How to Block Purchases and Rentals on the Apple TV

Most of Apple’s devices, including the Apple TV, make it very simple for you to purchase songs, movies or TV show episodes. This convenience is great when you are the one making purchases on your account, but can be frustrating if others are doing it.

Fortunately you can set restrictions on your Apple TV that hide the Movies, TV Shows and Music stores on the device, thereby preventing people from making purchases or rentals on your Apple TV. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Prevent Purchases and Rentals On the Apple TV

The tutorial below is actually going to teach you how to hide the purchase and rentals options on your Apple TV. It is accomplished by creating a 4-digit passcode that allows you to change the function of many of the apps on the Apple TV.

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Step 1: Navigate to the Settings icon on the Apple TV Home screen, then press the silver center button on the remote control to select it.

select the settings option

Step 2: Select the General option.

select the general option

Step 3: Select the Restrictions option.

select the restrictions option

Step 4: Select the Turn on Restrictions option.

turn on restrictions

Step 5: Enter a passcode, then select the Done button.

enter a passcode

Step 6: Re-enter the passcode, then press the Done button.

re-enter the passcode

Step 7: Select the OK option.

select the ok option

Step 8: Scroll down to the Purchase & Rental option.

scroll to the purchase and rental option

Step 9: Press the silver center button on your remote control to change the setting to the right of Purchase & Rental until it says Hide.

how to block purchases on the apple tv

You can then press and Hold the Menu button on the remote control to return to the Apple TV home screen.

Now that you know how to block purchases and rentals on the Apple TV you won’t need to worry about people mistakenly making purchases when trying to view content on the device.

Do you have an Amazon Prime account and wish you could watch those videos with your Apple TV? You can learn how by reading this article.

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