Best Apple TV apps you need to download right now

Who says Apple TV is only about entertainment and games? Not these apps!

While the new Apple TV is fantastic for watching your favorite movies, TV shows, and viral videos, and it can handle 1080p 60fps gaming, it’s also a full-fledged platform with a wide variety of apps available. Because it’s an Apple TV, they do all skew towards the video and the visual, but in a multitude of delightful ways.

So, I wanted to provide a sampling of some of the many and varied apps already available. Since there’s no web browser, there’s no easy way for us to link you to them. But here are our early favorites so you can search for them by name.


Zova states that the company’s mission is to ”guide and support people towards living a consistently active and healthy lifestyles”. Their latest step towards that is the Apple TV app. Unlike an iPhone or iPad app that you have to figure out how to position and keep at a usable distance to really see the screen, Zova for Apple TV fills your really big screen. The cast is entirely female, though otherwise diverse.

In a addition to the Siri Remote, it works with an optional MFi game controller, and if you have an Apple Watch, it’ll even show your heart-rate right on the TV. That’s spectacular and the kind of integration I hope we see more of.

You can download Zova for free and get additional content via in-app purchase.


Madefire wants to ”revolutionize how stories are told, read, and shared” by transforming what was before static text and images on a page into something much more dynamic and interactive. Something, for example, you can enjoy on your Apple TV.

Motion comics and books have been done before, but motion comics and books is all Madefire is focusing on and it shows. They’ve got great characters from DC Comics like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as IDW, Dark Horse, Valiant, Titan, Boom, Oni Press, Top Cow, and more. And yes, Transformers and My Little Pony too. There are also original titles.

The Mediafire app is free and so is some of the content. The rest is available via in-app purchase and presented in 360º panorama, with music, sound effects, motion and more. All to help you do something rather remarkable: Enjoy reading on your TV!

Artsy Shows

Time was if you wanted to see the world you actually had to jump on a boat or plane and travel to see it. Now we have everything of interest made by nature or humankind beamed right into our living rooms and our hands. Almost. The experience of walking through museums and galleries has been harder to capture because, well, of the walking through part.

Artsy Shows is a way to try and capture the feeling of moving the time and space of history, culture, and art… while still in your living room. There are over 1,000 exhibitions to explore, updated daily, and because it’s on your TV, you can enjoy it with the family… or with a great glass of wine. No boat or plane jumping needed.

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories was founded to bring ”unique cooking experiences back to your home kitchen”. They aim to achieve this by using compelling videos with step-by-step instructions that are as delightful as they are delicious. If that sounds like something perfect for the Apple TV, then you’re absolutely right—which is why it’s so great Kitchen Stories is now on the big screen. (Especially great if you, like me, can clearly see your TV from your kitchen island!)

There are how-tos so you can improve your culinary skills, and recipes from classics, to quick-fixes, to vegan fare, and more. And, ridiculously, it’s all free to download.


Mixcloud wants to ”inspire your ears” through the hottest DJs and most compelling radio presenters in the business—but why would you want them too? Maybe you don’t have Apple Music or maybe you just want something different, something that combines DJ mixes and talk radio, and otherwise makes for it’s own listening experience. And maybe, yes, you really do want it on your Apple TV. (Even if said Apple TV currently lacks background audio…)

One of the great things about the Apple TV is that it’s not only hooked into your TV—or home theater—audio, but it’s ideally positioned to provide ambient audio programming for the entire area. That could be for a party, but it could also be while you’re preparing food or working and otherwise want sound around you but not directly at you.

Star Walk Kids

Star Walk Kids for Apple TV brings the award-winning iPhone and iPad experience to the even bigger screen. You lose the ability to hold your screen up to the stars and get augmented-reality-style information on exactly what you’re looking at, but most of us aren’t Hulk enough to take advantage of that anyway.

What you get are all the planets of the Sol system, including the moon and Pluto (just say ”no!” to celestial revisionism!), constellations, the 700 brightest stars in the night sky, the Cygnus X-1 black hole, as well as the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope. All on your TV, all engaging, and all for kids—of all ages.


