Apple TV+ is a hugely popular $5-a-month service that’s easy to use and continues to offer shows and movies for all ages and interests. He has proven more than his mettle with massive award wins and nominations at both the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmys for success stories like CODA, Ted Lassoand Dismissal.
But whether you’re new to the service beyond just programming, Apple TV and its app can do a lot that new users (and even some seasoned viewers) may not know about. For an optimal experience, here are some Apple TV Plus tips and tricks every viewer should know!
Further reading on Apple TV+
Take advantage of the Up Next queue
If you are new to the Apple TV app, take a moment to understand how categories and shows work. The main tabs at the top (depending on your version) include Now, lookwhich is a mix of Apple TV+ and suggested content from other services; Apple TV+that focuses only on content from the Service; shop, where you can rent or buy movies and TV shows; Sports for live sports programs; and yours Library, where all your purchased content is. You may also see Movies and Television shows depending on the version of your application.
Whether you’re scrolling through the Watch Now, Apple TV, or other tabs, any title you select will show you an “Add to Next” button. This will add the title to your Forward tab, which is your own curated list of what interests you – always front and center.
Up Next will also download content from other platforms you may be interested in, such as Hulu and Amazon Prime. This is actually useful because Up Next will keep you updated when there’s a new episode of a show you like, so you don’t have to jump between apps to make sure you’ve caught everything new.
Enable subtitles and change language
Subtitles are useful for everything from helping viewers enjoy content in other languages, to keeping the sound down, to getting some clarity on conversations. You can activate them at any time by playing a title, pausing it, and selecting the three dots Settings menu from the bottom of the app. Here, take your pick subtitles and make sure it is enabled. Here you can also choose a subtitle language or switch the app to a completely different language (albeit from a more limited list).
Turn off annoying notifications
With standard settings, Apple TV+ will send you notifications on your device about new content coming to the platform. This can quickly become annoying, especially since it’s not always customized to what you want to watch. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off these alerts quickly. On your Apple device, go to Settingsthen go to Notices section. Find it television section and make sure that Enable notifications is turned off. You can still see suggested content with Up Next and similar TV+ sections.
Apple TV+ has a dark mode, but it’s a bit complicated in how it works. On your Mac or iOS device, dark mode will be enabled automatically if your device’s dark mode is enabled. On iOS, you can enable dark mode by going to SettingsI am going to Display and brightnessand activate Dark mode. Mac is similar: System Preferences, Generaland Dark in Appearance section. On the Apple TV platform, you can find the same option under Settings, Generaland Appearance.
Want to watch a show later but don’t want it to interfere with your data plan or require an internet connection? Next to each TV+ title you will see small cloud icon (on Mac) or a down arrow icon (on iOS). This is the universal button to download Apple content. Select it and the title will be downloaded to your device’s native storage — just make sure you have enough storage for these often heavy shows. This feature is not available for the Apple TV receiver, which is designed to stand in one place. See our full explainer for how to download movies and shows from Apple TV.
Don’t miss anything with sleep mode
Well, here’s a feature that’s specifically for Apple TV users. Sleep modes are great for watching at night when you want to drift off into watching a show but don’t want it to be too far ahead. You can turn this on by heading to Settings on your Apple TV, Generaland Sleep after section. Here you can set a specific time to turn off the Apple TV based on when you yourself want to go to sleep.
Do you prefer to speed up or slow down the playback speed for certain content? Apple TV will let you do that, but only in the iOS app — not the desktop app or the Apple TV set-top box.
To do so, on your device, pause whatever title you’re watching, select the settings with three dots Menuand select Playback speed. You will have options to stream at half speed, 1.0x 1.25x, 1.5x or 2x.
Since Apple TV pulls content from a variety of places, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of what new content is showing up in the app, especially if it’s not already on your radar. We have a solution for that! Visit our guide to the latest Apple TV+ content. We’re constantly updating it with everything new that comes out so you know what to look for without wasting time.