How to: arrange and hide icons on Apple TV

by Dan on October 11, 2013


With all the new apps/channels released for Apple TV recently, the interface can become quite cluttered. Luckily, as of the Apple TV 5.1 software update, you can adjust the display of icons and arrangement on the Apple TV’s main menu to suit your preference and hide those icons you don’t use.

  • Rearranging Apple TV icons

Note: You cannot move or rearrange the icons in the top row (Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers, and Settings).

To change where an icon appears on the main menu:

  1. Select the icon you want to move
  2. Press and hold Select on the remote
  3. When the icon begins to jiggle, use the remote to move the icon to a new position
  4. Press Select again to finish


  • Hiding Apple TV icons

To show or hide icons:

  1. Select Settings > General > Parental Controls
  2. Scroll down and select either Show or Hide as desired

Note: By default, you do not need to turn on Parental Controls to show or hide these features. If you want to prevent someone from changing these settings or accessing these features, turn on Parental Controls.

Which Apps have you chosen to hide?


  • freetobelee

    I’ll hide anything that requires a cable subscription…

  • Thee Gooch

    This was very useful information. I thought that you could not remove those annoying icons that I never used. After reading this article, I have them hidden the apps I used arranged the way that I like them.

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