Apple TV Zoomed In And Stuck? Follow These 5 Easy Steps

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Are you stuck trying to figure out how to zoom out your Apple TV?

Sadly, this is not the first time I’ve heard this. Believe it or not, many people are in the same situation as you.

Not being able to fully enjoy your Apple TV because it’s too zoomed in sucks! Especially when you’ve paid a hefty sum for it.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place for answers. In this article, you’ll learn different ways to solve this issue in no time.

Follow these 5 quick fixes to zoom out your Apple TV:

  1. Use your remote.
  2. Disable the Zoom feature.
  3. Restart your device.
  4. Update your Apple TV.
  5. Factory reset your device.

Keep reading to fix the problem!

#1 Use Your Remote

Apple has greatly improved its accessibility features.

You see, the new Apple TV models offer a Zoom feature that provides up to 15x magnification for those who struggle to see the items displayed on their screen.

However, if this is not your case, this feature might not prove useful.

Luckily, you can easily zoom out your Apple TV with your remote. Follow these simple steps to do it:

  1. Check that your remote has enough battery. If it doesn’t, please charge it.
  2. Tap three times on the touch area (or clickpad) of your remote to completely zoom out. Please make sure to use only one finger.

If you’d like to adjust the zoom level, you’ll need to double tap and hold the touch area or clickpad of your remote with two fingers. Then, drag it up or down.

#2 Disable the Zoom Feature

As you learned in the fix above, you can turn off the zoom feature with your remote.

But, if you’d like to avoid enabling it by accident, try adjusting your device’s settings.

Doing this is really quick and simple, you’ll just need to:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Click on “General”.
  3. Select “Accessibility”.
  4. Click on “Zoom” to turn it off. You can also adjust your zoom levels on this menu.

Once you’ve disabled the Zoom feature, please return to the home screen to see if the issue was solved. If your screen is still zoomed in, you might want to keep reading.

#3 Restart Your Device

If your Apple TV is still too zoomed in, try restarting it.

By doing this, you’ll be able to get rid of the troublesome code that was preventing you from zooming out your screen, and your device will run faster and smoother.

Restarting your Apple TV is really simple. Follow this quick guide to do it:

  1. Press and hold the Menu (1st generation remote) or back (2nd generation remote) and the Control Center (TV icon) buttons on your remote. If you have an aluminum or white remote, press the Menu and Down buttons.
Restart your Apple TV

You can also go to the Settings menu, select “System”, and click on “Restart”. But, I also recommend power cycling your Apple TV box and device.

To do it, you’ll need to unplug them from their respective power sources, wait 10 seconds, and plug them back in.

Tip: If you’re stuck with a frozen screen or low video quality issues, try this fix.

#4 Update Your Apple TV

You may not know this, but sometimes bugs can get in the way and cause multiple errors.

Thankfully, more often than not, you can get rid of these by updating your device. You see, Apple has an entire team dedicated to listening to its customer’s concerns. This way, they can release updates that fix the most common performance issues.

Many people are in the same situation as you, so it’s very likely that Apple solved the issue on its latest software version.

Try updating your Apple TV to see if the issue goes away:

  1. Connect to a strong Wi-Fi signal (If your connection is running slow, try restarting your modem and router before completing the next steps).
  2. Open the Settings menu.
  3. Select “System” and click on “Software Updates”.
  4. Click on “Update Software”.
  5. If there’s an available update, please select “Install”.

#5 Factory Reset Your Apple TV

If you’ve tried all the fixes above, but your screen is still too zoomed in, it’s time for us to restore your Apple TV to its original settings.

I know this is probably the last thing you wanted to hear. But, by factory resetting your device, you’ll be able to free up some memory and get rid of any software issues that couldn’t be fixed by restarting or updating your Apple TV.

Follow this guide to factory reset your Apple TV:

Note: Factory resetting your device will delete your information. After completing the next steps, you’ll need to set up your Apple TV again.

  1. Go to the Settings menu and select “System”.
  2. Click on “Reset”.
  3. Select “Reset” again to confirm the process.

You can also use your computer to reset your device, you’ll just need to:

  1. Turn on your PC or Mac.
  2. Connect your Apple TV to your computer with the original USB cable.
  3. Open iTunes and click on your Apple TV icon.
  4. Go to “Summary” and select “Apple TV”.
  5. Click on “Restore Apple TV”.


Not being able to use your Apple TV because the screen is too zoomed in can be really annoying. Luckily, with the help of the 5 fixes above, I’m sure you’ll be able to solve the issue in no time.

Remember that tapping three times on the touch area of your remote, adjusting your settings to disable the Zoom feature, and restarting, updating, or resetting your Apple TV should do the trick.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. If you ever have a different issue while trying to use your Apple TV or any other streaming device, please check out our content. You’ll find numerous articles that will help you fix the problem.

Have a wonderful day!