These Tips Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Apple TV+

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Photo: Khamosh Pathak – With these tips and methods, you can make Apple TV+ function even better. With popular, exclusive, and even Emmy-winning series like Ted Lasso, Foundation, and The Morning Show, Apple’s $4.99-per-month streaming service is starting to build a reputation for itself. Slowly but steadily, its tiny library is transforming into a home for worthy premium television, similar to what HBO used to be known for.

While there isn’t a ton of material (yet), Apple is constantly adding new movies and TV series, some of which are well worth binge-watching, and the app experience, while flawed, is far superior to many others (ahem, HBO Max). If you’re new to Apple TV+, here are some helpful hints and settings.

How can I obtain free Apple TV+? (for a little while at least)

To begin with, obtaining a free trial of Apple TV+ is quite simple. Although Apple’s one-year free trial is no longer available, new members may still get a seven-day trial, and if you buy a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you’ll get a three-month trial for free. If you sign up for the Apple One plan, you’ll also receive Apple TV+.

What’s more, Apple TV+ comes with no extra charge for Apple’s Family Sharing feature. That means you may get Apple TV+ for free if someone in your family or circle of friends has a subscription.

There isn’t an app for Windows or Android, but you can still broadcast from the web

Apple TV+ is not just available on Apple devices. Apple TV+ applications are available for nearly every console, smart TV, and media center, including those from competitors like Fire TV and Chromecast.

Windows and Android aren’t on the list, although you can broadcast through the Apple TV website to get around this limitation.

Learn how to keep track of what’s coming next in your queue

At first sight, the Apple TV app design appears to be rather confusing. Apple TV+ originals, TV channels, and iTunes Store rentals are all included. It’s quite simple to become disoriented. Look for the “Originals” or “Apple TV+” options if you’re just interested in Apple TV+.

The Apple TV app’s Up Next function might help you improve your viewing experience. Simply touch the Plus button to add a program to your Up Next queue when you find one you wish to watch.

When you begin viewing something, it will appear in the Up Next queue automatically (new episodes get priority here). However, unlike Netflix, the Up Next queue might become overcrowded at times (there are no distinct areas for “my list” and “now viewing”). To remove a show or film from the Up Next queue in a flash, tap and hold it. (This option may be found in the right-click menu on the Mac.)

You may disable new Apple TV+ show alerts

Apple TV+’s new show alerts can be annoying, as users are likely to receive them even if they haven’t added the show to their Up Next queue. Deactivate the “Allow Notifications” setting in Settings > Notifications > TV to disable these notifications.

Downloading movies and series to watch offline is simple

Apple TV+, like Netflix or Prime Video, allows you to download shows to watch offline on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac via the Apple TV app.

Individual episodes or whole seasons of a show may be downloaded with a single swipe on your iPhone or iPad. To download a TV show or a movie while browsing, simply touch the Download option. Your downloaded media may be found in the Library area.

There is no clear option for subtitles, although they are available

The Apple TV app’s subtitles option is a little buried. To get access to it, you must first start playing anything. Tap the three-dotted Menu button from the bottom toolbar after starting playback. Then pick “Subtitles” from the drop-down menu and a language from the list.

You can change the speed of the playback

You can modify playback speed within the Apple TV app, which is a contentious feature (at least, based on the reaction when Netflix began testing a similar option). If you want to see what all the fuss is about with For All Mankind but don’t have time to binge the entire season, simply pick “Playback Speed” from the three-dotted Menu button while watching. Half-speed, 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x streaming options are available.

A dark mode is available in the Apple TV app

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The Apple TV software offers a beautiful dark mode, but there’s no clear way to activate it. The dark mode, like many other Apple apps, is tied to the operating system that runs the program; to use the Apple TV app in the dark mode, you’ll need to enable dark mode for iOS or macOS.

You may do this on your iPhone or iPad by going to Settings > Display & Brightness. You may accomplish this on your Mac by going to Control Center (in the Display section).

The Apple TV is in the same boat. Go to Settings > General > Appearance to enable the dark mode.