How to stop your Apple TV from going to sleep

By , Nov 30, 2015

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Your Apple TV goes to sleep by default after an hour. You can also enter sleep mode at any time by long-pressing the Home button on the Siri Remote to bring up a menu with the Sleep option. But what about those times when you want it running uninterrupted?

If your company uses Apple TVs in the conference room, for instance, you will want to leave them running in Conference Room mode, without going to sleep. Or, you may want to leave Apple’s gorgeous Aerial screensaver running on your big screen TV until you manually put your Apple TV to sleep.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to prevent your Apple TV from going to sleep after a predetermined period of inactivity, select between the sleep-related options and more.

How to stop your Apple TV from going to sleep

On any Apple TV model, go to Settings → General → Sleep After and change the delay before sleep starts from One Hour to Never.

This will ensure that your device is awake until you manually put it to sleep. You can wake the device from sleep by pressing any button on its remote. A small light on the front of the Apple TV will glow when it’s on.

Note that the Apple TV software lets you select between other built-in sleep delays: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour, five hours and ten hours.

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To put the fourth-generation Apple TV to sleep, press the Menu button on the Siri Remote for a second or two and choose Sleep or Cancel in a pop-up menu.

To learn how to put older Apple TV models to sleep or standby mode, and learn the difference between the two, check out this tutorial.

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  • iPhoneWINS

    hmmmm

  • John

    Hm, this is a good idea especially if you use your AppleTV for HomeKit purposes. Having it turn off can’t be good because then it can’t be used as a gateway.

    Am I correct in assuming this?