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 of the techniques are fairly 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 to 4th-generation Apple TVs and newer, 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: with the remote and using onscreen commands.

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

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

  2. A menu will appear on-screen. In tvOS 13 and later, the menu will slide out from the right side of the screen. In earlier versions, options will appear in the center.

  3. Click Sleep.

    Sleep option on Apple TV
  4. Press any button on the Apple TV remote to wake the device back up.

How to Turn Off Apple TV with Onscreen Commands

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

  1. Open the Settings app.

  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 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.

  2. Select General.

    General in tvOS Settings
  3. Select Sleep After.

    Sleep After 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