How to Take Apple TV Screenshot or Screencasts Wirelessly

With the arrival of tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, taking screenshots or screencasts of Apple TV using Mac has become a bit less painful. Jump over to this hands-on tutorial to find out how to capture screenshots on Apple TV wirelessly.

Gone are the days when taking screenshots or screencasts of Apple TV using Mac used to be a cumbersome affair. To tell you the truth, not too long ago you had to use Apple’s Xcode developer utility and your digital media player needed to be connected to your computer via a USB or USB-C to USB cable. But that lengthy workaround is a thing of the past thanks to tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra as you can now capture screenshots on your set-top box wirelessly!

But before rushing through the steps, make sure your Apple TV and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, ensure that they are updated to the latest operating system. More after the break:

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How to Take Screenshots Or Screencasts Of Your Apple TV Wirelessly Using Mac

  • On your Apple TV, head over to Settings → Network and check out the network name next to Connection.
  • On your Mac, click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar → System Preferences → Network → Wi-Fi and ensure that the name of the network on your Mac is same as that of your TV.

Once both these devices are connected to the same local wireless network, they will automatically discover each other. Then, you won’t have any problem with snapping tvOS screenshots using your Mac.

Step #1. Launch QuickTime Player on your Mac and select New Movie Recording from the File menu or press Option (⌥)-Command (⌘)-N.

Now, you should see a new window with live video from your Mac’s camera.

Step #2. Now, you need to click the small downward-pointed arrow to the right of the circular red Recording button and choose your Apple TV’s name from the popup menu’s Camera section.

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A screen sharing prompt will appear on your Apple TV to inform that your Mac may attempt to capture a screenshot or record video of what’s shown on the screen. Click on Allow using your Siri Remote to continue.

Step #3. Next, you have to press Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-4. The pointer will now change to a crosshair.

Step #4. Next up, hit the Spacebar. The pointer will now look like a camera.

Step #5. Up next, you need to move the pointer over the QuickTime Player window and select the mouse or trackpad to take a screenshot of what’s currently shown on your TV. By default, the screenshot will be saved on the desktop.

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Recording your TV screen is just as straightforward. Keep reading…

How to Record Apple TV Screen Using Your Mac

tvOS screen recordings snapped on macOS is always in your current Apple TV resolution. For instance, if you have set 1080p video output on your set-top box, the captured video output will be in the full HD resolution at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels.

Step #1. Open QuickTime Player app on your computer and select New Movie Recording from the File menu or press Option (⌥)-Command (⌘)-N.

A new window will open with a live video from your Mac’s camera.

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You can change the default video and audio source by clicking the tiny downward arrow located at the right of the circular red Recording button and choose your Apple TV’s name under both the Camera and Microphone section.

Step #2. Now, a screen sharing prompt will show up on the screen to inform that another device will be able to take a screenshot or capture a video of what’s displayed on the TV.

You need to click on Allow using your Siri Remote to continue.

Step #3. Next up, you have to click the red Record button.

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Step #4. Up next, open an app and head over to Home screen then play a video or your favorite game.

To stop recording, just hit the Record button again.

Make the best use of the powerful editing tools to enhance your video. For instance, you can trim the video, use the rotation or flipping tool. Once you have beautified your video, you can share it on YouTube or blast it on Facebook and Twitter.

Unlike screenshots, video recording is not saved on Apple TV automatically. To save it, you to first click File menu and select Save command.

If you want to export the video, click File menu and select Export or Export As option.

How to Stop Mac from Taking tvOS Screenshots or Screencasts

If you ever wish to stop your Mac from taking tvOS screenshots or screencasts, simply remove your Apple TV as a trusted device.

To do so, open Settings app on your Apple TV→ Remotes & Devices → Remote App & Devices and then deselect your set-top box.

Over to you

That’s how you can snap the screens of your Apple TV a bit easier! Have any question? Toss it up in the comments.

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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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