Apple TV Shortcut: Easier App Store & iTunes Purchases

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So you've got a new fourth-gen Apple TV. Great! Now it's time to stock up on movies, TV shows and apps. Unfortunately, the Apple TV doesn't have the easiest-to-use keyboard layout, and using the remote to enter long passwords can be both time consuming a bit frustrating, especially if you buy a lot of content. However, with a little adjustment to your settings, you can make purchasing on the Apple TV easy, but also still secure by using a PIN number instead of the traditional full Apple ID password. Continue reading and we'll show you how it's done.

These first steps are to disable the password requirement for purchases on the Apple TV. Don't worry - we'll enable security again shortly (unless you'd prefer not to, of course, in which case you can call it a day after performing this step). Disable the password by performing the following:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Navigate to Accounts > iTunes and App Store > Password Settings.

3. Set "Never" for the Require Password option.

Apple TV password
Ensuring the require password is set to never means that you can make purchases without entering your Apple ID password.

Next, in order to secure your Apple TV again, add a restriction requiring the use of a PIN code before a purchase can be made:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Navigate to General > Restrictions.

3. Ensure that Restrictions are turned on and set a PIN code.

4. Choose the "Restrict" option for the Purchase and Rental setting, and for the In-App Purchases setting.

Apple TV restrictions
Purchase and Rental should be set to Restrict in order to make the PIN code entry screen appear before making a purchase.

Once these two settings have been applied, then your Apple TV will be able to make purchases using a simple 4-digit PIN code instead of your Apple ID password, making purchases still secure from kids and visitors, but also easy to use for authorized purchasers.

Apple TV PIN
When making a purchase, you will see the PIN code screen appear to ensure an authorized purchaser is using the Apple TV.

When you attempt to purchase iTunes, App Store, or In-app Purchase content, simply enter the 4-digit PIN code that you set up when enabling restrictions on your Apple TV.