How To: Hide and Rearrange Your Apps in the New Apple TV 5.1 Update

Hide and Rearrange Your Apps in the New Apple TV 5.1 Update

Apple gets a lot of flak for their lack of customization on their devices, but hey, at least you can move your apps around on your iOS device—that's customization, right? Well, you couldn't even do that on your Apple TV—until now. The newest Apple TV 5.1 software update released earlier this week added the ability to move apps and icons around the interface.

The video above is actually from last June during a beta release of the Apple TV update. In order to get this new feature, make sure you update your Apple TV to 5.1 by going to Settings -> General -> Update Software and wait for it to find the update. Then click on Download and Install.

Now that you're updated, to rearrange apps, just:

  • Select the icon to move.
  • Press and hold "Select" on the remote.
  • When the icon jiggles, move the icon to a new position.
  • Press "Select" again to finish.

Though you can move apps like Netflix around, you can't move any of the items on the top bar (Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers, and Settings).

You can also now hide apps from nosy parents or pesky kids, too. To show or hide icons:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Parental Controls.
  • Scroll down and pick either Show or Hide where wanted.
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Check out the Apple support page for a list of all the features and requirements.

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