Best remotes for Apple TV in 2023
Control your Apple TV with the best remotes!
All Apple TVs come with the Siri Remote, and while it's a great option, some people just don't like using it. Others may want a remote with more options and buttons or have specific preferences related to their interests, like gaming. Luckily for you, there are other options if you feel like you want a better experience from your remote. Whether you hate the Siri Remote, lost your old one, or are just scouting out the market, these are the best Apple TV remotes you can buy.
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This Apple TV Siri Remote boasts a sleek design and is compatible with both the first- and second-generation Apple TV 4k, as well as Apple TV HD. It features Siri so you can dictate what you’d to watch for convenient voice control. The ultra-responsive touch surface lets you interact with your Apple TV quickly and easily.
This remote works straight out of the box and is compatible with Apple TV, Apple TV 4K, Channel Master DVR+, and Stream+ Devices. It features easy programming, as well as universal functionality. It’s got a pretty long reach and can control your devices as long as there is a direct line of sight between them and the remote, and they’re within 30 feet.
The Funtion101 Button Remote works out of box with Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. It’s designed with traditional remote-control buttons for those that prefer button control. It’s compatible with most TV sets and offers audio support for your TV, soundbar, or receiver. Its intuitive design makes navigation simple.
This aluminum remote is what ships with all new best Apple TVs. Use the touch trackpad on top of the remote to navigate through menus and control playback. As the name implies, you can also use Siri to pull up exactly what you want, when you want it. Just ask the voice assistant to play your favorite show, navigate to YouTube, play Apple Music, and more.
If you want a remote control that can do absolutely everything and price isn't a concern, the Logitech Harmony is a superb remote. It comes with the hub and the app, and functions with all of your smart devices, meaning you can not only control your Apple TV but your smart lights, thermometers, and more. It's been discontinued on Logitech's website but you can still get it used at Amazon and other select retailers.
The Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control from Logitech lets you control all your devices, including your Apple TV, from the remote itself or your iPhone, using the companion app. You can combine up to 10 old-fashioned remotes directly into this singular one, making controlling your Apple TV even easier. There's also a helpful little screen for smooth navigation.
Built in preset
Simply by pushing either the A, B, C, or D buttons, you can set up the remote to function for Apple TV (A), Xbox One (B), Windows Media Center (C), and Roku (D). Also, due to the remote's learning capabilities, if a specific device you're looking for is not found you can program it. You can also program the buttons to connect to certain streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and more.
Although the GE 33709 is a very basic remote, it can still work with up to four devices at once. Plus, if you have a DVD or Blu-ray player, there's a specific button that can open or close it. Note: this remote also uses conventional AAA batteries, which aren't included.
For the gamers
Gaming on Apple TV is so much more fun with a gaming controller, and the MFi-certified SteelSeries Nimbus + is one of the best options around. Pick up this nifty controller to enjoy an included four free months of Apple Arcade, Apple's gaming service that comes on your Apple TV. It also comes with a cool iPhone mount, a built-in rechargeable battery (50+ hours of gameplay on one charge), tactile buttons, and clickable joysticks.
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Note that the new Apple TV 4K comes with a USB-C remote. It features a dedicated Siri button – just like iPhone. Siri can accommodate voice recognition for up to six family members to let Apple TV 4K know who’s talking and reply with recommendations personalized just for them based off what they’ve watched.
Need to check the news, sports, weather, or anything else that can’t wait — the new Siri remote has you covered there as well, with the simple click of a button. You can also keep track of all your connected smart home accessories in the Control Center, so you never miss a beat while you’re catching up on your favorite movies and shows.
If you like using the original Apple Siri remote, then, by all means, stick with it. Or if you need to replace it, both of the updated Siri Remotes are easy to navigate and work with Siri voice control. These are the best Apple TV remotes for most people.
If you want something great for gaming, try the SteelSeries Nimbus +. It's an excellent controller that allows you to quickly tap and flawlessly connect to all of your best Apple devices, including your Apple TV. It comes with free four months of Apple Arcade too, if you have yet to try out the service.
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