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How to Control When Your New Apple TV Goes to Sleep

If you recently purchased the new Apple TV (4th Generation), there might be times when you want it to go to sleep after a certain amount of time to help save energy. Here’s a look at how to set when the set-top box goes to sleep automatically or put it to sleep manually from the remote.

Set the New Apple TV to Sleep

Depending on your use, you can set Apple TV to go to sleep after a period of inactivity. To do that, go to Settings > General > Sleep After.

1 general sleep after

Then select when it sleeps after being inactive from 15 minutes up to 10 hours. Or, if you always want it to stay on choose Never.

2 sleep after

Manually Put Apple TV to Sleep

If you’re done with the Apple TV for the evening, you can put it to sleep manually. You can do that by opening the Settings app and selecting Sleep Now.

3 Sleep Now

Or, just press and hold the Home button on the Siri remote for a second and you’ll get the following screen to put it to sleep. Keep in mind that if you have the Siri Remote set to control your TV, it will be powered off as well.

4 sleep now

For more on using the latest 4th generation Apple TV, check out some of our guides linked below (we have a lot more to coming, too).

If you’re still using the 2nd or 3rd gen Apple TV, you’ll find plenty of tips for it in our Apple TV archive.

Do you have the 4th Gen Apple TV? What do you think of it compared to the older models? Let us know in the comment section below.

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