Since I have no musical talent whatsoever, this selection comes courtesy of my colleague, Serenity. Touchpress says it’s an ”extraordinary new way to experience classical music at home”. Using technologies like BeatMap and NoteFall, to visual the performances note-by-note.

You can follow along with the classics and not only hear them, but see how they come together. NoteFall especially kind of reminds me of some of the video game apps, but it’s gamefied education instead, which is really clever. Check out the video above to see—and hear—it in all its glory.


Smule’s goal is to ”connect the world through music” and they’ve been doing it since the original App Store launched for the iPhone in 2008. Since then, every time Apple has expanded the scope of devices and platform, Smule has expanded with them. Now, for Apple TV, Smule has released a version of Sing, the company’s karaoke app. And yes, connected karaoke on an HDTV is about as delightful or terrifying as you imagine.

With Sing! you don’t just sing along, you perform. You can record yourself with effects, engage in duets with popular artists, find and follow friends, and because it’s globally connected—you can even be ”discovered”… within the Sing! netverse. There are over 100,000 songs and more are added all the time.

Carrot Weather

CARROT is a jerk. Brian Mueller, its developer, is a sardonic genius. But CARROT, the ”artificial intelligence” behind a range of gloriously twisted apps with attitude, is, well… lets just keep it family-friendly for now.

With CARROT Weather for the Apple TV you get the same, terrific Dark Sky-powered weather forecasts as you do on iOS, watchOS, and the Mac, and the same hilariously mean-spirited commentary from CARROT. And just like in the other apps and on the other platforms, CARROT transforms the drab and dreary, the boring and banal, into something far more interesting and entertaining.

I love the Apple Watch complication, but if you’re a weather channel type person, give yourself a smile—and a few eye-rolls—and try CARROT instead.

Your favorite?

Apple TV apps are coming our way quickly now, so if you spot any phenomenal ones I’ve missed, let me know in the comments and I’ll add the very best ones in!

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat!

Boo! Before you head out to gather candy from the neighbors, scare small children, or party the night away in a costume you put months of work into (or a few hours at best), it’s time to catch up on the week in news. So what happened?

Apple’s new Apple TV media box went on sale, and the reviews so far are that it’s a great little piece of tech. But that’s not the only thing that came out this week — so did the big (in many ways) LG V10 and the Microsoft Band 2. Plus this little thing called Halo 5: Guardians

Oh, and reviews of the Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X. And we checked out Microsoft’s new flagship New York City store. And next week the hotly-anticipated Android-powered BlackBerry Priv landing on shelves.

And you’ve got until Monday to enter our annual Halloween costume contest, which you should totally do.

Enter the 5th annual Mobile Nations No Tricks Just Treats Halloween Photo Contest!

iMore — The new Apple TV is here!

Yes, Apple announced their Q4 2015 financial results—and they once again sold more iPhones and made more money than the human brain can hope to comprehend—but there’s more going on this week than that! The new Apple TV became available for order on Monday and was in-stores, and in our hands, by Friday. It brings apps, games, Siri, and 60fps 1080p with 7.1 sound. And we’re all over it!

Android Central — Nexus reviews are in!

Finally, the reviews you’ve been waiting the entire year for. Jerry’s done up the Nexus 6P, and Russell tackled the Nexus 5X. They’re imperfect phones, but definitely the best Nexus devices yet.

CrackBerry — Priv time

Now that we’re even closer to the November 6th release date of the Priv, this week saw BlackBerry themselves ramp up their marketing efforts even further to help spread word of the device. We got a look at one of the new ads, a brand new feature overview video plus, the Google Play Store was loaded up with all the Priv specific apps. Exciting times ahead, folks!

Windows Central — What’s in Store

This week Microsoft finally opened their doors to their long-awaited flagship store on New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue. The five-story building is down the street from the popular Apple store and showcases new Lumia phones, Surfaces, Xbox, HoloLens and even Dell’s new computers. Make sure to watch our video of the grand opening.

The Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable and smartphone companion came out and we reviewed it. Halo 5: Guardians was also released and we unboxed the new Surface Book to prep for our upcoming review.

Finally, Windows Insiders saw two OS releases on the same day for Windows PCs, and Windows Phone, which was a first for Microsoft and they move on to their next big release.

Kicked — The Kicked Halloween Special is real and it’s spooktacular!

This week on Kicked Weekly it’s a creepshow of delights! In this extended Halloween episode, Kim and Dan talk about a robot head, robot bugs, a wearable camera, a beer-making machine and a video game based on Friday the 13th.

Plus there are antics aplenty as Patrick makes a movie, intern Rogan goes on a ghost hunt, and we have a roundtable discussion on the worst Halloween candy of all time.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We’re active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly — Living the connected life

This week on Connectedly we took a look at more products making our lives and homes more connected. We showed you the FurniQi and how this bamboo table charges your devices without messy cables. We also showed you how you can turn your existing furniture into a QI charger. Smart connected blinds are coming to a home near you, as we look at Axis Gear and is this the most intelligent charger ever made?

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How to play and troubleshoot Crossy Road multiplayer on the Apple TV

Pit pixel against pixel with Crossy Road’s multiplayer mode.

One of the big selling points of the new Apple TV is games—and multiplayer games, to boot. Popular iOS app Crossy Road launched a multiplayer mode alongside the new Apple TV, allowing two players to pit pixel-creature against pixel-creature on the big screen.

If you’re scratching your head a bit trying to activate this mode, you’re not alone. Luckily, we’ve put together a quick tutorial on setting up the multiplayer madness so you can pixel-jump your way to freedom—or destruction.

How turn on Crossy Road multiplayer on the Apple TV

  1. Open Crossy Road on your TV.
  2. Go to the character picker, then scroll to the far left for multiplayer mode. (You’ll need at least one character unlocked to open the character picker; if you don’t have any unlocked, just play a solo game or two!)
  3. On your iOS device, download and open Crossy Road, and tap the arrow in the bottom right corner.
  4. Tap the game controller icon.
  5. You should be connected after a few moments; you’ll see a P2 or P1 in the top right corner to signify the multiplayer connection.
  6. Have fun playing with pixels!

How to Troubleshoot Crossy Road multiplayer

Can’t get your iPhone to recognize Crossy Road’s multiplayer mode? Try this troubleshooting tip.

  1. Go to the Home screen on the Apple TV.
  2. Double-press the Home button on the Apple TV to enter the multitasking interface.
  3. Scroll to the Crossy Road icon and swipe up to force quit.
  4. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.
  5. Re-launch Crossy Road and follow the instructions above.

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The Apple TV is good… but here are six ways it could be even better

I really dig the new Apple TV. Mostly.

The fourth-generation Apple TV has arrived, and all across the world people are busy making room on their console table and tossing their third-generation set-top boxes into disused corners of the room. And rightly so: The new Apple TV is pretty stellar.

I’ve had 48 hours to play with the latest version of tvOS and third-party apps, and I’ve pretty much moved my office into my living room in that time. I’ve downloaded crazy plane-finding apps and virtual art galleries, used my voice to search Hulu, explored the jungles of Rayman Adventures, and rocked out to some Apple Music. And I’ve written a lot of how-tos.

Unfortunately, I’ve also had some time to bump up against some of tvOS’s rougher 1.0 edges. These aren’t deal-breakers for me—there’s a lot that the new Apple TV has going for it, and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it so far. But in the interest of making the couch-potato evenings of myself and many other new Apple TV owners just a bit better, here are some things I wouldn’t mind seeing improved upon in subsequent updates.

1. Update the Remote app (or give us back Bluetooth keyboard support)

Apple has made setting up an Apple TV virtually seamless if you have an iOS device around, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. But after that initial setup process, we’re tossed back into the dark ages of remote-typing. The Siri Remote is quite a bit better at typing quickly than its predecessor, but let’s face it: It’s still a remote. And if you have any sort of complicated password, you’re in trouble.

