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How To Put Apple TV To Sleep

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Do you wish your Apple TV takes less time to start and want it to be up and running in no time? But keeping the device running even when it’s not in use sounds highly irresponsible, as you are wasting energy. Luckily, Apple takes care of this for you by default by putting the device to sleep and allowing you control over when it goes to sleep.

Quick Answer

There are two ways to put your Apple TV to sleep: manually selecting the “Sleep” option or setting up a delay that automatically puts Apple TV to sleep after a certain period. Both ways allow you to control how you want your device to conserve energy and, at the same time, be ready for use at a moment’s notice.

If you want to put your Apple TV to sleep in a manner that is convenient for you while helping you conserve energy, this article will tell you ways to achieve this.

Putting Your Apple TV to Sleep 

Apple has always prioritized user experience above all else, so they have always been reluctant to introduce features without thoroughly testing them first. However, the ability to put your device to sleep is a vital feature, so naturally, Apple has provided multiple methods for you to put your device to sleep while providing a simplistic user experience.

Method #1: Manually Putting Apple TV to Sleep

After watching your favorite television series, you can put your Apple TV to sleep using various options provided by Apple. 

Keep in Mind

Apple TV automatically sleeps when you turn your TV or receiver off and wakes up when you select the HDMI port connected with the device. This only happens if your TV supports HDMI-CEC. Similarly, you can also use your Siri remote to turn the television or receiver on or off. For more information on Siri remote controls, visit Apple Support on tvOS Control Centre

To put your Apple TV to sleep, you can perform any of the below actions.

For 2nd-generation Siri or Apple TV remote, press and hold the power button for your Apple TV to go to sleep.

For 1st-generation Siri or Apple TV remote, follow these steps.

  1. Press and hold the TV/Control Center button on the remote for 3 seconds.
  2. A pop-up window (Control Center) will appear on the right-hand side of your screen. Click the “Sleep” option from the window for your Apple TV to go to sleep.

For Apple TV remotes, press and hold the “Play/Pause” button for 5 seconds for your Apple TV to go to sleep.

You can also use Settings to put Apple TV to sleep.

  1. On your remote, press “Menu” to go to the homepage where all your apps are.
  2. Navigate to the “Settings” on the homepage.
  3. Click “Sleep Now”.

Method #2: Setting a Timer To Put Apple TV to Sleep

After a certain period of inactivity, you can schedule your Apple TV to sleep. This feature certainly comes in handy when you forget to manually put it to sleep or find yourself dozing off on your couch too often!

You can follow the steps below to set up a timer to put your Apple TV to sleep after a particular time.

  1. Go to your homepage and navigate to “Settings”.
  2. Go to “General”.
  3. Navigate to “Sleep After” and select the appropriate time you want your Apple TV to go to sleep after.


Using different methods built into the Apple interface, you can enable your Apple TV to either go to sleep after a specific time or can put your Apple TV to sleep whenever you feel suits you best. Using the methods described in this article, you can quickly put your device to sleep without exploring the Apple TV interface. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I wake up my Apple TV?

You can press the power, back, or TV button on a 2nd-gen Siri remote or the “Menu” or TV button on a 1st- gen Siri remote to wake up your device. After pressing the button, you will notice a small light glowing on the front of your device, indicating that the device has woken up from sleep.

What is the difference between shutting down an Apple TV and putting it to sleep?

Apple TV does not have a shutting down option. When it is not in use, it is always in sleep mode, but if you remove the power cable, it is powered off.

Can my Apple TV go to sleep automatically?

By default, Apple TV goes to sleep when not in use. The manual option to put it into sleep mode and the timer allow you more control over the functionality.

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