How to Pair an Apple TV Remote

How to Pair an Apple TV Remote

Things to Know

  • Hold the remote three inches away from your hand.
  • Using the Siri Remote, hold down the Mute and Volume Up buttons for at least five seconds, or until the screen displays a message.
  • Apple Remote: To detach a remote, press and hold Menu and Left, and to reconnect, press and hold Menu and Right.

How to Connect an Apple TV Remote

All Apple TV remotes can be used with these instructions. The default instructions apply to both the first and second-generation Siri remote controls, with model-specific variations noted as needed.

Step 1:  Verify that your Apple TV is powered on.

Note: The Apple TV’s front should have a white LED visible. Check to see whether it’s plugged in if you don’t.

Step 2: Turn on your TV, then position it so that it is connected to the HDMI connection on your Apple TV.

Step 3: Maintain a distance of three inches between the remote and your Apple TV.

Step 4: The volume up and mute buttons must be pressed and held for at least five seconds.

Note: For Apple TV models from the first, second, and third generations with the white or silver Apple Remote, press and hold the Menu button for at least six seconds on the left, followed by the Menu button for at least six seconds on the right.

Step 5: When the remote connect, release the buttons, or if instructed, set the remote on top of your Apple TV.

How to Fix a Disconnected Apple TV Remote

When you do the aforementioned technique, if your Apple TV remote won’t connect with your Apple TV, there may be a problem with either the remote or your Apple TV. As long as your remote doesn’t connect to your Apple TV, try each of the following procedures in turn:

  • The remote should be moved. To connect, the remote must be placed near the Apple TV, but not too close. If that doesn’t work, try connecting with the remote approximately three inches from the TV. If that doesn’t work, try it in different places.
  • Remote sources of disruption. Your remote is sensitive to wireless interference because it pairs with your Apple TV via Bluetooth. Try turning off or deleting any other wireless or Bluetooth devices you may have around. Microwaves and other items can also interfere with signals.
  • Evaluate the battery. If you have an older remote, check and replace the battery or plug the remote in to charge. Retry pairing the remote after charging or changing the battery.
  • Restart your Apple TV. 30 seconds after unplugging your Apple TV, plug it back in. The Apple TV will restart as a result of this. Wait for the reboot to finish before attempting to link your remote once more.
  • Ensure you are using the correct remote. If you’re replacing a broken or lost remote, be sure the replacement is compatible by identifying your Apple TV remote. The first and second-generation Siri Remotes, the Apple TV Remote, and the Apple Remote are all compatible with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Only the Apple Remote is compatible with older Apple TVs.
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Make Your iPhone a Remote Control for Apple TV

After attempting all of the above repairs, if you are still unable to pair your Apple TV remote with your Apple TV, there might be an issue with either your remote or your Apple TV. You can then get more help from Apple if necessary. You may also use your iPhone as an Apple TV remote in the interim.


My Apple TV remote has to be reset.

Hold down the Volume Down and Control Center buttons simultaneously until the Apple TV status light turns on and off. Release the buttons after a little delay. The remote will first detach from your TV and then rejoin.

How can I connect my Macbook and Apple TV remote?
Shut off your Apple TV first. Go to System Preferences > Bluetooth on your Mac. Select Connect next to your remote in the Bluetooth menu by pressing and holding Menu+Volume Up on your remote for around 5 seconds.

How can I operate my Apple TV using a universal remote?

Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Learn Remote on your Apple TV to utilize a universal remote. Select Start on the universal remote, then push and hold the Up button on the device until it pairs. To finish the setup, adhere to the directions displayed on the screen.

How do I use my Android to operate my Apple TV?

By utilizing the AnyMore Universal remote app, you may control Apple TV from an Android device. Choose to Control my WiFi Devices Apple TV from the list of nearby devices in the app, then choose your Apple TV from the list. Visit Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote Apps and Devices > AnyMote-Smart Remote on your Apple TV.

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