How to get Apple TV's stunning new screen savers on your Mac

How to get Apple TV’s stunning new screen savers on your Mac


Get Apple TV's screen savers on your Mac
The Aerial app is completely free to use.
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Apple’s new tvOS 15.2 update adds a bunch of stunning screen savers to Apple TV, including three from Scotland’s picturesque Isle of Skye and Loch Moidart, and another six from Iceland. And you can enjoy them all on Mac.

Thanks to a simple app built by developer John Coates, all tvOS wallpapers can be installed on macOS. We’ll show you how.

Get Apple TV’s new Aerial screen savers on Mac

Coates’ open-source Aerial app, which is maintained by Guillaume Louel, is a free download for macOS 10.12 and later. It offers a number of handy features, like the ability to show the date and weather forecast on your screen saver.

Aerial also brings all of Apple TV’s screen savers to your desktop, including its aerial shots of cities like New York and San Francisco, its earth videos from the International Space Station, and its gorgeous underwater expeditions.

The screen savers are periodically pulled directly from Apple’s servers, so an Aerial update isn’t required to enjoy Apple TV’s newest additions. And unlike tvOS, Aerial on Mac lets you choose the screen saver you want to see.

How to install Aerial on your Mac

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download Aerial from the official GitHub page.
  2. Once the package is downloaded, open it and drag the Aerial Companion app to your Applications folder.
  3. Open Aerial Companion from the Applications folder, then follow the steps onscreen to complete the installation.
  4. Open System Preferences.
  5. Select Desktop & Screen Saver.
  6. Select the Screen Saver tab, then choose Aerial.
  7. Click Screen Saver Options… then choose the screen saver you want to see.

Once you get to step seven, there are other customization options you can play with, like adding overlays to display messages, the time, the date, the weather, or a timer. You can also add filters, specify display brightness, and more.

In addition to all of Apple TV’s wallpapers, Aerial also features Community Videos — a collection of 20 screen savers that are offered free of charge. However, if you like Aerial and want to support it, you can make a donation.