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Moving and deleting apps on Apple TV

Apple TV is not as inviting a caching device as an iPhone or iPad. The usual thing is to connect it to the TV, set up the WiFi, download some apps and start using it to consume content without paying much more attention.

That’s why when we need to do certain things like restart Apple TV, delete an app or change the order of the apps on the main screen we don’t know how to do it.

Moving and deleting apps on Apple TV
Moving and deleting apps on Apple TV

If you are reading these lines I guess you are in this situation and throughout this guide you will learn how to perform such important tasks as removing apps from the Apple TV , moving apps and synchronizing the home screen between various devices.

Let’s get on with it!

Moving Applications on Apple TV

In the case of iOS moving an app is very simple and we all know how to do it. Basically you have to keep your finger on one of the icons on the screen for a few moments and when they start shaking you can move them by dragging your finger. In the case of Apple TV the process is quite similar, although with an important difference: you’ll have to do it with the Siri Remote (the device’s controller).

The process you should follow is as follows:

  1. Use the trackpad of the Siri Remote and place it on top of the app you want to move.
  2. Press and hold the trackpad until the icons start to move (just like in iOS).
  3. Use the trackpad on your controller to move the app around the screen to the location you want to place it. Once it’s in the correct position, press the trackpad button again to confirm the change.

Now just repeat the above steps with each of the application icons you want to move until you have the device’s home screen to your liking.

Create application folders

As with Apple mobile devices, it is also possible to create application folders on Apple TV . This can be very useful if you have many applications installed, as it will allow you to “lighten” the home screen and make it easier to find the application you need at any given time.

The steps to create a folder are basically the same as those described in the previous section, with a small difference as you will see in the instructions:

  1. Use the trackpad of the Siri Remote to place it on top of the app you want to include in a folder.
  2. Press and hold the trackpad button until the icons start to shake.
  3. Slide your finger along the trackpad to move the app and place it on top of another one you want to include in the folder. When you do this, you’ll see the folder appear.
  4. Once created, press the trackpad again to confirm the change of location of the application.

When you need to put another app in the folder, you will have to repeat the process with each of the applications. That is, you’ll have to re-enter screen-editing mode, move the application, exit screen-editing mode, and repeat as many times as you need.

Removing Applications from Folders and Deleting Folders

Removing applications from folders and deleting them may not be as obvious as it may seem, so I have also decided to include this section in the guide.

The reasons why you might need to remove an application from a folder or delete a folder can be very different: from finding an organization that is more useful to you, to simply deleting a folder created by mistake.

The steps you should follow are as follows:

  1. Open the folder from which you want to remove an app or delete it with the Siri Remote.
  2. Place the course on top of the first app you want to move with the trackpad on the controller.
  3. Press and hold the button until the icon begins to dance.
  4. Use the trackpad to move the app out of the folder and wait a few moments until the home screen appears again.
  5. Move the app to another folder or place it on the main screen in the position you prefer.
  6. Confirm by pressing the trackpad button again to exit screen editing mode.

With these steps you can get an application from any folder. If you want to remove the folder completely, simply repeat these steps until no application is left inside the folder, at which point the folder will automatically disappear .

Synchronize the same home screen on multiple Apple TVs

If you have more than one Apple TV, you may want to keep the same home screen settings on all of them. This will allow you to have the same apps installed on all devices and also have the icons organized in the same way, so navigating between apps will be much more convenient.

To do this you will need to have the same iCloud account set up on all devices and follow these steps to activate synchronization:

  1. Go to Settings and then to the Users and Account section.
  2. Now access the iCloud section and log in to your service account if it is not already there.
  3. Activate the One Touch Screen option.

Once this is done, synchronization will begin automatically and all Apple TVs where you turn on the TV will have the same home screen.

Remove apps installed on Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV HD (4th generation), an Apple TV 4K or higher, you can remove them fairly easily, if somewhat hidden. If you have an older version of the device, you won’t be able to remove them, because only the native apps are available, so all you can do is hide them.

I leave you with two methods of removing apps in case you have some of the recent devices that allow the installation of third-party apps.

From the main screen

If you are only going to delete one or two apps, this is the fastest method, as you can do it on the fly and without having to access any menu.

The steps you should follow are as follows:

  1. Place the course on the app you want to delete using the trackpad of the Siri Remote.
  2. Press and hold the trackpad button for a few seconds, until the apps start shaking.
  3. Press the Play/Pause button and choose the Delete option from the menu that appears.
  4. Confirm the deletion of the app.

In the menu you will also see that it gives you the option to create a new folder. This option is another alternative to the one described above, although using it will create a folder with only one app and then you’ll have to move the others, so we find the other option more convenient.

From the settings

Another option for removing apps installed on Apple TV is to use the device settings. As in iOS, tvOS has a feature to manage the storage of the device and from this section you can easily uninstall applications.

To use this method you must do the following:

  1. Access the Apple TV Settings app.
  2. Open the General section and then scroll down to the Manage Storage option.
  3. Once inside, you’ll see a list of all the apps installed, the storage space each one takes up, and a Trash icon where you can delete them.
  4. Use the trackpad of your Siri Remote to place it over the Trash icon of the app you want to delete.
  5. Press the trackpad button and confirm the deletion from the new menu that will appear.

And this is it. By following these steps you can remove any of the apps you have installed from the App Store . As for native Apple TV applications such as Arcade, TV, iTunes, etc., etc., you won’t be able to remove them. Apple does not currently allow deletion of native apps on Apple TV.

Hide apps on Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier)

In the case of older versions of Apple TV, it is not possible to delete applications. On these devices it is possible to hide some apps and to do so you must do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and access the Applications section.
  2. Use the trackpad to place it over the app you want to hide.
  3. Choose the option to hide so that it is no longer displayed on the home screen.

As you can see, the options available on Apple TV for deleting applications, rearranging the home screen, and creating folders are fairly easy to use, although they’re a little hidden.

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