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How to Capture a Screenshot on Apple TV with a Mac

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by George Mensah

Apple TV is an impressive device that offers access to an endless selection of movies and shows through various streaming apps. With a sleek user interface and integrated Siri voice search, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. In addition, it allows you to mirror your devices to your TV wirelessly. There’s even a growing list of high-quality games to play with friends and family. Despite all its capabilities, there’s one thing it can’t do natively: take screenshots.

How to take a screenshot on Apple TV

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But don’t worry, there’s a workaround for Apple TV users who own a Mac computer. Whether you have a MacBook or a high-end Mac Studio, you can follow these simple steps to take a screenshot:

1. Connect your Mac and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac.

3. From the QuickTime Player menu, select File > New Movie Recording.

4. In the recording window, select your Apple TV from the connected devices list by clicking the down arrow next to the record button.

5. Enter the AirPlay passcode that appears on the Apple TV on your Mac. You should now see the Apple TV UI on your Mac screen.

6. To take a screenshot, press Command + Shift + 4 on your Mac keyboard, followed by the Spacebar.

7. The pointer will change to a camera icon and you can take a screenshot by clicking on QuickTime.

8. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your Mac desktop and can be viewed with a double-click.


It’s worth noting that Apple TV can’t pass content from DRM-protected apps, which includes most video-oriented apps. If you’re trying to take a screenshot of a movie or show, you may need to try a different method. For all other purposes, this method should suffice.

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