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Can I Change the Screensaver on My Apple TV?

Last Updated Mar 27, 2022
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Apple TV is not a television like its name implies, but a device through which you can stream all of your favorite television channels. Apple TV can quickly turn a relatively ordinary and uninteresting TV set into a “smart TV.” But, this raises the question of your ability to change the screensaver on your Apple TV.

You can change the screensaver on your Apple TV. You can change the screensaver on your Apple TV by going through the user’s manual.

The Apple TV screensaver feature has unique aerial views and photo screensaver options that align with user preferences while protecting their privacy. This article will show you changing your screensaver on your Apple TV, including how to do it and where you can find screensavers.

Personalizing Your Apple TV Screensaver

The Apple TV comes with an array of screensavers, which you can set to switch at specific time intervals, with an option that enables you to control the frequency of screensaver updates from the internet. This helps you get maximum satisfaction from using your Apple TV and allows you to set beautiful screensaver displays. 

However, you must first understand the steps in setting and changing your Apple TV screensaver.

How to Change Your Apple TV Screensaver

The steps to changing your Apple TV screensaver are relatively easy and do not require special technical skills or ICT knowledge. 

You will successfully personalize the screensaver on your Apple TV with the following steps:

  1. Remember your password
  2. Press Home on your Apple TV smart remote
  3. Click on Menu
  4. This should reveal a Screensaver option.
  5. Click on Type to change from Aerial to photo screensaver, and vice-versa.
  6. Click on the screensaver to preview the various screensaver displays that are available to you, and use the one that appeals most to you.
  7. Select the time interval for screensaver update on your Apple TV.
  8. Now, let’s take a look at how you can make a custom screensaver for your Apple TV.

Custom-Making Your Apple TV Screensaver

A perk of using the Apple TV device is that you can go all out and create your unique screensavers with pictures and short videos that are meaningful to you. This is a step ahead of importing online photos and aerial shots and makes your screensaver unique to you. 

The steps for creating custom Apple TV screensavers are essentially the same as selecting an in-app screensaver from the Apple TV device to customize your screensaver. The only difference is that you choose Home Sharing and not the Apple photos on the Type Screen.

Ensure that your images are clear and have a high resolution of 1920 x 1080. Compile all the pictures into one folder for ease of access, and share the folder with iCloud.

Where Can You Find Screensavers for Your Apple TV?

In most Apple Tvs, the app occasionally removes the screensavers from its servers and lets you select your most preferred videos to be displayed more often. 

To get new screensavers on your Apple TV, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go into Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Select “Screensaver.”

Set it to Download New Videos Daily. This allows your TV to download new sets of screensavers quickly. Note that you can only do this if your Apple TV has been updated to tvOS 15.  

Free Screensavers

Let’s take a look at some free screensavers for your TV below.

Scenic TV

Scenic TV is an app that provides free screensavers for Apple TV. This app displays various scenic clips from YouTube automatically. Unfortunately, this means that you cannot select which screensaver clips are displayed on your TV or when they are displayed. Notwithstanding, the app offers an amazing variety of clips licensed under Creative Commons. 

Fantastic Fireplace

Fantastic Fireplace is another app for getting a free screensaver for your Apple TV. The screensaver clip is just a basic fireplace with sound. The sound can be difficult to hear because the video is short, but you can’t miss it if you pay close attention. 

Paid Screensavers


Earthlapse is an app that offers 18 different screensavers for your TV. These screensavers are scene clips of different parts of the planet Earth short directly from the International Space Station. 

The best part about this app is that it is customizable. This means you can add your filters and music to the clip. You can also preset the display time and enable automatic downloads. Earthlapse is available for $2.99.

Scenic Loops

This app delivers the most amazing scene clips for your Apple TV. The app provides nine different scenes ranging from quiet flowing streams to the  Grand Canyon. The app also includes background sounds to the clips and is available for only $0.99.


In the past, having a TV set with all your favorite stations was a luxury. However, with the advent of the Apple TV, you can enjoy the luxuries of streaming all your favorite shows, gaming, and lots more without the hassles of subscriptions. 

This article has gone further to show you that you can heighten the experience of using an Apple TV through changeable screensavers that are as informative as they are functional in hiding your screen when left idle. Hopefully, this article has been informative and helpful to you.