How to download and re-download apps on your Apple TV.

How to download and re-download apps on your Apple TV.

The Apple TV is now a full-fledged platform and you know what that means, right? Apps and games!

If you’ve ever downloaded an app on the iPhone or iPad you’ll feel right at home downloading—and re-downloading—apps on the new Apple TV. There are, however, a few differences that are worth noting.

How to download apps on the Apple TV

The easiest way to download apps on the Apple TV is right from the Featured section.

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Make sure you’re on the Featured tab.

  3. Navigate to an app you want to download.
  4. Click on the app icon.
  5. Click on Get for free (or free with in-app purchase) apps, or the price for paid apps.
  6. Click Buy to confirm.

If you want to learn more about an app before deciding, you can access the full description.

  1. Swipe up to highlight the description.
  2. Click the highlighted description to see more.
  3. Click on the Menu button on the Siri Remote to go back to the app page.

If you want to get a closer look at the screenshots, you can magnify them as well.

  1. Swipe down to highlight a screenshot.
  2. Click the highlighted screenshot to take it full screen.
  3. Swipe right or left to switch between the screenshots.
  4. Click on the Menu button on the Siri Remote to go back to the app page.

How to re-download apps

If you’ve already bought an app, or if a developer has made an Apple TV version of one of your iPhone or iPad apps available as a “universal purchase”, you’ll find them in your Purchased tab.

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Swipe over to the Purchased tab.
  3. Navigate to an app you want to download.
  4. Click on the app icon.
  5. Click the Download from iCloud button to restore the purchase.

You can also see the expanded description and screenshots, same way as above, if you want to make sure you really want to re-download the app.

How to search for apps

It’s early days on the Apple TV App Store and so there aren’t any Category or Top Charts to check out yet. That means if an app isn’t in the main Featured section, the only way to find it is to search…

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Swipe over to the Search tab.
  3. Swipe down to the virtual keyboard.
  4. Start entering the name of the app you want to find.
  5. Swipe to the app you want to download as soon as you see it.
  6. Click on the app icon.
  7. Click on Get for free (or free with in-app purchase) apps, or the price for paid apps.
  8. Click Buy to confirm.

There’s also a list of apps trending in search, so if you’re looking for a popular app, you might find it right there.

More on Apple TV apps and games

You can also download apps using promo codes, though not directly. And once you’ve downloaded or re-downloaded an app, you can move it around and even delete it if you want.

How to disable password prompts for both free and paid downloads on Apple TV

How to disable password prompts for both free and paid downloads on Apple TV

Apple TV

You are probably aware that you can disable password prompts altogether for free downloads made on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. As an added layer of protection, iOS and OS X will either require your Apple ID password for each paid download or after fifteen minutes of making your last purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store or Mac App Store, depending on your preference.

What you cannot do on iOS and OS X is disable password prompts for both free and paid downloads. On the new Apple TV, however, it’s possible to turn off password protection for both free and paid items and this tutorial will help you do just that.

How to turn off password prompts on 4th generation Apple TV

Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to Settings → Accounts → iTunes and App Store → Password Settings.

Step 2: In the section labeled Purchases And In-App Purchases choose the Require Password option.

Apple TV fourth generation password settings screenshot 001

Step 3: Now set your preferred level of protection to Never. You can also choose to be reminded to Always enter password for purchases or After 15 Minutes.

Step 4: Also select Require Password under the Free Downloads section and choose Never to turn off password prompts when downloading free apps from the App Store.

Apple TV fourth generation password settings screenshot 002

Tip: If you set Require Password to Never in step 3, there won’t be an option to turn this setting on.

How to turn off password prompts on 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV

Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to the Settings → iTunes Store → Sign In section and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you already are signed in, sign out and then follow the steps in this section to change your password settings.

Step 2: You should now see a screen that offers you to remember the password.

Choosing “Yes” remembers the password for purchases as long as you’re signed in with your Apple ID. Setting your level of protection to “No” will require your password each time you purchase television shows or movies on the device.

