Apple TV tips

How to use the AutoFill Passwords feature on Apple TV

Apple TV Enter Password

With the release of iOS 12, came a great update to the AutoFill Passwords feature. The enhancement lets users with third-party password managers that integrate with the feature log into apps and sites much faster. You can check out our tutorial on how to use the updated feature on your iPhone and iPad.

But, the feature goes one step further with the tvOS 12 update. You can use AutoFill Passwords to log into apps on your Apple TV, straight from your iPhone or iPad.

Curious? Here’s how to use that AutoFill Passwords feature on your Apple TV.

How to change your Apple TV Location Services settings

Apple TV Location Services

If you’re a fan of the Location Services feature on your iPhone or iPad, you can use this on your Apple TV too. See movie times at your local theater, order pizza delivery, or get your current temperate with apps and other services using your location.

Here’s how to enable and adjust your Apple TV Location Services settings.

How to set up and use your iPhone as an Apple TV remote

Apple TV main screen

Have you ever misplaced the Siri remote for Apple TV? Even if you haven’t, it’s a great idea to have a backup remote and you don’t have to buy anything. You can set up your iPhone as a backup and it’s easy to do.

The first thing you need to do is download an app from the App Store. Apple offers two different options that you can use and both are available for free.

How to install tvOS public beta on your Apple TV

Apple's Beta Software Program permits regular users to install betas of iOS, macOS and tvOS on their Apple devices without needing a developer account.

The process for enrolling your iPhone, iPad or Mac to get the public betas from iOS's Software Update mechanism or Mac App Store is a tad complex and requires that an appropriate configuration profile be installed on your device.

Thankfully, getting on the tvOS public beta program is a lot easier and requires just a few clicks. Here's how to quickly install the tvOS public beta on your fourth-generation Apple TV.

How to install tvOS public beta on Apple TV

Before you can install the tvOS public beta on your device, you must first sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program and enroll your Apple TV so that it could receive beta updates.

1) Visit beta.apple.com in your web browser and click the blue Sign Up button at the bottom.

2) Use your Apple ID user name and password to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.

3) Read the Apple Beta Software Agreement, then click the blue Accept button at the bottom.

4) Congratulations, you have just become a public beta tester! Now you must sign in with the same Apple ID on your Apple TV. First, go to Settings → Accounts on the device.

5) Underneath the Apple ID headline, sign into at least one of the account options (“iCloud”, “iTunes and App Store” or “Game Center”) with the same Apple ID that you used to register for the Apple Beta Software Program.

6) Now go to Settings → System → Software Update on the device and you'll notice a new Get Public Beta Updates options. Click this option with Siri Remote's Touch surface and follow the onscreen instructions to complete enrollment.

7) Your Apple TV is now set to automatically receive the latest tvOS public beta. If the Automatically Update has been enabled in your Software Updates settings, you should be prompted shortly to download and install the tvOS public beta.

Like before, you can manually check for tvOS beta updates by going to Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software on this Apple TV.

The usual caveats apply: do not install beta software on devices you use for work. tvOS betas can be riddled with bugs so you the device's performance may suffer as a result and compatibility with certain apps may be broken.

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How to use Live Tune-In feature on Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV allows you to begin watching a live channel immediately, simply by asking Siri. Called Live Tune-In, this feature works with supported video-streaming apps that provide live TV functionality.

With it, you can quickly pop into a live news broadcast on CNN or a live game on ESPN without manually launching apps or navigating menus.

In other words, Live Tune-In makes your Apple TV behave more like a conventional TV. Telling Siri to go to a live channel couldn't be easier, as this quick tutorial attests.

How to enable Automatic Downloads for Apple TV apps

A handy Automatic Downloads feature has been available on the fourth-generation Apple TV as of tvOS 10. However, tvOS editions of the apps you purchase on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch won't automatically download to the Apple TV unless you manually turn this feature on.

In this quick tutorial, we'll show you how to enable and use Automatic Downloads on your fourth-generation Apple TV.

How to enable Dark Mode on Apple TV

Dark Mode has come to your Apple TV courtesy of the new tvOS 10 software. Indeed, Dark Mode makes sense on big screen TVs as it adjusts the appearance of backgrounds and menus throughout the user interface to make movie posters, icons and other information easier to read at night.

It's a great enhancement, particularly for those people who may prefer a darker background to fit a home theater environment or darker rooms over the bright and fresh Apple TV interface. Here's how you can quickly toggle between tvOS 10's default Light appearance and the new Dark Mode.

How to login with Comcast Xfinity on unsupported Apple TV apps

I've been catching up with AMC's The Walking Dead on my iPad because AMC didn't offer a dedicated Apple TV app until last week. As soon as the Apple TV app was made available, I tried logging in using the same Comcast Xfinity credentials I used on the iPad app, but to my surprise, Xfinity was not an option.

How could Xfinity be an option on the AMC app for iPad but not for Apple TV? Does it have anything to do with rights and what devices can be used to watch certain shows? Honestly, I have no idea, but as I complained about this issue on the latest episode of Let's Talk iOS, a listener was quick to email me with a simple workaround.

How to limit kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let's not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you're a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that's the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS platforms.