Take Control of Your Apple Remote With These Tips

Get Even More From Apple's Easy to Use Remote Control

For a remote control with just six buttons the Apple TV Siri Remote still manages to hide a few less obvious features, even though the basic lessons are every so easy to learn. What follows are five useful things you can do with your remote (including most properly configured alternative remotes) with your Apple TV

Reboot the Easy Way

How to Reboot Apple TV
These Buttons Restart Your Apple TV.

Missing volume? Sluggish menus? Stuttering games? Don’t fret too much, you probably won’t need to upgrade your broadband connection or take your Apple TV back to the shop, it’s likely all you’ll need to do is reboot the system. There are two ways to achieve this, you can navigate to Settings>System>Restart. Or save yourself a lot of time and just press the Home and Play/Pause buttons until the lights on Apple TV begin blinking. Let go and the system will reboot, which usually resolves the problem, unless it’s one of these.

Sleep When You Want

Apple TV
Go to Sleep!.

One great trick not every user knows is that you can use the remote control to put your system – and your compatible TV – to sleep. All you need to do is press and hold the Home button (the one that looks like a TV screen) until the on screen images blur grey and the “Sleep Now” message appears. Tap it and the Apple TV (and all connected devices) will go to sleep. 

“Clear" Away Those Errors

Hit the Button, Say "Clear".

When using the Siri Remote to enter text on Apple TV you will sometimes make mistakes (even if you dictate the text). The fastest way to get rid of errors is to use your Siri Remote, press the microphone and say “Clear” and Siri will delete what you’ve written so you can start all over again. 

More Menu for You

Multiple Taps: Multiple Tools.

 The Menu button does three things for you:

  • Single click it and you’ll go back to the previous page
  • Click it twice and you’ll launch the screensaver
  • If you tap it three times you’ll be able to access your Accessibility Shortcuts, if you have them enabled.

App Switcher For Easy Navigation

Switch apps fast.

Like most iOS systems the Apple TV continues to run apps quietly in the background when you stop using them. tvOS, the operating system that runs Apple TV, is stable enough to handle this, but there is a way you can review your active apps on your system - and it's a great way to flip between apps.

Double tap the Home button and you enter App Switcher view. This is like a carousel of all your active applications showing app previews of each one. You can swipe left and right between all those apps, double tap an app if you want to start using it, or swipe an app preview up in order to truly close that app.

Quick Caps

It Does More Than Play and Pause.

When typing into the character input field using your Siri Remote a quick tap of the Play/Pause button will cause the next character you type to be automatically capitalized. There are many text input tips for Apple TV, take a look at some more here.

Subtitles Without A Review

Swipe down for more
Swipe Down to Access Playback Features.

If you have started a movie but forgotten to enable subtitles beforehand you can switch them on without missing a second of the on-screen action. Just swipe down on the trackpad while the movie is playing; a grey menu appears at the top of the screen that shows a summary of the show or movie you are watching. Look closely and you’ll see a range of settings you can now adjust, including controls for subtitles, audio settings and more. 

Scrub Through Video

Scrub Left; Scrub Right.

 It takes a while to master scrubbing through video using the Apple TV Remote, but it’s simple to do and is of great use if you know where in the video you want to get to. Press the Play/Pause button to pause what you are watching and swipe left or swipe right to move forward and backwards in the video. One more thing, scrubbing speed responds to the velocity of your finger movement – so a fast swipe will move through the video faster than a slow one.

So Much More to Explore

These are just some of the many things you can achieve with an Apple TV. Please get in contact @jonnyevans_cw if you have anything you want to learn about your Apple TV, or to share your favorite tips.