How to browse Windows 11 from your Apple TV

Connect to and Browse your Windows 11 Files Using Apple TV

Follow our simple step by step guide to connect to and browse your Windows 11 PC using your Apple TV with the FileBrowserTV app.

Scan your Network with FileBrowserTV

In FileBrowserTV follow these steps:

  1. Open FileBrowserTV it will start a scan of your local network automatically.
    If you dont see this screen, tap the computer icon with the plus on it.

  2. Select your Computer from the list.

  3. Enter your Username and Password and tap 'Connect'.

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

  • If Scan does not find your Windows 11 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.

If the scan hasn't worked try adding it manually

Find your Windows 11 Computer Name

  1. On Windows 11, press the windows key and type 'computer name' and press return.
  2. You should now have a window that looks like the following.
  3. The text ringed and marked A is your computer name.
  4. This will be the text to enter in FileBrowserTV's "Computer Name" input.

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 'A' above 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 11 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 11.

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

    Browse Windows11 files from your Apple TV
  2. Click "Network and Internet"

    Use your iPad to browse Windows11 files
  3. Click the 'Network and Sharing Centre' header in this dialog.

    Access all your documents on Windows 11 from your Apple TV
  4. Click "Change advanced settings" in the left hand side.

    Using the files app to browse Windows 11
  5. Under the "Private (Current Profile)" section:

    Enable "Turn on network discovery".

    Enable "Turn on file and printer sharing".

  6. Expand the "All Networks" section, enable "Turn on password protected sharing".

    Enable password protected sharing in Windows 11

    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 11.

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.

Estimated Time: 3 minutes

Share a Folder in Windows 11

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

    How to share a folder in Windows 11
  2. In the Folder Properties dialog select the "Sharing" tab.

    Click the "Advanced Sharing..." button.

    Browse your Windows 11 documents on your Apple TV
  3. The following dialog should appear.

  4. How to setup Windows 11 file sharing

    Tick "Share this folder"

  5. 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 11

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 11, 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 11
  2. Click 'Change account type' under User Accounts.

    How to check your Windows 11 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 11 user accounts look different

    In FileBrowserTV perform the following steps:

    • From the home screen, find your Windows 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 login and network passwords

Windows 11 sometimes changes the local login password but not the network access password when a user modifies their password. The following Windows 11 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.