Apple TV has been out there for years and has become one of the top choices when it comes to the TV box. The Cupertino firm has been improving its entertainment digital box since release, adding new features to the series while revamping the existing ones. In September 2017, Apple finally unveiled the 5th generation Apple TV after months of anticipation with support for 4K display and Dolby Vision. The 5th gen Apple TV was met with mostly positive reviews upon release. Apple has been in talks with providers in an attempt to bring more 4K content to its digital box. If you now have a 5th-gen Apple TV, then keep in mind that this thing in your hand is more capable than its previous model.
In the section below, we made a list of the best Apple TV tips and tricks you should know about. Before we proceed, make sure you now have the latest software update on your Apple TV. To update an Apple TV, open Settings on your Apple TV, then select System, hit Software Update, and install any available updates.
Add a Bluetooth keyboard or gamepad for easier typing
By default, you can type on your Apple TV using the Siri remote or the on-screen keyboard. However, the process may be a struggle for many folks out there. Fortunately, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard to enter text on your Apple TV, making things much easier than before.
In reality, Apple TV works smoothly with most Bluetooth keyboards out there, so all you need to do is to grab a keyboard and pair it with your Apple TV. Once you are done, you now can enter text anywhere in any app that supports typing. Besides, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard to navigate the Apple TV menus, and control music playback.
To pair the keyboard, you first need to put it into pairing mode. After that, open Settings on your Apple TV, then select Remotes and Devices and hit Bluetooth. Once you are in, select the keyboard from the list and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Dark mode is something that has been demanded for years among the iPhone community. With macOS Mojave, Apple finally added a dark mode to its desktop operating system, allowing users to turn the entire operating system to a darker color. In reality, Apple TV has a dark mode that makes your nighttime experience much easier.
To turn on dark mode, open Settings on your Apple TV, then select General and select Appearance. Now just simply enable dark mode on your Apple TV. Once you do that, your Apple TV’s background turns black for easier navigation at night. You can also set the dark mode to automatically enable at night.
You can also put your Apple TV to sleep if you no longer use it. To do this, open Settings, select General, then hit Sleep After and select your option. If you want to manually put your TV box to sleep, just simply long-press the Home button and select Sleep. In sleep mode, your Apple TV still performs some actions like an app update.
Control your Apple TV with Apple Watch
Apple Watch now works with a wide range of Apple devices, one of which includes an Apple Watch. Indeed, you can use your Apple Watch to control everything on your Apple TV and all it takes is a Remote app.
- On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown button, then tap the Remote app, and hit Add Device and you should receive a passcode.
- On your Apple TV, press and depress the Menu button to access the home screen, then select Settings > General and click on Remotes. After that, choose Select to Add and enter the passcode you obtained on your Apple Watch. Now grab your Watch and click Done.
Stream your audio to your Apple TV
If you are a big fan of Spotify, then you can stream your favorite music tracks to your Apple TV. In reality, there is no direct way to stream your Spotify music to Apple TV, but there is a simple workaround for making that happen. All you need to do is to enable AirPlay on your iPhone.
To do this, open Spotify on your iPhone, then play a track and hit AirPlay within the app. From here, select your Apple TV from the list and stream your music to your TV box. In reality, Apple has been working on bringing Apple TV support to more devices in 2019. Sources say that users will be able to download and install Spotify on their Apple TV in Q2/2019.
Family Sharing is a great feature that allows up to six people to share iTunes, Apple Books, and App Store purchases. In this case, you can use Family Sharing to share your purchased content with your family members on a single Apple TV. This comes in handy as it helps to save some money.
To access another user’s purchased content, go to the Purchased Tab, select Family Sharing and select their photo. If you want to access another user’s music, then open Settings on your Apple TV, select Accounts, then hit iTunes and App Store and select an account.
These are the best tips and tricks for your Apple TV. If you have got a favorite, then make sure you let us know in the comments below.