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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.