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How do I download the PBS app on Apple TV?

Apple TV 4 and newer models (released in 2015 and on)

  1. Return to your Apple TV home screen.
  2. Open the App Store app.
  3. Select the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the menu at the top to search the app store for "PBS"
  4. Select the PBS app from the list of results.
  5. Select the Get option to begin downloading the app.
  6. Once the app has successfully downloaded, you'll have an option to download the app from this screen or by returning to your Apple TV home screen and selecting the app icon.
  7. When you open the PBS app for the first time, you will be prompted to activate. Select Activate Now and enter the code appearing on screen at pbs.org/activate 
  8. For more help with activating the app, please see our help page here.

Apple TV 2/3 models (released in 2010-2014)

Older Apple TV models do not have an App Store or allow you to download apps to the device. Instead, the PBS app comes pre-installed and can be found on your Apple TV home screen. 

When opening the app for the first time, you will need to activate it by entering the code appearing on screen at pbs.org/activate 

For more help with activating the app, please see our help page here.

If you do not see the PBS app on your home screen, it may be hidden. Select Settings > Main Menu and scroll down the list of apps to find the PBS app. If the app is set to the "Hide" option, select it to change it to "Show" and it should now appear on your Apple TV home screen.