How to watch Disney+ on Apple TV

Disney+ is an online streaming service that enables customers to watch on-demand movies and TV shows. The streaming service is available to watch on a range of devices, including enabling customers to watch Disney+ on Apple TV. 

Disney+ has been compatible with all Apple devices since it launched in November 2019, enabling users to watch on iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV, which is a high-end streaming device.

This article will provide an overview of how to sign up for Disney+, how to watch Disney Plus on Apple TV, and how to download the service’s content. 

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What is Disney+?

Disney+ is one of the more recent entries into the ever-expanding online streaming market. It provides an on-demand library of content that includes thousands of movies and TV show episodes. 

The service is home to all Disney content and original programming, which includes its classic animated movies and more recent Pixar films. Disney+ is also the place to watch the entire collection of Marvel and Star Wars film franchises.

Disney+ is available for customers to subscribe monthly or annually, which costs $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. The service also offers a seven-day free trial, which enables new customers to test Disney+ out and watch its content without paying a cent for a week. For more information about the streaming service, read our Disney+ review.

Watch Disney+ on these Apple TV models

Disney+ is only available to watch on the two current Apple TV streaming device models. These are the Apple TV HD and the Apple TV 4K.

The Apple TV HD (from $149.99)  is the fourth generation of Apple devices — it was released in 2015. It enables users to watch their favorite streaming services, such as Disney+, through the Apple App Store on the device’s tvOS operating system. It comes with 32GB of storage space and supports up to 1080p high-definition (HD) video quality and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. 

The Apple TV 4K (from $179.99) is the fifth generation Apple device, which was first released in 2017. It enables users to up their viewing options to 4K, which offers four times the pixel resolution and picture quality of standard HD. However, this is only possible on a TV set that also supports 4K video quality. It also offers leading streaming quality with Dolby Vision High-Definition-Imaging (HDR) and Dolby Atmos audio. The 4K Apple TV model is available with either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage space.

Disney+ isn’t compatible with the Apple TV first-, second- and third-generation devices, which have now been made obsolete by Apple. The Disney+ app isn’t available on these older devices. However, users that have one of these devices can watch Disney+ through an Apple iPad or iPhone and using the AirPlay feature to stream the service through their Apple TV.

Users will need to have a subscription to Disney+ to watch the service on their Apple TV streaming device. However, it’s also possible to subscribe to Disney+ on Apple TV streaming devices.

Disney+ is available on these Apple TV models:

  • Apple TV HD (from $149.99)
  • Apple TV 4K (from $179.99)

For more information on these devices, read our guide to Apple TV streaming devices.

How to subscribe to Disney+

  • Step One: Visit the Disney+ website. Either select the blue Sign Up Now button in the top right corner of the screen or select the Sign Up Now button under the monthly subscription option or the Save On 12 Months button under the details of the annual subscription.
  • Step Two: Enter an email address into the form that appears and select Agree & Continue. Then create a password on the next stage of the form.
  • Step Three: Choose between monthly ($6.99/mo.) and annual ($69.99/mo.) subscriptions, then enter credit card details or select to pay via PayPal. Select the Pay & Subscribe button, and the Disney+ account will be created, and a seven-day free trial will begin.

How to download Disney+ on your Apple TV

  • Step One: Connect the Apple TV device to a TV set by plugging an HDMI cable into both the device and the HDMI port of the TV.
  • Step Two: Use the Apple TV remote to navigate to the Apple App Store, search for the Disney+ app and download it.
  • Step Three: Once downloaded, open the Disney+ app and sign in using the login credentials created above.


How do I get Disney+ on an older Apple TV device?

Disney+ is only available to stream directly on current Apple TV devices, the Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. However, owners of older Apple TV devices can watch the streaming service through an iPhone or iPad.

Can I download Disney+ to my other devices for offline viewing?

Yes, Disney+ content can be downloaded on other devices. Disney+ customers who use an Apple TV device to watch the service can download movies and TV shows to watch on mobile devices. This includes Apple iPads and iPhones and Android mobile phones and tablets.

How many devices in a household can watch Disney+ at one time?

Each Disney+ account is allocated space to register four separate devices. These can be streaming devices, such as an Apple TV, as well as mobile phones and tablets. For more information, visit our Disney+ device guide.

How do I login to Disney+ on my TV?

There are a couple of options for logging in to a Disney+ account on a TV. The first is for smart TV users to download the Disney+ app from the TV’s app store and log in using their Disney+ credentials. Users that don’t have a smart TV will need to connect a streaming device, such as an Apple TV, to their TV using an HDMI cable. They can then download the Disney+ app from their streaming device’s app store and log in to their Disney+ account.

Our hot take

Disney+ has a wealth of movies and TV shows available for streamers to enjoy and they can do so using an Apple TV device. 

Sign up for Disney Plus
Start a 7-day free trial

Access titles from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and classic Disney flicks for just $6.99/mo, or bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for just $12.99/mo.

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