A guide to managing Apple TV with Apple Configurator.
I’ve been managing Apple TVs for about twelve months now, and still this little snippet of information passed me by.
This process allows you to manage a large number of Apple TVs easily and apply settings which are not available from the normal Apple TV user interface, including advanced wireless configuration settings and proxy server details.
Note: Apple TV configuration profiles are only supported by Apple TV software version 5.1 and above.
Preparing Apple TV to Apply a Configuration Profile
You can only apply a configuration profile to an Apple TV once you have accessed the main menu. If your Apple TV is fresh out of the box you will need to do the following:
- Connect the Apple TV to a TV or projector and power it on.
- Select the language the Apple TV should use.
- Skip the remaining configuration by pressing the Menu button on the Apple Remote.
- Power off the Apple TV
Now we’ve done that let’s continue.
Apply a Configuration Profile to Apple TV
- Connect the Apple TV to a power source. Now connect a micro-usb cable to the usb port on the back of the Apple TV. Make sure you do it in this order to prevent the Apple TV going into recovery mode. If it does power off and try again. If you don’t have a micro-usb cable (they come as standard with most non-Apple mobile phones) you can pick one up very cheaply from many online stores.
- Connect the other end of the micro-USB cable to a Mac running Apple Configurator.
- In Apple Configurator, select the Prepare tab.
- Make sure Supervision is set to off. You cannot supervise an Apple TV.
- Set the iOS pop-up menu to No Change.
- Set the Restore pop-up menu to Don’t Restore Backup.
- Click the + at the bottom of the Profiles menu to import or create a profile for your Apple TV.
- Enter the settings you require.
- Once you have finished click the Prepare button at the bottom of the screen. Your configuration profile settings will now be installed on your Apple TV.