How to add, delete and install apps on your Apple TV

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How to add, delete and install Apple TV apps

The Apple TV used to rely entirely on Apple to strike up deals with streaming companies, but that thankfully changed when Apple developed tvOS and debuted the Apple TV App Store.

Now you have an entire world of streaming apps at your disposal. That's essential, because to properly take advantage of everything your Apple TV can offer, you're going to need to learn how to make use of those apps.

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But how do you do that? What can you do exactly? How do you even find apps for what you want to watch? Well, TV-watching friends, we've got you covered.

How to add, delete and install Apple TV apps

The first thing you're going to need to do is actually, you know, install apps to your Apple TV. This will not only give you some streaming options, but it'll make Apple's TV app a lot more useful (until Apple announces that rumored streaming service, at least).

The TV app pulls together everything you're watching from most services (except Netflix) and keeps track of it for you. So you can just open it up and it knows that you're on season 4, episode 3 of Game of Thrones. It can also tell you which of your apps hosts certain shows and movies and will automatically open them for you.

How to add, delete and install Apple TV apps

To install an app, you just have to head to the App Store. Here, you'll find a number of collections that highlight app by type, including things like sports streaming apps, games and more. You'll also see the most popular apps, both free and paid. It's a good place to get started. On top of that, if you already know what you want you can head to the search toggle and type in your app.

Once you've done that, you'll see the app added to your Home Screen, which is divided into two sections. The top line is basically the dock, where you can arrange your favorite apps for easy choosing. Below that your apps are just sorta listed, like they are on the iPhone.

How to add, delete and install Apple TV apps

To move the apps, do the following:

1) Select an app and press and hold the Select button on the Apple TV remote. Everything will start jiggling.
2) Swipe up, down, left and right to move it around.
3) Move it to the top row if you're adding it to your favorite apps.
4) Hit the select button on the remote again to lock everything into place.

You can also create folders that make things a little easier to manage. Here's how you do that.

1) Select an app and press and hold the Select button on the Apple TV remote.
2) Swipe to move the selected app over another one.
3) Hold it over until a folder is created.
4) Click select to create the folder.

How to delete Apple TV apps

How to add, delete and install Apple TV apps

Say you haven't used an app in forever, or you unsubscribed to Netflix because the monthly fees are just too much. It's pretty simple to simply delete that app forever.

1) Select and app and hold the touchpad until it jiggles.
2) Press the Play/Pause button.
3) Choose Delete.

Be warned that if you delete an app, it'll delete all the data associated with it. So if you have progress saved in a game or log-in information, that's all gone from your Apple TV. If you choose to reinstall the app for whatever reason, you'll have to re-enter that information.


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