Setting up Your Apple TV

No Sweat Set-up

How to set up your Apple TV 4
You don't need to be puzzled when trying to set up the Apple TV.

It’s ever so easy to set up your fourth generation Apple TV. Apple’s designed it that way. Complexity simplified is in the company’s DNA. Here’s what you need to do:

What you need

  • Apple TV and its power cable
  • 10/100 Ethernet cable (or 802.11 a, g, n or ac Wi-Fi network)
  • HDMI cable
  • A high-definition television with HDMI and a 720p or 1080p display
  • An iTunes Store account and Apple ID.

Plug it in

After you take the future of television out of its box you’ll need to plug it in. You’ll find a power cable in the box, just pop it into the slot in the back.

If you plan to use an Ethernet network to take your Apple TV online you’ll need to connect the device to your network using an Ethernet cable (not supplied). If you plan to connect over Wi-Fi you can save this to a later step.

Finally, you need to connect your Apple TV to your television set or other home theater devices using an HDMI cable, which Apple doesn’t supply. Plug the lead into the HDMI slot at the rear of Apple TV and connect it either directly to your television, or to your home entertainment receiver which is itself already connected to your television.

Switch it on

Grab your Apple Siri Remote and switch on your Apple TV and home theater equipment. Locate the appropriate channel for Apple TV and when the Pair Your Remote screen appears you should press the touch surface of the remote. You may be asked to come closer to the Apple TV.

If the Apple Siri Remote does not connect to your Apple TV you should simultaneously press and hold both the Menu and Volume Up buttons for two seconds, which will restart your system.

Set up the software

You’ll be asked to choose the language, country, and region, just tap the touch surface on your remote to choose and navigate between options. You also get to choose to use Siri, after which there are two ways to continue the process, one using another iOS device, the other with the supplied Apple Siri Remote.

Set Up with your iOS Device

If your iOS device is running iOS 9.1 or later, Bluetooth is enabled and you are connected to Wi-Fi you can use your device to continue setting up your Apple TV. Select Set Up with Device and place your unlocked iOS device beside the Apple TV.

A message should appear asking if you want to set the system up (if it doesn’t appear try locking and then unlocking the device to jog it into action.) You’ll be guided through a quick series of steps to get your system running.

Set up manually

You don’t need to have any other iOS devices. You can also set up your new Apple TV using the supplied Apple Siri Remote. Select Set Up Manually and you’ll be asked to choose a Wi-Fi network (unless you’re connecting over Ethernet).

Choose the network, enter your password and wait until your Apple TV starts up and requests your Apple ID. You can skip that step, but many of the best Apple TV features require you have an Apple ID, which you’ll need to acquire films, music, apps, games, or TV shows from Apple using your new device.

You’ll be guided through a series of steps during which you’ll choose the appropriate settings for Location Services, screensavers, Siri , and analytics sharing.​


You can use VoiceOver while you set your system up, all you need to do is press the Menu button on the Siri Remote three times to access this feature.

Now read this article to find out about setting up Apple TV features.