Apple TV keeps turning itself on...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Ason12, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Ason12 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    Hey all,

    Just picked up a new Apple TV and I'm super confused. I have the remote set to control my receiver (Yamaha RX-V667) and my TV and every time I put it to sleep it automatically turns off my receiver and TV as it's supposed to. However, after a minute it turns back on and then turns everything else back on as well. I can't figure out for the life of me why.

    Any thoughts?
  2. AFEPPL, Oct 30, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015

    AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Theres an option to control other things. turn it off.

    Remotes/devices - control TVs and Receivers.
  3. Ason12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    Right, but if I turn that off then I can't control my TV or Receiver... Or am I misunderstanding that setting?
  4. martinlk macrumors member


    Jun 20, 2005
    Aalborg, Denmark
    Mine does the same thing. I just pulled the plug.
  5. Ason12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    I actually took care of that all already. Kind of odd now, but the "Turn On Your TV with Your Remote" is now actually greyed out for no reason?
  6. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    I have the same issue, it is most likely software or firmware related. Contact Apple and see what they say. Otherwise you could take it in for replacement or wait for an update to (maybe) fix it.

  7. OldRhodie macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2012
    I have a Panasonic TV with Sonos soundbar connected via optical.

    With the turn TV on/off it was a nightmare. The whole system was either on or off and it was all but impossible to watch TV through the Sky box. HDMI 1 is Sky box; HDMI 2 is DVD player; HDMI 3 is ATV.

    I turned it off and have reverted to the routine I had when my Mac Mini HTPC was connected, ie use TV remote to switch on/off and manually select input. A bit of a nuisance but fool proof.

    The volume on the Siri remote still works with the TV/soundbar. It still brings up a spurious volume slider on screen but it's always done this with the Sky remote and it's not enough of an annoyance for me to spend time resolving it.
  8. amurray4 macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2015
    This happens to me fairly often as well. When it happens, I just kill all the apps in the background (by hitting the home button twice and swiping up for each app like on an iPhone/iPad) and then it seems to stay off.
  9. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    From the responses you got it looks like most people did not read your post properly. I have no idea what is causing your ATV to keep waking up with no input but guess it could be some sort of interference from another device in the house. HDMI CEC obviously has nothing to do with it.
  10. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I've noted this in other threads, but it could be the Siri remote that is sending "phantom" taps generated by the touch surface on the remote itself. If such taps can turn devices back on over HDMI-CEC then that could be causing the problem. I've seen evidence of these types of phantom events with my Siri remote as every once in a while the timeline scroll bar will pop up on a video even though I haven't touched the remote.
  11. frankdogg macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Mid-Wilshire LA
    I had this happen to me. My remedy is: menu button out of app to the home screen, then for good measure i press the home button. since then, TV hasn't turned on it's own.
  12. Zelerius, Nov 20, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015

    Zelerius macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2015
    Same thing is happening to me. Force quitting the YouTube app before putting the Apple TV to sleep seems to solve the problem for me...
  13. normanfox macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2014
    I found a pattern when ATV turns on by itself, along with the TV, even though I killed all app, except netflix.

    If I turn off ATV while netflix is playing, it will turn itself on. if I stop playing Netflix (still in netflix), then it won't turn on by itself.

    so Netflix playing causes it to wake up.
  14. tecnho macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2015
    I have noticed identical behavior with my device. It was the YouTube being left active (not even actually playing) that caused the atv to resurrect... I wonder if it can be triggered by other video apps though, considering the poster above has the same type of occurrence with Netflix...
  15. pkmaximum macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2015
    Rhode Island
    Same thing happened to me, killing all apps by double-pressing the home button seemed to remedy the issue. I'm sure this will be patched in the new version.
  16. jedisaga macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2008
    Havertown, PA
    So far, it's happened to me once. I simply unplugged the ATV 4. Since then, I haven't experienced any further issues.

  17. daio macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2011
    This is a nightmare for me. My Apple TV 4 keeps turning itself on late at night, thus turning on my Samsung TV too. Disabling TV control solves the issue but I now miss the ability to turn everything on just using the Siri remote. Not a good implementation in my opinion.
  18. tecnho macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2015
    Have you tried force quitting all the active apps (especially video apps) before you shut it down?
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    welcome to the world of HDMI-CEC. It is a buggy mess and has been from the get go.
  20. maxnoon macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2013
    I've discovered that when I open iTunes on my computer, it sends an airplay signal to the ATV, thus waking it up and turning on my TV.
  21. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2014
    This happens when I leave a video running in an app that is running in the background/sleep. If I close the apps, the device stops turning itself back on.

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