Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Initial setup, part of Learning Apple TV.
- Let's look at how to do the initial setup to get the Apple TV up and running. I'm setting up a 4th generation Apple TV. If you're setting up the 3rd generation Apple TV the process is going to look a little different but most of it will basically be the same. So this is what you're going to see when you first connect the Apple TV to your television fresh out of the box. So just like we saw on the previous movie, I need to start by pairing my remote to the Apple TV. So you should just be able to click on the touchpad and then the Apple TV will detect and pair with that remote.
So know I just need to jump through a couple of hooks to get to my setup options. So I can swipe up and down on the touchpad to select my language, then click down on the touchpad, so I'll select English, I'll select United States as my Country, and then I get to this question. From here you have two ways that you can set things up. The easiest and quickest way would be to use your iOS device like an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch if you have one, to set up your Apple TV.
Now this is only going to work on a device that's running iOS 9.1. So I have my iPhone here, I need to make sure that bluetooth is turned on. It is running iOS 9.1 and also it will be a lot easier if you're already logged in to your Apple ID and iCloud account on your iOS device, if you plan to use those accounts on your Apple TV. So what I need to do is start by unlocking my iPhone, so I'll just put in the passcode. I'm going to choose Set Up with Device here on the Apple TV, I'll click on that with the touchpad.
And then all I need to do is hold the iPhone close to the Apple TV. Now on my iPhone I have a question, it's asking me if I want to set up the Apple TV and certainly I do, so I'll just tap Continue on the iPhone. And so now the Apple TV is going to go through the setup and it's going to take a lot of settings from my iPhone. It's going to connect to the same Wi-Fi network that my iPhone was connected to. It's going to log in with the same Apple ID and or iCloud accounts that are set up on the iPhone.
So now at this point on my iPhone I need to confirm my Apple ID account just by typing in my password for my Apple ID on the iPhone itself. I'll hit okay. I get one more question on my iPhone asking me if I want to send diagnostic data to Apple. That's fine so I'll tap okay on my iPhone, and now the set up process will continue on the Apple TV. And from here, I just have to answer a few questions. I'll choose to enable location services. I do want to use Siri, so I'll select that.
I do not want to download the screensavers right now, so I'll choose Not Now. I'm going to confirm that I want to send diagnostic information to Apple, so I'll choose that. And I'll share diagnostic information with App Developers. I'll choose that, agree to terms and conditions, and now the Apple TV is all set up. Now what's nice about this method is that I did not have to select a Wi-Fi network and type in the password, I did not have to log into my Apple ID and iCloud account, because that information was already on the iPhone.
So setting up your Apple TV using an iOS device is definitely the easiest option. But if you don't have an iPhone or iPad, you can go through the set up using the Apple TV remote. There are a few more steps, but it is still pretty easy. So let's see what that looks like. Okay, so again I've reset this Apple TV just as it was fresh out of the box. And I'm going to go through the set up process, this time only using the Siri remote. So of course, I'm going to click on the touchpad to pair the remote, then I'll choose my language, and my Country, and now I'm back to this question.
This time I'm going to choose Set Up Manually. This is what you would do if you do not have an iOS device available to set up your Apple TV. So to use the Apple TV you will need to be connected to the internet. If you have a wired connection you could run that into the back of the Apple TV. But I'm going to connect to a Wi-Fi network. So if you have a Wi-Fi network in your home or office, you'll see a list of available networks here, you can choose the network that you want, and then you'll need to put in the password. So this is the interface for inputting text with the Siri remote.
I'm going to go ahead and type in the password for this network, but I do want to give you a quick note. In a separate movie in this chapter, I'm going to show you some tips for making it a little bit easier to input text with the Siri remote. This process can be tedious, but it can be a little bit easier if you take a look at that separate movie. So you might want to pause this movie, check out that other movie on inputting text, and come back here. Or just go through the rest of this process and watch that movie later. But for now I'm just going to go and type in my password and skip ahead a few seconds.
