Control your TV or receiver with your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

Learn how to control power, volume, and more with your Siri Remote, Apple TV Remote, or home theater remote.

Use your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

Your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) should automatically detect the TV or receiver that you plug it into and program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote1 to control power and HDMI input.

Before using your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to control your TV or receiver, clear the path between your remote and the front of your television or receiver. Volume control normally works using the IR sensoron the front of your equipment.

If volume, power, or HDMI selection don't automatically work for you, you might need to program your remote for volume or turn on HDMI-CEC on your TV or receiver.

Adjust the volume

To turn the volume up or down, press  Volume up on the Siri Remote  or  Volume down on the Siri Remote. If the volume doesn’t respond, you need to manually program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote for volume control

Your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote can control volume for either your television or your receiver, but can't control both simultaneously.

Turn on your TV or receiver and switch to the correct HDMI

To turn on your TV or receiver and automatically switch to the correct HDMI input, just wake your Apple TV. To wake your Apple TV and turn on your home-theater equipment, press any button on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote. Need help?

Turn off your TV or receiver

Press and hold Home button on Apple TV (4th generation), then select Sleep. This puts your Apple TV to sleep and automatically turns off your television or receiver. Need help?

Adjust HDMI-CEC and volume settings on your Apple TV

Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices, then choose the following:

  • Control TVs and Receivers: Choose whether your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote automatically turns on your television or receiver.
  • Volume Control: Choose whether your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote controls volume for your television or your receiver. You can also select this to learn, edit, or delete learned volume controls.

Control your Apple TV with a home theater remote

You can use a home theater remote, like a network-based remote for home-control systems or an infrared remote (also known as a universal remote), to control your Apple TV.

To set up your home theater remote to control your Apple TV:

  1. Add your Apple TV to the Home app and make sure that you assign it to a room.
  2. Add the remote to the Home app on an iOS device and make sure that you assign it to a room.

After you add the remote to the Home app, you can use it to control any Apple TV that you have in your home.

Learn which home theater remotes are supported.

To learn different ways you can use your remote to control your Apple TV, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices and select Learn Remote.

If you have issues with your remote or want to learn more about using your remote to control Apple TV, contact the manufacturer or visit their website.

Get help with your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

If you need help with volume or other features of Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, you might need to program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote manually or make sure that HDMI-CEC is turned on.

Program your remote for volume

If volume control doesn’t work automatically, you can manually program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote:

  1. On your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Volume Control.
  2. Select Learn New Device.
  3. Follow the onscreen steps to program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to control volume for your television or receiver.

Make sure that HDMI-CEC is on

If some features don't work, check the following:

  1. Make sure that your TV or receiver offers HDMI-CEC support. For help, ask the TV manufacturer or check the manual.
  2. Check that HDMI-CEC is turned on in the menu of your TV or receiver. Use the remote that came with your equipment. Since manufacturers often have different names for HDMI-CEC, look for a setting that ends in "Link" or "Sync." Here are some examples:
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync

  1. Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) ships with the same remote everywhere. In countries and regions that support Siri, the remote is called Siri Remote. Elsewhere, it’s called Apple TV Remote. Siri works on either remote as long as you’re in a country or region that supports Siri.
  2. While volume control normally works using the IR sensor on the front of your TV or receiver, some receivers use HDMI-CEC instead. With volume through HDMI-CEC, you don’t need a clear path between your remote and the front of your receiver.

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