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
1) Press the Home button on the remote to return to the Apple TV’s Home screen.
2) Now double press the Home button to invoke the app switcher.
3) Highlight an app by swiping left and right on the remote’s Touch surface.
4) Swipe up on the Touch surface to force-quit the selected app.
5) To exit the app switcher and return to the Home screen, simply press the Home button on the remote.
Check out these tutorials that cover app force-quitting:
- How to force-quit apps on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
- How to force-quit Mac apps
- How to force-quit apps on Apple Watch
- Why you shouldn’t force-quit apps to save your iPhone’s battery
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.
You might also like the following how-tos:
- How to adjust Siri Remote’s Touch surface sensitivity
- How to restart or put Apple TV into sleep or standby mode
- How to take screenshots on Apple TV with Xcode
- How to rename Apple TV
- How to disable password prompts for downloads on Apple TV
- How to switch between apps on Apple TV
- How to delete apps on Apple TV
- How to rearrange apps on Apple TV
- How to send video wirelessly from Mac to TV
- How to pair Bluetooth controller with Apple TV
- How to play classic Nintendo and Sega games on Apple TV
- How to use third-party remote to control Apple TV