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How to get Apple’s beautiful Apple TV screensavers on your Mac

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When Apple launched the latest version of its streaming device, the Apple TV, in 2015, it unveiled a set of stunning slow-motion screensavers for the device. The short videos that play when the box is idle depict aerial footage of some of the most famous skylines and landscapes around the world, and yesterday, Dec. 16, it introduced some new ones, including the skyline of Dubai, and the snowy hills of Greenland.

For some reason, Apple has confined this set of beautiful screensavers to the Apple TV. But if you’d like to have these vistas greet you when you return to your idle Mac laptop or desktop, there’s actually a pretty simple way to do that, according to Cult of Mac.

To add the screensavers to your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Aerial project from GitHub. (It should automatically download from that link, but if it doesn’t, try reading this.)
  1. Open the .zip file and double-click the file “Aerial.saver” to install it.
  1. If your system’s setup doesn’t automatically allow downloads from untrusted developers, open System Preferences, click on “Security & Privacy,” and there should be an option to open the file after you enter your admin password.
  1. Return to System Preferences, click on “Desktop & Screen Saver,” then “Screen Saver.”
  1. Scroll down to find Aerial and select it.
  1. Click Screen Saver Options to customize which scenes Aerial uses.

There are different options that you can choose to determine which flyovers you want to use as a screensaver, but by default, it’ll randomly choose one every time the computer is idle.

And that’s it, you should now have some stunning flyovers available as screensavers that are far more interesting than the standard Mac options.

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