Siri Remote

It may seem obvious that you can play or pause movies and music on the fourth-generation Apple TV with the Siri Remote. But, fast forwarding and rewinding though content may not be quite so obvious. Some subtle differences, like tapping or clicking, make all the difference when playing back media. We've got a few tips on how to make the Siri Remote do your bidding.

How to play video content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

Once you've discovered which movie, TV show, or video clip you want to watch, hitting the Play/Pause button is only part of the process. Here are a few playback tips.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Open the app you wish to choose video content from (i.e., Netflix).
  3. Select the content you wish to play.

    Opening Netflix on Apple TV

  4. Press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. It is the bottom button on the left side of the face of the remote with a Play/Pause icon on it.

    • Or, press down on the trackpad on the Siri Remote. It is the matte-finish top section of the remote.

    Playing content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

  5. Press and hold down the right side of the trackpad on the Siri Remote to fast forward through content.

    Fast forwarding video on Apple TV

  6. Press and hold down the left side of the trackpad on the Siri Remote to rewind through content.
  7. Press the trackpad on the Siri Remote to play from the new spot.

    Rewinding video on Apple TV

To scrub through a video, press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. Then, lightly swipe your finger across the trackpad to the left to rewind or the right to fast forward.

You can also skip ahead 10 seconds if you click the right side of the trackpad, or skip back 10 seconds if you click the left side of the trackpad.

How to access additional options with the Siri Remote while playing video on Apple TV

There are a few additional options on the fourth-generation Apple TV that you can access while playing video, like getting info on a movie, enabling subtitles, and adjusting audio options.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Open the app you wish to choose video content from (i.e., Netflix).
  3. Select the content you wish to play.

    Opening Netflix on Apple TV

  4. Press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. It is the bottom button on the left side of the face of the remote with a Play/Pause icon on it.

    • Or, press down on the trackpad on the Siri Remote. It is the matte-finish top section of the remote.

    Playing content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

  5. Swipe down on the trackpad on the Siri Remote to call up the additional options. The info screen will appear.
  6. Swipe to the right on the trackpad to access the Subtitles.

    Swiping down on the Siri Remote to get more video options on Apple TV

  7. Swipe to the right on the trackpad again to access audio options.
  8. Swipe up on the trackpad to hide the video options menu.

    Swipe up to hide video options on Apple TV

If the progress bar doesn't go away automatically, lightly tap the trackpad on the Siri remote to hide it.

How to play audio content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

Playing audio content is a slight bit different than playing video content. Follow these steps to get the most out of your music playback.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Open the app you wish to choose audio content from (i.e., iTunes).
  3. Select the content you wish to play.

    Opening the Music app on Apple TV

  4. Press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. It is the bottom button on the left side of the face of the remote with a Play/Pause icon on it.

    • Or, press down on the trackpad on the Siri Remote. It is the matte-finish top section of the remote.

    Playing content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

  5. Press and hold down the right side of the trackpad on the Siri Remote to fast forward through content.
  6. Press and hold down the left side of the trackpad on the Siri Remote to rewind through content.

    Rewinding and fast forwarding music on Apple TV

You can also click the right side of the trackpad on the Siri Remote to skip a selection, or click the left side of the trackpad to rewind to the beginning of a song. Double-click the left side of the trackpad to replay the previous track.

How to access additional options with the Siri Remote while playing audio on Apple TV

When playing music on the fourth-generation Apple TV, you can access additional features, like adding songs to a playlist or favoriting a track.

  1. Turn on Apple TV.
  2. Open the app you wish to choose audio content from (i.e., iTunes).
  3. Select the content you wish to play.

    Opening the Music app on Apple TV

  4. Press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. It is the bottom button on the left side of the face of the remote with a Play/Pause icon on it.

    • Or, press down on the trackpad on the Siri Remote. It is the matte-finish top section of the remote.

    Playing content with the Siri Remote on Apple TV

  5. Press the trackpad on the Siri Remote to view the track list.
  6. Swipe up on the trackpad on the Siri Remote to call up the More icon. It looks like an ellipsis ( … ).

    • Additional options vary, depending on what you are listening to.

    Swiping up to get more music options on Apple TV

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