Previous Apple TVs had a solution in the form of the Remote app, which let you use your iPhone’s virtual keyboard to enter any text you might need to type. Unfortunately, that app has yet to see an update that supports the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Nor can the new Apple TV connect to a Bluetooth keyboard—it just doesn’t show up in the Bluetooth menu—so you are, as of now, completely confined to one-letter-at-a-time text entry.

I don’t really need to say it, but I’m going to: Apple, this sucks. It’s so easy to set up the Apple TV with an iPhone; why can’t there be an option for all password prompts bounce over to a nearby unlocked iOS device? Or, barring that—give us an update to Remote app. Or a Bluetooth keyboard. This is painful.

Some apps, to their credit, have anticipated this nightmare: On launch, they ask you to go to a URL and enter in a specific code, where you can then log in securely and get a 5-digit code to enter into your Apple TV in lieu of a full username and password.

I don’t hate this system—and it’s a nice way of incorporating multiple-factor authentication—but c’mon, Apple. The Apple TV is so smooth and easy to use in other areas! You can do better.

2. Let us share or link to third-party apps

I’m just going to put this here.

Well played, @jamesthomson. Well. Played.

— Susie Ochs (@sfsooz) October 30, 2015

Yeah, app developers can’t link to their tvOS apps right now. Nor can you share a link from tvOS to your device. Or share much of anything, really.

This wouldn’t be such a problem, except the brand-new tvOS App Store has yet to offer any sort of lists or categories beyond the Featured and Purchased tabs. So if you’re looking for new apps, you either have to find it on the Featured tab or you have to manually search for it. (You can get a pseudo alphabetic listing of all the apps on the store currently by searching A-Z, which we did for fun… and exhaustion.)

I’m hoping this will change quickly, because it’s just infeasible for app developers. How are you going to direct your current customers to your new app if it’s not a Universal purchase with your iOS app? And if you’re a new developer, trying to build any sort of awareness without a spot on the Featured screen is going to be next to impossible.

I suppose you could always do it this way…

Yes, PCalc is now available on your TV – finally. Here is the closest thing to a link I can give you. Hope you like!

— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) October 30, 2015

But seriously. Let’s pray this gets fixed, and fast. It’s not good for app developers, it’s not good for app discovery and exploration, it’s not good for tvOS.

3. Give Siri access to Home Sharing and Apple Music

This is less of an immediate problem and more of a niggle, but it’s a shame Siri on Apple TV can’t currently search your Home Sharing libraries or Apple Music. Its search features are so useful in finding video content that I’d love a version that incorporates Apple Music and Home Sharing, too. I do understand the challenges inherent in indexing Home Sharing: Maintaining privacy is important, but Siri can’t search your computer’s library if it doesn’t know the titles of your home movies or music.

Regardless, rumor has it that Apple Music support is coming early next year; fingers crossed that Home Sharing support arrives along with it.

4. Support multiple Game Center accounts in multiplayer

There are a bunch of great games on the tvOS App Store with in-home multiplayer experiences, but so far there appears to be no way to get Game Center to register multiple gaming accounts when you have friends playing—or even keep multiple accounts in the system if you want to switch from account to account.

Microsoft’s Xbox system is a great example of multiplayer gaming done well: You can log in with your gamertag on multiple systems if you have an Xbox Live Gold account, and your friends can log in with their tags, too. It makes it easy to keep track of scores, achievements, and progress even if you’re away from home or playing with friends.

On Apple TV, Apple’s offered support for multiple Apple IDs purchasing items since the previous generation; it’d be great to see that support trickle down into the Game Center portion of things, too.

5. Let third-party apps play music in the background (or use picture-in-picture)

At launch, third-party apps like Mixcloud can blast stellar tunes and remixes—but only as long as you have the app open. Close it, and the music fades away.

iOS has had background audio support for a few years now, and background picture-in-picture came with the iPad in iOS 9—the technology is there, and the Apple TV doesn’t even have to worry about backgrounding power draw the way a mobile device might, since it’s constantly connected to a power source.