Though you can disable password prompts for free items in iOS and OS X, you cannot completely turn off password protection for paid downloads on these platforms.

RELATED: How to turn password prompts for app and media downloads in iOS

As a refresher, related password settings can be found on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch under Settings → App and iTunes Stores → Password Settings.

If Touch ID is enabled for App Store purchases, you won’t see this menu so manage these features in Settings > General > Restrictions > Password Settings.

iTunes store password settings Mac screenshot 001

On your Mac or PC, your preferred level of password protection when downloading apps and media is managed under the Purchases and Free Downloads sub-sections within the Store tab of iTunes’ Preferences, as shown above.

If you like this tip, check out other Apple TV tutorials in our archive.

Stumbled upon, or discovered a nifty little trick for your Apple device? Share your findings in the comments below or shoot us an email at

14 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X

14 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X

Must Know Mac OS X Tips and Tricks

We often get asked what the single most useful Mac tip is, or what a handful of the best tricks are. It’s impossible to answer such a question given the diversity of use cases of OS X, but here’s a collection of what are surely some of the absolute best tips for Mac OS X that should be considered must-knows for all Mac users. We’ve covered just about all of these on an individual basis before, but if you want to learn a whole lot in one sitting you’re in the right place.

Show Hidden Files in Open & Save Dialog Windows

Have you ever wanted to access a hidden file from an Open window or Save dialog? You can easily toggle hidden files by hitting Command+Shift+Period in any dialog window.
Show hidden files in open and save dialog windows

Go To Folder

Hitting Command+Shift+G in the Finder brings up a Go To Folder dialog, this is without a doubt the fastest way to navigate deep into the OS X filesystem. The next best part? Tab completion works, so you don’t even have to type out the full paths. It also works in Open & Save dialogs too and is arguably one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for the Finder.
GO TO Folder allows full path input in Mac OS X

Instant Image Slideshow Anywhere in OS X Finder

The next time you’re flipping through a series of pictures in the OS X Finder, select them all and then hit Command+Option+Y to create and instant fullscreen slideshow of the selected images.
Instant Slideshow from anywhere in OS X Finder

Instant Focus Mode, Hide All Windows Except Foreground App

Tired of having a million windows open, cluttering your workspace? Hit Command+Option+H to hide every window and application except for the foreground app, think of it as a way to quickly push distractons aside and focus.
Instant focus mode by hiding everything else except the current app or window in Mac OS X

Hide Current Application & Current Windows

Your boss is coming, quick, hide that Facebook window! Whether you’re trying to keep a secret or just want to do something else, you can instantly hide the currently active app or windows by hitting Command+H
Hide the current application and windows instantly

Instantly Lock the Screen

Control+Shift+Eject instantly locks the screen and summons the screensaver, just remember that the password lock feature must be enabled separately before you’ll get use out of this one, otherwise the display simply turns off.
The Lock Screen in Mac OS X

Take Screen Shot and Store It In Clipboard

Hit Command+Control+Shift+3 to take a capture of the entire screen and store in the clipboard. If this sounds familiar to Windows users it’s because this is basically the Mac equivalent of the Print Screen button which doesn’t exist on the simplified Apple keyboards. Longtime Mac users will most likely prefer the classic Command+Shift+3 option though, which dumps the screen shot directly onto the desktop.

Cut & Paste Files in Finder

Use Command+C as usual, and then hit Command+Option+V to “move” the item, effectively cutting and pasting the document into the new location. Longtime Windows users will find this to be useful, but it’s also just a great keyboard shortcut to move files about. This is limited to OS X Lion and later.
Cut and Paste files in Mac OS X

Make ~/Library Visible Again

OS X Lion and later defaults to hiding the user library directory, it’s still accessible through a variety of ways, but you can make it always visible in the home directory again with the following terminal command: chflags nohidden ~/Library/
The user Library folder in OS X

Cycle Windows in Current Application

Command+` (next to the 1 key) cycles through the current applications windows, without having to go into Mission Control. This is probably the fastest and most efficient way to quickly flip through app windows in OS X.
Cycle through application windows in Mac OS X without going to Mission Control