Now that I've finished typing in the password, I'll hit continue, and it'll connect the Apple TV to my network. So next we get a screen asking me to sign in with my Apple ID. If you use an Apple ID account for the iTunes store you'll need to sign in here. You'll also have the opportunity to sign in with an iCloud account. Now take a look at some settings down here. There's this option here that says Use different Apple IDs for iTunes and iCloud. If you use one single log in for both your Apple ID for the iTunes store and your iCloud account all you need to do is put in your email address and password once.
But if you have two separate accounts, you'll need to choose this option. Now since I have one single account that I use both for the iTunes store and for iCloud, I'm not going to choose that option. I'm just going to type in my email address and password here. And again, it'll take a moment for me to type this in, so we'll skip ahead a few seconds. Okay, I've typed in my email address. I'll hit Continue, and now I'll put in the password. And now I'll hit Continue here. So now I'm signed in to both my Apple ID and my iCloud account.
From here, I just need to tackle those last few basic questions. I will enable location services. I do want to use Siri. I do not want to download the screensaver videos. I will send diagnostic information to Apple and share app data with Developers. I'll agree to the terms and conditions. And now I'm all set up, and it's going to drop me on the Home screen. Here on this Home screen, we have a grid of rectangles that each represent an app or a service on the Apple TV.
It's pretty similar to the Home screen on an iPhone or iPad. So I can navigate around using the remote. I can just swipe up, down, left, and right to highlight whichever one that I want, and then when I find one that I'm interested in, I can click on the touchpad, and it'll select it. So I selected Settings, so now I'm inside of the settings app. If I hit the Home button, or the Menu button, it'll back me out to the Home screen again. Now again, I'm going to select Settings, and a lot of these apps have more menus than you could dig into. So from here I could go into General, and then I could go into Screensaver.
If I hit the Menu button, I'll take one step back on that structure, but if I hit the Home button, it takes me all the way back to the Home screen. Now I want to go back into Settings, because there are a few important settings that I want to look at to finish off our initial setup. I'm going to hit the Menu button one more time, and let me go into Accounts. If you did not log in with your iCloud or Apple ID account, you could come into Settings here and you could log in now. Or you could change that log in information if you want.
If you use Game Center you could sign in into that as well. Just click on that, and then sign in using whichever email address and password that you use for Game Center. Which is usually the same as your iCloud account. I'm going to hit the Menu button to take a step back. In a separate movie we'll talk about Home Sharing, but you could log into that here as well. I'm going to hit Menu to take a step back again, and let me take just a quick glance at General. In the General category you've got a lot of other options, some of which we'll be covering later in this course.
So you can take a look at these and see what the options are, but for now I'm going to back up again, and I want to take a look at settings for Network. If you've moved to a different location, and you need to connect to a different Wi-Fi network, or your Wi-Fi connection setup did not work when you did the initial setup for the Apple TV, this is where you would go to choose your Wi-Fi network. But since I'm still connected and everything's fine, I'm going to hit the Menu button to back up. Then I want to go over to System, and I'm looking for Software Updates.
Periodically, Apple will release software updates for the Apple TV, which will add functionality and improvements. These updates take a little time to download and install. If I hit this Update Software button, it will check to see if there are any updates, and it would install them. Now by default the Apple TV is set up to install updates automatically. But you can turn off automatic updating if you want. So I would recommend you check for updates as soon as you set up your Apple TV to make sure that everything is up to date before you get started.
Those are the essentials for the basic set up. There are a bunch of other options in the settings, many of which will be seen as we go through the rest of this course. For now we have the essentials locked down and you can start using your Apple TV.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account on an Apple TV
- Setting up Home Sharing
- Using the remote and searching with Siri
- Buying and downloading apps, movies, and music
- Managing storage space on an Apple TV
- Setting up parental controls
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 04/14/2016. What changed?
A: we updated four tutorials to cover changes to bluetooth keyboards and devices, Siri, photo viewing, and new interface features in the Apple TV OS (v9.2). Nick also recorded one new video, "Using voice dictation to input text," which shows how to use Siri remote to make it easier to type and search.