How to Turn Off All Models of the Apple TV

How do you turn off a box with no buttons on it?

Anyone who's looked at the Apple TV will notice that it's part of a growing trend in Apple's design philosophy: There are no buttons to be found anywhere on the device. If there's no power button on the case, how do you turn off the Apple TV?

The answer to that question is different for every model of the device (though all the techniques are similar). Read on for instructions on how to turn off every model of the Apple TV.

Illustration of a person putting an Apple TV to Sleep
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Instructions in this article apply specifically to 4th-generation Apple TVs and newer, except as indicated, but the process is similar for all models.

Whatever model you have, you don't so much turn the Apple TV off as put it to sleep until you're ready to use it again. This is what allows the Apple TV to be ready to use so quickly. For the most part, putting the Apple TV to sleep and turning it off are basically the same.

How to Turn Off the Apple TV With the Remote

You have two options for turning off an Apple TV: using the remote and using on-screen commands.

  1. Hold down the Home button on the Apple TV remote.

    A menu appears on the screen. In tvOS 13 and later, the menu slides out from the right side of the screen. In earlier versions, options appear in the center.

    For early models of the hardware, hold down the Play/Pause button until Apple TV goes to sleep. The following instructions don't apply.

  2. Click Sleep.

    Sleep option on Apple TV
  3. Press any button on the Apple TV remote to wake up the device again.

How to Turn Off Apple TV With On-Screen Commands

You can also put your Apple TV to sleep from the Settings app. Here's how.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    The Settings app on Apple TV
  2. Scroll down to Sleep Now at the bottom of the menu and click it to put Apple TV to sleep.

    In first- and second-generation Apple TVs, this option is called Standby.

    Sleep Now button on Apple TV
  3. Press any button on the remote to wake the device back up.

How to Change Apple TV Auto-Sleep Settings

In addition to manually turning off the Apple TV, you can also set an option that controls when the device automatically goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. To change this setting:

  1. Launch the Settings app.

    The Settings app on Apple TV
  2. Select General.

    tvOS General settings button
  3. Select Sleep After.

    Sleep After setting in tvOS settings
  4. Choose how quickly you want the Apple TV to go to sleep after being inactive: Never, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours, or 10 hours.

    Sleep After options with 30 minutes highlighted