How To Fix Apple TV Remote Not Working Issue Easy Fix

Apple TV is a small network device that connects to the HDMI port of your TV that allows the streaming of digital data such as music, video, or the screen display from a Mac or iOS device. One of the best ways to navigate the menu of this device is by using the Apple TV remote. Although the remote is a solid device there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Apple TV remote not working issue.

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How To Fix Apple TV Remote Not Working Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps for this particular problem you should try to restart the Apple TV device and the TV set first as this will usually resolve most issues caused by a minor software glitch.

Make sure the remote is charged

Charge the Apple TV Remote for 30 minutes using a Lightning to USB cable and a USB wall charger. Once the remote has sufficient charge check if the Apple TV remote not working issue still occurs.

Stay within range of the Apple TV

The Siri Remote relies on Bluetooth connection so make sure to stay within range. If you’re nearby but the volume controls don’t respond, move anything that blocks the path between your remote and the front of your television or receiver. 

Check if the Apple TV remote not working issue still occurs.

Pair the Apple TV with the Apple TV Remote

Try pairing both devices again.

  • Turn on Apple TV and position the Siri Remote so it’s within 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm) and pointing at the front of Apple TV.
  • Press and hold the Menu button button and the Volume Up button Volume Up button for 2 seconds. When the Siri Remote is successfully paired, an onscreen message appears.

Check if the Apple TV remote not working issue still occurs.

Use your iPhone or iPad as remote

In case the issue persists then you can use your iPhone or iPad as a remote.

  • Make sure that you have the latest software for your Apple TV and your iOS device.
  • Download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store on your device. If you already have it, check that you have the latest version. To find out, open the App Store and tap Updates.
  • Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  • Open the Apple TV Remote app on your iOS device, and choose your Apple TV. Don’t see it?
  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Remotes and enter the four-digit code that appears on your iOS device. If the code doesn’t appear and you can control your Apple TV, your iOS device is already paired and you can start using the app.

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