tvOS 17 is the next big thing for Apple TV — here's how to download it

tvOS 17
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Apple's tvOS 17 update is now ready, bringing with it a slew of new changes, updates, and features for your Apple TV. Now officially out of beta testing, the new software has been released and is available to download as a free update on the Apple TV 4K (all three generations) and the Apple TV HD from 2015. 

Apple's latest Apple TV upgrade brings FaceTime to Apple TV for the first time ever, alongside Dolby Vision 8.1 support

Download tvOS 17 

Apple TV Facetime tvOS 17

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  • Open Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select System then Software Updates
  • Choose Updates then tvOS 17

The next step in tvOS

Apple TV Facetime tvOS 17

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Adding FaceTime to tvOS 17 brings a long-requested feature to your TV and it's an exciting step for a product that doesn't always get the love it deserves.

Not only will FaceTime make tvOS 17 one of the biggest software updates to Apple TV in years, but there's also third-party VPN support which enables developers to create VPN apps for Apple TV. Alongside FaceTime, there's also support for other videoconferencing services such as Webex by Cisco and Zoom. Developers will also have access to Apple's Continuity Camera feature so that you can use your iPhone's camera with all of these third-party apps as well. Another big update is the new Control Center, which lets you quickly access key settings easily. There's also a new feature to help you find your lost Apple TV Remote, as long as you have the second generation or later. 

Apple's major software updates, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, as well as watchOS 10 are also arriving this week and free to download on their respective platforms. 

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.