Fix: Apple TV Remote not Working

Apple TVs are a great way of entertainment for our homes. And, there are various generations of this product. However, they all use one of the two series of Apple TV’s remotes. The newer (aluminum) Apple TV remote has a Siri based support that provides voice-based control and browsing features. Both Apple TV remote series are pretty sturdy. However, like all other tech stuff out there, they may stop working correctly. And, sometimes you may experience some issues while using them, which can be frustrating.

To help you out, we examined most of the reasons around why your Apple TV Remote isn’t working. In this article, you can find what can you do to fix the Apple TV Remote issues by yourself.

Before you Start

First of all, make sure that your Apple Remote has all the batteries that are required for its functioning. Additionally, please remove anything that may block the path between the front of your Apple TV and the remote. The IR sensors between these 2 devices must maintain a visual contact to initiate the communication. It would be nice if TV remotes used RF signal instead of IR. However, that technology may be a feature of the next Apple TV generations. For now, just make sure the line of sight between the Apple TV and the remote is clear.

Now, try pressing a button on the Apple TV Remote, and keep an eye on the response of Apple TV’s light. If it flashes 3 times in a sequence, that would mean that your Apple TV has already been paired with another remote.

The Light Flashes but the Apple TV Does Not Respond When You Press Buttons on Your Apple Remote

If this happens to you, try the following tricks.

  1. Pair your Apple TV with the TV Remote and then go into remote settings. Now seek to pair with your Apple TV remote.
  2. If you have a Siri Remote, you can reset it. Just press the Menu and Volume Up buttons simultaneously, and the remote will reset and put back into pairing mode.
  3. For restarting your Apple TV, press and hold the Menu and Down buttons on your Apple Remote.
  4. If the normal restart doesn’t help, try unplugging your Apple TV from the power outlet. Now, wait for 10 seconds and plug it back in. Sometimes disconnecting the device from a power source can get the job done.
  5. If you see an exclamation mark in a triangle on the TV display while the light on your Apple TV does not flash, you should replace the battery in your Apple Remote.

If you have an Apple TV 4 Siri Remote which is not connecting to your Apple TV, the best thing you can do is performing a Factory Reset. For that process, you will need to get a USB cable. When you got it, you can connect the Apple Remote to iTunes and perform the Factory Restore.

Have Issues With Your Siri Remote?

Some users complained about the navigation speed on the new Siri Remote. And yes, you can not change the sensitivity. However, If the trackpad is too sensitive for you, you can adjust the scrolling speed. By default, it is set to Medium. To change it, go to Settings, open Remotes and Devices and choose Touch Surface Tracking. There you can select Slow, Medium, or Fast. This may also help you solve your struggle with inputting characters using the onscreen keypad.

Useful Tip: If you want to swipe straight to the end of the alphabet quickly, just swipe with a harder press on your Apple Remote touchpad. The cursor will fly across the display in either direction. This is really handy for selecting characters on the onscreen keyboard.

If none of the previous methods helped you to fix your unresponsive Apple Remote, you might want to make up an appointment at Apple’s Genius Bar. Let them examine your remote and let you know what the problem is. In the meantime, you can use your iPhone or iPad as a remote for your Apple TV.

How to Use Your iPhone or iPad as a Remote for Your Apple TV

First, make sure that you are using the same Wi-Fi network and you have the Home Sharing set up. Then follow these steps.

  1. Connect your iDevice to your WiFi network at home and make sure you have the Remote App
  2. Make sure your Apple TV is connected to the same WiFi (This is mandatory for your remote app to communicate with your Apple TV.)
  3. Turn on your Apple TV. Go to Settings, then open General. Now, go to Remotes, and choose Remote App.
  4. When required, type the Apple ID and password that you use for Home Sharing.
  5. Now, get your iDevice, and launch the Remote
  6. Go to Settings and tap on Apple TV.
  7. For a few moments, the app will pair with the Apple TV. After the pairing finishes, you should be able to use your iPhone or iPad to control your Apple TV.

Final Words

These methods helped many users to get rid of the issues with their Apple TV Remotes. Try them out and let us know if this article was helpful for you. Also, tell us if you know any other tricks for fixing Apple Remote problems in the comment section below.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.