Apple TV: How to use the Conference Mode

Apple TV offers a “Conference Mode”. It is helpful in business or school situations and gives people in the room some hints how to stream content to the Apple TV (via AirPlay).


How to use the Conference Mode of your Apple TV

Enable the Conference Mode

Go to “Settings > AirPlay > Conference Room Display” and turn it on.


On-Screen Instructions for people in the room

After that, in the screensaver mode, the Apple TV shows some On-Screen Instructions how to connect.

  1. If your Apple TV is connected with an ethernet cable, it will just show “Connect to Wi-Fi Network”. Otherwise, using an Wi-Fi Connection, it shows the correct name (SSID) of your Wi-Fi.
  2. The second information is the name of the Apple TV (useful if there are more than one in the Network)
  3. If you like, you can add some more information in a custom text field (“custom-message” in the screenshot). For example, where to get the Wi-Fi password.

It’s also possible to choose a custom background picture.


Link: Apple TV: Understanding AirPlay settings


  1. Yes, but how do you make it use the conference room display with the appearance it has when you click preview? I.e. With a background picture, not just the box floating over the screensaver.

  2. Hi, how do I get Apple TV to go directly into conference room mode when it is turned on, rather than going to the home screen first?

    1. The trick they always forget to tell you is to go back to System then Restart, it will then display the conference display screen when it restarts

      1. Thanks Allan… might you also know how to make the ATV stop requiring a 4 digit passcode even if it is not set to require one? I think it has something to do with the “lock” symbol in iTunes. I have restored, restarted, and made double sure no passcodes are required and allow access to everyone is selected and no still no change. ATV 4th gen will not connect to my iTunes Library on it’s own. I have to force it thru AirPlay on my iMac, or restart the iMac every time I want to connect to my iTunes Library from ATV. Thanks

  3. Hi,
    I’m stuck in that conference room mode, even after hard restart.
    No button on the remote works.
    Hmw to leave that mode and return back to normal mode ?

  4. How do we get out of the conference room mode???? Stuck, no matter what I do the apple TV stays on the conference room mode.

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