Using the standby settings

If your Sky Q box is switching itself to standby, it's taking a while to switch on, or you’re having connectivity problems with your Sky Q Mini box before 5:45am, it may be because your Sky Q box standby mode is set to either Eco or Active

The energy saving settings for your Sky Q box are Eco or Active.

Please note: All boxes should be on the same energy saving settings.


When your Sky Q box is installed, it's set to Eco. This is the recommended setting as the box consumes less energy by going into low power mode between 2.30am and 5:45am. It won’t go into this mode until any scheduled recordings are complete.

Sky Q box in eco standby mode with red light on

Bringing your box out of Eco mode will take a few minutes and if you try to use your Sky Q Mini box before 5:45am, you may experience connectivity issues. To stop this, you’ll need to switch your standby setting to Active or None.


The Active setting will go into standby after a period of inactivity and your Sky Q box will have an amber light.

Sky Q box in Active standby mode showing amber light at the front

To change your standby setting:

  1. Press Home on your Sky Q remote and select Settings, then Setup.
  2. Select Preferences, followed by Standby mode and select the setting you want. To keep your box well ventilated:
  • Avoid placing the Sky Q box on a carpet or in an enclosed space, such as a closed cabinet. Allow at least 10cm of space above and on all sides of the box vents.
  • Don't stack other devices on top of, underneath, or beside your Sky Q box.
  • Keep the box away from heat, such as vents on TVs and electronic devices, radiators and direct sunlight.

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