Ever been stuck deep down inside Netflix on the Apple TV and wished there was a way to instantly jump all the way back to the main Home screen? Ever been frustrated by fast forward going too slow or too fast and wished you could simply skip chapter by chapter instead? Ever had Home screen icons disappear or services say they're not available and wished you could reboot with only a couple of clicks? Well, you can! The little aluminum remote that comes with the Apple TV might not seem like much but there are a lot of options hidden behind those buttons. Here are some of the best!

How to instantly jump back to the Apple TV Home screen

Hold down the Menu button until your Apple TV returns to the main menu.

How to instantly jump back to the Apple TV Home screen

How to put your Apple TV to sleep with one button press

Hold down the Play/Pause button for five seconds or until your Apple TV goes to sleep.

How to put your Apple TV to sleep with the remote

How to jump through video chapters on Apple TV

  1. Press the Down button on your Apple TV remote while playing back a video.
  2. Now press Left or Right in order to skip forward or back chapters.

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Apple's site notates that if the video you're playing doesn't have chapter markers, the Apple TV will skip through in increments of 30 seconds or 1/20 of the entire length. Whichever is longer.

How to quickly pair and unpair an Apple TV remote

Hold down the Menu button and Right button together for six seconds to pair an Apple TV remote. If you want to unpair a remote, hold down the Menu button and the Left button together for six seconds.

How to quickly pair and unpair an Apple TV remote

How to reset your Apple TV with two button presses

Hold down the Menu button and the Down button together for six seconds.

How to reset your Apple TV with two button presses

If a reset doesn't work, you may need to restore it in iTunes instead.

How to mark episodes as watched or unwatched with the Apple TV remote

How to mark videos as watched or unwatched with the Apple TV remote

Highlight the show you'd like to mark as watched or unwatched and hold down the Select button until the status changes. It's worth noting that this only works with iTunes tv shows that are rented or purchased. It doesn't currently work with third party services Netflix or Hulu Plus, unfortunately.

How to reorder channels with the Apple TV remote

Highlight the channel you'd like to move and hold down the Select button until you see the channel wiggle. Then use the Left and Right buttons to move it where you'd like. Press the Select button to drop it there.

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