Cycle Through All Open Applications

Command+Tab the application switcher gets a lot of use by power users for good reason, it’s one of the quickest ways to move between open apps there is, without your hands ever leaving the keyboard. Combining this with cycling through active windows is a big time saver.
The awesome Command Tab Application Switcher in Mac OS X

Quickly Force Quit the Currently Active App

Hold down Command+Option+Shift+Escape for about 2-3 seconds to force quit the currently active application without any confirmation dialog, and without having to kill it through activity monitor or the Force Quit menu. Just note there is no warning the app quits immediately without saving anything, perfect for when something is going haywire.
Force Quit an Application quickly, without having to use Activity Monitor or Force Quit menu

Application Launching with Spotlight

Hit Command+Spacebar and start typing the name of the app you want to launch, then hit return to open that app immediately. If you’re fastest with the keyboard, this will be the quickest way to launch apps in OS X.
Launch Applications quickly with Spotlight search

Discard Windows from Resuming on Application Quit

Don’t want OS X’s Window Restore feature to resume the applications current windows on next launch? Use Command+Option+Q when you quit the app to discard the current windows, preventing them from being restored the next time you launch that application.
Discard Windows from Restoring upon app relaunch

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How to delete apps on the Apple TV

How to delete apps on the Apple TV

Delete Apps Apple TV

Along with rearranging apps in a similar manner to how it’s done on iOS, deleting apps on the Apple TV is a familiar exercise as well. Like iOS, there are two ways to delete apps from the Apple TV—from the Home screen and from the Settings app. Check out our video walkthrough that show you both methods in detail.

How to delete apps from Apple TV Home screen

Step 1: select the app that you wish to delete and click and hold the Touch surface to enter wiggle mode

Step 2: press the Play/Pause button on your Apple TV remote

Step 3: highlight the delete option, and click the Touch surface to confirm app deletion

How to delete apps from Apple TV using the Settings app

Step 1: open the Settings app

Step 2: click General

Step 3: click Manage Storage under the Usage heading

Step 4: click the trash can icon next to the apps that you wish to delete

Step 5: click Delete to confirm

That’s all there is to it. Two simple ways to get rid of apps on the new Apple TV. The first way is the easiest, but the second way is by far the most efficient method if you wish to delete more than one app. Which way do you prefer?

How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV Siri Remote

How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV Siri Remote

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.

Some more modern HDTVs and receivers allow connected devices to control power and volume via the HDMI cable. Right out of the box, the new Apple TV is configured to support devices compatible with what is known as HDMI-CEC.

For older devices that don’t support HDMI-CEC, users can program the Siri Remote to mimic their legacy remote and allow for volume control.

This can be set up by opening the tvOS Settings app, choosing Remotes and Devices and selecting Volume Control. From here, select Learn New Device…

Users can then grab their traditional TV or receiver remote control and point it at the Apple TV, and are instructed to hold the volume up and then volume down buttons. The infrared receiver built into the fourth-generation Apple TV will learn the remote commands for volume up and volume down.

After sending the proper commands, the Apple TV will ask the user to name their new remote for easy identification later.

Once the volume controls are programmed, the plus and minus buttons on the bottom right of the Siri Remote will now successfully adjust sound on a legacy TV or receiver, thanks to the infrared transmitter positioned on the front of the Apple TV remote.

For those with HDMI-CEC compatible TVs and receivers, control settings can also be customized through the “Remotes and Devices” menu under “Home Theater Control.” There, users can enable or disable volume control and turning on and off of the TV when the Apple TV is put to sleep. If the connected accessory is not HDMI-CEC compatible, “Turn On Your TV with Your Remote” will be greyed out.

Master the Apple TV keyboard with these two tricks

Master the Apple TV keyboard with these two tricks

Here’s a fun trick: Learn how to quickly type special characters on your Apple TV.

