Pair Apple TV remote: If you own an Apple TV then you may be aware that you need to pair up your TV set with the remote before you can start using it. When you first plug in and power your Apple TV, the Siri remote provided with the TV should pair up automatically without you having to press any buttons. This is a great feature and it comes handy for users who are not tech savvy or lacks technical knowledge about Apple devices.
However, if your Siri Remote malfunctions due to some unknown reason or the battery die, you will need to pair the remote with your Apple TV again to make it function normally. Also when you get a new Siri remote for your Apple TV or want to pair it with another Apple TV, you will need to manually reset it and then pair it again with your new device. In this guide, we are going to discuss in detail how to pair Apple TV remote easily, whether it is a Siri remote or an older generation Apple TV remote.
How to Pair A New Apple TV Remote (Siri Remote)
The pairing process of a new Siri remote with a fourth-generation Apple TV is really simple and you only need to follow four simple steps. Notably, the process begins automatically once you press a button and should complete in a few seconds. We have listed the steps below, so just follow them carefully:
- STEP 1: Power your Apple TV and press any button on your new Siri remote
- STEP 2: A dialog box will now appear on the upper right corner on the TV screen with either of these two messages: “Remote Paired” or “Pairing Remote”
- STEP 3: If “Remote Paired” is displayed, it means the pairing process has completed successfully and you should be able to start using it immediately
- STEP 4: If “Pairing Remote” is displayed, then you need to bring the remote closer to the TV screen to start the pairing process. Once it is completed, you will be able to start using the remote immediately.
NOTE: You can currently pair only one Siri remote with your Apple TV. If you already have a remote paired with your Apple TV, you need to remove it from range or reset it before you can add a new Siri remote.
How to Reset your Siri Apple TV Remote
Before you can add a new Siri remote with your Apple TV, you need to reset the original remote or remove it from the Bluetooth range of the TV. This is because Apple currently does not allow two Siri remotes to be paired to the same Apple TV together. To reset your Apple TV remote, follow the steps carefully:
- STEP 1: Press the Menu and Volume Up buttons simultaneously
- STEP 2: Hold both the buttons for 3 to 4 seconds
- STEP 3: Your Siri remote should reset automatically and return to pairing mode
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How to Pair an Older Generation Apple TV Remote
If you have an older generation Apple TV (3rd generation or lower) you can pair an older Apple TV remote with it quite easily. It is to be noted that you cannot pair an older generation Apple TV remote with a fourth-generation Apple TV or pair a Siri remote with an older generation TV. To pair an older Apple TV remote, follow the steps listed below:
- STEP 1: Power on your Apple TV and using the current remote open the Settings tab
- STEP 2: Now select General> Remotes
- STEP 3: Using the older generation Apple TV remote, select Pair Remote
- STEP 4: Now you will see a small remote icon on the upper left corner of the screen. This icon will show you the pairing progress. Once you are done, you will be able to use the remote immediately
By now you should have understood how to pair Apple TV remote easily. If you ever need to pair a new Siri remote or you want to pair an older Apple TV remote instead, you can always consult our guide here. In case of any issues, while pairing, it is recommended to reset the remote and then try again.