I’m guessing it’s on the roadmap for future tvOS updates, but there just wasn’t enough time (or it wasn’t a high enough priority) to ship it in 1.0. A bummer, but something I hope to see down the line.

6. Open up access to the Siri Remote’s mic

Smule’s Sing! is one of the best-ported apps I’ve found for the Apple TV so far: Karaoke on my Apple TV? Sign me up. Unfortunately, you can’t use the microphone built into the Siri Remote for anything other than Siri dictation—no apps can access it. As such, if you want to do any sort of mic input in your app, you need an external microphone connected to your TV. Bit of a drag.

I suspect the Siri Remote’s microphone isn’t anything amazing—you’re not going to be using it to record video podcasts anytime soon—but it would be another tool in the tvOS toolbox for making cool apps.

What do you want to fix about the Apple TV?

Any annoyances you’re frustrated about, or features you love? Let us know below.

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How to download and re-download apps on your Apple TV.

The Apple TV is now a full-fledged platform and you know what that means, right? Apps and games!

If you’ve ever downloaded an app on the iPhone or iPad you’ll feel right at home downloading—and re-downloading—apps on the new Apple TV. There are, however, a few differences that are worth noting.

How to download apps on the Apple TV

The easiest way to download apps on the Apple TV is right from the Featured section.

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Make sure you’re on the Featured tab.

  3. Navigate to an app you want to download.
  4. Click on the app icon.
  5. Click on Get for free (or free with in-app purchase) apps, or the price for paid apps.
  6. Click Buy to confirm.

If you want to learn more about an app before deciding, you can access the full description.

  1. Swipe up to highlight the description.
  2. Click the highlighted description to see more.
  3. Click on the Menu button on the Siri Remote to go back to the app page.

If you want to get a closer look at the screenshots, you can magnify them as well.

  1. Swipe down to highlight a screenshot.
  2. Click the highlighted screenshot to take it full screen.
  3. Swipe right or left to switch between the screenshots.
  4. Click on the Menu button on the Siri Remote to go back to the app page.

How to re-download apps

If you’ve already bought an app, or if a developer has made an Apple TV version of one of your iPhone or iPad apps available as a ”universal purchase”, you’ll find them in your Purchased tab.

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Swipe over to the Purchased tab.
  3. Navigate to an app you want to download.
  4. Click on the app icon.
  5. Click the Download from iCloud button to restore the purchase.

You can also see the expanded description and screenshots, same way as above, if you want to make sure you really want to re-download the app.

How to search for apps

It’s early days on the Apple TV App Store and so there aren’t any Category or Top Charts to check out yet. That means if an app isn’t in the main Featured section, the only way to find it is to search…

  1. Launch the App Store app from your Home screen.
  2. Swipe over to the Search tab.
  3. Swipe down to the virtual keyboard.
  4. Start entering the name of the app you want to find.
  5. Swipe to the app you want to download as soon as you see it.
  6. Click on the app icon.
  7. Click on Get for free (or free with in-app purchase) apps, or the price for paid apps.
  8. Click Buy to confirm.

There’s also a list of apps trending in search, so if you’re looking for a popular app, you might find it right there.

More on Apple TV apps and games

You can also download apps using promo codes, though not directly. And once you’ve downloaded or re-downloaded an app, you can move it around and even delete it if you want.

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Get $50 off an Apple Watch when buying an iPhone at select Apple Retail Stores

A limited selection of Apple Retail Stores in California and Massachusetts are currently running a new promotion for the iPhone and Apple Watch. For a limited time, customers purchasing any new iPhone can get $50 off an Apple Watch of their choice from the stainless steel and Sport collections. The Edition and Hermès Apple Watch models are not available as part of the deal.

From MacRumors:

The promotion is available at participating Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts, including Burlingame, Chestnut Street, Corte Madera, Hillsdale, San Francisco and Stonestown in the Bay Area, and Boylston Street, Burlington, CambridgeSide and Chestnut Hill in the Boston metro area.

This new promotion runs from October 30 through November 15, and customers must buy the watch and iPhone together as a single purchase.

Source: MacRumors

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