Why is my Apple TV blinking? How To Fix


Apple TV is a great device to connect to your TV with the help of an HDMI cable. It offers an immersive view of TV shows and movies in HD on the giant screen. However, it would be worse if Apple TV started blinking and didn’t work correctly. We have seen many complain about Apple TV blinking and not turning on.

We had also faced this issue when the Apple TV light flashed and blinked, even the Apple TV blinking black screen. Since the number of people raised the issue about the Apple TV blinking issue, we looked for why my Apple TV is blinking and how to fix the Apple TV flashing problem. Let’s scroll down to know more and get rid of this bothersome error.

Why is my Apple TV blinking?

The Apple TV blinking is when your Apple TV is connected with Apple Remote. The light will turn on in the front of the Apple TV blinks. Another reason would be Apple TV need to restore factory settings to fix some minor bugs.

There are many other scenarios where Apple TV lights indicate different situations like light glows when you turn Apple TV on, light off when you turn it off, light flashes slowly when it is starting up, a light flashed when your command via remove or light flashed rapidly while updating the Apple TV.

How To Fix Apple TV Blinking or Flashing Light

Restart Apple TV

The first solution we suggest users restart Apple TV since it helped many users get rid of Apple TV light flashing issues. Users can simply go to Settings > System > Restart to restart Apple TV. In the case of a 3rd generation device, Press both the Menu and Home buttons simultaneously for 5–6 seconds until you see the Apple TV LED blinking. For the 4th generation model, hold the Menu and the home button together for 5 seconds. When you see the Apple TV LED flashing, release the buttons.

Restore Apple TV Factory Settings

As we said above, sometimes, if Apple TV needs to be factory restored, you need to do it ASAP. Here’s how to factory restore Apple TV.

  1. Turn off Apple TV.
  2. Connect Apple TV to PC via Micro USB and power it ON.
  3. Next, iTunes will launch automatically.
  4. Click on Restore Apple TV.
  5. Confirm by clicking ‘Restore and Update’.
  6. Wait for some time to load the firmware.
  7. Then, disconnect your Apple TV from your PC.

That’s it.

Check HDMI Cable

If the HDMI cable is inputted properly on the TV and Apple TV, you might see the Apple TV light blinking. Hence, it would help to make sure that the HDMI cable is okay and connected to the devices properly. You can also try using a different HDMI port to fix the Apple TV flashing light issue.

The Conclusion

These working methods can help users get rid of the Apple TV blinking light issue. I hope these workarounds worked for you. If you still have any issues with the Apple TV, don’t hesitate to share your feedback in the comment box.

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By Govind
Being in love with the tech world, Govind joined the technology world in 2015 and started writing about tech stuff (mobile, PC, games, other gadgets). He loves playing games, travelling, photography and sharing the latest news & updates about every Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.).
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