Siri Remote

With Multitasking on Apple TV, you can quickly get back to an app you've previously opened from any screen. You can also force-close an app if it is acting like a stinker by freezing up or just not working. It is very similar to the way Multitasking works on iOS. Here's how.

How to quickly switch between apps with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

You can quickly switch to any app you've previously opened with Multitasking on Apple TV. You can open Multitasking from any app or screen, but for simplicity's sake, we will start from the Home screen.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. While on the Home screen, double-click the TV button on the Siri Remote. It is the top button on the right side of the face of the remote with a TV icon on it.

    The Home button on the Siri Remote

  3. Swipe to the right on the trackpad to find the app you want to open.
  4. Press the trackpad to select the app you wish to open.

    Swipe to the right to find the app, then press the trackpad on the Siri Remote to select the app

  5. To exit Multitasking without selecting an app press the Menu button on the Siri Remote, which is the top button on the left side of the face of the remote. It has the word "Menu" on it.

    The Menu button on the Siri Remote

Any app you've ever opened (and haven't force-closed) will be in the Multitasking tray.

How to force-close an app with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

If an app is acting up on Apple TV, you can use Multitasking to force-close it. You can open Multitasking from any app or screen, but for simplicity's sake, we will start from the Home screen.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. While on the Home screen, double-click the TV button on the Siri Remote. It is the top button on the right side of the face of the remote with a TV icon on it.

    The Home button on the Siri Remote

  3. Swipe to the right on the trackpad to find the app you wish to force-close.
  4. Swipe up on the trackpad to force the app to close.

    Swipe right on the trackpad to find the app, then swipe up to force-close it

  5. To exit Multitasking, press the Menu button on the Siri Remote, which is the top button on the left side of the face of the remote. It has the word "Menu" on it.

    The Menu button on the Siri Remote

How to clear your Multitasking tray with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

Under most circumstances, you won't ever have to clear your Multitasking tray. But, if your Apple TV runs slowly or starts to have issues, you can troubleshoot it by force-closing all apps.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. While on the Home screen, double-click the TV button on the Siri Remote. It is the top button on the right side of the face of the remote with a TV icon on it.

    The Home button on the Siri Remote

  3. Swipe up on the trackpad to force the first app to close.
  4. Repeat step three until all apps in the Multitasking tray are gone.

    Swipe right on the trackpad, then swipe up on all apps to clear your multitasking tray

  5. To exit Multitasking, press the Menu button on the Siri Remote, which is the top button on the left side of the face of the remote. It has the word "Menu" on it.

    The Menu button on the Siri Remote

Multitasking it very useful for quickly switching between apps and force-closing an app. If you remember to use it, it can speed up your actions in Apple TV.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about using the Multitasking tray or force-closing apps on Apple TV? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated August 2017: Updated steps and screenshots based on tvOS 10.2 changes.

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