How to Use Apple TV App

If you a first time user wanting to learn how to use Apple TV app, we have you covered in this guide and we will show you how to use the TV app as well as costing for it, if any, in the below guide.

Bella Miller Last Updated: Mar. 17, 2020

If there is one app that has created a lot of buzzes around lately, it is Apple’s TV app. Although the app existed under a different name on the iOS devices for a long time, it is only recently that it has received a major overhaul. The new revamped Apple TV app now boasts new features that you can enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, as well as some other compatible televisions.

Apple TV App

Apple TV App

If this is your first time using the app, you may want to learn how you can make the most out of it. Obviously the app has a ton of content for you to consume but you will only be able to do it if you know how to access all this content. Therefore, we have created this guide for you to learn how to use the app on your various devices.

How to Use Apple TV App

On an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, it is extremely easy to use the Apple TV app. All you basically need to do is launch the app and you are all set to start watching your favorite content. On an Apple Mac, though, watching the Apple TV content will require some extra effort. It is because not all the versions of macOS have the TV app available for it.

You will need to first upgrade the Mac to be able to access the TV app on your machine. Here we show you how you can access Apple TV on a Mac and also how to access the service without any cables.

1. How to Use Apple TV App on Mac

As said earlier, you are going to need to first update the version of macOS running on your Mac. The Apple TV app is only available in the latest macOS Catalina update. If you are not running this version, the following should help you update your Mac as well as teach you how to use the TV app on your Mac.

Step 1. On your Mac, click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen and select About This Mac.

Access the Details Panel for Your Mac

Access the Details Panel for Your Mac

Step 2. When the panel opens, you will find a button saying Software Update. Click on the button and it will launch the Mac App Store on your Mac.

Check for an Update for Your Mac

Check for an Update for Your Mac

Step 3. In the Mac App Store, you will find that an update is available for your machine. Click on the Update button next to it and let your Mac get updated to the latest macOS version available.

Update Your Mac to the Latest MacOS Version

Update Your Mac to the Latest MacOS Version

Step 4. Once your Mac is updated, click on Launchpad and launch the Apple TV app.

When the app launches, you will be able to use it like how you did on your iOS-based devices. Just click on the content you wish to watch and it will start playing on your machine. Also, since the app syncs your content across your Apple devices, you will be able to pick up a show from where you left off on your other devices.

The only downside of the Apple TV app for Mac is that it does not let you access the contents of other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. You can do so on your iOS devices but you cannot on your Mac. Other than that, it works great. So that is how you use the Apple TV service on a Mac.

2. How to Use Apple TV App without Cable

If you have never liked any systems that require cables to be plugged-in as it is all messy for you, you would be extremely happy to know that you do not need any cables to use Apple TV. Since Apple TV is an application that can be installed on your iOS devices and Mac machine, you really do not require any cables to access the service.

However, you will require access to an Internet connection which may require some cables but that is not something directly related to Apple TV. So to use the Apple TV app without cables, all you need to do is install the app on your compatible devices and you are good to go. No messy cables anymore.

Is Apple TV App Free

Once you get the Apple TV app on your devices, the first thing that you will probably wonder is if the service is free. Well, the answer is both a yes and a no. Yes, because some of the content you find in the app is free to view. This includes your own videos, music, and content from a select few channels. You can access this for free for your consumption.

Some of the premium channels, though, will require you to pay a monthly fee. This monthly fee will let you subscribe to your favorite channels and you will be able to watch them on your compatible devices.

Initially, you will be just fine with the free content on the app. However, as you go along, you may subscribe to your favorite channels to enjoy your favorite content.

The Bottom Line

Using Apple TV on any of your compatible devices is easy, even on a Mac as it now comes preloaded with the TV app. We hope the above guide helps you get started with Apple TV on your Mac and also sheds light on some pricing information for the service.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.