How to Restart the Apple TV
The new Apple TV is generally really quite stable and should rarely need to restart, but in the rare occasion you find something not working properly, you can reboot Apple TV through the system settings on the device itself. Rebooting Apple TV is fast and should only take a moment to complete, so if you find yourself needing to do so there is little downtime.
Keep in mind Apple TV will reboot itself to update the devices software, so if you have a pending software update perhaps you should just update tvOS on the Apple TV. This is really aimed at situations where something is either misbehaving, an app is crashing or not responding as expected, or some other Apple TV behavior is unusual enough to warranty a manual reboot of the device for troubleshooting purposes.
How to Reboot Apple TV
The new Apple TV (4th generation) is rebooted from the System settings:
- Open the Settings app on Apple TV and go to “System”
- Choose the “Restart” option at the bottom of the Maintenance section
The Apple TV should reboot immediately and boot back up again quite fast.
The older Apple TV models (3rd and 2nd generation) also reboot through settings, but it’s slightly different:
- Open the Settings app and go to “General” followed by “Restart”
What if Apple TV won’t restart through the above methods? You have two choices, the controller based force restart, or the old fashioned way of going to the wall outlet.
Force Restart Apple TV from the Remote
With the new Siri Apple TV remote, holding down the Menu button and Home buttons concurrently until you see the light flash will force the Apple TV to reboot at any time, without having to access settings.
The force reboot is basically the same for the prior generation Apple TV controller as well, except the controller doesn’t have a light and instead the box itself blinks.
The controller based approach is pretty similar to force restarting the other iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, just hold down the buttons until the thing reboots.
Of course if the Apple TV is completely frozen and won’t reboot and you can’t access the System settings, then you’ll likely want to just go the old fashioned route of unplugging the thing and then plugging it back in, though a freezing Apple TV is extremely rare and basically shouldn’t happen. Yes unplugging ti and plugging it back is