Why is my Apple TV blinking? How to fix

Apple TV is a great device to connect to your TV using an HDMI cable. It offers an immersive display of TV shows and movies in HD on the giant screen. However, it would be even worse if Apple TV started blinking and not working properly. We have seen many complain about Apple TV blinking and not turning on.

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

Why is my Apple TV blinking?

The Apple TV blinks when your Apple TV is connected to Apple Remote. The light on the front of Apple TV blinks. Another reason would be that Apple TV needs to factory reset to fix some minor bugs.

There are many other scenarios where Apple TV lights indicate different situations, such as the light glowing when you turn on the Apple TV, the light off when you turn it off, the light flashes slowly when it starts up, a light flashes when your command via delete or the light blinks quickly while the Apple TV is updating.

How to fix Apple TV blinking or blinking light

Restart Apple TV

The first solution we recommend to users is to restart Apple TV as it has helped many users to fix Apple TV light flashing issue. Users can simply go to Settings > System > Restart to restart Apple TV. In the case of a 3rd generation device, press and hold the Menu and Home buttons at the same time for 5-6 seconds until you see the Apple TV LED blink. On the 4th generation model, press and hold the menu and home button together for 5 seconds. When you see the Apple TV LED blinking, release the buttons.

Restore Apple TV factory settings

As we said above, sometimes when Apple TV needs a factory reset, you need to do it as soon as possible. Here’s how to factory reset your Apple TV.

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

That is it.

Check HDMI cable

If the HDMI cable is properly connected to the TV and Apple TV, you may see the Apple TV light blinking. Therefore, it would help to make sure that the HDMI cable is OK and connected to the devices properly. You can also try using a different HDMI port to fix the Apple TV blinking light issue.

The conclusion

These working methods can help users to solve the Apple TV blinking light problem. I hope these workarounds worked for you. If you still have problems with the Apple TV, don’t hesitate to share your feedback in the comment box.

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