How to Disable Auto-Playing Video Previews on Apple TV

With the release of tvOS 13, Apple brought new features like Apple Arcade to Apple TV as well as a number of changes to the set-top box's interface. One of those changes includes autoplaying trailers on the Home screen.

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The new content previews on the Home screen make interacting with your ‌Apple TV‌ a little different. For example, in previous tvOS versions, using the Siri Remote to highlight Apple's TV app would make your Up Next queue appear in the Top Shelf of the Home screen. Now, it plays video trailers advertising content available on the iTunes Store.

This is similar to what you'd expect to see on Netflix, which routinely auto-plays trailers in the hope that it will help you discover content more easily. Not everyone wants to see the same behavior on their ‌Apple TV‌ though, and the good news is that you can turn it off with an option buried in the device's settings.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌Apple TV‌.
  2. Select General -> Accessibility -> Motion.
  3. Toggle off the switch for Auto-Play Video Previews.
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You can also move the TV app from the top row of the your ‌Apple TV‌'s Home screen and the videos should stop autoplaying. To do so, hover the selector over the TV app, then click and hold down on the Remote's touch surface for a couple of seconds.

The app icon will start jiggling, at which point you can swipe to place it where you want. Simply click the touch surface again once you have moved the TV app from the top row to another location.

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3 weeks ago
This never should have been a default setting.
Rating: 14 Votes
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3 weeks ago
Good. I hate this. So incredibly annoying. I wish I could also turn it off in Netflix.
Rating: 13 Votes
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3 weeks ago
I sometimes browse Netflix on my iPhone rather than my TV, because of how annoying the auto play is.
Rating: 8 Votes
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3 weeks ago
Without the option to turn this off I simply would not have ever updated my AppleTV. That is how much I loathe it. Good for Apple for providing a better choice on the matter than Netflix (i.e. providing a choice at all!).
Rating: 7 Votes
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3 weeks ago
Can we get the UP Next back on the home screen instead of having to click into TV?
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3 weeks ago
I just want MY stuff to show. Pisses me off.
Rating: 7 Votes
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3 weeks ago
Awful design choice to add this, but even worse is the music app now playing videos in the top bar, which are both annoying and uninteresting to me, instead of showing newly added albums and now playing as it used to.
Rating: 5 Votes
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3 weeks ago


Good. I hate this. So incredibly annoying. I wish I could also turn it off in Netflix.


Netflix is the worst at this.You just want to read a description but here we go!
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3 weeks ago


I just want MY stuff to show. Pisses me off.

Every person who is of like mind should avail themselves of Apple's Feedback pages, to - politely and persuasively - explain to Apple why they'd like to at least have the option to display the information the old way (or some new flavor of the old way).
Rating: 5 Votes
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3 weeks ago


Good. I hate this. So incredibly annoying. I wish I could also turn it off in Netflix.


I don't mind the video playing, given that it does not play sound. What annoys me about the Netflix approach is that it starts playing sound.
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