How to turn off apps on Android TV


It is always annoying when an app does not work. Sometimes, the only thing you can do to solve the problem is force close the application. You can do this on your Android TV just like your smartphone. Like this.

For some reasons you may need to close the Android TV app. Perhaps video streaming is choppy, the app is sluggish and slow, or it’s just plain unresponsive. Whatever the case, forcing the app to close will usually solve the problem, and it is easy to do.

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Either in the annoying app or from the Android TV home screen, double-press the home button on your remote to bring up the “recent apps” menu. The main purpose of this menu is to make it easier to quickly visit an already opened app, so it will be selected first.

Android tv recent apps

Use the D-pad on the remote to highlight the app you want to close.

Android tv select app from recent app

Next, click the down button on your remote to move the application preview to the “X” icon.

Select Android TV app and go down to close

Tap the “Select” or “Enter” button on your remote to dismiss the application.

Android TV app has been discontinued

The Android TV app has now been discontinued.


As mentioned above, forcing an app to close on Android TV will usually resolve whatever problems you have with the misbehaving application. If you are still running into problems, you should try restarting your set top box or smart TV.

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