Apple TV Just Got More Screen Savers, Here's How to Get Them on Your Mac

With the release of tvOS 15.2 earlier this week, Apple added nine new high-resolution screen savers to Apple TV HD and ‌Apple TV‌ 4K, including three featuring Scotland's Isle of Skye and Loch Moidart, and six offering various views of Iceland's stunning landscapes.

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Traveling along the coast of the Isle of Skye, Scotland

‌Apple TV‌ downloads new screen savers on a regular basis depending on your ‌Apple TV‌ settings (daily, weekly, or monthly via Settings -> General -> Screen Saver -> Download New Video), so you may not see them immediately. But when you do, and if you like them, you'll be happy to learn that you can get them on your Mac, too.

Created by developer John Coates and maintained by Guillaume Louel, Aerial is a free and open source app for macOS 10.12 and later (including Monterey and Apple silicon) that lets you view the same high-quality ‌Apple TV‌ screen savers on your Mac.

The app periodically scrapes the screen savers from Apple's servers and lets you choose your favorite videos so that they play more often. So while it's not possible to choose a specific screensaver on ‌Apple TV‌ once it's downloaded, you can on your Mac, thanks to Aerial.

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In addition, Aerial has some additional options, including the ability to filter video themes, overlay weather data, and adapt the videos that are played to the time of day, plus it offers an additional library of over 100 different videos.

The easiest way to get it on your Mac is to download the Aerial Companion from Coates' GitHub page, drag the app to your Applications folder, launch it, and then follow the quick setup process.

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You can choose whether updates should happen automatically in the background, or if you prefer to be notified. You can also pick whether you want an icon in the menu bar to notify you or not.

Aerial 2 also introduced Community Videos, including 20 screen savers donated at no charge by Joshua Michaels and Hal Bergman. And if you like the Aerial app, you can always buy the developers a coffee.

Top Rated Comments

cwizou Avatar
11 months ago
Guillaume here, thanks for the writeup.

If I may add, for new users, to get the new videos you need to pick "beta" during install when prompted. If you didn't, in Aerial Companion (in your menu bar, launch it again if you don't see it) open the menu and pick "Desired Version" and "Beta", then you'll get the latest videos.

I'm hoping to release next full update in a couple of weeks and this will no longer be necessary.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lloigorr Avatar
11 months ago
I’ve been using the Aerial screen saver for a few years now and it’s great! Really recommend it.


But keep in mind that the videos are in 4K resolution (you may set them at lower resolution though) and there is quite a number of those available. So the space used on your SSD may be rather huge (25GB on my drive, not every clip installed).
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dredlew Avatar
11 months ago
It’s a crying shame that this one guy can develop a vastly superior app than Apple can. Despite numerous feedback reports over the years, the AppleTV screensaver still sucks like there’s no tomorrow. I hate it!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
timmyh Avatar
11 months ago

Yea, the app is amazing but it devours the drive heh.
The companion is really good for this. It has an option to limit the amount of storage space it uses to download videos, similar to that other great screensaver, Electric Sheep!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nvmls Avatar
11 months ago

I’ve been using the Aerial screen saver for a few years now and it’s great! Really recommend it.


But keep in mind that the videos are in 4K resolution (you may set them at lower resolution though) and there is quite a number of those available. So the space used on your SSD may be rather huge (25GB on my drive, not every clip installed).
Yea, the app is amazing but it devours the drive heh.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Morgenland Avatar
11 months ago
Thank you, Coates and MR.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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