To set up your Apple TV, just touch your iOS device to it

With Apple TV software 6.0 or later, you can now set up your Apple TV (3rd generation) by transferring the following from your iOS 7 device simply by touching the devices together:

• Wi-Fi network and password
• iTunes Store account
• Language and region format preferences

To use your iOS device to set up Apple TV, you need the following:

• Apple TV (3rd generation) using Apple TV software 6.0 or later
• One of these iOS devices using iOS 7 or later
• iPhone 4s or later
• iPad (3rd generation or later)
• iPad mini
• iPod touch (5th generation)

Follow these steps to set up your Apple TV (3rd generation) using your iOS 7 device:

1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until your Apple TV displays the setup screen.
2. Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.
3. Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.
4. Enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
5. Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple. (Note: This does not change your iOS device preferences.)

Your Apple TV will start the configuration process, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network, activating Apple TV, and setting up your iTunes Store account. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

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Source: Apple Inc.

31 Comments

    1. I’d assume they both have NFC and then connect over Bluetooth to transmit the data.

      At least that is how android beam works and the instructions that apple has provided sound the same.

  1. It sounds like it could be a preview of what is to come with iBeacons. I have not jumped into researching how the new feature works at a detailed level, but this sounds like it.

    Unlike NFC, this pairing is based on proximity. This is a major breakthrough in ease-of-use for many when setting up an Apple TV. I give apple major kudos!

    1. So, basically, this is a Bluetooth alternative to NFC? An established technology that is already on every phone? But responds the same way as NFC (via contact/proximity)?

      So, for all the people complaining about the lack of NFC on the iPhone … whatcha gotta say now?

      1. From all I’ve read and gathered iBeacons is Apple’s take on NFC. They made NFC better and came up with a brand name to distinguish themselves in the market.

        Smart move I think.

      2. Apple’s solution uses Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) and Apple’s own iBeacons. Together they have a range of 160 ft. Unlike NFC’s range of about 6 in. Bluetooth LE is in every recent Apple product and an industry standard. Since this application of the tech is limited to Apple products, availability to non Apple products is not important. By the way NFC is not present in every device. Just saying.

  2. With iTunes Radio, I think I might finally start using Apple TV on a regular basis. With iTunes Match and commercial free access to all that music (plus my own) it was a real treat to use last night. Using the iPhone 5 as a controller was way more fluid than the clunky remote.

    I watched music videos that I’d bought years ago but haven’t seen. Watching videos on a HDTV vs an iMac is no comparison.. Wait. What’s this? Oh, the 1998 Denver Bronco’s season. Forgot I even had that. I hardly see the reason for Apple to ever make their own TV, but WTF do I know.

    1. I would love to do this but lack of a separate audio out on AppleTV prevents me. My home entertainment setup includes a separate amplifier and speakers. Why should I have to turn on my giant TV and burn 200 W or more just to pass audio through it to the amplifier? It would be nice to be able to pass audio through AppleTV to my set up through Airplay without turning the TV on and using Apple TVs clunkier navigation.

  3. I did a restore to my Apple TV 2. On first boot, it saw and prompted for my Bluetooth keyboard. I wonder if it will also work on the “touch” setup. I mean, it does have bluetooth and Apple TV 6.0… So, I am curios, what’s the difference between ATV2 and ATV3?

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