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SOS: Best ways to keep the Siri Remote from disappearing

There are few things less aggravating or head-splittingly stressful than losing a remote control of any kind, but the Siri remote is a whole new level of where the hell did I put that thing…

See, because of its thin and compact size, the Siri remote can easily slip between couch cushions, get lost under blankets, and become impossible to find in the midst of your hectic life. I mean sure, you could always have one of those stupid wrist straps for the remote, but that doesn't do much when it's MISSING NOW, DOES IT?

Sorry, I didn't mean to yell: it's just that losing remote controls is just the worst, so I decided to go ahead and put together a conglomeration of some of the best ways to save your Siri remote from vanishing.

One word: Chipolo

Okay, so you're probably like, "What the hell is a Chipolo? Is that a type of burrito made out of chips?" which was honestly exactly what I thought, too. What a Chipolo (opens in new tab) actually is is a super nifty little tracker that looks like a poker chip and can easily be attached and tracked using your iPhone.

Simply tape the Chipolo to the back of your Siri remote with some tape (or if you're really committed to not losing the darn thing, some super glue), download the free Chipolo app, and start tracking your remote in real-time. If you lose the darn thing, all you need to do is go to the app and beep it, and the remote will start to chime loudly.

The Chipolo comes in a bunch of fun colors, so you can actually hook up all of your remotes! Put a black one on your Siri remote, a yellow one on your volume remote, a turquoise one on your TV remote, and so on and so forth! You'll never lose any remote ever again!

Oh! And if you lose your iPhone in the house, you can just double tap the Chipolo on your remote, and your iPhone will musically sound from wherever it's hiding. But if you lose both remotes, you're SOL, pal.

A wedding garter, but like, for a remote

Picture this: you get home from a long day at the office, you kick off your shoes, head upstairs, splash some water on your face, and change into your favorite comfy clothes. Then, you grab your Siri remote garter, strap it to your thigh or your bicep, and go on your merry way.

Not only are there like, a bajillion different types (opens in new tab) of garters to pick from to truly ~~customize~~ your style, but you can also use it to hold other remotes and important tech items, like your lightning charging cable, or some Air Pods (which will probably tuck nicely into a lacy garter).

Think this sound ridiculous? Well, it isn't. Ninjas (opens in new tab) have been doing it forever (... I think…)

Remote control jewelry

I once joked in a Facebook post that all I wanted for christmas was 4,000 SD cards (I still mean that), but as people began to comment that there were better ways to not lose your SD cards, something dawned on me: What if I had a pair of earrings or a necklace or a bracelet that, at all times, had an SD card somehow incorporated into its design?

Incorporating tech into jewelry isn't anything new, but incorporating remote controls kind of doesn't really exist. The Siri remote would be a great option to turn into a super stylin' necklace or bracelet, but unless you have stretched ears, we recommend staying away from earrings.

You could also turn your Siri remote into a brooch, so then all you have to do is touch your boob if you want to change anything. Easy peasy!

A shrine (aka a stand)

I know I said stand after the word shrine, but I really mean shrine, because your Siri remote is a beautiful, holy little piece of tech that deserves to be praised and protected (Note: The author of this article is Sicilian and therefore insanely overdramatic).

Build your Siri remote the perfect little shrine, complete with candles, incense, a silk pillow (and if you want to add the Jeffrey Dahmer touch, a couple of skulls will suffice, too). Then, every time you finish using the remote, lay it on its shrine, bow your head, and slowly shuffle backwards and exit the room. This respectful behaviour will please the remote, potentially stopping it from getting lost in your couch cushions the next time you sit on it.

BONUS: Offer the Siri remote an animal sacrifice while on the altar to reeeeaaaally make sure it doesn't get lost.*

Lookin' stylish with that style ring

Simply attach the style ring to the back of your Siri remote, and we can guaruntee that you'll have a hard time losing your Siri remote.

Why? Well, not only does the Style ring instantly adhere to any surface it touches, but it's also incredibly sturdy and hard to get off (but if you did want to yank it off, there won't be any sticky residue left behind). That means that the ring can easily be clipped onto belt buckles, keychains, and more, so you can even take your Siri remote with you!

The other cool thing about the Style ring is the fact that it comes with a little black stand/hook that can be stuck almost anywhere, meaning that when you're done with the Siri remote, all you have to do is hang it up on it's hook.

Bye-bye, lost remote stress!

So? How do you prevent yourself from losing things?

Do you tape it to you? Leave it on a hook? Attach it to one of those little bead chains like banks do with pens?

Let us know how you prevent yourself from losing your head!

*No animals were sacrificed to a Siri remote in the making of this article.

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau

10 Comments
  • Small inconspicuous Velcro to back of tv, mantle, nightstands or other convenient locations where remote is stored or in use. Always reattach it to one of these when not in use. Sent from the iMore App
  • All teeny remotes should have the same functionality as the Sky Q remote (in the UK), whereby you can press a button on the set top box and the remote beeps for half a minute.
  • This is such a high-level first world problem, I think this article just tipped the scales. I'm going to build a doomsday device because it's time to reset society.
  • Remote is useless to scroll long lists, therefore requiring to pair with standard remote or previous generation Apple TV remote. Touch interface not very responsive either....Will probably return the one I got for Christmas and stick with my 1st generation AppleTV that was and is still the best interface to watch your own media.
  • Tip I learned by accident. lightly tap the pad area at the bottom near the middle. It is like pressing a down arrow. Very easy to do and allows very quick scrolling through a list. MUCH better then trying to slide up and down using your thumb. Makes the remote a joy to use now. It is a game changer.
  • Terrible interface. It's dated and the device doesn't even do 1080p. It's actually one of the worst devices.
  • Nothing to do with Apple remote but whoever wrote this post should write a lot more for iMore. This is the type of fun entertaining stuff we've been missing! Sent from the iMore App
  • Taped it to the back of a regular remote (my AV receiver remote). can't lose it that way.
  • I hate filling that void for something the user ought to be responsible for.... It doesn't teach anyone a lesson.. It's different with a charging stand, because it's more convenient, and my parents loose so many remotes.. i just got her a universal one... Now its big enough u can't loose it. I've lost remotes before, but i just get new one and learn not to loose it again :) Best thing that works for me.
  • There are quite a number of silicone sleeves for the remote out there. Just search on Amazon. Not only do they fix the "It's more slippery than an ice cube on linoleum" problem , but it adds just enough bulk to dramatically reduce the tendency of the remote to slip between cushions of the couch. It also makes it much easier to retrieve if it does manage it.