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[Fixed]: Apple TV Blinking Light

Just is similar to the Oculus Headset whereby it shows a black screen while the status light is on. The same issue applies to an Apple TV.

The comparison comes as a result of similar issues which are usually caused by a firmware update. If you own an Apple TV, One of the most common reasons why the apple TV blinking light becomes rapid is due to a firmware update. However, it is not limited to that.

Since you are here trying to fix your Apple TV blinking light. Let’s delve into all the possible reasons and troubleshooting steps you can carry out easily

Let’s proceed…

Why your Apple TV Blinking Light is continuous

As I said earlier, the major reason for this is an unnoticed interference in your firmware update. But since it isn’t limited to that, it could also be a result of pairing. 

That said, I will be walking you through the troubleshooting steps you ought to take to resolve this issue.

Troubleshooting steps for Apple TV Blinking Light

below are four troubleshooting steps that you should follow if you are still stuck with your Apple TV Blinking Light.

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Remove The HDMI cable and plug it back 

Before you delve deep into more advanced reasons for your Apple TV blinking light you should first try disconnecting your HDMI cable while connecting it back to see, if it would resolve the issue 

NOTE: you have to unplug both ends of the HDMI cable.

If this isn’t working, you can try using another HDMI cable before proceeding to the next steps in case you have one.

if after doing this your Apple TV blinking light persists, try the next steps below

Remove and Plug back the Apple TV from the Power Source

If the step above doesn’t work, then proceed to the common power cycle procedure for most electronic devices, which is to power it OFF by unplugging the Apple TV from the power source while waiting for a few seconds before plugging it back on.

However, if after doing this your Apple TV blinking light persists, try the next Troubleshooting step

Reboot your Apple TV

To reboot your Apple TV follow the steps below

  • Clicking on Settings
  • On the next window click on “System” 
  • Now, restart the TV

While these processes might be different for different TV. It might not completely take care of the blinking. If that’s the case follow these steps if you are using a 3rd Gen Apple TV

3rd Gen Apple TV

Since you are using a 3rd Gen apple TV follow the steps below to resolve your apple TV light blinking

Press both the Menu and Home buttons simultaneously for 5–6 seconds Wait till you see the Apple TV LED blinking.

If this method doesn’t work to resolve your Apple Tv Blinking light Try the step below

Reset Apple TV with iTunes

Apple TV Blinking Light

Over here we ager going to upgrade the device firmware to its latest patch and below are the steps you should follow to do that.

  • First and foremost, connect your Apple TV to your computer via a USB-C or Micro USB cable.
  • If you see a quick white light It means the Apple TV is connected.
  • While it is connected, launch your iTunes if it hasn’t opened up by itself.
  • Now, select Apple TV from the device menu and choose the Restore Apple TV option.
  • Once you do that, Your iTunes will download and install the latest firmware update on your Apple TV.
  • Once the installation is done, iTunes will inform you of the status.
  • After complete installation, unplug your TV from the PC and plug it back into the TV set.

Apple TV Blinking Light Update

The reason why most electronic device updates their firmware is to solve pressing problems which are usually related to their performance and sometimes to their security, however. In a scenario where you’ve just updated your Tv but you are still experiencing an Apple TV blinking light then you should try rebooting the TV again

here is how you should go about it

  • Get your remote and long-press the “menu” and “home” buttons together 
  • Once you notice a light flashing release your hands from the button

Apple TV Blinking Light when using Remote

If while you are using your Remote on your Apple TV the remote the Apple TV suddenly starts blinking, then your Apple remote has been paired with another remote.

In this case, here is what you should do if you are faced with this

Hold down the menu and Rewind buttons together for 6 seconds or until you see a broken chain icon on the screen.

Apple TV 4 Flashing Light of Death

If you are faced with these issues and you can go to the Apple Tv setting on your Apple TV, then you have to carry out a factory reset. However, if you can’t display the setting on your TV. you can try power cycling your Apple TV. If that doesn’t work

Use iTunes to restore your TV

Here s how you should do that

  • Connect your Apple TV to your computer via a USB-C or Micro USB cable.
  • If you see a quick white light It means the Apple TV is connected.
  • While it is connected, launch your iTunes if it hasn’t opened up by itself.
  • Now, select Apple TV from the device menu and choose the Restore Apple TV option.
  • Once you do that, your iTunes will download and install the latest firmware update on your Apple TV.
  • Once the installation is done, iTunes will inform you of the status.
  • After complete installation, unplug your TV from the PC and plug it back into the TV sets

If after doing this, there are no positive changes, then you might have to contact Apple customer support over here

Apple TV 3rd Generation Blinking light

If you are using an Apple 3rd Generation TV. You can use the remote to restart the TV by Pressing both the Menu and Home Button till you see the Apple TV LED light blinking

Apple TV 4th Generation Blinking White light

A similar process follows for the 4th Generation TV as you also have to hold down the Menu button and the Home button till you see the TV LED flashing.

The only difference is the 3rd generation uses an Aluminum remote while the 4th generation uses a touchpad remote

In case these don’t resolve the blinking light, go through the troubleshooting steps that are listed above.

How do you Reset the Blinking Light on Apple TV?

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To reset your Apple TV Settings on your Apple TV follow these steps below to reset it 

  • Go to the setting window on your Apple TV
  • Now, go to System and then select reset
  • Once you click this, it will restore your Apple TV to its default settings
  • Why is my Apple TV blinking and not turning on?

If you are experiencing this here are the steps you should follow to get it fixed

Try removing both ends of your HDMI cable and then plug it back in or simply power cycle your Apple TV by Unplugging the TV from the power source and waiting for a few seconds before plugging back the TV.

However if none of the above works then you might have to reset your Apple TV simply by going to Settings> System>Reset for 4th generations Apple TV or Settings > General>Reset for 3rd generation TV

You can check here for a more comprehensive guide on how to reset your Apple TV.

Why is my Apple TV blinking three times?

If your Apple TV is blinking three times it means your Apple Tv is connected to another remote. In this scenario here is what you have to do.

Hold down the menu and Rewind buttons together for 6 seconds or until you see a broken chain icon on the screen.

Where are Apple TV settings?

You can easily get to the Setting windows from the Home Menu Icon.

Conclusion:

Since you have been able to read through the troubleshooting steps to resolve your Apple TV Blinking light issue. you want to also ensure that your Apple Tv is receiving a strong connection to your home wifi while also making sure you are using the right HDMI cables for your Apple TV. That said, you might want to also check here if your Apple TV remote isn’t working and you are looking for a way to fix it. Check here.

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