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Apple TV remote not working? Here's the fix!

Siri Remote troubleshooting
Siri Remote troubleshooting (Image credit: iMore)

If you're an Apple TV owner and you're anything like me, you've had your fair share of frustrations with the Siri Remote that came in the box with it. Perhaps it's even become unresponsive, or incorrectly responsive. Maybe your original remote broke, and you need to pair a new one.

There are a lot of issues that can crop up with the Siri Remote. The good news is that many of them are easy to solve.

How to pair a Siri Remote to your Apple TV

Pairing a Siri Remote with your Apple TV is simple. While the remote that comes with your Apple TV should already be paired, if you ever have to replace it, know that it's as easy as pushing a single button.

Just bring your new Siri Remote within range of the Apple TV to which it will be paired and press any of its buttons. A message will pop up in the corner of your TV screen telling you either that the remote is paired or that it's pairing.

Remember that you can't pair more than one Siri Remote to your Apple TV at a time.

How to reset your Siri Remote

If your Siri Remote has become unresponsive or glitchy, you can reset and re-pair it with your Apple TV.

  1. Press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold for two to three seconds.
  3. Release the buttons.

You'll see a message pop up in the top-right corner of your TV telling you that the remote is paired or pairing.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about troubleshooting your Apple TV's Siri Remote.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

3 Comments
  • Sorry to be facetious but, “How to repair….?"
  • re-pair as in it was once paired (blutooth pair), it became un-paired, and now you re-pair it.
  • Hello, i have the new apple TV 4th with an other siri remote ( =Two siri remotes)
    My question is how to pair the second remote to play some multiplayers games?
    The first remote works fine, but i can't pair the second
    Thank's lot