How to take screenshots on the Apple TV 4

Whether to show someone your last score on that fun game on Apple TV or to refer some tvOS advice to a friend, you can share screenshots from your TV.

In this article, we’ll explain how you can capture an image of your fourth-generation Apple TV.

The Apple TV 4 has a USB-C port that will allow you to connect the device to a Mac to run iTunes. Next, we will use it to allow Xcode or QuickTime to facilitate our capture of images.

How to capture a fourth generation Apple TV screen

In case you are using a Mac in any of its variants, you will need a USB-A to USB-C cable. On Amazon, there are some available for $ 11 so you will have no problem getting it.

1. Connect your Apple TV to your PC / Mac.

2. Sign up for the Apple Developer Center.

3. Download and install Xcode.

4. Start Xcode.

5. Open the “Window” option.

6. Select “Devices”.

7. If all goes well, you will notice how the fourth generation Apple TV appears on the next screen. Click on it to access all the information besides showing the button “Take Screenshot”.

Unfortunately Xcode will not offer you an image preview of the screenshot on your PC / Mac but you will hear the typical camera sound when performing the screenshot.

Alternatively, you can also use QuickTime. From File> New Video Recording and selecting the fourth generation Apple TV. QuickTime can be used for both video recording and audio recording.

In conclusion, taking a screenshot on the Apple TV is not so difficult if you follow these steps to the letter. However, the process is somewhat convoluted. Hopefully Apple will, in the near future, upgrade the tvOS software to allow users to take screenshots with a simple tap or tactile gesture of the Siri Remote.

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