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    How to pair the Apple TV remote

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    Pairing the Apple TV Remote with the Apple TV receiver is very simple. In fact, the two devices should recognize each other as soon as they are turned on, connect to the internet and press the correct button sequence. If the problem persists, a quick connection via the Lightning cable may help.


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    To be exact, charge the remote for a while to get some charge, then disconnect and check if it's paired. This is just one of the troubleshooting tips to successfully pair an Apple TV remote. Read on to learn all the tricks.



    BASICS OF ASSOCIATION

    Apple TV must be turned on and you should point the remote in the direction of the receiver and hold down the Volume Up and Menu buttons at the same time. After about 5 seconds, the remote control must be paired. It's not uncommon to get a notification asking you to bring the remote closer.

    If you can't pair the two after bringing the remote closer, you may need to restart your Apple TV. Unplug it from the power outlet, wait a few seconds, then try to plug it back in as described above. It's okay to repeat the process two or three times.


    REMOTE NAMES NOTE

    The remotes for Apple TV HD and 4K are the same all over the world and are usually called the Apple TV Remote. It is also known as Siri Remote in regions with Siri support. For the purposes of this article, we will refer to the device as the Apple TV Remote.


    There are also white and silver Apple remotes that accompanied the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs. They will stand out in color, although the pairing method is very similar to the latest Apple TV remotes.


    ASSOCIATION OF SECOND AND THIRD GENERATION REMOTE CONTROLS

    To pair these remotes, press and hold the Right Arrow and Menu buttons for approximately 6 seconds. A link icon will appear above the remote control icon on the TV to indicate that the pairing is successful. If you occasionally experience pairing problems, it is recommended that you first disconnect the remote control and then reconnect it.


    Press and hold the Menu and Left arrow buttons for approximately 6 seconds. A broken link icon should appear above the remote icon to indicate that the remote has not been paired.

    THE WORM IN THE APPLE

    In an ideal world, remotes should always perform and match like clockwork. However, you will find that sometimes they do not suddenly pair or become unresponsive, so you need to reconnect them to the receiver.

    CHECK THE BATTERY

    Regardless of which remote you have, the battery life is pretty decent. Although the white and silver models do not have rechargeable batteries and need to be replaced from time to time.


    To replace the battery on the aluminum remote, open the rear door with a coin, place a new one and screw the rear door back on. This model uses 3V lithium button-shaped batteries - BR2032 or CR2032.


    Those who have the white model should open the bottom compartment using a paper clip. The tray slides out, the new battery is inserted, and the tray is reinserted. This model only works with CR2032 batteries.

    It goes without saying that powering the Apple TV remote (4K or HD) is much easier. Just plug in the Lightning cable and wait for a while until it fully charges.

    WIFI CONNECTION

    Your Apple TV must be connected to your home wireless network. Check your network speed and latency to make sure everything is running smoothly. The network may be overloaded if too many devices are connected. Try disconnecting a few to see if it helps. Also, there shouldn't be too much distance between the Apple TV and the router.


    RESET THE REMOTE CONTROL

    Press and hold Volume Up and Menu for three seconds, this resets the Apple TV remote (4K, HD) and turns on automatic pairing. This option is not available on older models.

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    It's easy to control the TV via the iPhone or iPad app, plus you can add it to the Control Center. Here's what you need to do.

    1 STEP

    Launch Settings, select Control Center and tap "Customize Controls". Press the plus icon in front of the Apple TV remote.

    2 STEP

    Access Control Center, tap the remote icon and choose your Apple TV from the list. Enter the passcode and, voila, you've paired your iPhone with your Apple TV. To be honest, this is probably the easiest way to control your Apple TV.


    DO YOU NEED TO USE THE APPLE TV REMOTE CONTROL?

    The truth is that this is not the case. There are universal remotes that can be detected by Apple TV codes or that the device can pick up from the remote. Go to Apple TV settings, choose Remotes and Devices and select "Learn Remote".

    And there are universal remotes that don't even need this step, like Logitech's Harmony devices.

    WITH THE POWER OF THE APPLE TV REMOTE CONTROL

    Fortunately, the problem with Apple remotes is not the association but the design. Don't get me wrong, they look really cool, they look good in your hands and you can control everything without looking. But these are small and could easily disappear into the sofa.

    With that in mind, have you ever lost your Apple TV remote? Did you have to pair it up again after finding it? Let us know what you think in the comments section.


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