How to Set Up Apple TV

Are you wondering how to connect Apple TV to your TV? Apple TV setup is easier than it seems, and I'll walk you through the steps. You can follow these instructions regardless of your Apple TV model. Let's dive in!

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What You Need to Set Up Apple TV

  • A 4K or high-definition TV with HDMI.
  • An HDMI cable.
  • Access to Wi-Fi or an Ethernet network and broadband internet.
  • An Apple ID.

Pro Tip: When you buy an Apple TV, it will not come with an HDMI cable. You will have the option to purchase one directly from Apple, however, you can use any functional HDMI cable for this. To learn more about your Apple TV, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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How Do I Get Apple TV on My TV

Wondering how to connect Apple TV to my TV? Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the ports in your Apple TV and your TV.
  2. Connect the power cable to your Apple TV and plug it into a power outlet.
  3. Turn on your TV.
  4. Select the HDMI input that's connected to your Apple TV if your TV doesn't do this automatically.
  5. Select your preferred language.

    Select your preferred language.
     
  6. Select your region.

    Select your region.
     
  7. Click Continue to accept the Data & Privacy conditions. To learn more about them, click Learn More.

    Click Continue to accept the Data & Privacy conditions.
     
  8. Click Set Up with iPhone. You can also Set Up Manually if you prefer, but this can be more time-consuming because you'll be typing your Apple ID and password using the Apple TV remote.

    Click Set Up with iPhone.
     
  9. On your iPhone, tap Set Up.

    On your iPhone, tap Set Up.
     
  10. Enter the authentication code that is displayed on your Apple TV.

    Enter the authentication code that is displayed on your Apple TV.
     
  11. Tap Done to use Remote on Your iPhone.

    Tap Done to use Remote on Your iPhone.
     
  12. Next, you'll be asked if you have a TV Provider. If you do, click Sign In and follow the on-screen directions. If you don't, or if you want to set it up later, click Not Now.

    Next, you'll be asked if you have a TV Provider. If you don't, or if you want to set it up later, click Not Now.
     
  13. Select the room that your TV is in. If your Home app isn’t set up, there may be other on-screen directions to walk you through it. 

    Select the room that your TV is in.
     
  14. Click either Automatically Download or Not Now when asked if you want to see HD videos as your screensaver. If you select Not Now, you can always opt-in at a later time.

    Click either Automatically Download or Not Now when asked if you want to see HD videos as your screensaver.
     
  15. Select Continue if you want your Apple TV to copy the settings from your iPhone. You can click Customize Settings and follow the on-screen directions if you would like them to be different.

    Select Continue if you want your Apple TV to copy the settings from your iPhone.
     
  16. When you are asked if you want to help app developers, I urge you to select Share with App Developers. This helps them use data from your Apple TV to help fix bugs and app developers, and it is totally private. However, you can also select Don't Share.

    When you are asked if you want to help app developers, I urge you to select Share with App Developers. T
     
  17. Next, Agree to Terms and Conditions. If you select Disagree, you will not be able to use your Apple TV. You can read them carefully online at www.apple.com/legal.

    Next, Agree to Terms and Conditions.
     
  18. Finally, you'll be able to help Improve Siri & Dictation by clicking Share Audio Recordings. Once again, I urge you to do this to help Apple collect data to make its services better for everyone. You can also select Not Now.

    Finally, you'll be able to help Improve Siri & Dictation by clicking Share Audio Recordings.

Pro tip: For the best experience, follow these steps to automatically adjust the color balance on an Apple TV set-top box using your iPhone. 

Now you know how to get Apple TV connected to a television and all set up! These steps work for all models of Apple TV, including the new Apple TV 4K. Next, learn how to download apps on your Apple TV or how to watch Apple TV on your computer. For troubleshooting steps, check out how to fix Disney Plus not working on your Apple TV
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.