10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV

10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV

Apple TV, with its spartan looking remote control, is as simple as can be for a media streaming box. But that doesn’t mean it has no tricks on its own. Here are 10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV:

  • To quickly put your Apple TV to sleep, press and hold the “Play/Pause” button.
  • Press and hold the “Select” button during video playback, and you will get a menu to adjust audio, subtitle and speaker options.
  • When you’re playing a video or nesting deeming in submenus, press and hold the “Menu” button to take you back to the main menu.
  • Data entry using the remote is slow and error prone. Use the free Remote app on your iPhone or iPad instead. Or use any bluetooth keyboard via Settings > General > Bluetooth.
  • Rather than using the default National Geographic pictures as screen saver, you can select movie trailer posters, your Photo Stream photos or Flickr album. Change it under Settings > Screen Saver > Photos.
  • To hide apps on your home screen, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
  • To rearrange the icons on the home screen, first navigate to the app icon. Press and hold the “Select” button until the icon begins to jiggle, then use the arrow keys to move the icon where you want.
  • In addition to iPhone and iPad, you can AirPlay content on your Mac to the Apple TV if you are running OS X Mountain Lion or later. 
  • Instead of using the stock Apple remote control, you can program non-Apple remote control if it has learning capability. Setup is under Settings > General > Remotes > Learn Remote. This allows you to use one remote to control all your home entertainment TV and boxes.
  • To reset your Apple TV in case it is unresponsive, press and hold down “Menu” button together with “Down” button.