The latest model of Apple TV Remote offers voice control capabilities and support for various gestures. It’s quite responsive in its function and ideally, connects to your TV without hassles. On a few occasions, it may refuse to pair. In such a case scenario, you’ll need to manually pair remote to Apple TV.
How to pair remote to Apple TV manually
While there are different generation remotes for various versions of Apple TV, all of them pair with the TV in more or less similar ways. Refer to this guide to pair remote to Apple TV manually.
- Turn on your Apple TV.
- position the Siri Remote so it’s pointing at the front of Apple TV.
- Press and hold the Back button and the Volume Up button for 2 seconds (Siri Remote 2nd generation).
- Press and hold the Menu button and the Volume Up button for 2 seconds (Siri Remote 1st generation).
- Start controlling your Apple TV with Apple Remote
Just to make the obvious known, check if your Apple TV remote battery is fully charged. If not, charge it for at least 30 minutes using the Lightning to USB cable connected to a wall charger.
Pair Apple Remote to Apple TV
Firstly, turn on your Apple TV and position the Siri Remote so it’s pointing at the front of the Apple TV. The remote should be within a distance of 8 to 10 cm or 3 to 4 inches.
Next, take any one of the following actions.
For Siri Remote 2nd generation, press and hold the Back button and the Volume Up button for 2 seconds. similarly, for Siri Remote 1st generation, press and hold the Menu button and the Volume Up button for 2 seconds.
For an Apple Remote (aluminum or white) press and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons on the white Apple Remote or hold the Menu and the Right buttons on the aluminum Apple Remote for 6 seconds to pair.
Now, when the Siri Remote gets connected to your Apple TV, you’ll see an onscreen message, confirming the remote was successfully paired to Apple TV. Similarly, when you’ve paired your Apple Remote, Apple TV displays a chain-link symbol above an icon of a remote.
Now you can control your Apple TV with Apple Remote as desired.
Note - Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD ships with the same remote everywhere. In regions that support Siri, the remote is called Siri Remote. Elsewhere, it’s called Apple TV Remote.
Hope that makes sense!