You can setup an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) by touching it with an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7. Wireless settings and your iTunes Store account will automatically transfer, saving you a lot of clunky on-screen typing with Apple’s remote.

If it’s a brand new Apple TV, plug it in and stop at the initial setup screen (pictured). Grab your iOS device, unlock it, make sure Bluetooth is enabled in Settings, and touch it to your Apple TV. WiFi settings will transfer automatically and get your Apple TV onto your network, and your iOS device will ask for your iTunes Store password, then prompt you to save it in your Apple TV. You’re all set.

If your Apple TV is already setup and you need to change WiFi passwords or iTunes Store accounts, go to Settings > General > Reset (at the bottom) > Reset All Settings, which will kick you back to the aforementioned initial setup screen.

Support Finer Things in Tech on Patreon
You May Also Like

A list of small features and changes I would love to see in iOS 13

We all have hopes and dreams. Some of mine for iOS 13 focus on the polish and little details.

A brief list of major features far too many iPad apps still don’t support

Essential iPad features as old as iOS 9 still have not seen the broad adoption we need.

⌚️ One of my favorite Apple Watch use cases is grocery shopping

For me, it’s a use case that has less friction than carrying a physical list or even my iPhone.

Early thoughts on iPadOS

This is a major quality-of-life improvement across the board for the iPad.