Apple TV: How to use your Apple remote for Apple TV

Refer to the table below for a list of all the command functions for the Apple TV remote.

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  1. Up
  2. Left
  3. Down
  4. Menu
  5. Select
  6. Right
  7. Play/Pause

 

Result Action Action
Move through the menu options Press + or - / Fast-Forward or Rewind Press Up, Down, Left, or Right
Select an option from the menu Press Play/Pause Press Select
Return to a previous menu Press Menu Press Menu
Put Apple TV in standby mode From the main menu, press Play/Pause for about three seconds (or go to Settings > Standby) Press and hold Select for five seconds (or go to SettingsSleep Now on Apple TV (2nd generation), or Settings > Standby on Apple TV (1st generation)
Black Screen Recovery (cycle through display resolutions) -- Apple TV (1st generation only) Hold down Menu and + for six seconds Hold Menu and Up for six seconds
Reset Apple TV Hold down Menu and - for six seconds Hold Menu and Down for six seconds
Increment Apple Remote UID - (pairing status is dependent upon whether remote was paired or unpaired prior to command) Hold down Menu and Play/Pause for five seconds Hold down Menu and Select for five seconds
Pair Apple Remote Hold down Menu and Fast-Forward for six seconds Hold down Menu and Right for six seconds
Unpair Apple Remote Hold down Menu and Rewind for six seconds Hold down Menu and Left for six seconds

 

Result Action Action
Play or pause video Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause
Fast forward Hold down the Fast-Foward button to fast-forward; press the button again to increase the fast-forward speed (there are three speeds) Hold down the Right button to fast-forward; press the button again to increase the fast-forward speed (there are three speeds)
Move forward or back in slow motion Press the Play/Pause button to pause the video, then press  the Fast-Forward or Rewind button Press the Play/Pause button to pause the video, then press the Right or Left button
Skip forward or back in 10-second increments Press the Play/Pause button to pause the video, then hold down the Fast-Forward or Rewind button Press the Play/Pause button to pause the video, then hold down the Right or Left button
Rewind Hold down the Rewind button to rewind; press the button again to increase the rewind speed (there are three speeds) Hold down the Left button to rewind; press the button again to increase the rewind speed (there are three speeds)
Skip to the next or previous chapter (if no chapter markers are present, this will skip 1/20th of the video length, or 30 second intervals whichever is longer.) Press - then the forward or rewind button to skip chapters Press the Down button, then Right or Left to skip chapters.

 

Result Action Action
Move through the menu options Press + or - Press Up or Down
Play or pause a movie Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause

 

Result Action Action
To toggle between viewing by date or by show Press Fast-Forward or Rewind Press Right or Left
Play or pause a TV show Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause

 

Result Action Action
Move through the menu options Press + or - Press Right or Left
Play or pause a music video Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause

 

Result Action Action
Play or pause a video podcast Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause
Skip to the next or previous chapter Press Fast-Forward or Rewind Press Right or Left

 

Result Action Action
Play or pause a song, audiobook, or podcast Press Play/Pause Press Play/Pause
Skip to the next song, audiobook, or podcast Press Fast-Forward Press Right
Fast-forward through a song, audiobook, or podcast Hold down Fast-Forward Hold down Right
Rewind a song, audiobook, or podcast Hold down Rewind Hold down Left
Restart a song, audiobook, or podcast; or play the previous song, audiobook, or podcast Press Rewind to restart a song, audiobook, or podcast; press it twice to skip to the previous song, audiobook, or podcast Press Left to restart a song, audiobook, or podcast; press it twice to skip to the previous song, audiobook, or podcast

 

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