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Troubleshooting: Apple TV Status Light Stays On in Sleep Mode

March 5, 2014

I picked up an Apple TV on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. I needed one for instructional purpose and the $25 iTunes Gift Card was a pleasant bonus. I noticed that the status light on the Apple TV stays on even when it was supposed to be in sleep mode. Afterward I noticed that the Apple TV felt really warm. This is the third Apple TV I owned, the other two are still in use and do not behave like this one.

Apple TV Status Light Stays On

According to Apple Support document the status light on Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation):

  • Glows – Apple TV is on
  • Is off – Apple TV is off or in standby
  • Flashes once – Apple TV is accepting a command from the remote
  • Flashes slowly – Apple TV is starting up

This particular Apple TV does not Flash in any way. The main concern is that this Apple TV actually stays on even though it is supposedly in sleep mode.

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