Apple TV 4 ships with a brief pamphlet, but no real instruction manual. The following collection of articles comprise an unofficial Apple TV 4 manual.
Apple is notorious for shipping products with no manual and limited instructions. Apple products used to be simpler. The typical weighty tome that ships with most tech products was excessive for most Apple devices. Times have changed. Apple products are much more complicated and have hidden features. They expect you to go to the Apple Store for help. This isn’t always convenient.
Apple TV 4 is a huge leap forward. The new TV appliance is much more complicated than previous models. The App Store, Siri and the new tvOS operating system add more complexity to the fourth generation Apple TV.
The new Siri remote is deceptively simple in design. With a Touch surface and just a few buttons, the remote’s controls are overloaded. They can be interacted with in different ways, however, Apple doesn’t really explain this.
It’s up to you to experiment and research to find all of the hidden functionality. The basic features of Apple TV 4 are easy and obvious, but there are a lot of features and tricks that are more obscure.
I own an Apple TV 4 and use it every day. My experiences with Apple TV are the basis for this unofficial manual. This is a work in progress. More sections will be added over time. Click on each section heading to read the associated article.
For those who are new to Apple TV 4, this is a good place to start. This article covers unboxing and setting up Apple TV 4, including some tips for placing the device in your home. The article also guides you through the initial setup process. If you are interested in purchasing an Apple TV, this article is also an excellent resource.
The new, fourth generation Apple TV comes with a unique remote. With a glass Touch surface, accelerometer, gyroscope and microphones, it’s almost like a smart phone without a screen. This article covers both basic and advanced use of the Siri remote. Whether you are new to Apple TV or not, you’ll likely find some useful information in this article.
Siri has made an impact on the way we interact with Apple’s technology. The advanced digital personal assistant is now integrated into Apple TV. Siri can operate your television, find content, make recommendations and even look up information. This article is the most comprehensive list of Siri commands for Apple TV.
Apple TV offers content from thousands of providers. Some of this material is not suitable for all viewers. Additionally, Apple’s TV appliance is like a content vending machine in your living room. This article covers how to implement Restrictions and parental controls to protect your family and reign in unauthorized app and content purchases. This is a must-read for any family with young children.
The newest Apple TV model brings the App Store to your living room. There’s a lot of apps, however, unless you own an Apple TV, it’s not possible to see what’s available… until now. This article presents the top 10 free and paid tvOS apps, in addition to a YouTube video with screen captures of the entire Apple TV App Store. UPDATED MONTHLY.
The future of TV is apps. Apple TV 4 introduces tvOS and the App Store. Although the Apple TV App Store may seem familiar, it functions differently from its iOS counterpart. This article covers how to use the App Store, install apps, update apps and delete apps. It also examines how to avoid purchasing poor quality “lemon” apps.
Not every app is available in the Apple TV 4 App Store. Many networks and content providers available on your iPhone or computer have ignored Apple TV. Fortunately, AirPlay provides the ability to beam just about anything to your Apple TV. In addition to Apple devices, Android, Windows, Linux and ChromeOS all offer AirPlay compatible software. This article explores using AirPlay to beam content from just about any device or computer.
Spotify is the most popular music streaming service. Unfortunately, there is no Spotify app for tvOS. This shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Spotify on your Apple TV. This article covers how to play Spotify on Apple TV. We’ll also take a look at options for displaying album covers, screensavers and settings for optimum sound.
The new Apple TV offers a few hidden menus. These menus can only be displayed by using a special remote sequence in specific setting screens. The advanced settings menu, retail demo mode and diagnostics mode are covered in this article. Each setting is clearly explained so the adventurous Apple TV user can tweak their device.
The Siri Remote is the best way to control your Apple TV, but what happens if it breaks? The glass-faced Siri Remote could shatter if dropped. It’s best to have a back up plan. The Remote app for iOS transforms your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an Apple TV remote. You need a working remote in order to set up the Remote app. Plan ahead and do this right away. This article shows you how to configure the Remote app and how to use it with iTunes Home Sharing.
As TV appliances mature and Internet connections get faster, it’s now possible to cancel your cable or satellite subscription. Sling TV makes it even easier to become a cord-cutter. The service provides a live TV channel lineup for Apple TV 4. Although Sling TV is missing a few channels, doesn’t offer a DVR and has limited on-demand options, at $20 per month, it’s a great value. This article is intended for Apple TV 4 owners or those thinking of buying a new Apple TV 4.
Apple TV 4 offers a universe of content, including free, live streaming news. There’s a lot of options to choose from. This article showcases the best news offerings for tvOS. We’ll also take a look at how to find local news and go beyond the App Store, using AirPlay to beam news programming to Apple TV.
The Siri Remote is one of the most impressive aspects of Apple TV. With its Touchpad, accelerometer, gyroscope and 2 microphones, the Siri Remote has a lot in common with your iPhone. It’s also constructed with a glass face and is very fragile. At $79 it is expensive to replace. This article provides tips for handling, storing and protecting your Siri Remote.
The Siri Remote is a sophisticated device. With its accelerometer, gyroscope and Touch surface, it’s not just an ordinary remote. In addition to covering how to charge the Siri Remote, we’ll take a look at how to check the battery level. Information about battery life and charging time is also presented in this article.
If your household has multiple Apple TVs, AirPlay can be a bit confusing. You may also want to provide a reminder whenever you start an AirPlay session. This article covers how to rename your Apple TVs, using both presets and custom naming capabilities.
Recent updates enable AirPlay to work without a WiFi network. Using peer-to-peer AirPlay and Bluetooth, it’s possible to beam content to your Apple TV without a WiFi network. This article is essential for road warriors or anyone with an unreliable Internet connection. We’ll also take a look at the limitations of peer-to-peer AirPlay.
If you like to keep your Home screens neat and tidy, folders may be right for you. We’ll take a look at two ways of adding apps to folders, renaming folders, moving folders and deleting folders.
Prior to tvOS, the top row of icons could only contain Apple’s apps. These top-row icons influence the behavior of the Home screen marquee. With the advent of tvOS, third-party apps can now use the Home screen marquee, to the benefit of users. Apps such as Netflix and HBO NOW can display popular and recently played videos on the marquee. You can even quickly access a folder’s content using the Home screen marquee. Learn more about how to get the most out of the Home screen marquee feature.
Troubleshooting Apple TV 4
Overall, Apple products offer excellent quality, but they aren’t always perfect. Apple TV 4 is a relatively new device and runs on tvOS, a brand-new operating system. This section provides solutions to common problems with Apple TV 4.
Fix Flickering Apple TV 4: Is your Apple TV 4 causing your TV’s screen to flicker? Rest assured that this probably isn’t a problem with your TV, HDMI cable or Apple TV 4. It’s a defect in tvOS. We’ll take a look at how to fix a flickering Apple TV 4.
Apple TV 4: Fix Blank Screensaver: If your Apple TV 4 screensaver goes blank, this article provides an easy solution.
Fix Frozen Apple TV 4: Your Apple TV may occasionally freeze while using an app or after restarting it. This article covers how to fix a frozen Apple TV 4.
Apple TV 4: Fix WiFi Problems: Apple TV 4 features built-in 802.11ac WiFi capabilities, making it easy to connect to your home wireless network. This article covers how to set up and troubleshoot Apple TV 4 WiFi. Topics covered include Apple TV 4 placement, testing signal strength, optimizing WiFi router configuration and detecting WiFi theft.
More to Come
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