The Siri Remote is notably faster than its predecessors at text entry, but you’re still dealing with the swipe-and-click-to-select process when it comes to entering letters and switching from uppercase to lowercase keyboards. And since Bluetooth keyboards don’t currently seem to be supported, you’re going to be doing a lot of swipe-and-click-to-select-ing.

Meet the Apple TV keyboard

If you’re using an English keyboard, you’ll see up to five different keyboard options: “abc”, “ABC”, “#+-“, “123”, and “Recent”. The first two are the lowercase and uppercase variations of the alphabet with a basic numberpad; the “#+-” keyboard contains symbols and numbers; “123” contains solely numbers; and “Recent” saves recently entered phrases.

Third-party apps can incorporate any and all these options depending on the type of text entry required.

How to quickly re-enter your email address

If you want to avoid repeatedly typing your email address or the same search query on the Apple TV, use the Recent keyboard: It saves any email addresses, account names, or search terms you’ve entered recently.

How to add accented characters and uppercase letters

If you want the text-entry process to go just a bit quicker, here’s a nifty little shortcut: Tap and hold on any lower-case key to reveal its uppercase version, along with any accented variations. This way, you don’t have to repeatedly switch between the Uppercase, Lowercase, and Symbol keyboards.

Any other fun keyboard tricks you’ve discovered?

Let us know in the comments.

How to use your Apple TV Remote to control your TV

How to use your Apple TV Remote to control your TV

Want your Siri Remote to turn on your TV and control volume? Here’s how.

The fourth-generation Apple TV comes with the Bluetooth 4.1-connected Siri Remote. Not only does it have some fancy functions when it comes to Apple’s new set top box, but it can also control your television’s power and volume, and if you have a TV that’s HDMI-CEC-compliant, it can automatically switch inputs, too.

If your television supports HDMI-CEC (HDMI Consumer Electronics Control), you should be able to automatically control power, inputs, and volume after setting up your Apple TV. I’ve had mixed luck with this in my real-world testing—I can control power and volume, but haven’t gotten input-switching to work.

If you’re using an older TV, or your Apple TV didn’t automatically set up your remote for you, you’ll have to teach your TV how to recognize it.

  1. Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices.
  2. Under Home Theater Control, enable Turn On Your TV with Your Remote.

  3. Go to Volume Control.
  4. If the options are available, you can select Auto or TV via IR. If not, click Learn New Device to map your Siri Remote to your television.


Let us know in the comments below.

How to set up multiple accounts on your new Apple TV

How to set up multiple accounts on your new Apple TV

More than one person using the Apple TV? Set up multiple accounts!

Since the new Apple TV is meant for rooms—family rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms—it needs to support more than one person. That means it needs to support more than one Apple ID (iTunes/App Store account) at a time. And it does! It may not be as smooth or as powerful as multiuser on the Mac, but it’s more than we’ve had on any iPhone or iPad to date. Here’s how it works!

How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV

Before you can use multiple accounts, you need to log into any and all additional accounts you want available.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on iTunes and App Store.
  4. Click on Add new Apple ID.
  5. Enter the additional Apple ID username.
  6. Click on Continue.
  7. Enter the additional Apple ID password.
  8. Click on Sign In.

How to switch between multiple accounts on Apple TV

While you have multiple accounts you can only use one account at a time. That means switching!

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on iTunes and App Store.
  4. Click on the account you want to use.

You’ll now be able to download or re-download any apps or content available on that account.

Family Sharing

Multiple accounts work with Family Sharing, so kids can switch to their accounts and “ask to buy” just like on iPhone or iPad.

Tip: Sådan forbinder du en iOS-enhed direkte til dit TV

Tip: Sådan forbinder du en iOS-enhed direkte til dit TV

Med en lille adaptor, kan du tilslutte din iPhone eller iPad til et hvilket som helst TV. Smart til præsentationer eller video-kiggeri. Se hvor nemt det er.

