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How to restart an Apple TV: A Quick Guide

Are you having trouble with your Apple TV and need to give it a restart? No worries, we’ve got you covered! In this quick guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to restart your Apple TV.

Whether you have an older model or the latest 4K version, this guide will help you get your device back up and running in no time. So grab your computer, get your cables ready, and let’s get started!

How do I restart Apple TV with remote?

If your Apple TV ain’t responding, give it a restart with your remote:

  • With your Siri Remote (2nd gen or later) or Apple TV Remote (2nd gen or later): Hold down the Back and TV/Control Center buttons and let go when the light on your device flashes.*
  • With your Siri Remote (1st gen) or Apple TV Remote (1st gen): Hold down the Menu and TV/Control Center buttons and let go when the light on your device flashes.
  • With your Apple Remote (aluminum or white): Hold down the Menu and Down buttons and let go when the light on your device flashes.

How do I reboot Apple TV without a remote?

  • Turn off your Apple TV by unplugging it: If the settings menu and your remote don’t do the trick, pull the plug on your Apple TV. Wait 6 secs, then plug it back in.

How do I fix an unresponsive Apple TV?

So you need to make sure you have a solid internet connection, a computer with iTunes, and either a USB or USB-C cable. Keep in mind that the 3rd gen Apple TV needs a USB cable and the 4th gen needs a USB-C cable, so double check you have the right one.

Got everything you need? Cool, let’s move on.

Step 1: Unplug your Apple TV – power cord and HDMI cable.

Step 2: Fire up iTunes on your computer, make sure it’s the latest version.

Step 3: Connect your Apple TV to your computer with the appropriate cable. For the 4K Apple TV, use USB-C and for the 3rd gen or older, use a micro USB cable. Don’t use a lightning cable.

Step 4: On iTunes, you should see the summary page for your Apple TV. If not, click the Apple TV icon in the upper-left corner.

Step 5: Hit the “Restore Apple TV” button.

The process will start, just make sure everything stays connected. In no time, your Apple TV will be reset to factory settings.

Turn on Apple TV with iPhone

Alright, so you want to control your TV using your iPhone, right? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure your iPhone and TV are on the same network

Check that both your iPhone and TV are connected to the same network. If you have a smart home network, it should only take a few seconds to switch over.

  1. Head to the Control Center

Just swipe down from the top right of your iPhone screen to get to the Control Center.

  1. Tap the Remote Control Icon

Look for either the AirPlay icon (a circle with a triangle at the bottom) or the Remote Control button in your Control Center. If you don’t see the Remote Control button, tap the AirPlay icon.

  1. Choose the TV to Control

The TV options will show up if they’re on the same network and compatible with AirPlay. Select the TV you want to control.

If you tapped on the AirPlay icon, your screen will show available TV options. If you tapped on the Remote Control button, it’ll take you straight to the TV options to select.

And that’s it! Now you’re ready to control your TV using your iPhone.

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