Apple TV got a blinking light? Here’s how to fix it!

Apple TV got a blinking light

You’ve got the popcorn, the drink, and the lights dimmed. You are ready for an evening of shows on Apple TV. Suddenly, you notice a blinking light on a black screen, and you’re unable to turn on your Apple TV. What’s going on?

In this article, I’ll explain what the Apple TV blinking light means and how you can fix it.

What does the blinking light on the Apple TV indicate?

Known as the Flashing White Light of Death, that blinking light on your Apple TV isn’t just annoying but keeping you from watching your favorite shows. If you see that light, you would probably be unable to turn on the Apple TV at all and remain stuck with a black screen.

Most times, the blinking light is the result of a failed firmware update. This could be because of an unsuccessful download of the update or a power glitch during installation. 

Luckily, fixing this issue isn’t difficult, and you’ll be tuning into that awesome show or movie in no time.

2 Ways to fix the blinking light on Apple TV

In most cases, restarting your Apple TV will fix the blinking light issue. You can do a simple force restart of your Apple TV using your remote. If this doesn’t work, you may need to restore your Apple TV using your computer. So, be sure you have your remote, computer, and necessary cables handy.

1. Force restart your Apple TV

You can force restart your device using your Apple TV remote in just a few steps. 

  1. Depending on the remote you own, hold the Menu and TV buttons or Back and TV buttons at the same time for at least five seconds. Then, release.
  2. When you see the Apple TV LED light flash, unplug the device from the outlet.
  3. Wait at least 5 seconds and then plug the device back in.
  4. After your Apple TV turns back on: Open the Settings → Go to System → Select Restart.

    Restart your apple tv

        2. Restore your Apple TV

        If force restarting your Apple TV doesn’t fix the issue, you may need to restore the device using Finder or iTunes, depending on your computer and operating system. 

        Note: You cannot do this manually if you have an Apple TV 4K. In such a case, contact Apple Support for assistance.

        1. Disconnect the HDMI cable from your Apple TV.
        2. Then, connect the Apple TV to your computer using a micro-USB or USB-C cable, depending on your device model.
        3. On macOS Catalina or later, open Finder. On earlier versions of macOS or Windows, open iTunes.
        4. Select your Apple TV in the navigation → Choose Restore Apple TV. Then, follow the onscreen prompts to complete the process.

          Restore apple tv
        5. Once complete, eject and disconnect your Apple TV from your computer and reconnect the HDMI cable.

              Get your Apple TV back!

              The Flashing White Light of Death on Apple TV is scary but fixable. If you continue to have issues or different problems with your Apple TV, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

              For more, look at our big list of Apple TV tips and hidden features

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              With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She wanted to help others learn how technology can enrich business and personal lives and has shared her suggestions and how-tos across thousands of articles.

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