How to Get the Apple TV app on your Smart TV

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TV is evolving, and services that used to require a physical box are moving to apps you can download right to your smart TV. Such is the case with Apple TV. While you're still perfectly welcome to purchase a physical Apple TV, smart TVs provide the option to move on without one.

In this guide, we'll show you how to quickly and easily install the Apple TV or Apple TV+ app on your smart TV.

First, you might be asking yourself: what's the difference between Apple TV, Apple TV+, and the Apple TV App? It seems like people use "Apple TV" interchangeably to refer to all three, but they are each separate and distinct products. Here's a quick explainer about each one.

This guide covers the two products that do not come with a physical device: Apple TV+ and the Apple TV app.

App Store

Every smart TV has an app store. Locate yours, and go to the menu. Popular apps will be near the top, and the Apple TV app will most likely be somewhere around there. If it isn't, simply use the app store's search function.

Once you've found it, download the Apple TV app.

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Open the app and select "Start Watching" or "Sign In" depending on the prompt.

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If you don't have an Apple ID, you can click "Create New Apple ID" to make one. If you have one, you can sign in using your mobile device and scanning a QR code, or by using your TV remote to manually sign in.

Congrats! Now you have the Apple TV app on your Smart TV!