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How to Restart Any Apple TV Model


The Apple TV cannot be physically restarted from the device itself because it does not have a power button; instead, you will need to unplug it and then plug it back in again in order to do this task. There are a few occasions in which restarting might be helpful, such as when your Apple TV has been unresponsive or when it has to be troubleshooted. In these cases, restarting can get everything back up and running.

It is to one’s great good fortune that there are methods available for restarting an Apple TV that are more handy than physically unplugging it from the wall in order to accomplish this task. Both the Apple TV remote control and the Settings app can be used to restart your Apple TV, and instructions for doing so can be found below.

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How to Restart an Apple TV

You can get started by using the remote control, if you want to.

  • If you have an Apple TV Remote or a Siri Remote, both of which include a touchpad and a button that doubles as a microphone, you should keep pressing down on the Home and Menu keys on your remote until the light on your Apple TV flashes. If you do not have either of these remotes, you can use a Siri Remote instead. If you let go of the button on your Apple TV when the light on the device starts flashing, it will restart itself.

  • If you have an older Apple TV Remote, you need to press and hold the Menu button while simultaneously pressing and holding the down button. Carry on in this manner until the indicator light on your Apple TV begins to blink. The device will carry out a reset as soon as you let go of it.

In addition, if you go into the app titled “Settings” on your iOS device, you will have the option to reset your Apple TV.

On an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD:

1. Tap on the app’s icon, which resembles a charcoal gear, to launch the Settings menu. This will open the menu for configuring the settings.

2. Once you have reached the bottom of the page, click the “System” link that will be at the bottom of the page.

3. Press the “Restart” button on your keyboard.

It is likely that it will take a few moments for your Apple TV to completely restart once you follow those instructions.

On an Apple TV 3 or older:

1. Open your Settings app.

2. Choose the “General” option from the menu that appears.

3. Once you have navigated to the correct location, select the “Restart” button and click it.

If for some reason you are unable to use your remote to restart your device and you are in this situation, you should instead unplug your Apple TV, wait for six seconds, and then plug it back in. If for some reason you are unable to use your remote to restart your device, you are in this scenario. This is the situation in which you find yourself if, for whatever reason, you are unable to utilize the remote control that came with your device to restart it.