How to Force Quit Apps and Multitask on Apple TV

It’s fun to watch TV shows on Apple TV with friends and family. But sometimes we feel the need of subtitles and captioning. And sometimes we want to open a recently used app or want to force quit a freezing or non-responding app on Apple TV, we miss our iOS device. This is all because the TV does not have a touch interface like your iPhone and most of us don’t know how to perform these actions without that.

For those who think you cannot force quit running apps, setup subtitles and captioning or multitask on Apple TV, this article is for you. By reading this complete article till the end you will be able to learn how to force quit apps, setup subtitles and captioning and how to do so multitasking on Apple TV.

So, what are we waiting for let’s begin with learning about how to setup subtitles and captioning on Apple TV.

How to setup subtitles and captioning on Apple TV?

Setting up subtitles and captions on Apple TV is as simple as you do on iOS device. To set up captions on 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click Setting option present on the main screen of Apple TV.

Step 2: Next click General > Accessibility > Closed Captions and SDH.

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Step 3: Enable Closed Captions and SDH using your Apple Remote.

This way you will be able to see captions and subtitles for the shows you watch on your Apple TV.

To set up captions on 4th generation Apple TV follow the steps below:

Step 1: Swipe down from top on the sensitive part of your remote to find Info Panel.

Step 2: Next swipe right to locate “Subtitles” panel.

Step 3: From here, swipe down and select the option as per your preference.

You will now be able to see captions for the video you are a watching.

Note: Not all apps include subtitles or captions. If you don’t see them check app documentation to see what features app offers.

Now, that we know how to see captions and subtitles track let’s move ahead and learn how to close apps on Apple TV.

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How to force quit Apple TV apps?

TV apps don’t have the same touch ability as in iPhone. But still Apple TV tries to make things easy by allowing the users to close running apps and free up system resources. To close apps running on Apple TV apps, follow the steps mentioned below:

To close apps on 4th generation and newer version follow the steps below:

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Apple TV remote overview

Step 1: Press the Home button on the remote to return to Apple TV home screen.

Step 2: Next, double click on the TV button, present at the right side with TV icon on it.

Steps 3: Now, swipe right using remote touch surface to see the apps.

Step 4: Select the app and then swipe up on the Touch surface to force quit the app.

This will help you to close the app. Now press the Home button to exit app switcher and to return to Home Screen of Apple TV.

Now move further and learn, how to switch between apps on the Apple TV.

To switch quickly between apps, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Press Home button twice in consecutively on the remote to open App Switcher. You can do so, while you are using another app.

Step 2: Next, close last used app by clicking Touch Surface. To close other apps, swipe right, select the app and press the trackpad.

Note: If you want to exit multitasking without selecting any app press the Menu button. This will close all the apps ever opened

How to clear Multitasking tray on Apple TV?

If you are facing any issues with your Apple TV or it has started to run slow, you can try clearing multitasking tray on Apple TV.

To do so, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Double click on the TV button present on the remote.

Step 2: Swipe up on the Trackpad to quit all the open apps.

Step 3: Lastly, press Menu button to switch between apps and to close all remaining apps.

This will help to recover speed on your Apple TV.

Using these steps, you will be able to use Apple TV as you use any of the iOS device be it your iPhone, iPad, Mac or any Apple device. We hope you found the steps easy and simple to us and were able to follow them.

However, if you face any problem while following any of the instructions do let us know. We will try to help you to the best we can. Also, we would like to hear from you, on how you liked the blog and if you want us to write on any specific topic please let us know.

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