How to Enable Automatic Downloads in tvOS 10 on Apple TV

tvOS 10 lets you enable Automatic Downloads on your Apple TV in order to automatically download universal apps on the big screen.

Just like iOS and macOS, tvOS 10 has got “Automatic Downloads” feature. Once enabled, whenever you purchase any tvOS supported app on your iPhone or iPad, it will be automatically downloaded on your Apple TV as well.

I find Auto-downloads on tvOS 10 very useful as it allows you to download your favorite universal app on Apple TV with ease. There are several apps like Netflix which I enjoy using on my iPhone and iPad and hence using them on the big TV screen gives me more fun.

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How to Enable Automatic Downloads in tvOS 10 on Apple TV

How to Turn on Automatic Downloads in tvOS 10 on Apple TV

  • By default, Auto-Downloads is disabled in tvOS 10.
  • Make sure you use the same iCloud account both on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  • In case you use Family Sharing, Automatic Downloads will not install your family members’ universal apps automatically on your Apple TV’s Home screen.

Step #1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.

Step #2. Next, you need to click on the Apps section located at the top-level menu.

Step #3. Now, make sure to set the Automatically Install Apps option to On.

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From now onwards, if you download any universal iOS app on our iPhone, it will be automatically downloaded on your Apple TV as well.

How to Disable Automatic Downloads in tvOS 10 on Apple TV

No longer want apps to be downloaded on your Apple TV automatically? You can quickly turn off this feature.

Step #1. Open Settings → Apps section.

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Step #2. Now, set the Automatically Install Apps to Off.

How to Find Universal iOS Apps in tvOS 10 App Store on Apple TV

You can check out the availability of tvOS versions of iOS apps easily. If you don’t want to keep auto-downloads turned on and instead wish to keep an eye on the tvOS versions of iOS apps in order to download only specific ones, it can be a good option.

Step #1. Open App Store → Purchase tab.

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Step #2. In the left-hand corner, you need to click on Not on This App TV. It will show all the universal iOS apps downloaded on your iPhone or iPad but are not available on the TV.

In the right-hand section, you have to click on the iOS app you wish to download. Now, click on Touch Surface.

The app page will begin to load. Simply highlight the Install button, click the Siri Remote’s Touch surface to start the download process.

How to Turn Off Automatic App Updates in tvOS 10 on Apple TV

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Apple TV apps get updated automatically whenever latest versions are released. But, if don’t want them to get auto-refreshed, you can disable this feature.

Step #1. Open Settings → Apps section.

Step #2. Next, you have to set Automatically Update Apps option to Off.

I would recommend you to keep it on as it keeps the apps updated. To check out which apps have been recently updated on your Apple TV, go to Purchased → Recently Updated in the App Store.

That’s it!

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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