- Closing apps on Apple TV can improve performance and keep the device running smoothly.
- Closing apps can fix app glitches, improve device performance, and tidy up the screen.
- To close apps on Apple TV, double-tap the Home button, navigate to the app you want to close, swipe up to close it, and hit the Home button to return to the home screen.
You know it’s not good to leave multiple tabs or apps running on your PC or phone, as these will slow down your device. The same thinking should apply to your Apple TV. For this reason, it’s advisable to close apps on Apple TV. How do you go about it? Click an X in the top corner of the screen like you could on a webpage. No, follow the steps below, and you’ll close your apps quickly!
Why Close Apps On Apple TV?
Well, people close apps on Apple TV for different reasons. Perhaps a specific streaming app isn’t working as it should. Maybe your Apple TV is running slower than usual. Or, let’s say you want to clean up and tidy your carousel. No matter your motivation, any of these three reasons is sufficient enough. Let’s dive deep into the benefits of closing apps on your Apple TV.
App Isn’t Working
App Store offers over 20,000 downloadable apps. From streaming service apps to educational walkthroughs to workout guides to tvOS-optimized video games, there’s an incredible variety for you. Not all apps work fine all the time, though. When an app is glitchy, it helps to close and restart it. This allows the app to reset and try again — like turning it off and back on.
Apple TV Running Slow
Apple TV devices come equipped with the latest and greatest in Apple’s system-on-a-chip technology. For instance, third-generation Apple TV 4Ks are powered by the A15 Bionic chip. (That’s the same one used in the iPhone 13 base model, the iPhone 14 base model, the sixth-generation iPad Mini, and the third-generation iPhone SE!) Even with such power inside, the device can face performance problems if too many apps run in the background. In this scenario, it’s a good idea to let the device breathe by closing out all apps running in the background.
Tidying Up The Screen
Maybe you don’t have any app issues or annoying Apple TV issues. Perhaps you like to keep your devices nice, clean, and tidy. Keeping track of all your recently used apps if you have dozens sitting in the carousel can be challenging. For those who value tidiness with our tech, it’s not a bad idea to routinely clean up the screen occasionally. It doesn’t always have to be about performance. Sometimes it can be as simple as a clean aesthetic.
- 4K Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound and HDR10+ support
- Equipped with the powerful A15 Bionic chip
- Third-generation Siri Remote with improved clickpad
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet options available
How To Close Apps On Apple TV
If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to close apps on Apple TV. Our helpful guide, complete with photos, will walk you through the process. We’re working with a first-generation Apple TV 4K, but you may have a more recent model. Thankfully, this process should work regardless of your Apple TV version. With this, let’s get right into it.
Step One: Double Tap Home Button
Firstly, take your Apple TV remote in hand and double-tap the Home button. The icon on the button looks like a television. Regardless of your Siri Remote model, this button is typically down and to the right of the navigation buttons.
Step Two: Navigate To App
Next, use the navigation buttons to move throughout the carousel of opened apps. After double-tapping Home, you should see your Apple TV apps stacked from left to right. Navigate to the app you want to close, then move on to the next step.
Step Three: Swipe Up
Swipe up (or click the up button, depending on your Siri Remote) to close out of the app. You can repeat this step as many times as necessary. You might see quite a few apps if you’ve never done this! Once you close all the open apps, proceed to step four.
Step Four: Return Home
Finally, hit the Home button again. After swiping out of all apps, you should see your Apple TV home screen alone on the page. You cannot swipe out of this home page. Once you hit the Home button, you will exit the carousel and return to the standard user interface. Repeat the steps the next time your device or one of your apps isn’t working properly.
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