Taking screenshot on the new Apple TV isn’t that simple. Well, it is at least possible to take one because the earlier version of Apple TV did not even support that. Apple TV 3 did not have any function to take a screenshot. However, Apple TV 2 supported screenshot feature; but you have to Jailbreak it.
Thanks to Apple, the latest Apple TV 4 supports taking screenshots. As said earlier, it is not that straight forward to take a screenshot on Apple TV 4. You’ll need a Mac and a USB type-C to USB type-A cable. There are two different ways to take a screenshot on Apple TV4: By using Xcode and without using Xcode. Let’s check out both ways.
How to Take Screenshot on Apple TV Using Xcode
Step #1. First and foremost step is to install Xcode on your Mac.
Step #2. Connect your Apple TV to television.
Step #3. Now connect your Mac to Apple TV using USB type-C to USB type-A cable.
Step #4. Open Xcode on your Mac.
Step #5. On Xcode, click on the Windows menu.
Step #6. Now click on Devices, and select Apple TV from the list of devices.
Step #7. Now click on Take Screenshot.
Voila! The screenshot you just took will be saved on your Mac in desktop folder. By default, the resolution of your screenshot will be 1920×1080; regardless of the resolution you have set on your display.
How to Take Screenshot on Apple TV Without Xcode
This process will remain same for video recording as well as taking screenshot from Apple TV4. This process uses Mac’s native QuickTime app.
Step #1. Open QuickTime player on your Mac.
Step #2. Connect your TV to your Mac using USB-C to USB cable.
Step #3. Now on your Mac in QuickTime player, go to File menu and select New Movie Recording.
Step #4. Click on “v” icon located near gray and red record button.
Step #5. From the list of available options, select Apple TV for both: Camera and Microphone.
Step #6. You will now see your Apple TV feed on your Mac screen.
Step #7. Click recording button to start video recording.
Step #8. To take screen shot, press Command-Shift-4, then hit the space bar. This till turn your cursor to camera icon.
Step #9. Take your cursor on the window, until the title bar and recording interface disappear.
Step #10. Now click the trackpad or mouse to take a screenshot.