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How to authorize your computer for Apple TV

Apple TV allows you to stream your favorite movies and shows from your computer. Learn how to authorize your computer for Apple TV in a few simple steps.

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Published Dec 26, 2022
Image: Apple TV on laptop.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: Apple TV

  • How do I authorize my computer for Apple TV?
  • Learning how to authorize computers for Apple TV will help someone access content from multiple devices.
  • In this article, you will learn how to easily authorize your computer so that you can use it with your Apple TV.

Apple TV is a great way to watch movies, TV shows, and other streaming content on your TV. But before you can start streaming, you need to authorize your computer for Apple TV. This process is easy and straightforward, and in this guide, we’ll show you how to get it done. First, you’ll need to open the iTunes Store on your computer. You can do this by clicking the iTunes Store icon in the Dock, or by opening the iTunes application. Once the iTunes Store is open, you’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you’ll need to create one. Once you’ve signed in, you’ll need to find the “Authorize Computer” option. This is usually located in the “Account” section of the iTunes Store. Click the “Authorize Computer” button and enter your

How to authorize computer for Apple TV

In order to authorize a computer for Apple TV, you must use the same Apple ID and password that was used to set up the Apple TV. This will ensure that the computer is connected to the same Apple account and can access the same content and features.

  1. Connect the Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Select your Apple TV from the list of devices.
  4. Enter the four-digit code displayed on your Apple TV.
  5. Click Authorize.

Our takeaway

In conclusion, authorizing your computer for Apple TV is a great way to get the most out of your streaming experience. With a few simple steps, you can easily set up your computer to access your favorite movies, shows, and music. So grab your Apple TV remote and get ready to explore a world of entertainment! And don't forget to invite your friends over for a movie night - you'll all be able to watch the same movie on different devices!


What is the process for authorizing a computer for Apple TV?

The process for authorizing a computer for Apple TV is fairly simple. First, you need to make sure that your computer is compatible with Apple TV. Once you have confirmed that, you can open iTunes on your computer and sign in with your Apple ID. Then, you can select the Apple TV from the list of devices and click “Authorize” to complete the process.

How do I know if my computer is authorized for Apple TV?

You can check to see if your computer is authorized for Apple TV by going to the Apple TV app and selecting Settings > Accounts > iTunes and App Store. If your computer is authorized, you will see your Apple ID listed.

What types of computers are compatible with Apple TV?

Apple TV is compatible with Mac computers running OS X 10.9 or later, and PC computers running Windows 7 or later.

Is there a limit to the number of computers I can authorize for Apple TV?

No, there is no limit to the number of computers you can authorize for Apple TV.

Are there any special requirements for authorizing a computer for Apple TV?

Yes. To authorize a computer for Apple TV, the computer must be running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and have iTunes 7.6 or later installed. Additionally, the computer must be connected to the same network as the Apple TV device.

This article was originally published on 26 Dec 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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