Adjust video and audio settings

There are controls and settings you can use to customize your viewing and listening. For example, you can:

  • Make sure the Apple TV output resolution matches your television’s native resolution

  • Control whether Apple TV outputs Dolby Digital encoded audio

  • Send audio output to Bluetooth headphones or alternative speakers

  • Decide what language to use for subtitles and audio tracks in foreign language content

Set the language of audio and subtitles. In Settings Settings, go to “Audio and Video” and select the language you want under Audio Language or Subtitle Language.

Note: If the language you select isn’t available, the default language is used—it’s the one associated with your region, or the one that’s selected in General Settings.

Send audio to Bluetooth headphones or another AirPlay speaker. In Settings Settings, go to “Audio and Video” > Audio Output.

For more information, see Connect Bluetooth devices to Apple TV.

Watch Apple TV without disturbing others. Apple TV can lower the overall sound level by reducing the loudness of music and sound effects. To enable this setting while playing a video, swipe down to open the Info panel, select Audio, then select Reduce Loud Sounds.

Playback screen showing Audio pull-down and Reduce Loud Sounds selected

To change this setting for all videos, in Settings Settings, go to “Audio and Video” > Reduce Loud Sounds.

Adjust other audio and video settings. You can adjust other audio or video related settings, such as Sound Effects and Music, Navigation Clicks, Surround Sound mode, HDMI Output settings, and Resolution. In Settings Settings, go to “Audio and Video.”