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Tablo Q&A – How often should I run a fresh channel scan?

How to run a new channel scan in the Tablo app interface
How to run a new channel scan in the Tablo app interface

Today’s question comes from Bryan who asks, “Is there a rule of thumb for how often I should run a new channel scan on my Tablo?”

You should always run and save a fresh channel scan with your Tablo if you are experiencing issues with antenna TV reception or have recently changed or moved your TV antenna.

Outside of those situations, we recommend running and saving a new channel scan with your Tablo at least once every three months.

Running and saving a fresh channel scan regularly allows your Tablo to:

  • Check the current signal strength of the local channels your Tablo is receiving through your TV antenna
  • See if any new antenna TV or streaming channels are available in your area
  • Pick up any background changes in how your local channels are broadcast which can affect your ability to stream and record


An easy way to remember to run a new channel scan is to do it at the start of each new season. This has the bonus of accounting for seasonal changes that can affect reception like new leaves on trees.

Not sure how to run a channel scan on your Tablo? Head to the Tablo Support Portal for more details.

Have a question about watching TV that you’d like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question on the Tablo blog and in an upcoming issue of our newsletter, Stay Tuned!

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How to restart your phone/tablet

Sometimes, just restarting your smartphone or tablet can clear up issues with apps. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone

Android smartphones 

Most Android smartphones and tablets can be restarted by holding the POWER button and then selecting RESTART or POWER OFF and RESTART from the POWER OPTIONS menu.

NOTE: Newer Samsung devices require you to hold the POWER/SIDE button and VOLUME DOWN to make the POWER OPTIONS menu appear. On the Google Pixel 6, hold the POWER and VOLUME UP buttons.

How to force close your Tablo app?

Sometimes, just restarting the app can fix things. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone/iPad

Android smartphones/tablets 

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Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Follow the steps in the video below for a full walkthrough of the remaining parts of the Tablo setup process.

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