How To Rearrange Or Hide Apple TV Icons

How To Rearrange Or Hide Apple TV Icons

You can’t see it here, but one of those icons is TOTALLY wiggling.

Apple has published a Knowledge Base article that shows how to arrange the Apple TV app icons on the main screen. The update, 5.1, also added Shared Photo Streams, AirPlay Send audio, iTunes account switching, Trailer searching, new Screen Savers, support for Subtitles, more advanced Networking options, and the standard stability and performance enhancements.

Arranging the app icons is really very simple, and Apple’s post shows us how it’s done.

Rearranging icons
You can rearrange the order of most of the icons on the Apple TV’s main menu (Podcasts, Radio, Netflix, Trailers, and so on). Note: You cannot move or rearrange the icons in the top row (Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers, and Settings).

To change where an icon appears on the main menu:

Select the icon you want to move
Press and hold Select on the remote
When the icon begins to jiggle, use the remote to move the icon to a new position
Press Select again to finish
You can repeat these steps to move other icons.

The note also goes into detail about how to show or hide apps on the main menu from Parental Controls. I will probably use them to hide the Sports apps. All you need to do is head into Settings > General > Parental Controls and scroll down to the list of apps. Then just hit the middle button on that Apple TV Remote when you have highlighted the app you want to show or hide, and click it to toggle the Show/Hide setting.

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  • Charlie Fox

    Lol at “hide the Sports apps” comment :) Thanks useful article.

  • mr_bee

    This still doesn’t “fix” the interface in that all you can see at first is the first row of icons and the first row cannot be changed or moved at all. So you still see a lot of adverts at the top and Apple’s single row of ugly shop icons. The stuff you actually want to see is still going to be off-screen down below.

  • Rob LeFebvre
    When is Apple going to allow 3rd party iOS apps made for the TV screen? They are wasting a golden opportunity

    I think this is the first of many steps to get there, actually.

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