How To Update Apps on Apple TV Set Top Boxes

Apple TV set top boxes allow you to access various streaming apps and services right on your TV. Like apps on your iPhone or iPad, the apps on the Apple TV also need to be updated periodically to get new features and bug fixes. Here is a detailed guide on how to update apps on your Apple TV.

Enable Automatic App Updates

The easiest way to keep your Apple TV apps updated is to enable automatic updates. Here are the steps:

  1. On your Apple TV’s home screen, open the Settings app (the one with the gears icon).
  2. Scroll down and select Apps.
  3. Under the Apps settings, you will see an option called Automatically Update Apps. Make sure this is turned on.

Once you have enabled this setting, your Apple TV will automatically download and install app updates in the background when new versions are released without any action needed from you.

Manually Update Apps

If you have disabled automatic updates or want to manually update a particular app, you can easily do that as well:

  1. Open the App Store app on your Apple TV. This is the app with the blue icon that looks like an “A”.
  2. In the App Store, either search for the app you want to update using the Search option at the top or browse your purchased apps by going to your account.
  3. If an update is available for the app, you will see an Update button next to it. Select this.
  4. The app will now start downloading the latest update. Once downloaded, it will automatically install it.

And that’s it! Whether you keep automatic updates enabled or manually install app updates, keeping your Apple TV apps up-to-date ensures you have access to the latest features and content.

Tips for Updating Apple TV Apps

Here are some additional tips for successfully updating apps on your Apple TV:

  • Make sure your Apple TV is connected to a high-speed internet connection for smooth downloading of app updates.
  • Large app updates like games can take a while to download and install. Avoid using or unplugging your Apple TV until the update process is fully complete.
  • If an app update is not working, try deleting and reinstalling the app. This will install the latest version.
  • Always check the App Store listing and release notes for an app before updating it to see what’s new or changed.
  • If you don’t use an app often, you can turn off automatic updates for only that particular app by going to its page in Settings.

Troubleshooting App Updates

Here are some solutions for common issues faced when updating Apple TV apps:

App update is stuck: If an app update appears stuck, restart your Apple TV and try again. Also check your internet connection.

Can’t find apps: Apple TV 4th gen and later models have access to the App Store. On older Apple TV 3rd gen, only built-in apps can be updated.

Missing apps after update: Sometimes app layouts can get reorganized after a major tvOS update. Check under Settings -> Apps to see if any apps are hidden and unhide them.

App doesn’t work after update: Try deleting and reinstalling the app if it crashes or has issues after an update. Also check its App Store page for user reviews about problems with the latest version.


Updating your apps is an essential part of owning an Apple TV to keep them secure and filled with the latest features. Thankfully, Apple has made it quite simple to do this either automatically or manually for individual apps. Just follow the steps outlined above and all your streaming apps and games will stay fresh. Check the App Store frequently for updates too. Enjoy your Apple TV!