Multi-user support has been a long time coming on Apple TV, and with the arrival of tvOS 13, it’s here – you can finally create individual profiles for each member of your household.
Much like the profiles you have on Netflix, profiles on Apple TV mean that now anyone can get their own Up Next list and view relevant movie, TV, and music recommendations (more The single person be recommended to your 10-year-old, or Descendants 3 appears when looking for a good movie).
Read This: Everything New in Apple TV tvOS 13
One thing to note is that you cannot currently customize the Home screen for each profile – everyone must share the same apps. If you remove an app from a profile, it will disappear from all others, and if you download an app to a profile, it will appear on all profiles.
Here’s how to set up and add multiple profiles to your Apple TV.
Whoever first configured the Apple TV will already have their profile there, to add another profile, each person must have an Apple ID already configured.
If you are adding children, make sure to create their Apple ID as a child account under your parent account (do this in Settings on your iPhone or iPad), that way you can set parental controls (see below) for them.
Read it: Apple TV – the missing manual
Once you have all of your Apple IDs in hand, follow these steps to add multiple users to your Apple TV.
1. Click on Settings on the home screen.
2. Choose User and accounts.
3. Select Add a new user.
4. Choose Add a user to this Apple TV in the dialog box that appears.
5. Enter the Apple ID email address of the user to add and select Continue.
6. Enter the password – and follow the two-factor authentication process (if it has been configured – you will need an iPhone or other Apple device for this).
7. Repeat for each desired profile on the device.
8. You are done, you can now switch between the different profiles in the Control Center.
Once you’ve set up all of your users, switch between the different profiles by pressing and holding the TV button on the Apple Remote.
A control center slides to the right of the screen where icons for each profile appear for easy switching. Just scroll to the one you want and select it.
Using Child Profiles on Apple TV
Although you can’t set parental controls on Apple TV only on a child profile (all settings will apply to all users), if you have an Apple ID with an associated child profile, parental restrictions that you set on this will refer to the TV platform.
This means that they will need to seek permission from a designated parent / guardian to download apps, rent movies, etc. on Apple TV, just like they do on iPhone or iPad.
If you need to set up parental controls, see this Apple support article.
Multi-user support on the Apple TV is a big improvement over an already excellent streaming box. Then we would like to see individual profiles coming to the iPad.