Ways to Take Apple TV Screenshots

You need a Mac to capture Apple TV screenshots

Apple TV screenshot of Alto's Adventure game

Whether you want to tell friends about great games like Altos Adventure, discuss other fun apps, or get a little troubleshooting support, you may want to share what's happening on the screen on your Apple TV using a screenshot.

Before tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, the screenshot process was difficult, and it required the Xcode developer utility. With the release of tvOS and High Sierra, the process to capture the screen of your Apple TV with a screenshot using your Mac became much simpler.

Making Apple TV Screenshots in macOS High Sierra

If your mac is running macOS High Sierra and your Apple TV is operating on tvOS 11 or higher, you can make a screenshot of the image on your Apple TV using a Mac. Both the Mac and the Apple TV must be on the same Wi-Fi network. Check the network on the Apple TV by going to Settings > Network. Compare the network to the one your Mac is using by going to System Preferences > Network > Wi-Fi on the Mac. If they are the same, you're ready to make a screenshot. Here's how:

  1. Launch the QuickTime Player app on your Mac.
  2. Go to the File menu at the top of the screen and select New Movie Recording, which opens a window on the Mac showing live video from the Mac's camera.
  3. Hover your mouse over the window until you see the red recording button. Click the small arrow to the right of the red button and select Apple TV in the Camera section of the pop-up menu.
  4. Enter the code that appears on the Apple TV in the appropriate field on your Mac.
  5. Use the Siri Remote to select Allow on the Apple TV. The Apple TV image should appear in the QuickTime window on your Mac. Enlarge the window as needed.
  6. Take a screenshot of the Apple TV image on your Mac by pressing Shift + Command + 4, which changes the cursor to a crosshair.
  7. Press the space bar and drag the cursor over the area you want in the screenshot.
  8. Release the space bar to make the screenshot.

The Xcode Workaround for Older Operating Systems

You can take Apple TV screenshots with a Mac in older versions of the operating systems, but it is a little more work.

  1. Connect the devices using cables: Connect the Apple TV to your Mac using a USB-C cable. Plug the Apple TV into power and connect it to your television using an HDMI cable.
  2. Install Xcode: Xcode is Apple’s powerful development software. Developers use it to create applications for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. For this purpose, you're only going to use Xcode to capture screenshots on Apple TV. You can download Xcode here, but you should know it is a 6.1GB download.
  3. Use Xcode: With your Apple TV connected to your Mac, launch Xcode and click Window > Devices in the menu bar in Xcode. Select the Apple TV and click Take Screenshot.

The screenshots are stored wherever your Mac regularly stores any other kind of screenshot, usually on the desktop.