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How to Update Apple TV Firmware (Automatic & Manual)



How to Update Apple TV

Apple TV has been providing us with new models over the past few years. Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD are the latest models that include updated features. It supports 4K and HDR, bringing you a great TV experience. Additionally, it comes with a cool Siri remote to make voice commands on Apple TV. Furthermore, you can use the App Store on Apple TV to add a lot of apps. Updating the Apple TV firmware is an important function and is very easy to perform. Without an update, your device might show issues in running and adding apps to it. However, you might find it a little hard to perform an update on Apple TV if it is your first time. In this section, we will discuss two different ways to update your Apple TV.

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How to Update Apple TV

Updating your Apple TV can be done in two different ways. You shall manually update the device or activate the automatic update. If you aren’t sure about your Apple TV model, you shall click on the link What Generation is My Apple TV to find it out.

How to Update Apple TV Manually

You can update the Apple TV HD or 4K devices easily all by yourself. Follow these simple steps for the same. Before proceeding any further, you shall even check out the current Apple TV Version.

Pocket Guide: To manually update Apple TV, go to Settings >> System >> Software Updates >> Update Software >> Download and Install.

1. Initially, launch the Settings app from the home screen. 

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2. From the Settings menu, choose the System option. 

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3. Next, choose the Software Updates option on the menu.

4. Further, choose the Update Software option.

5. If an update is available, select the Download and Install option.

Note: If an update is unavailable, you get a message telling you that the device is up to date.

6. Wait for the update of your device to complete. It might take a few minutes for it to get completed.

Note: Make sure that you don’t plug your device out of the power when the update is going on.

How to Update Apple TV Automatically (Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K)

Apart from manually updating it, you can set an automatic update on it. With an automatic update, you can save time and effort.

Pocket Guide: To Auto-update TV, open Settings >> System >> Software Update >> Automatically Update.

1. Initially, launch the Settings app from the home screen. 

2. From the Settings menu, choose the System option. 

3. Next, choose the Software Updates option on the menu.

4. Finally, choose the Automatically Update option.

How to Update the Apple TV 3rd Generation or Older

Those with 3rd generation or earlier models can update the device with the below steps.

Pocket Guide: To update older model Apple TVs, open Settings >> General >> Software Updates >> Update Software >> Download and Install.

1. Turn on your Apple TV and go to the Apple TV Settings app using the remote controller.

2. Navigate to select the General option to choose Software Updates.

3. Click on the Update Software option.

4. If there is any new update, select Download and Install.

5. Allow the device to restart and with this, you will be using the latest software version.

Can’t Update Apple TV: Possible Fixes

Carry out the following fixes if you are unable to install the latest version on Apple TV.

  • Check if your Apple TV has an active internet connection.
  • When the update progress bar is stuck or paused, wait for some time to allow the update to complete. Never unplug the Apple TV.
  • If you find Erase All Settings or Restart message during the update, you shall restart the Apple TV first and then select erase all settings.
  • When you find your Apple TV isn’t updating even after an hour, then contact the Support site.

How to Fix Apple TV Won’t Turn On After a Software Update?

In unfortunate cases, your Apple TV won’t turn on after carrying out the software update. To resolve it, you shall carry out the below fixes.

  • The general troubleshooting is to unplug the TV box from the TV, plug it back and perform the software update again.
  • When your device shows a warning symbol, a flashing indicator light, or a black screen while updating the software,
    • Apple TV 4k users need to contact Apple Support.
    • If you are using an Apple TV HD or lower models, you shall need to restore your Apple TV using Mac/PC with iTunes.

That was all about updating Apple TV in different ways. It is to note that updating Apple TV is one of the most important troubleshooting tricks to fix most issues on Apple TV. Just like turning on, you shall turn off Apple TV in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check for updates on Apple TV?

You can always check for updates on your Apple TV easily. Go to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software. Here you can see if there is an update or not.

How to update Apple TV Apps?

To automatically update apps, open Settings >> Apps >> Automatically Update Apps. To manually update apps on Apple TV, launch App Store >> search for the app >> click Update (if available). On the latest models, you shall uninstall and download apps on Apple TV as a fresh installation will be of the latest version.

How to update the Apple TV app?

Updating the Apple TV will automatically update your Apple TV.

How to change the Apple TV remote battery?

You shall check out our guide on how to change or charge the battery on Apple TV Remote article for step-by-step guidelines.

How to change the Apple TV name?

You can rename your Apple TV under Settings >> General >> Apple TV >> rename Apple TV.

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