It can take some time for the Siri Remote firmware update to be downloaded and installed automatically. If it doesn’t, you can use a hidden built-in option in tvOS to update the Apple TV remote firmware manually.
How to update Siri Remote firmware
Whenever a Siri Remote firmware update is rolled out, it’s automatically added to the tvOS in the background. I guess, there’s a reason for it – users simply want trivial changes to work in automatic mode. Asking them repeatedly to update manually is too intrusive and annoying. However, when it’s necessary, it should be done. Here’s the trick!
- On your Apple TV Home Screen, select Settings.
- Navigate to the Remotes and Devices settings.
- Open the Bluetooth section.
- Highlight Siri Remote on the tvOS interface (don’t press the touchpad)
- Press the Play button four times on the remote control.
- Leave the Apple TV idle for 30 mins (approx).
- Check the firmware version.
Before following the above instructions make sure the battery level of the controller is not below 25% to install the updates successfully.
How do I find Siri Remote firmware?
It is particularly important to mention here that the firmware version number you see in the Apple TV Remote settings is different from the internal version number.
Assuming you have your Apple TV turned On, choose the Settings icon on the Home Screen.
When the Settings screen opens, scroll down to the Remotes and Devices tab. Tap the side arrow to expand its menu.
Under the Other Devices section, tap the Bluetooth option.
Then, highlight Siri Remote on the tvOS interface. Take care not to press the touchpad.
Now, press the Play/pause button four times on the remote control and leave the Apple TV idle for 30 mins (approx.).
This will update Apple TV remote firmware to the latest version manually. Check, if you have the latest firmware for your Remote installed.
What is the latest apple tv software version?
The latest Apple TV software version is tvOS 15.5.1. addresses an issue where music could stop playing after a short time.