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How to change streaming and download quality in the TV app

TV App iPhone Settings Quality

Gone are the days of having the same quality for all shows and movies you watch. With wonderful technological advances, you can choose the quality you want. So if you’re comfy on the couch with your Mac, you likely want the best quality available. But if you’re on iPhone using cellular data instead of Wi-Fi, you might prefer a faster download over high quality.

Here, we’ll show you how to change the quality for streaming and downloading shows in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to see the amount of space Podcasts and TV shows use on iPhone and iPad

Settings iPhone Storage TV App

Your device is terrific for listening to your latest podcasts and watching your favorite shows. But if you continue to download these types of items, you’re going to keep using space. And if you’re finished with a podcast or show, why hang onto it?

If you listen to the same podcast episode or watch the same show over and over, that’s different. And you might want to keep them. But if not, why waste the space? You should at least take a minute to review what’s there to see what you can remove.

Here’s how to see the amount of space Podcasts and TV shows are using on you iPhone and iPad.

Keyboard shortcuts for the TV app on Mac

MacBook keyboard - TV app keyboard shortcuts

With the TV app on your Mac, you have some great options for watching a good show or movie without having to turn on your television. And you can watch what you want on your own time, without tons of commercial breaks, and pause anytime to grab a bowl of popcorn.

So if you’re on the couch or in bed with your Mac, browsing the TV app for a show or getting ready to play one you’ve found, make sure you know these handy keyboard shortcuts for moving around the app quicker.

How to remove episodes from your Up Next queue in the TV app

Removed episode from Up Next on Apple TV

A handy feature of the TV app is that you can add shows to your Up Next queue. So as you browse through the options, you can tap or click and that next episode will be waiting for you when you’re ready. And this will sync across your devices too.

The problem is that if you add too many shows and end up disliking one, you’re probably never going to click it in your queue to watch the next episode. Then, your Up Next queue becomes flooded with shows you’ll never watch.

If you’d like to keep your queue clean with only the shows you actually want, here’s how to remove episodes from it in the TV app on iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.

How to use picture-in-picture with the TV app on Apple TV

Apple TV PiP

Picture-in-picture is one of those nifty features that lets you watch two videos at the same time. You can have a show your watching and listening to in full-screen view with a smaller window playing something different. You may not know this, but this is a feature on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD with tvOS 13 or later.

If you’re ready to watch two shows at once, here’s how to use picture-in-picture with the TV app on your Apple TV.

How to continue watching shows from one device to another with Apple TV+

Apple TV+ Resume Watching Mac

Remember the days when you would start watching a show or movie on TV and were stuck in that room for the duration? Nowadays, this is an unlikely scenario if you’re using a streaming service like Apple TV+.

Say you’re watching an Apple original like The Elephant Queen or The Morning Show on Apple TV in your living room. You decide to head out to your patio for fresh air and continue watching that show on your iPad. Then it’s bedtime, so you finish watching that same show on your iPhone in bed.

This is more likely scenario now and super easy to do when you’re enjoying shows with your Apple TV+ subscription. Here’s how to continue watching shows from one device to another with Apple TV+.

How to download shows on Apple TV+ to watch offline

Apple TV+ Download Mac

The Apple TV+ streaming service gives you a great way to watch something new with its original shows and convenient channels. Another perk of the service is that you can download shows to watch offline. This is terrific if you’re traveling or simply going to be without internet.

If you’re preparing to head someplace where streaming isn’t an option, we’ll show you how to download shows to watch offline and where to access them once you do.

How to sign up for the Apple TV+ streaming service

Apple TV+ Try it free

Apple TV+ debuted on November 1 and is a video streaming service that gives you original shows, movies, documentaries, kids’ shows, and more. You can give it a try before you buy into the $4.99 per month subscription with a free seven-day trial. So you have nothing to lose by checking it out.

What’s great about the service is that you don’t have to own an Apple device to enjoy it. You can watch shows on many different compatible devices as well as the web. If you’re interested, we’ll show you how to sign up for Apple TV+.

How to place, view and cancel pre-orders in the TV app

Top Preoders TV App Mac

Just like pre-ordering that new iPhone, you can do the same with upcoming movies in the TV app. This is a terrific way to make sure you get the movie you want as soon as it’s released. So you don’t have to mark your calendar or set a reminder.

Pre-ordering upcoming films is easy to do in the TV app on both iOS and Mac. And if you change your mind, you can quickly cancel that pre-order before it’s fulfilled.

This tutorial shows you how to place, view, and cancel pre-orders in the TV app on your devices.

How to automatically delete shows or clear your history in the TV app

TV App Movies Mac

You might just be getting used to the TV app on your Mac since it was introduced with macOS Catalina. So if you’re looking for a way to remove shows and movies you’ve already watched, you can easily delete them one at a time from your Library. But if you would to automatically delete shows after you watch them instead, you can do this as well in the TV app on Mac.

Alternatively, you can simply clear the history of everything you’ve watched, and this is available on both Mac and iOS.

This tutorial shows you how to automatically delete shows on Mac and clear your history on your computer or iOS device.