AppleTV is one of Apple’s three main streaming services and one of two available on non-Apple platforms. It allows users to access a variety of content, including titles from the iTunes Store and Apple TV+ originals. The streaming service is also available on a host of non-Apple devices and operating systems, including game consoles, smart TVs and streaming sticks.
Apple is notorious for zealously preventing its apps from being available on competing platforms like Windows or Android. However, these restrictions are somewhat different when it comes to subscription services. For example, the Apple Music app is available on Android. That’s no surprise, as Apple wants more subscribers to compete with services like Spotify and YouTube Music, which are also cross-platform.
Unfortunately for Android users, there is no official Apple TV app. However, the service is still accessible from Android phones and tablets on the web through a browser. To do this, users need to open the Apple TV website on their browser (only works on Chrome or Firefox) and sign in with their Apple ID. If users don’t have an Apple ID, they can tap Create a new Apple ID on the login page. Of course, users would also need an Apple TV subscription, which costs $4.99 per month. Apple offers a 7-day trial for users to evaluate the service before they are charged. Users may be prompted to add or verify a credit card to authorize access to Apple TV on the web.
Set Up Parental Controls for Apple TV on Android
The Apple TV experience on Android has some limitations, such as the inability to download shows and watch them later. There’s also the issue of streaming on a mobile browser, which can lead to buffering and frame rate issues. Although Apple has shown no intention of addressing these issues by releasing an app, it does offer parental controls for Apple TV+ on the web. This ensures that children who have access to an Apple TV account will only see age-appropriate content.
To set it up, open the Apple TV website on an Android phone and sign in to the account that requires restrictions. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner and select Settings. Scroll to Parental controland enable the toggle next to Content Restrictions. Users will now be required to enter a 4-digit passcode, along with a recovery email in case they forget the passcode. Now choose the preferred age rating under TV shows and movies. Apple says Apple TV+ remembers parental controls on all browsers an account has been logged into. However, these controls do not carry over to the Apple TV app on Apple and non-Apple devices.
Apple TV is available on Roku, PS5, Xbox, and more.
Although technically not available on Android, the Apple TV app is still accessible on several non-Apple devices and operating systems, including Android TV, Google TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and some Samsung, LG , Sony, Panasonic, Vizio and HiSense Smart TVs. The app is also available on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. This is in addition to Apple’s own devices, like the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod Touch. Macs running macOS 10.15 Catalina or later support the app, as do Apple TV hardware with tvOS 10.1 or later.
The Apple TV app was originally released in December 2016, which means it’s been over five years since its launch. Since it’s still not available on Android devices, it remains to be seen if the company will ever release an Android app in the future. Apple Music has finally come to Android, so it’s hard to predict what the company has in store for Android users in terms of Apple TV. That said, AppleTV is still perfectly usable on Android devices, so users wishing to catch The morning show Where Ted Lasso can still do it directly from their phone or tablet.
Source: Apple 1, 2
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