Why would I want to force quite an App?
This article explains how to close, force quit and restart an app on your Apple TV. This is sometimes necessary if the app becomes unresponsive or develops some other type of bug. Also, while Apple would probably disagree, I find forcing apps to close, so that they are not all sitting in the background, helps with performance.
How to force quite an app on the Apple TV
To do this you need to bring up the Active App Switcher carousel. This works in a similar way to how it works on an iPhone and iPad but instead of being accessed via the touchscreen is instead accessed via the Apple TV Remote control, with a quick double click.
In this example, I am in the ITV Hub App, but it’s the same for all apps.
Double click the button which has a little TV icon on it. This will then display the Active App Switcher carousel.
You can scroll forward and backwards through this list
When you see the app you want to close, just swipe up using the touchpad. This will close the app. In my example above the ITV Hub application is at the front, so a swipe up will close it. If I do a swipe right it would bring the Disney app to the front. Swipe left would then take me back again.
How do I switch to an active App?
Bring the app to the front using the App Switcher shown above, swiping left or right until it is at the front. Then just press once on the touch pad.
How to restart an App
So we’ve now done a forced close of the app, but how do we restart it? Well, it’s as simple as finding it again on the menu and selecting it. To get to the menu, just press the TV button or Menu.
Use the touchpad to select the app you want to start. As you move over each app, the icon gets a little larger, in the above example, I have the ITV Hub app selected. With the App selected just do a single click on the touchpad.