That’s right! Go into the front page of your Apple TV, and using the skinny silver remote, hold the middle button on an icon until it starts to jiggle — just like you would on your iPhone or iPad. Now you can use the four-way scroller on the remote to move that icon anywhere on the screen.
Apple recently added HBO GO and WatchESPN, in addition to Quilo and CrunchyRoll — an Asian media/anime channel — to its increasingly popular Apple TV over-the-top device. What Apple called a hobby just a year ago is quickly becoming a cable or satellite cord-cutter’s dream. That’s why it’s even more important to keep your Apple TV organized.
It must be noted that Apple’s iTunes, and all of your purchased content (TV shows and music) and shared computers remain at the top of the screen. That’s Apple’s last-ditch effort at making sure you know you can rent and buy content from them.
But for everything else, organize away!
Now, what about those apps (Can I call them apps? I think we’re getting to that point.) that you never watch, like CrunchyRoll (sorry anime fans…)? This isn’t as easy as hitting the X button in the upper lefthand corner of the app, like in iOS. For this, you’ll need to go a little deeper into Apple TV’s settings.
Click settings, then general, then parental controls. From here, scroll down the long list of items unit you to get to “hide.” I think you can figure the rest out from here. After clicking hide, you can choose which apps you don’t want showing up on your main screen.
By organizing and hiding apps, your Apple TV looks cleaner and less busy. And if you’re using an Apple product, would you want it any other way? Didn’t think so.
Personally, I start with Netflix, followed by WatchESPN, MLB.TV and HBO Go. What about you? Share with us below.