Learning how to set up Apple TV isn’t a difficult task, but if you’re new to Apple’s palm-sized video streamer, you might want a little advice. Here’s a guide to getting started with Apple TV, straight out of the box.
Connecting the Hardware
Unpack your Apple TV. First of all, connect the power lead to the Apple TV unit’s power port as shown, and plug the other end into the mains, and switch it on if necessary. You should see a white light switch on at the front of the Apple TV, showing it’s powered.
To connect your Apple TV to your television, you need a HDMI cable. This is not supplied with your Apple TV, so has to be bought separately. They’re available in all good TV and electronics stores. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into your Apple TV.
Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your TV. There’s usually several ports available. It doesn’t matter which you use, but make a note of its number. ‘HDMI’ stands for ‘High-Definition Multimedia Interface’, and it carries both the video and the audio signal.
If you plan to use your Apple TV with a cabled connection, plug an Ethernet cable (not supplied) into the Ethernet port, and plug the other end into your router. If you intend to use your Apple TV on your WiFi network, you don’t need an Ethernet cable.
Siri and Location
When setting up your Apple TV, you’re asked whether you want to use Siri and whether to allow Apple TV to use your current location. We suggest you agree to both these things, as they’re necessary for some of your Apple TV’s features.
Setting Up Apple TV
If your Apple TV doesn’t appear on your TV screen straight away, on your television remote, tap the TV Source button and from the on-screen menu, find the HDMI port you used to connect your Apple TV. Select it, and the Apple TV setup screen should appear.
Having successfully connected your Apple TV hardware to your television, you must now follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Apple TV itself. The first steps have you choose a language for your Apple TV’s menus, and set its geographical location.
You navigate the menus using the remote pad that came with your Apple TV. Switch between options by dragging your finger or thumb over the Touch Surface at the top of the controller. Press down on it to select an option. Press the Menu button to go back a screen.
If you already have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch already connected to your WiFi network and your Apple account, when you reach this screen, you can opt to use it to automatically transfer these settings to your Apple TV. Just follow the on-screen instructions.
If you set up manually, and want to use a WiFi connection, you must input your network’s WiFi password (which should be supplied with your router). You must also log in with your Apple ID, so you can use the App Store and iTunes Store on Apple TV.
When you’ve finished setting up, you must accept Apple’s terms and conditions. After that, you’re up and running with your Apple TV. Have fun exploring. Check out the free apps, and take a look at the movies you’ll want to rent and buy on your new device.
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