Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world. The Cupertino firm is not just about iPhones and iPads as it has been expanding its business for years. In 2007, Apple first released its Apple TV to the public after months of anticipation. The original Apple TV was widely welcomed upon release, with users praising its premium design and innovative features. The success of the first Apple TV paved the way for the release of the original iPhone in September.
The Apple TV has been through countless updates since release, so it is now smarter and more useful than before. Basically, the Apple TV is a small digital box that lets you stream your content to your TV using an HDMI cable. Apple has been improving its TV box, adding new features to it while revamping the existing ones. Apple’s TV box now can play digital data from multiple sources like Netflix, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube. Apple has been in talks with popular digital content providers out there so they support Apple TV. The best part is that you now can use your Apple TV to control HomeKit-enabled devices, such as lights, doors, or thermostats.
In this guide, we have compiled a list of the best tips and tricks for your Apple TV. For some background, Apple is now selling the 5th generation Apple TV with 4K support on the market. The 32GB model retails for $179, while the 64GB version costs $199.
Customize your screensaver
Like a Mac or Windows computer system, the Apple TV displays a screen saver when it is not in use. Your Apple TV includes a number of beautiful shots from different locations over the world and from space. The coolest part is that you can customize your screensaver to your liking.
To do this, open Settings on your Apple TV, then hit General and select Screensaver. Now just simply hit Type and select your options. Specifically, you will be presented with 5 options including Aerial, Apple Photos, Home Sharing, Music Library, and My Photos. Besides, you can easily switch between locations on your Apple TV by swiping left or right on the Touch surface of your remote.
Like on iPhone or iPad, you can easily remove apps you no longer use on your Apple TV home screen. To do this, long-press on an app icon, then press the Play/Pause button and select Delete. Now just simply confirm your action.
However, there is a quicker way for you to delete multiple apps at the same time. To do this, fire up the Settings on your Apple TV, then select General and hit Manage Storage. Once you are in, click the trash icon next to all apps you wish to delete on your Apple TV.
Smarter Menu and Home button
The Menu button has been an essential part of the Apple TV since release. Pressing the Menu button will take you to the previous page, but the Menu button is now a bigger deal than you think. Indeed, you can perform multiple actions with the Menu button. For instance, if you double-click the Menu button, the screensaver will fire up. Meanwhile, triple-clicking it will turn on your Accessibility Shortcuts.
If you want to go to the App Switcher, you simply double-press the home button. From here, swipe left or right to see a list of all your recent apps. To close an app, all you need to do is to swipe up on that app.
Install app automatically
The Apple TV can work perfectly with Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The best part is that when you install apps on your iOS device, then they automatically show up on your Apple TV, which is pretty impressive. This comes in handy as it eliminates the need to install an app over and over again. To turn on the feature, open Settings on your Apple TV, then select Apps and click on Automatically Install Apps to enable it.
If you now have a lot of apps installed on your TV box, then your home screen becomes a mess. Fortunately, you can easily collect all of your apps and put them into a folder. If you already have a folder, then you can add a new app to it. To do this, drag and drop your apps into your existing folder. Another way to move your apps into a folder is to long-press on an app icon, then press the Play/Pause button and select Move to + Folder.
These are the 5 tips and tricks that help you master your Apple TV. If you now have an Apple TV, then share with us how your experience has been with your TV box so far in the comments below.