How to force-quit apps on Apple TV

By , Oct 31, 2015

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Although Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was designed to just work, there are always going to be instances when a misbehaving app will need to be purged from the memory. And with the device’s ability to download third-party apps and games, more things can now go wrong than ever before.

Just like your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, your Apple TV also lets you easily close a running app in order to free up system resources. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how you can force-quit any app on the Apple TV 4 using your Siri Remote.

How to force-quit Apple TV app

Step 1: Press the Home button on the remote to return to the Apple TV’s Home screen.

Step 2: Now double press the Home button to invoke the app switcher.

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Step 3: Highlight an app by swiping left and right on the remote’s Touch surface.

Step 4: Swipe up on the Touch surface to force-quit the selected app.

Step 5: To exit the app switcher and return to the Home screen, simply press the Home button on the remote.

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Check out these tutorials that cover app force-quitting:

How to switch between apps on Apple TV

My colleague Jeff has written up a detailed tutorial on app switching on the new Apple TV, including how to switch between two apps repeatedly.

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  • Nolan I.

    Oh brother. Now we’re going to have “always force closing every app” nerds on the ATV too.

    I wonder if they will actually do this as much as they do on the iPhone 😛 cause battery life isn’t really a factor. I guess you could say speed…