Take a Screenshot on Apple TV

Take Screenshot on Apple TV

You must have taken screenshots on Apple’s iPhone and iPad but in this article, we will tell you about taking a screenshot on Apple TV. There are many situations when we need to take a screenshot on an Apple TV to share with someone like a friend.

In this step by step guide, we will show you about three different ways you can use to take screenshots on Apple TV easily and quickly.

Method #1

It is a very easy simple way to take a screenshot on Apple TV. If you want to use this method, you will need the following.

  • An Apple TV
  • A connected TV set with HDMI cable
  • Xcode
  • A Mac with QuickTime Player
  • Apple Siri Remote

The very first thing you need to do is connect your Apple TV to your Mac. For this purpose, you can use a USB-C cable. Look at the back of your Apple TV and there you will find a small USB-C input. Now turn on your Apple TV and use an HDMI cable to connect your Apple TV to your TV. The screenshot will be a black rectangle if you can’t connect to HDMI.

Next, you will need to install Xcode. For those who don’t know, Xcode is development software. If you are a developer then you may already know what we are talking about. Apple allows developers create the application for Apple products. For this purpose, they use Xcode. We will be using Xcode to take screenshots on Apple TV. So, it means you need to download Xcode on your Mac. Remember, before you download Xcode, make sure that you have 9GB of space on your Mac.

Assuming that you have successfully connected your Apple TV to your Mac, so you will launch Xcode you installed above. When the app launches, click Window and then select Devices in the Menu bar in Xcode. You will select your Apple TV and click the Take Screenshot button. Now you have successfully taken the screenshot. You must be wondering where the screenshot is saved. Well, your Mac saves the screenshot where it saves other images. You must have defined a particular folder for storing the images. Open that folder and there you will find the screenshot you took.

Method #2

Now we will talk about the second way to take a screenshot on Apple TV. You will need the following.

  • An Apple TV
  • A special dongle
  • Apple Siri Remote
  • A USB-C to USB-A cable
  • A Mac with QuickTime Player

As stated above, we will need a special dongle. Do you know why we use Dongle? Basically, it gets your system believe that you are also running an HDMI TV. Simply, use a USB-C cable to connect the Mac to your Apple TV, connect the dongle to your Mac and then launch QuickTime Player and select File and then choose New Movie Recording. There you will see a ‘v’ shaped arrow beside the gray and red record button by clicking which you can see a list of input options. Select your Apple TV.

It is important for you to know that what we actually did. We, basically, have tricked your Apple TV into thinking your Mac is actually an HDTV making you able to use the well known Mac Command-Option-4 keyboard sequence to take screenshots. Remember, if you are using this method then you may not be able to take screenshots of iTunes movies.

Method #3

If you don’t want to use Dongle, still there is a way to record on-screen events. For this purpose, you will need QuickTime Player. You will need the following.

  • An Apple TV
  • Apple Siri Remote
  • A USB-C to USB-A cable
  • A Mac with QuickTime Player
  • A connected TV set with HDMI cable

Firstly, you need to connect your Mac to your Apple TV. For this purpose, you will be using USB-C cable. You will also use HDMI to connect Apple TV to your TV. As we said above that you will use QuickTime Player. You will go to File and then select New Movie Recording in QuickTime Player. There you will click the ‘v’ shaped arrow just like you did above. It will display a list of input options. Simply select your Apple TV and then you can take as many screenshots as you want.

Now you know three different ways to take screenshots on Apple TV. You can use any method you find easy to use. Hope you find the article useful.

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