Guide to the DIRECTV App


If you’ve got DIRECTV, you want to check out the DIRECTV App if you’re planning on traveling soon. You can use this app to access your AT&T DIRECTV subscriptions on your phone or tablet, either at home or on the go.

Follow this guide to see if your phone is compatible, how to set up the app, and what features it offers.

What Does the DIRECTV App Do?

With the DIRECTV App, you can access over 45,000 shows and movies live and on-demand on your tablet or phone. You can stream simultaneously on up to five devices and can access any of the channels available through your DIRECTV subscription.

Is My Device Compatible?

To run the DIRECTV App, you’ll need at least an iPhone SE or iPad Air 2 that can run iOS 11 or an Android device that runs 6.0 API 23 software. The app is free to download in both the Apple Store and Google Play. However, to use the app, you’ll need a DIRECTV subscription.

How to Set Up the DIRECTV App

Once you’ve determined that your phone will work with the app, download it from the correct app store. Once the installation process has finished, open the app by tapping the icon on your homepage.

Have your DIRECTV ID and password ready to sign-in. If you don’t yet have an account with DIRECTV, you can sign-up on their website.

Once you’ve logged in, the app is easy to navigate. If you’re used to using DIRECTV on your television, this app will seem straightforward.


With the DIRECTV App, you can access thousands of shows on your phone or tablet. However, the app also has several other useful features that make it worth downloading even if you’re not planning on traveling right now.

New Ways to Watch TV

This app gives you multiple options for watching your favorite shows and movies. You can:

  • Watch tv without using data with the Data Free TV function (ask your provider if you qualify)
  • Download or stream your DVR recordings straight to your mobile device
  • Change screens in the middle of a show. You can pick up where you left off on your tablet or on the big screen.
  • Never miss another episode. You can easily record a show on either your tv or your mobile device.

Control Your TV with the App

Your DIRECTV app also acts as a remote control for your tv. You can use your phone to pause, play, rewind, or fast forward your episode. The app also works with voice search. Instead of typing in the movie name, just speak into your phone.

Parental Controls

For parents with small children, parental controls are a lifesaver. You can make sure your kids don’t see anything inappropriate or traumatizing and let them watch tv without fear.

Technical Requirements

You’ll need a strong 3G, 4G, or wifi connection to get the best quality videos. DIRECTV recommends streaming on Wi-Fi to reduce lag and loading times.

To use the Live TV Streaming option, you’ll need to have an R22, HR20, or newer DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR that’s connected to your home broadband. If you want to stream your recorded DVR shows on your mobile device, you’ll need an HR 44 Genie HD DVR or newer and a strong wifi connection.

What Customers Are Saying

On the Apple app store, the DIRECTV App has 4.7 out of 5 stars. Customers love its flexibility and ease of use. Reviews highlighted the following features:

  • Ability to download DVR programs onto a mobile device
  • Watch shows on the go
  • Reliable

However, after the most recent update, some customers have had issues with the app.

  • Frequent glitches
  • Some TV stations don’t work on the app
  • Some loading problems

Overall, customers like the app. If you encounter problems with the app, contact AT&T DIRECTV through live chat, phone, or email.

Should I Download the DIRECTV App?

If you have a DIRECTV subscription and have multiple users or travel frequently, you should consider downloading the DIRECTV App. If you only have one TV for the family, the app will allow your teenage gamer to watch Game of Thrones for the fifth time, your toddler to watch PawPatrol, and let Mom and Dad catch up on the news.

For frequent business travelers, this app means you won’t miss the news or your favorite show even when you’re on the go.

If you generally stay home and only use one screen at a time, you might not want to download the app. However, its long list of handy features makes the DIRECTV app a worthwhile download for many entertainment fanatics.

Vivian Choi

Vivian lives in Brooklyn. She went to school at Stony Brook University, where she studied Computer Science and English. She’s created apps, designed websites, and even published a few short stories. When she’s not coding or writing, she likes walking with her husky named Roscoe.