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How to use the Photos app on Apple TV

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How to use the Photos app on Apple TV

How do I view footage on my Apple TV? The Photos app for Apple TV permits you to see all the fabulous footage and movies you've got taken, all on the giant display!

Need to blow their own horns video from that Yosemite travel remaining month, or take a look at some circle of relatives pictures? The Photos app on the Apple TV can do all that and extra. This is how the app works.

Sooner than we get began, you'll be able to first want to remember to've activated iCloud's photograph products and services (both iCloud Photograph Library, iCloud Photograph Sharing, or My Photograph Move) on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC — differently, you will not see a lot.

Get began with the Photos app

In contrast to Apple's different units, your Apple TV can not obtain photographs from the internet or Messages to upload to your Photos library — it is predicated only on iCloud's photograph sharing choices to provide your photographs. As such, you'll be able to want to log in to iCloud to make that occur, then flip on one among iCloud's photograph sharing choices.

How to log in to iCloud

  1. Choose the Settings app.
  2. Make a selection Accounts.

  3. Choose iCloud.
  4. Choose Check in.

  5. Input your Apple ID.
  6. Choose Proceed.
  7. Input the password related together with your Apple ID.
  8. Choose Signal In.

How to allow iCloud's photograph sharing choices

You've got a couple of other possible choices when it comes to viewing photographs on your Apple TV:

  • If you are subscribed to iCloud Photograph Library, you'll be able to movement all your selection of photographs and video
  • Should you simply need to percentage albums you've got shared with family and friends (or vice versa) you'll be able to flip on iCloud Photograph Sharing
  • In the event you don't seem to be subscribed to iCloud Photograph Library, you'll be able to flip on My Photograph Movement, which shall we your TV get right of entry to simply the final 1000 pictures or video you snapped.

You'll be able to learn extra details about each and every of them beneath, and make your selection:

How to circulate pictures to Apple TV

Are not looking for to circulate your library in the community on your Apple TV? You'll be able to steer clear of the entire iCloud factor altogether by way of the use of AirPlay. This is how to pass about it.

Meet the interface

As soon as you might have arrange your pictures, it is time to check out the Photos app on Apple TV. Relying on whether or not you are operating tvOS 9 or 10, you'll be able to see 3 or 4 tabs alongside the most sensible of the display to let you navigate your approach thru the app.


This presentations your whole pictures and movies in chronological add order. You'll be able to use the Siri Faraway to navigate your means thru each and every symbol; make a selection a picture or video, and you'll be able to view it in complete display. Simply watch out about the selfies you set up on the 60-inch display — you do not want to scare any person!

Reminiscences (tvOS 10 best)

Additionally found in iOS 10, the Reminiscences function mechanically and algorithmically collects pictures and video into albums primarily based on time, location, or faces in the photographs. The extra photographs you upload to iCloud, the extra reminiscences the app can generate.


This tab lets in you to view any photographs you have shared to iCloud together with your friends and family (or vice versa). Sadly, you'll be able to't percentage photographs and albums from the Apple TV — best view pictures and movies you or a chum has shared.


Right here, you'll be able to in finding any and all Albums you've gotten created, in conjunction with Apple's "sensible" albums for video, panoramas, and extra. As with Shared, you'll be able to't create or edit albums on your Apple TV, most effective view them.

Need to know extra?

If you are in search of much more a laugh issues the Photos app can do, take a look at our article on environment your footage as a screensaver:


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