De fleste er selvfølgelig helt bekendt med, at man via AirPlay kan spejle iPhonens eller iPadens skærm til eksempelvis en Apple TV. Det fungerer normalt fint. Der kan dog være situationer, hvor det alligvel ikke er optimalt. Eksempelvis hvis man bruger sin iPad til at lave præsentationer med, og ikke lige ved om der er en Apple Tv i nærheden af det TV eller den projekter, man skal bruge. Man kan selvfølgelig tage sin egen Apple TV, men det virker også lidt skørt at skulle slæbe den med hver gang. Ikke mindst er opsætningen noget bøvlet i forhold til en løsning, jeg beskriver herunder.

Løsningen er at bruge en lille adaptor og et almindeligt HDMI-kabel. Så kan du i praksis slutte in iOS-enhed til stort set hvilket som helst TV, du kommer i nærheden af.

Sådan forbinder du en iOS-enhed direkte til dit TV

Først og fremmest skal du have skaffet den nødvendige hardware. Den består af et HDMI-kabel i den ønskede længde samt en adaptor, som Apple sælger.

Apple kalder den for “Lightning Digital AV-mellemstik” og den kan købes for 399 kr(link til Apple Store)

Derudover skal du selvfølgelig have et TV eller en projektor med HDMI-indgang.

Når du har alle delene er det bare at slutte dem til hinanden. Adaptoren skal ind i iPhonens eller iPadens Lightning-port og dernæst skal HDMI-kablet mellem adaptoren og TV’et.

Dernæst skal du på TV’t vælge den pågældende HDMI-indgang som kilde (input). Herefter vil iOS-enheden finde den tilsluttede skærm og selv spejle indholdet op den.

Bemærk at billedet på TV’et vil rotere, hvis du roterer iPhonen. Det kan derfor være en ide at slå rotationslåsen til i kontrolcenteret.

Nu kan du afspille en video, vise en præsentation eller hvad du nu måtte ønske. God fornøjelse.

How to troubleshoot your Apple TV

How to troubleshoot your Apple TV

Is your new fourth-generation Apple TV acting funky? Here’s how to force quit, restart, and reset.

Apple’s newest set top box has a lot going for it, but it’s still a pretty new product, with a new operating system and new app SDK—the occasional bug here and there is inevitable.

Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to troubleshoot pesky apps and system quirks.

How to force quit a misbehaving Apple TV app

If you run into trouble, you can force quit it by pressing and holding the Menu button on your Siri remote. Easy as pie.

If you’re still having trouble with apps and the Apple TV, you can force restart your device by going to Settings > System > Restart. If that doesn’t cure your Apple TV ails, you may want to try uninstalling and reinstalling the misbehaving app in question and reaching out to the developer.

Having issues with the content in a specific app?

If you’re having trouble getting video or audio content from a specific channel or provider, you may want to chat with them. Check out Apple’s list of contact information for content providers for phone numbers, websites, and email addresses to most popular services supported on the Apple TV.

How to reset a glitching Apple TV

If you’re having issues with apps and tvOS across the board, it might be time for a hard reset. You can restore your Apple TV to factory settings by going to Settings > System > Reset. Be aware that doing so will erase any local content you have, including game saves that aren’t backed up to iCloud.

How to fix a bricked Apple TV

If your Apple TV is completely unresponsive, it may be time to connect it to your computer and force a restore via iTunes. Here’s how to do so.

  1. Plug your Apple TV in to your computer using a USB-C to USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Select the Apple TV from the Devices menu, then click Restore Apple TV.

Still can’t get your Apple TV to work?

It may be time to book a Genius appointment at a nearby Apple Store. You may be asked your Apple TV’s serial number; you can find it by checking one of three sources:

  • If your Apple TV boots, you can go to Settings > General > About (or Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth > Remote for your Siri Remote’s serial number).
  • If your Apple TV’s bricked, you can view the serial number by connecting it to your Mac via USB-C cable and opening iTunes.
  • Can’t get any signal from your Apple TV? Turn it over; the serial number is located on the bottom of the device, below the FCC symbols and information.

Any other questions or troubleshooting worries?

Run into a problem with the new Apple TV you can’t fix? Let us know in the comments and we’ll check it out. You can also check out Apple’s troubleshooting advice for more information.