Apple TV screenshot

Unlike an iPhone or an iPad, it’s not as easy to take a screenshot on the Apple TV, but it can be done. On the iPhone, it’s just a matter of pressing the Home and Sleep button at the same time, but on the Apple TV, it requires a USB-C Cable, a Mac, and Xcode. In other words, it takes a lot more effort to take screenshots of tvOS than it does iOS.

How to take an Apple TV screenshot

Step 1: Connect your Apple TV to your Mac via a USB-C cable. You can buy one on Amazon.

Step 2: Connect your Apple TV to power and HDMI, which goes to your TV.

Step 3: Launch Xcode, if you don’t have Xcode, download it here.

Step 4: In Xcode, Click Window → Devices in the menu bar.

Step 5: Select your Apple TV, and click the Take Screenshot button.

Screenshots will be deposited on your desktop, and will be named in a similar fashion as Mac screenshots. You will need to be connected to HDMI as well in order for anything to be displayed on the screenshot, otherwise, the screenshot will just be a black rectangle.

On the new Apple TV, Apple has made it possible to connect to HDMI and USB at the same time. This was not easily doable on prior editions of the Apple TV.

Apple TV screenshots are 1920×1080, regardless of your resolution settings on the actual device.

So that’s how you take a screenshot on the new Apple TV. Is it cumbersome? Yes. Is it time consuming? Definitively? Do the screenshots look good? Yes.

What do you think?

  • Fevostone

    Would be a lot easier to just take a photo.

    • This is more for the App Store, I guess.

    • Will Hardin

      yah perfect for capturing screen glare, TV bevel, and the reflection of my naked body.

  • Do you guys know if you can use an adapter for USB C-USB to charge the remote of the Apple TV through Lightning? Is there cable like that?

    • Nolan I.

      This might work, but I can’t say for sure. The difference with this new connector is that it may allow accessories to be supported in the future, such as a second (!) tv-out or a USB drive.

      I can’t say I recommend buying an adapter just to try this out though, as I have no idea if it will work.

  • Ed

    They need to come up with some remote key combo like on the iPhone, and just have the photo saved to iCloud or something. The current method seems too complicated.

    • Nolan I.


      I’d say that PlayPause and Menu at the same time would be a good option, or something of that sort, because you often won’t be pressing those buttons together.