How to Grab Screenshots and Video From Apple TV Using Your Mac

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Apple doesn't go out of its way to advertise the fact, but it's perfectly possible to connect a Mac to a fourth-generation Apple TV or later and grab screenshots and video output from the set-top box. In this article, we'll show you how it's done.

Note that this method can't be used to record DRM-protected content off the likes of Netflix or iTunes, but it will let you capture your driving skills in Asphalt 8: Airborne, for instance, just as it will allow you to take screenshots for use in troubleshooting, training, blogging, or any other purpose.


The way to connect a Mac to an Apple TV used to depend on the presence of a USB-C port on the rear of the fourth-generation set-top box to establish a wired connection. But since there's no such port on the latest fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, that's no longer an option for a growing number of users.

However, thanks to macOS High Sierra and tvOS 11, it's now possible to connect your Mac wirelessly to a fourth- or fifth-generation Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network, and you don't have to download Xcode or any other additional software to do so. Simply follow the steps below, and you should be capturing video and taking screenshots in no time.


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Xavier

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This is cool! I also think it would be nice to have a motion graphic desktop, like the Apple TV screen savers but as a desktop wallpaper replacement on the Mac.
 
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TurboPikachu

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I found the magic combo for the Siri Remote to instantly take screenshots on Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K without the need for a Mac or iOS device!!
Simply press ►❚❚ and - simultaneously on the Siri Remote.
 
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