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Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): How to use your Apple remote for Apple TV

These tables show all the command functions for the Apple remote that's included with your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).

Basic navigation and use

Action Result
Press Up, Down, Left, or Right Navigate menus
Press Select Select menu option
Press Menu Return to previous menu
Hold Menu for about three seconds Return to Apple TV Home screen
Hold Play/Pause for five seconds (or go to Settings > Sleep Now) Put Apple TV in standby mode

Video playback

Action Result
Press Play/Pause Play or pause a video, TV show, or movie
Hold Right Fast forward (Press the button again to increase the fast-forward speed. There are three speeds.)
Press Play/Pause to pause the video, then press Right or Left Move forward or back in slow motion
Press Play/Pause to pause the video, then hold down Right or Left Skip forward or back in ten-second increments
Hold Left Rewind (Press the button again to increase the rewind speed. There are three speeds.)
Down, then Right or Left to skip chapters Skip to the next or previous chapter (If chapter markers aren't present, this will skip 1/20th of the video length or 30 second intervals, whichever is longer.)
Hold Select for three seconds Access subtitles and closed captioning, audio, and speaker settings
Right or Left while inside a selected TV Show Menu prior to playback Toggle between viewing by All Seasons and Volumes or individual Season and Volume

Audio playback

Action Result
Press Play/Pause Play or pause a song, audiobook, or podcast
Press Right Skip to the next song, audiobook, or podcast
Hold Right Fast-forward through a song, audiobook, or podcast
Hold Left Rewind a song, audiobook, or podcast
Press Left Restart a song, audiobook, or podcast
Press Left twice Play the previous song, audiobook, or podcast
Hold Select for three seconds during playback Access additional playback controls: Genius, Up Next, browse artist or album, speaker settings*
* Playback options vary depending on content and playback mode.

Miscellaneous

Action Result
Hold Menu and Down for six seconds Restart Apple TV
Hold Menu and Select for six seconds Increment Apple Remote UID (Pairing status depends on whether remote was paired or unpaired prior to command.)
Hold Menu and Right for five seconds Pair Apple Remote
Hold Menu and Left for six seconds Unpair Apple Remote
Press Play/Pause when entering text Change the keyboard type
Hold Select when entering text Access accented or additional letter options
Hold Select for two seconds on Apple TV Home screen Rearrange icons on Apple TV Home screen
Hold Select for two seconds on Apple TV Home screen, then press Play/Pause Hide an icon on Apple TV Home screen
Last Modified: May 16, 2014
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