Best hidden Siri Remote controls

What are all the commands possible with the new Siri Remote for Apple TV? Find out now!

The Siri Remote for the latest Apple TV is pretty minimalist, but you can do a lot more with it than looks might indicate.

There are a whole bunch of hidden controls that you might not have thought of but if used properly, can make you look like an Apple TV genius. Here are the ones you need to know!

How to turn on your TV or receiver and switch to the right HDMI input

Press any button to turn on your TV or receiver

If you don't want to have to pick up TV remote, turn your TV on, and switch HDMI inputs to use your Apple TV, your lazy butt is in luck! You can just wake your Apple TV and it'll do the work for you!

Press any button on your Siri Remote. This will wake your Apple TV, which will, in turn, turn on your TV to the correct HDMI input.


How to turn off your TV or receiver and your Apple TV simultaneously

Press and hold the Home button, select Sleep Now

We all hate cluttering our coffee tables with remotes. All you need to turn your TV or receiver on and off is your Siri Remote.

Just hold down the home button (the little TV screen) and choose Sleep Now. This will put your Apple TV to sleep, as well as your TV or receiver.


How to rearrange your apps

You can move your Apple TV apps around and arrange them as your please.

  1. Press and hold the trackpad button and the app you're on will start to jiggle.
  2. Swipe along the trackpad to move it up, down, left, or right.
  3. Press the trackpad button again when you have the app where you want it.

Press and hold the trackpad, swipe to move the app up, down, right, or left, press the trackpad button to release


How to create app folders

Press and hold the trackpad, press the play/pause button, press the trackpad

You can group your Apple TV apps in folders so that you don't have to scroll through every single app looking for just the one you want.

1.Press and hold the trackpad until the app you're on starts to jiggle. 2. Press the play/pause button. The option to create a new folder will pop up. 3. Press the trackpad button to select it and name your folder.

Then just drag apps into the folder and Bob's your uncle.


How to switch apps quickly

Double-tap the Home button, swipe through each open app, press the trackpad to open an app or swipe up to close one

Just like your iPhone, the Siri Remote has its own app switcher. Just double-tap Home button and swipe through each open app. Press the trackpad to open an app or swipe up on the trackpad to close one.


How to delete unwanted apps

Sometimes an app has run its course and you just don't need it anymore. Don't let useless apps clutter up your Apple TV Home screen.

  1. Press and hold the trackpad until the app starts to jiggle.
  2. Press the play/pause button.
  3. Swipe down on the trackpad
  4. Press the trackpad when Delete is selected.

Press and hold the trackpad, press the play/pause button, swipe down on the trackpad, press the trackpad when Delete is selected


How to skip forward and backward

Press on the right or left side of the trackpad to skip forward 10 seconds or backward 10 seconds, respectively

The trackpad isn't just for swiping and pressing. Each side actually has its own function.

To skip forward 10 seconds, press the right side of the trackpad. To go back 10 seconds, press the left side of the trackpad.


How to fast forward and rewind

Hold on the right or left side of the trackpad to fast forward or rewind, respectively

You don't have to bring up the timeline for whatever you're watching and drag the playbar back and forth to fast forward and rewind.

All you have to do to fast forward is press and hold on the right side of the trackpad. To rewind, just press and hold on the left side of the trackpad.


How to scrub through video

Press the play/pause, swipe left or right on the trackpad to scrub

If you don't want to skip or fast forward/rewind, you can scrub through video, which is extra handy if you know exactly where you want to start a movie or TV show.

Press the play/pause button to pause what you're watching, then swipe left and right on the trackpad to scrub forward and backward through the video.


How to change video settings

Swipe down on the trackpad when a video is playing

If you're already watching a video but forgot to turn on the subtitles, there's no need to back out of it, turn them on, and start again.

Just swipe down on the trackpad while a video is playing. This will show you a summary of the show or movie you're watching and allow you to enable subtitles or adjust audio settings.


How to jump back into the Music app

Press and hold the play/pause button to jump back into the Music app

When you play a song in the Music app on Apple TV, that song will continue to play in the background when you open other apps and further explore your Apple TV. You can hit the play/pause button to pause the song at any time, but if you want to get right back into the Music app, just hold the play/pause button for around 5 seconds and you'll jump to it.


How to turn on the screen saver!

Press the Menu button quickly 3 times

You can use your own photos for your Apple TV screensaver and it'll start on its own after a few minutes of inactivity. If you want it to activate immediately, just quickly press the Menu button three times when you're on the Home screen.