How to Turn off All Models of the Apple TV

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

What to Know

  • With the remote: Hold down the Home button and click Sleep. Press any button on the remote to wake it up again.
  • From the Settings app: Scroll down and click Sleep Now. Press any button on the remote to wake it up again.
  • Set an auto-sleep timer: Go to Settings > General > Sleep After, and choose a period of inactivity before the device goes to sleep.

This article explains how to turn off an Apple TV, even though the device has no power button. Instructions apply primarily to 4th-generation and newer Apple TVs, but the process is similar for all models.

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.

Illustration of a person putting an Apple TV to Sleep
Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi

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
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