Now that the new Apple TV’s operating system has become a true software platform in its own right—joining iOS, OS X and watchOS—Apple can more easily than before add new features to the experience by way of software updates.
Like its predecessor, the fourth-generation Apple TV will put up a message when a software update is available. Sometimes, the notification may get delayed, or not show up at all.
Should this happen to you, you will need to check for updates manually and this tutorial will teach you how to do just that.
How to update software on 4th generation Apple TV
Step 1: To check for updates, go to Settings → System → Software Updates and select Check for Update. If an update is available, a message will appear. You can then choose Download and Install to start downloading.
Tip: To set your Apple TV to automatically apply software updates, go to Settings → System → Software Updates and select Update Automatically.
How to update software on 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV
Step 1: Go to Settings → General → Update Software and select Update Software. The device checks for an available update. If one is available, a download message should appear. Choose Download and Install to start the update process.
Tip: To set the device to automatically download and install a software update as soon as one becomes available, go to Settings → General → Software Updates and choose Update Automatically.
By the way, folks using a third-party controller with their Apple TV will use the D-pad to select an item and press the A button to select it.
About updating Apple TV software
When you choose to apply the software update, your Apple TV initiates a background download. It’s important to avoid disconnecting the device during the update process.
The Apple TV will automatically restart as part of the software update process and its status light may flash slowly during the update (this is normal behavior). To learn about new features, enhancements and refinements provided by Apple TV software updates in greater detail, check out Apple’s support document.
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