How to Activate ABC on Roku, Apple TV, FireStick, Android, Xbox – Updated

ABC (American Broadcasting Company) is a commercial broadcast radio and television network owned by Disney Media Networks, a division of the Walt Disney Company. At ABC, you can watch full episodes of your favorite shows & stream live TV, including The Oscars – LIVE OSCAR SUNDAY!, Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, A Million Little Things, Station 19, General Hospital, and many more.

You can access ABC Channel on all leading digital streaming devices, such as Roku, Amazon FireStick, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox, etc. However, to stream the ABC channel on your desired smart device, you first need to install the ABC TV app and activate it at abc.com/activate.

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Guide to Activate ABC on Smart Devices via abc.com/activate [2023]

While the ABC channel app is available for free on the app store/ channel store/ play store of your streaming device, and some of the content is available free of cost; however, you must have a subscription through a participating TV provider or streaming services to watch the premium content available on the ABC app.

Below are the step-by-step instructions on activating the ABC channel on devices like Roku, Android, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. The process involves installing the app on your device and activating it using an activation code on abc.com/activate.

Roku Streaming Device

To watch ABC on Roku, you first need to add the channel from the Channel Store and then activate ABC at abc.com/activate using participating TV provider credentials. Here are the detailed steps to do it.

  • Turn on your Roku media player and go to the home screen on your Roku device.
  • From the Streaming Channels section, select Roku Channel Store.
  • Search for the ABC app using the Search option.
  • Click on Add channel and follow the on-screen prompts to add the ABC channel on Roku.
  • Once added, launch the app and select the Account option from the menu bar.
  • You will now see an activation code on your TV screen.
  • Next, go to a web browser on your computer or smartphone and open abc.com/activate.
  • Enter the activation code and click on Continue.
  • Now, select your TV provider from the list and sign in using your provider credentials (username & password). However, if your provider is not listed, contact your TV provider to activate the ABC channel.

After successful activation, you can start watching your favorite movie or show on your Roku TV.

Apple TV

If you are looking to activate ABC on your Apple TV, follow the instructions below-

  • First, open the App Store on your Apple TV.
  • In the App Store, search for the ABC channel app.
  • Select the app from the search results and click Get to download and install the app.
  • Once installed, launch the ABC app on Apple TV.
  • Inside the app, select the Activate option to generate an activation code.
  • Visit abc.com/activate on another device.
  • Enter the activation code displayed on your television screen and click Continue.
  • Sign in with your service provider account details to stream your favorite ABC shows on Apple TV.
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Amazon FireStick

ABC channel app is available on Amazon App Store. So, all you need to do is download and install the app on your Fire TV and activate it using the activation code. Here are the detailed steps for the same –

  • On your Amazon Fire TV, go to the App Store.
  • Please search for the ABC app in the App Store and select it from the suggestions.
  • Press Get or Download to get the app on FireStick.
  • After successful installation, press Open to launch the app.
  • Follow the prompts on your TV to get an activation code and URL.
  • Now open a web browser on a separate device and visit abc.com/activate.
  • Enter the code from your TV on the activation page, and tap Continue.
  • Sign in to your account to link your TV provider.

Keep in mind that some steps may vary depending on the model of your Fire TV and the software version.

Android TV

If you are using Android-based TV, you can watch the ABC channel for free (except for premium content) by installing and activating the app on your device. Here are the steps to get started –

  • Open Google Play Store on your Android TV.
  • Once you are on the Play Store, search for the ABC app.
  • Now, download and install the app on your device.
  • After successful installation, launch/ open the ABC app.
  • Now, you will see an activation code on your TV screen.
  • Visit abc.com/activate on a computer or mobile phone.
  • Enter the activation code from the TV screen and click Continue.
  • Select your TV provider and sign in with its credentials. (If your TV provider is not participating, contact your TV provider for further help.)
  • Now click Submit, and you can watch ABC programming on your Android TV.

Microsoft Xbox

If you wish to access ABC on your Xbox One/ 360, you can follow these steps to activate your device –

  • Open Microsoft Store on your Xbox gaming console.
  • Press the search icon and search for the ABC app.
  • From the search results, click on the ABC channel app.
  • Now, press the Get button, and follow the on-screen prompts to install the app on Xbox-connected TV.
  • Launch the app to get an activation code on TV. 
  • Now, go to abc.com/activate on another device (phone or PC).
  • Enter the activation code and sign in using your TV provider username & password.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the activation process.

You should now be able to watch ABC live and on-demand content on your Xbox console.

Can I watch ABC on Sony PlayStation?

To watch ABC on a Sony PlayStation (PS4 and PS5), dowload the ABC ap on your PlayStation console. Once downloaded, open it and select the sign in option to get a code to activate your device. Then enter the code at abc.com/activate and sign in with your cable provider credentials. If your TV provider is not listed, you may need to contact them to verify that they offer ABC as part of their package. After you have signed in, you should be able to watch ABC programming on your PlayStation.

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How to Recover your TV Provider Username and Password?

The process to recover your TV provider username and password will vary depending on your provider. However, here are a few common steps that may be helpful:

  1. Visit the website of your TV provider and look for a “Forgot Password” or “Forgot Username” link.
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email address or phone number associated with your account.
  3. You will now receive an email or text message with instructions on resetting your password or retrieving your username.
  4. If you do not have access to the email address or phone number associated with your account, you may need to contact the provider’s customer service for assistance.

It’s important to note that some TV providers may have different recovery steps, so you should check the provider’s help site for more information.


ABC activation code is not working – How to Fix?

If you are having trouble activating the ABC app and the activation code is not working, there are a few things you can try:

  • Double-check that you are entering the correct code. Make sure there are no spaces or extra characters at the beginning or end of the code.
  • Make sure that the code has not expired. Some codes are only valid for a specific time and will no longer work if they expire.
  • Verify that your TV provider supports the ABC app.
  • Check your internet connection.
  • Uninstall the app, switch off & switch on your device, and reinstall the app. Now, generate a new activation code.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee to watch the ABC channel?

The ABC app is free. The only thing required is a TV provider subscription.

How can I sign up for the ABC app?

The sign-up procedure for the ABC app can be completed using the TV provider’s login credentials.

How can I stream ABC on my TV without cable?

You can watch the ABC channel on your Smart TV via YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV Stream, and FuboTV.

  • Dan Smith

    My name is Dan Smith, and I am a senior technical writer at Activate Guide. I have been covering the technology industry for over six years, writing about streaming devices, TV channels, credit card activation, and many more.

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