How to browse Windows 10 from your Apple TV

Connect to and Browse your Windows 10 Files Using Apple TV

Follow our simple step by step guide to connect to and browse your Windows 10 PC using your Apple TV with the FilebrowserTV app.

Scan your Network

In FileBrowserTV follow these steps:

When FileBrowserTV loads it will start a scan of your local network for all computers and network drives.

Select your Computer

Select your Windows 10 computer from the list.

Enter your Credentials

Enter your Username and Password for your Windows 10 Computer into FileBrowserTV and tap 'Connect'.

Additional Help

  • If you dont know your Username see our steps below.

  • If Scan does not find your Windows machine see our steps below.

  • If you get a "Connection Refused" error, see how to enable File Sharing.

  • If you are connected but cant see any folders see our steps below.

Estimated Time: 2 minutes

If the scan hasn't worked try adding it manually

Find your Windows 10 Computer Name

  1. Launch File Explorer. (To start Explorer on Windows 10, at the tiles screen type 'File Explorer'.)
  2. In the left-hand pane, find the "Computer" or "This PC" node.
  3. Right-click it and choose "Properties".
  4. You should now have a window that looks like the following.
  5. The text ringed in red is your computer name.
  6. This will be the text to enter in FileBrowserTV's "Computer Name".
Browse your Windows 10 files with Apple TV

In FileBrowserTV follow these steps:

  1. If you are not on the scanning screen above, click the machine icon with the plus in the bottom left corner.
  2. Tap "Manual Configuration".
  3. Take the machine name labelled above with a red 'A' and enter it into the 'Computer Name' field.
  4. Then tap the "Done" button.
  5. Enter your username into the 'User Name' field.

    If you dont know your Username see our steps below.

  6. Enter the password for your user account into the 'Password' field. If your account doesn't have a password, tap the 'Blank' button.
  7. Tap the "Connect" button.
  8. Tap your new location which has been added to your home screen to connect.
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Enable File Sharing

Follow our simple step by step guide on how to enable File Sharing in Windows and browse its files from your Apple TV.

Windows 10 File Sharing may not be enabled, especially if you don't have other computers on your network or this is the first time you have tried to access shared folders over your network.

Use the following steps to enable File Sharing on Windows 10.

  1. Press the Windows key and type 'Settings" select the Settings App from the listing.

    How to enable Windows 10 file sharing
  2. Click "Network and Internet"

  3. Click 'Status' on the left hand side. Then click Properties under your Ethernet or Wifi adapter.

    Browse files and folders with Apple tv
  4. In the new dialog:

    Select "Turn on network discovery".

    Select "Turn on file and printer sharing".

    Under All Networks, Select "Turn on password protected sharing".

    Windows 10 turn on network discovery

    We recommend using password protected sharing, but if you want people with no username or password to be able to access your files (only those files marked for 'Everyone' access), then set password protected sharing to "off".

The user name and password you enter into FileBrowserTV is your Windows account name. This might be a hotmail or other Microsoft email address, or it could be your first name.
Click to see our guide on how to find your Username in Windows 10.

Now you have enabled file sharing, in FileBrowserTV click your Machine to attempt to connect again.

  • If you are connected but cant see any folders see our steps below.

Share a Folder

  1. In Windows File Explorer find the folder you wish to share right-click it and choose "Properties"

  2. In the Properties dialog select the "Sharing" tab.

  3. You should now see the following dialog. Click the "Advanced Sharing..." button.

  4. How to share a folder in Windows 10

    The following dialog should appear.

  5. Enable folder sharing in Windows 10

    Tick "Share this folder"

  6. Enter a Share Name that this folder will be known by on the network.
    By default, the folder will be shared for read-only access for the user who creates the share.

    If you wish to change this security, click the "Permissions" button and choose the level of access that you require.

Unknown username or password when connecting via SMB to Windows 10

If FileBrowserTV is repeately asking for your username and password please check your Windows account using the following steps.

Home Environment

To find your user name in Windows 10, use the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key and type 'Control" select the Control Panel App from the listing.

    Unknown username or password when connecting via SMB to Windows 10
  2. Click 'Change account type' under User Accounts.

    How to check your Windows 10 user accounts

    * If your Control Panel looks different, change its 'View by:' in the top right corner to 'Category'

  3. The user account you are currently logged in as is highlighted in blue.

    Compare your user account to those below:

    • Option A - You have a Microsoft enabled account. The email address listed will be your Username in FileBrowserTV.

    • Option B / C - You have a local Windows account. The username in the large font at the top will be your Username in FileBrowserTV.

    Why do my Windows 10 user accounts look different

    In FileBrowserTV perform the following steps:

    • From the home screen, find your Windows 10 connection and tap the 3 dots icon.

    • Then tap 'Edit...'

    • Enter your Username into FileBrowserTV's Username field - This is case sensitive

  4. Enter your Password.

    • Option A - Your password will be your Microsoft account password.

    • Option B - Your password will be the password you use to login to Windows.

    • Option C - You have a local Windows account with no password.

      FileBrowserTV will not be able to connect to an account with no password, see below for instructions on how to set a password.

      PIN CODE: You cannot use your Windows 10 login pin code to connect filebrowserTV, a full password is required.

    How to set a Password

    If the account you have chosen does not say 'Password protected' under it, then it has no password.

    Having a password will mean that you will need to enter it each time you boot your Windows PC.

    Follow the steps below to set a password:

    • Click the account you wish to set a password on.

    • Then click 'Create a password' in the left hand pane.

      How to set a password on a Windows 10 user account
    • Type your password and retype it to confirm, then click 'Create Password'.

      Then return to step 4.

      Setting a password on your Windows 10 account

Work Environment

At work, you will probably connect to a machine in a Windows Domain. You will need to prepend the user name with a domain name like this: domain\username.

Note that you need to use a single back-slash character between the domain and user names.

Resync Windows 10 login and network passwords

Windows 10 sometimes changes the local login password but not the network access password when a user modifies their password. The following Windows 10 steps should get you back in sync again:

  1. Launch the Settings app and click on Accounts.

  2. In the "Your Info" section click "Sign in with a local account instead" and create a new local account. This will log you out when complete.

  3. Log back in using the new local account and repeat the steps but click "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead".

  4. Use your Microsoft email address & password in FileBrowserTV to connect.