It’s rare that I encounter bugs or software issues with the Apple TV 4K that stop me in my tracks. But in case you TO DO If you have any problems, restoring Apple streaming box has always been a real headache. With the older Apple TV HD, you had to plug it into a Mac via the rear USB port. But that’s not even an option for the 4K model, leaving customers with no choice but to contact Apple for a repair. This problem finally changes with the release of iOS 17 and tvOS 17, which can now use your iPhone to restore an Apple TV and reset its software.
As noted MacRumors, Apple described this new troubleshooting step in a support document. “If your Apple TV HD or later with tvOS 17 or later is having issues, an image of an iPhone next to an Apple TV may appear on your TV screen,” the page states.
After unlocking your phone and holding it near the Apple TV device, you will see a prompt appear on the screen. Follow the given steps and a confirmation message “Apple TV is recovering” will appear shortly after. Once done, you can use your iPhone normally while the cable box resets.
tvOS 17 is one of the biggest updates for Apple’s streaming box in some time. Among other features, it brings FaceTime to the TV screen, includes a redesigned Control Center, a new “enhanced chat” mode, and the handy ability to locate a misplaced Siri remote with your iPhone. tvOS 17 and iOS 17 are now available.