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Wish-list: Let me back up (and restore) my Apple TV

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Wish-list: Let me back up (and restore) my Apple TV

Most of the people don't seem to be going to have more than one Apple TVs. However backups are nonetheless essential.

I've two Apple TVs: One for my front room, and one for my much-tinier administrative center TV display to check tvOS betas and take screenshots. I did not intend to pick out up two Apple TVs — a results of my sister and I now not coordinating and purchasing our oldsters the similar Christmas present — however I'm going to admit, having one for checking out functions is lovely great when your task comes to writing about Apple TV.

Surroundings up that 2d Apple TV, then again, wasn't so great. That is as a result of, in contrast to your iPhone or iPad, Apple does not back up your Apple TV apps and settings to iCloud. If you are going to buy a brand new Apple TV and need to set it up, you are doing so from scratch.

Apps, begone

When it got here to the third-generation Apple TV, you did not have to set up a lot: You wanted to go into a Wi-Fi password and your Apple ID, and conceal any pre-installed apps you did not maintain. The fourth-generation Apple TV is a special beast totally, in large part as a result of its app inhabitants.

While you purchase a brand new or 2d Apple TV for your home, you'll be able to automatically set up your Wi-Fi and Apple ID, however in relation to reconfiguring your apps — and any private knowledge inside of them — you need to do it one-by-one, by the use of the Bought display. Apple kindly gives a Now not on This Apple TV segment so as to temporarily see what apps you are lacking, however it is a trouble: You'll be able to't batch obtain apps.

The ones apps additionally do not retain their knowledge and personal tastes until they have got been syncing to iCloud. In case your video games be offering iCloud sync, chances are you'll retain ranges and power-ups, but when they do not — or if the implementation is completed poorly — you are beginning over.

A model of iCloud's backup carrier for Apple TV may just repair a lot of this, permitting you to stay your app knowledge intact, steer clear of long app re-downloading, and save your Settings customizations. Even though you did not have a 2d Apple TV, a backup comes in handy within the tournament your present hardware breaks for any explanation why.

The opposite backup drawback

Even with Apple providing a backup carrier, there is one drawback iCloud can not repair. Many Apple TV streaming apps have their very own separate usernames and passwords; if I've to re-download Hulu to a brand new Apple TV, that suggests reentering my knowledge to log in.

This has been an issue because the first iPhone backup, to no nice wonder. Apple does not need to be chargeable for saving your own logins inside of an app, nor does the corporate need to make it simple to get into your different accounts if somebody nefarious manages to execute a repair.

However there needs to be an more uncomplicated approach. Some apps have inbuilt pseudo two-factor authentication at the Apple TV so that you can steer clear of slide-typing with the Apple TV remote or praying password dictation works as promised: While you release an app for the primary time, it presentations a six digit code and asks you to seek advice from a site in your Mac to verify you wish to have to make use of your account in this Apple TV. This can be a a lot nicer procedure, general, for reactivating accounts.

Given the iPhone's give a boost to for Bluetooth and tap-activation, then again, this may well be even more uncomplicated: As an example, when you've got the Hulu app on each your iPhone and new Apple TV, the Hulu TV app may just advised you to "faucet" your iPhone to the Apple TV to switch login knowledge — simply as you do all the way through your preliminary Apple TV setup.

The design element

Apple had a large number of paintings to do at the new Apple TV prior to it shipped final November, and necessary options were given left at the drawing desk for it to send on time. That incorporated high-value stuff like Dictation, complete get entry to to iCloud Photograph Library, and a few Siri instructions — all of that are in the most recent tvOS 9.2 update.

As such, I perceive why backing up or restoring from backup wasn't on the most sensible of the Apple TV and tvOS staff's record: In the end, I don't believe maximum customers are going to have more than one Apple TVs, and the want to repair from backup is (optimistically) uncommon.

However there's a want there: App developers who set up beta tool would possibly want to repair malfunctioning Apple TV devices. The ones purchasing a brand new Apple TV for members of the family would possibly need to set it up with a large number of the similar apps or logins as their very own. And if your personal Apple TV breaks, iCloud backup can prevent a large number of the heartache of reassembling your app assortment.

What do you assume, iMore? Would you employ an iCloud backup carrier for Apple TV, or are there extra urgent issues Apple will have to care for? Let us know within the feedback.


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