Watching Kanopy on Apple TV and Airplay

Apple TV
The Kanopy app is available for 4th generation devices and above. To download the app, go to the App Store on your Apple TV, search for Kanopy and install the app.

When you first open the Kanopy app, you will be able to browse content, but not play the films. In order to play, you will need to link your Kanopy account. To do this:

  1. Select any film and press play.
  2. Click on “Link My Account”. Further instructions will appear on your TV screen (and are outlined in Steps 3-5).
  3. Go to using a computer or mobile device. If you are not signed into your account, you will be prompted to do so before you can enter the code.
  4. Enter the code displayed on the left side of your TV screen.
  5. Click Submit.

If the linking is successful, the message will change on your TV screen to let you know that you can select “Watch Now” with your Apple TV remote to start viewing films. Once this is complete, you will be able to start viewing films on your Apple TV.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Apple TV devices can I use to access Kanopy?
Kanopy can only be used on devices that have access to an app store (4th generation Apple TV and newer).

Where do I access the linking code?
To enter your linking code, go to, or select “Link Your Device” from the Kanopy iOS or Android app. If you are not signed into your account, you will be prompted to log in before you will be able to enter the code. In addition, your account will need to be linked to a subscribing library in order for you to successfully link your device.

How can I access my other membership(s)?
Go to the Settings (located at the top of your screen) and select “Membership”. The membership that you are currently using on the channel will be listed here. Choose “Select another library” to display a list of your other membership(s). Select your library name to load this membership to your Apple TV.

Can I add multiple Kanopy accounts at a time to my Apple TV?
Only 1 Kanopy account can be linked to your Apple TV at a time. If you would like to access another account on your Apple TV, follow the instructions to log out of your account.

Can I link my account to multiple Apple TVs?
Yes! You can link your account to as many Apple TVs as you’d like.

How do I log out of my account?
Go to Settings and select “Sign out of my Kanopy account”

How do I know if a film is closed captioned?
On a film’s details page, “CC” will appear below the title and to the right of the star rating if the title is closed captioned.

How do I access closed captions/subtitles?
Swipe down on the trackpad portion of the remote while the film is playing. A menu at the top of your TV screen will appear which will include a section for captions/subtitles. Navigate over to this section and enable the captions/subtitles.

How do I add films to my Watchlist?
Enter the Kanopy channel and select a film to open up the film’s details. Press the down arrow so that “+ Add to Watchlist” is selected then press OK to add the film to your Watchlist. Press OK again if you would like to remove the film.

Where do I access my Watchlist?
Your Watchlist can be accessed from the menu at the top of the page.

How do I know how many play credits I have remaining?
The number of play credits you have remaining for the month will appear at the top right of your TV screen. To learn more about how these play credits work, go here.

How do I find films I’ve already viewed?
A Continue Watching section is coming soon - stay tuned! In the meantime, you can find your previously viewed films from the desktop version of the site or via the iOS app.

Can I access Kanopy on Apple TV if I do not belong to a subscribing library?
In order to access the films on Kanopy, you will need a Kanopy account that has been linked to a subscribing library. To find out if your library participates, check here.

If you have an older generation Apple TV, you can view Kanopy via Airplay. To do this:

  1. Select a film from the Kanopy iOS app and press play.
  2. Select the Airplay icon at the top right of the screen.
  3. Choose the Apple TV you would like to connect to.
  4. Once the film begins playing on your TV select Done on your iOS device.

You will be able to control closed caption and subtitles (if available) using the icon to the right of the Airplay icon.

To stop Airplay, select the Airplay icon again and select your mobile device.


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