Your Apple TV can automatically install new updates when they’re available. I like to keep this option disabled to avoid potential problems that may occur with a major firmware update. I would typically postpone updating until I had a chance to learn more about the new features and fixes. The feature is enabled by default but you can easily disable automatic software updates on your Apple TV if you prefer to be prompted to manually install them, here’s how.
How to disable automatic software updates on Apple TV
- Apple TV (4th generation)—Go to Settings → System → Software Updates and turn off Automatically Update.
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)—Go to Settings → General → Update Software and turn off Update Automatically.
From now on, you’ll need to check for updates manually.
How to manually check for Apple TV software updates
To check for updates manually:
- Apple TV (4th generation)—Go to Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software.
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)—Go to Settings → General → Update Software.
If there’s an update, you can choose to download and install it now or update later.
TUTORIAL: How to update Apple TV software
Changelogs for Apple TV software updates
Any available tvOS software updates for the fourth-generation Apple TV are detailed in a support document on Apple’s website.
Each software update for the second or third-generation Apple TV is detailed in another support document, which is also available through Apple’s website.
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