How to update your Apple TV

Find out how to check for updates or set Apple TV to update the software for you automatically.

Update your Apple TV automatically

You can set your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD to install new updates automatically when they're available. Just go to Settings > System > Software Updates and turn on Automatically Update.

To update the software automatically on Apple TV (3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Software Updates and turn on Update Automatically.

Update Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD

  1. Go to Settings > System > Software Updates and Select Update Software.
  2.  If there's an update, select Download and Install. Wait for your Apple TV to download the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update has been completed.
  3. Once the update has been downloaded, your Apple TV will restart and prepare the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update has been completed.
  4. Once Apple TV has prepared the update, it will install it. When the update is complete, your Apple TV will restart again automatically.

Update Apple TV (3rd generation)

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Updates.
  2. Select Update Software.
  3. If there's an update, download and install it.
  4. Wait for your Apple TV to download the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update has been completed.

Once the update has been downloaded, your Apple TV will restart and prepare the update, and then install it. When the update is complete, your Apple TV will restart again automatically.

Get help

  • If you can’t update your Apple TV, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network.
  • If the progress bar for the update appears stuck or paused, don’t unplug your Apple TV. Allow more time for the update to complete. If you've been waiting for more than an hour, contact Apple Support before you restart or unplug Apple TV.
  • If there is an issue during the update, you may see a message that asks you to Erase All Settings or Restart. Try the Restart option first. If you see the same message again, select Erase All Settings.
  • If your Apple TV doesn't turn on once the update has been completed, find out what to do
  • For other issues, contact Apple Support.
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