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Apple TV: How to Rearrange Icons

For a “hobby” device, the Apple TV has generated millions of loyal fans. One of the most common complaints about the device is that the icons could not be rearranged. With the latest version of the Apple TV OS, the icons can finally be rearranged. Well, at least some of them can be.

Like many other loyal users, I love my Apple TV. Each new version of the hardware and software bring welcome improvements. Since the Apple TV OS moved to the new iPhone-ish style, however, many of us have wanted to rearrange the icons to put our favorite Apple TV apps toward the top. With the latest operating system update for the device, this is now somewhat possible.

Apple refuses to let us move the icons related to Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers, and Settings. This top row of icons is fixed and can not be rearranged. All of the other icons are movable.

* By holding down the select button on the remote, the selected icon will start to shake. Moving the arrows on the remote will change the position of the icon. Press the select button a second time to lock the icon in place.

If you are unable to do this, you likely have not updated to the latest version of the Apple TV software. This can be done by navigating to Settings -> General -> Update Software. Additionally, the original Apple TV device is no longer supported and will unlikely be getting this update and feature.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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