How to update your Apple TV software

By , Oct 31, 2015

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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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  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Next Article: How to Jailbreak tvOS

    • Due to its higher attack radius now that it has apps, I presume a bunch of teams are probably trying to figure that out.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        I don’t think it’s about how much advantage they have to execute a jailbreak, but if they feel like doing it. If they did, ATV 3 would’ve been jailbroken ages ago..

      • Apple significantly shrunk the basis of attack with the ATV 3, even after they patched the A4 bootrom exploits. Now that there’s apps, maybe people will work on it again for the ATV 4.

  • JayDee917

    It would be nice if Apple let us use our iPhones as a Siri-remote for the older Apple TV’s. But, yeah right.

  • George

    Lol what the hell is this article for real?

  • Why is it that with both the Apple Watch, and now with the new AppleTV, that you’re seriously cluttering the newsfeed with all these bs tutorials?!?
    The smart thing would have been to just make a new post and update it… Seems like the common sense decision anyone would have made here.
    Or you could just let the noobs learn how to do the most basic of functions on their freaking own?!? SMH iDB

    • George

      It’s not even a tutorial it’s literally one step.

    • Merman123

      OR you could just swipe through the feed and only click on those that are relevant to what you’re looking for ? 🙂

  • therealjjohnson

    Mines still aren’t updating. Both saying up to date when they aren’t…