How To Download Apps On Apple TV In 3 Steps, With Photos

Apple TV 4K vs Apple TV HD

How To Download Apps On Apple TV In 3 Steps, With Photos

Apple users can download apps on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. Since Apple TV HD came out, they can even download apps on their Apple TV streaming devices. Apple’s digital media player has improved in recent years with the release of the Apple TV 4K. Simply go to the App Store, and browse over 20,000 unique and downloadable. But how does one download apps on Apple TV in the first place? Keep reading to learn the steps.

Why Download Apps On Apple TV?

Before Apple TV HD launched, it was impossible to download apps on Apple TV. You were simply stuck with the pre-installed apps on the Apple TV device. Occasionally, Apple would add a new app to the home page with a software update. But, the change in what you could stream from the device was minimal. That all changed with the fourth-generation Apple TV and beyond. But what kind of apps can you download, anyway? What’s the purpose of knowing how to download apps on Apple TV?


Apple TV lets you download just about any streaming service app you can imagine. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, you name it – all have Apple TV apps. With previous models, your only way to stream something from other apps was via AirPlay or Screen Mirroring. Now, with the added convenience of an Apple TV App Store, you can download the app of any streaming service. Thankfully, all the major players in the streaming space have an Apple TV app.


Apple Arcade, supported on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, lets you access a vast library of games designed especially for the Apple TV interface. Plus, the Apple Arcade allows you to save your progress and hand it off to another device on your account. This lets you continue to play from device to device without interruption. The Apple TV has games for all age groups and fans of all genres.

Working Out

Apple TV App Store has an excellent selection of workout apps. Harkening back to the early days of Wii Fit, these apps make working out fun, easy, and accessible in one. Apple even offers its workout interface through its Apple Fitness+ service. Whether you enjoy morning yoga, need weightlifting guidance, or want a guided daily workout, there’s a workout app. Browsing the wide selection, you might get hooked on a brand-new type of workout.

Apple TV 4K (3rd Generation)
  • 4K Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound and HDR10+ support
  • Equipped with the powerful A15 Bionic chip
  • Third-generation Siri Remote with improved clickpad
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet options available
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03/11/2024 09:42 am GMT

How To Download Apps On Apple TV

Downloading apps on Apple TV is beneficial. But how do you download apps to your device in the first place? Let’s walk through the process below, moving one step at a time with photos to help us along the way. For context, we’re working with a first-generation Apple TV 4K.

Note: Any Apple TV model released before the Apple TV HD (a.k.a. the 4th-generation Apple TV) will not be able to download apps.

Step One: Open The App Store

Apple TV home page.
The Apple TV App Store is located near the top of the home page by default.

Start by powering your Apple TV device and navigating to the App Store app. Unless you’ve moved or re-arranged your apps at some point, this app should be at the top of the Apple TV home page. The icon is identical to those of other Apple devices. Click on the icon once you’ve found it.

Step Two: Browse For Apps

Apple TV App Store home page.
Browse the Apple TV App Store to find apps you want to download.

Next, browse the App Store to find the applications you want to download. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to search for one (or more) by name. You can also browse by specific categories or charts using the navigation menu options above. Once you’ve found the app (or apps) you want, click its icon to open its details page.

Step Three: Hit Download

YouTube TV app page on Apple TV App Store.
To download apps on Apple TV, hit the “Get” button.

Select the “Get” button to initiate the app download. If you’ve already downloaded the app, you’ll see an iCloud icon instead of the “Get” button. Once it’s complete, the “Get” button will change to “Open.” Proceed to use the app as you normally would any other app. That’s all it takes to download apps on Apple TV.

For a comprehensive video walkthrough, make sure to check out this video:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you update apps on Apple TV?

Apple TV will automatically update apps if you enable the “Update Apps Automatically” feature in the Apple TV Settings.

Go to Settings, select Apps, then locate the option to Automatically Update Apps and toggle the switch to “On.” Alternatively, you can also manually update apps.

Open the App Store on your Apple TV, then go to the “Updates” tab. From here, select the app you want to update. Click the “Update” button next to the app’s name if an update is available.

How do you close apps on Apple TV?

To close apps on the Apple TV, double-press the Home button on the Siri Remote. This will bring up the App Switcher interface. From here, swipe up on the touchpad to dismiss or force-close the app you want to close.

Repeat this procedure as often as you want by swiping left or right on the touchpad. Once done, hit the Home button again to return to the Apple TV home page.

Can you rearrange apps on Apple TV?

To rearrange apps on the Apple TV, first press and hold the touchpad on the Siri Remote until the app icon starts jiggling. Then, use the touchpad to move the app to the desired location.

You can also create folders on the Apple TV by dragging one app to another — just as you would on an iPhone or iPad. To name the folder, highlight it and press the touchpad, then use the on-screen keyboard to enter any name you’d like.

Which Apple TV models can download apps?

Any Apple TV model from the Apple TV HD and beyond supports app downloads. This includes the Apple TV HD (also known as the Apple TV 4th Generation) and all three generations of the Apple TV 4K. Apple TV’s first three generations do not support App Store downloads.

Are there any paid apps on the Apple TV?

Yes, the Apple TV does have paid apps. While most apps on the Apple TV are free to download, some cost money. Most come in under $5 or less, with some available for as cheap as $0.99. Many free apps also offer in-app purchases.

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