How to Watch Apple TV+ on Roku in 5 Steps, With Photos

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How to Watch Apple TV+ on Roku in 5 Steps, With Photos

Streaming services are growing in number, and keeping up with them is hard. Wading through the myriad options makes picking the right one tough. Sometimes, you even get suggestions or recommendations to subscribe to Apple TV+ to watch a trending show. The problem is, how can you watch Apple TV+ on Roku in the first place? Let’s walk through the series of steps below.

Why Watch Apple TV+ On Roku?

Apple TV and Apple TV+ are not the same thing. One is a digital media player plugged into your television, and the other is Apple’s streaming service designated for original films and shows. We’re talking about the streaming service here, not the digital media player of a similar name.

Interestingly, Apple has made this streaming service available on various devices outside their product line. This includes Roku devices, desktops, and mobile.

While Apple keeps many of its services and tools exclusive to its own devices, this wouldn’t be a brilliant idea for a streaming service. Can you imagine what would happen if Netflix excluded a portion of its audience based on their streaming device of choice? It’d be a disaster.

You can enjoy Apple TV+ content such as Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, and Shrinking without needing an Apple device. This is why someone might want to watch Apple TV+ on Roku. Maybe they heard a particular show or movie was worth watching and wanted to check it out.

The Apple TV+ app on Roku makes this possible, even if you’re an Android, Samsung, or Google user who doesn’t own a single Apple product. It’s a smart move that helps Apple TV+ compete with Netflix and other competitive streaming services in this space.

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How To Watch Apple TV+ On Roku

Now that you know it’s possible to watch Apple TV+ on Roku, let’s look at the prerequisites.

You need a Roku TV or a Roku streaming device to complete these steps. Without one or the other, this guide won’t make much sense. Apple TV users should already have the Apple TV+ app installed by default. Other streaming devices, like Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV, will have different steps. Now that we’ve clarified this let’s get into the walkthrough.

Step One: Power On Your Device

Hisense Roku TV powering on.
Power on your Roku device to begin downloading the Apple TV+ app.

Stary by powering on your Roku-enabled television or Roku device. Ensure you’re connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Without a proper Internet connection, you won’t download any new channels or stream shows. Also, be sure to have the remote nearby. We will need it over the next several steps.

Step Two: Select Streaming Channels

Roku Streaming Channels home page.
Navigate to the Streaming Channels menu to download the Apple TV+ app.

From the Roku home screen, navigate to the menu heading that reads “Streaming Channels.” This option is located in the menu to the screen’s far left, past the apps grid on your home screen. Move to the left until you see the menu, then navigate to “Streaming Channels.” Once you’ve found it, hit the Select button on your remote.

Step Three: Search Channels

Apple TV in the search results of a Roku TV.
Search Apple TV+ in the Streaming Channels section of the Roku device.

From the “Streaming Channels” section, find the search option on the screen. Once you’ve located it, hit the Select button again. Then, type “Apple TV+” into the search bar using your remote. As you type, the search tool may autosuggest the Apple TV+ app.

Step Four: Add Apple TV+ Channel

Apple TV+ app on a Roku device.
Hit the “Add channel” button to download the Apple TV+ app to your Roku device.

Once you locate the Apple TV+ app, hit the Select button. This will bring up a menu of options. Find the option that says “Add Channel.” This will put the Apple TV+ app on your Roku’s home screen alongside the grid of other apps.

The “Streaming Channels” menu should automatically close and take you back to the home screen after you add the channel. However, if it doesn’t, simply hit the home screen button in the top corner of the Roku remote.

Step Five: Open App and Sign In

Apple TV+ sign in page on Roku.
Sign into Apple TV+ to begin streaming.

Lastly, it’s time to watch Apple TV+ on Roku. Back on the home screen, navigate to the Apple TV+ app, and hit the Select button on your remote. You’ll be prompted to log into an existing Apple TV+ account or create a new one using your Apple ID.

Enter the necessary info to log in or sign up, then complete the process based on your provided prompts. At last, you’ll be taken to the Apple TV+ home screen. Feel free to browse until you find something you want to watch. Happy streaming!

In the following video, The Streaming Advisor demonstrates how easy adding Apple TV+ to Roku is and walks you through the type of content you’ll be able to stream on the app.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between Apple TV and Apple TV+?

Apple TV is a streaming device that plugs into an HD or 4K television. The device functions more or less the same as a Roku or other smart TV streaming hub, offering a variety of apps and features that allow you to stream content from the device to your television via HDMI. Apple TV+, on the other hand, is Apple’s streaming home for its library of original movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials.

How much does Apple TV+ cost?

Apple TV+ is $6.99 a month. However, many eligible Apple devices offer a few months of Apple TV+ for free. There’s also a seven-day free trial offer available for first-time users. In the past, Apple has frequently run promotional offers that provide a few months of Apple TV+ for free surrounding their big releases such as Ted Lasso or Emancipation.

What are the best shows to watch on Apple TV+?

As of this writing, some of the highest-rated television shows on Apple TV+ are:

  • Ted Lasso, an award-winning sports comedy starring Jason Sudeikis
  • The Morning Show, a tense drama about a newsroom starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon
  • Severance, a surreal workplace comedy-drama starring Adam Scott
  • Dickinson, a historical coming-of-age drama about the titular poet starring Hailee Steinfeld
  • Shrinking, a heartfelt dramatic comedy starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford

What are the best movies to watch on Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ has a number of great movies and documentaries available to stream. Some options include:

  • Coda, a moving family drama that became the first streaming original to win Best Picture at the Oscars
  • Emancipation, a gritty historical drama from Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth, a dramatic comedy from indie filmmaker Cooper Raiff

Apple TV+ will also exclusively release new films from Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott in 2023.

Can you watch Apple TV+ on a Roku device?

Yes, you can watch Apple TV+ on a Roku device. There is an Apple TV+ app available to download from the “Streaming Channels” tab on the Roku home screen’s main menu. You can also download an Apple TV+ app on Chromecast and Fire TV devices. The app comes pre-installed on Apple TV streaming devices, as well. The streaming service can also be accessed from its desktop site.

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