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OS X Mountain Lion: Pair and unpair an Apple Remote

Pair and unpair an Apple Remote

If you have more than one computer with a built-in infrared (IR) receiver in the same room, you’ll probably want to “pair” each computer with a specific Apple Remote. Pairing sets the computer to take commands only from the specified remote. You can pair your computer with only one remote at a time. You must remove the pairing before you can use a different remote with the computer.

You must be logged in to an administrator account to pair your computer.

If your computer is not paired with a remote, the computer will take commands from any remote within range (up to 30 feet), even if the remote is paired with another computer.

To prevent your computer from being controlled by any remote, click General, and then click Advanced in Security & Privacy preferences. Then, select “Disable remote control infrared receiver.”

Pair an Apple Remote with your computer

  1. Hold the remote close to the computer (3 to 4 inches away) and point the remote at the front of the computer.
  2. Pair the Apple Remote.
    • If you have an Apple Remote with seven buttons, press and hold both the Right and Menu buttons on the remote until the paired-remote icon appears on your screen (about 5 seconds).

    • If you have an Apple Remote with six buttons, press and hold both the Next and Menu buttons on the remote until the paired-remote icon appears on your screen (about 5 seconds).

Unpair an Apple Remote

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, click General, and then click Advanced.
  2. Click Unpair.
Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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