Sometimes when you see a great scene from a movie or a hilarious moment from a TV show, you want to share it with your friends who aren’t around. If you watch Netflix on your Mac, you can take a screenshot of that frame and share it. But what happens when you watch something on your Apple TV 4K?

You can take a photo of that moment with your iPhone. But wouldn’t it be better to share an image with impeccable quality? Unfortunately, you can’t take screenshots directly on Apple TV 4K because there’s no button combination that allows it. That’s possible if you connect a Mac to your Apple TV 4K to take screenshots.

In this post, we will show you how to take screenshots on Apple TV 4K using your Mac.

Before starting

We recommend that you update the software on both your Apple TV 4K and your Mac. This feature of wirelessly connecting your Apple TV 4K and Mac using AirPlay was introduced with tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra respectively. Here’s how to check and update the software version of your devices.

Update tvOS

Step 1: Go to Settings on the home screen of your Apple TV 4K.

Step 2: Scroll down and select System.

Step 3: Select Software updates.

Step 4: Select Update software.

step 5: If an update is available, click Download and install.

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update macOS

Step 1: Press Command-Space to open Spotlight search, type Check for software updates, and press Return.

Step 2: If an update is available, download and install it.

How to take a screenshot on Apple TV 4K

After installing the updates, you’ll need to check if your Apple TV 4K and your Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On Mac, click the Wi-Fi icon in the upper right corner of the menu bar to check the name of the network.

Here’s how to check the Wi-Fi network name on your Apple TV 4K.

Step 1: Open Settings on the Home screen of your Apple TV 4K.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Network.

Step 3: In connection, check the name of your Wi-Fi network.

After confirming that both devices are connected to the same network, here is how you can take your screenshots:

Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight search, type QuickTime Player and press Return.

Step 2: Click File in the upper left corner of the menu bar.

Step 3: Select New Movie Recording from the list of options.

Step 4: When a record bar opens, click the down arrow icon next to the Record button.

step 5: Select the name of your Apple TV 4K as the display input.

step 6: Enter the AirPlay code that appears on your TV screen.

You’ll see your Apple TV 4K screen mirrored wirelessly via AirPlay to your Mac.

step 7: Open the app to choose the frame you want to capture.

step 8: Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys on your Mac to take a screenshot.

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You can also take cropped screenshots on your Mac. Press the Record button to start a screen recording that will be saved on your Mac.

To stop capturing your Apple TV 4K screen, you can switch back to the FaceTime HD camera in the QuickTime Player window.

Everything you can capture using screenshots on Apple TV 4K

The method we recommend for taking screenshots on Apple TV 4K with Mac has some limitations. Since streaming platforms offer content protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management), it is not possible to take screenshots of all content on these platforms. We tried to screenshot various streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Mubi and Apple TV Plus.

It seems that Netflix, Prime Video, Mubi and Apple TV Plus allow you to take screenshots of their interface. The moment the content starts playing, the screen goes black on Mac.

However, this is not applicable to Disney+ and YouTube, since both allow you to take screenshots while playing any content.

You can also take screenshots while playing games like Asphalt 8: Airborne on your Apple TV 4K.

Share your favorite moments

The ability to take Apple TV 4K screenshots on your Mac lets you share those amazing moments from movies and TV shows with your friends.

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