktop, or in Settings -> Main Menu.

Change screen resolution

When Apple TV is first connected to the TV, it itself selects the TV screen resolution. However, if the system crashes, you can always select the desired screen resolution in the settings, which is suitable specifically for your TV.

In order to change the resolution, go to the Settings -> Audio and video -> TV Resolution.

Quickly switch between accounts

Another very useful “trick» Apple TV – the ability to quickly switch between multiple accounts.

It is very convenient to have your Apple ID and the US to use more applications, such as iTunes Radio.

You can switch the account in Settings -> iTunes Store -> Apple ID….