Siri Remote

Use this Siri Remote shortcut to restart or put Apple TV to sleep.

If your fourth-generation Apple TV starts to act up, you may need to restart the device, just like you would an iPhone or iPad. You can find the restart section in the Settings app on Apple TV, but your Siri Remote has a shortcut. It also has a shortcut to putting Apple TV to sleep. Here's how.

How to restart Apple TV with the Siri Remote

Restarting Apple TV can sometimes fix minor glitches and freezes. If your Apple TV is completely frozen, you can still restart it using the Siri Remote.

  1. Press and hold the Menu button on the Siri Remote. It is the top button on the left side of the face of the remote with the word "Menu" on it.

    At the same time press and hold the Home button on the Siri Remote. It is the top button on the right side of the face of the remote with a computer screen icon on it.

    Pressing the Home and Menu buttons on the Siri Remote

  2. Keep holding the Menu and Home buttons until the status light on the Apple TV begins to flash.

    The status light on Apple TV

  3. Let go of the Menu and Home buttons**.

Apple TV will restart when you let go of the buttons. You will see a black screen for a few seconds. Then the Apple logo will appear. About a minute later, the Home screen will appear.

How to put Apple TV to sleep with the Siri Remote

You can wait for Apple TV to go to sleep automatically, or you can manually put it into Sleep Mode using the Siri Remote.

  1. Press and hold the Home button on the Siri Remote for one second. It is the top button on the right side of the face of the remote with a computer screen icon on it.

    The Home button on the Siri Remote

  2. Select Sleep.

    Putting Apple TV to sleep with Siri Remote

Your Apple TV will immediately go into Sleep mode. You can press any button on the Siri Remote to wake it.