Use Siri on your Apple TV

Siri takes the work out of watching TV, finding apps and more. Simply ask for films, TV shows or apps, and Siri will find them for you. It's that easy.

Image of the Apple TV+ Home Screen with an Apple TV and HomePod.  

Here's where you can use Siri

Siri is currently available on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD in these countries, regions and languages: Australia (English), Austria (German), Belgium (Dutch, French), Brazil (Portuguese), Canada (English, French), France (French), Germany (German), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Korea (Korean), India (English), Ireland (English), Italy (Italian), Japan (Japanese), Mexico (Spanish), Netherlands (Dutch), New Zealand (English), Norway (Norwegian Bokmål), Russia (Russian), Spain (Spanish), Sweden (Swedish), Switzerland (French, German, Italian), Taiwan (Mandarin), UK (English), US (English, Spanish).* 

Ask Siri

Hold down the Siri button on your Siri Remote, say what you want, then release the Siri button. If you have a HomePod, just say "Hey Siri", then say what you need. Make sure that you end your request with "on the TV" to search, control playback or play content on your TV. 

Siri will search across popular apps, depending on your country or region, then display your viewing options or the answer to your question. Siri won't talk to you, so it won't interrupt what you've been listening to or watching.

If you press and release the Siri button, Siri will give you tips and suggestions. See some examples below.

Watch a live channel, search content and control playback

Want to watch a particular movie or TV show? Or want to watch something live? Just tell Siri what you want to watch and Siri takes you to it. You can also use Siri to control playback.

Search by title
If you know the title of what you want to watch, you can search by title. If there's more than one choice, Siri will give you the option to choose the correct one. For example: 

  • "Watch Ted Lasso."
  • "Wonder Woman."
  • "Play Trolls World Tour on the TV."
  • "Monster Hunter."

Search by genre, cast and more
Not sure what you're looking for? Siri will let you search by genre, cast, director, rating, age appropriateness, popularity and more. For example:

  • "Show me some funny horror films."
  • "Find new films in 4K."*
  • "What are some popular new releases?"
  • "Find TV shows for kids."

*You can only play 4K content on Apple TV 4K.
 

Refine your search
After you've asked Siri to find a film or TV show, you can refine your search by actor, time period, director and more. For example:

  • "Only the good ones."
  • "Only the ones from the '80s."
  • "Only comedies."
  • "Just the ones from this year."

Control what's playing
While you're watching a video, you can ask Siri about it, change your settings and more. For example:

  • "Turn on Closed Captioning."
  • "Fast-forward two minutes."
  • "What did he say?"
  • "Who stars in this?"

More ways to use Siri

Siri can provide sports scores, check your weather forecast and open apps. Siri will also recognise the name of onscreen labels, so you can use your voice to navigate your Apple TV.

Find apps

Find an app or type of app in the App Store. For example:

  • "Open SBS On Demand."
  • "Find fitness apps."
  • "Go to the App Store."
  • "Open SBS On Demand on the Living Room TV."

Search YouTube

To search for content on YouTube, just include it in your Siri search, like this:

  • "Search YouTube for the world's fastest car."
  • "Find funny cat videos on YouTube."
  • "Find surfing lessons on YouTube."
  • "Find vegetarian cooking videos on YouTube."

Find My iPhone

If you've turned on Find My iPhone for your devices, you can ask Siri to play a sound on a device to help you find it. Here are some examples:

  • "Where's my iPhone?"
  • "Play a sound on my iPhone."
  • "Where's my Apple Watch?"

Check the weather

Siri can help you check the weather locally or in other places. For example:

  • "What's the temperature outside?"
  • "When's sunset in Paris?"
  • "How's the weather in California?"

Check the score

See the latest sports scores or ask about schedules, teams or players. 

  • "What's the NBA schedule?"
  • "What football games are on?"
  • "Who's the captain of the Wallabies Rugby team?"

See even more

You can use Siri to open apps on your Apple TV. For example:

  • "Go to Photos."
  • "Open the App Store."
  • "Open Settings."
  • "Open SBS On Demand."

You can also swipe up on weather, sports and stocks for more information.

Watch a live channel

In supported apps and countries, Siri can launch live content for you. For example:

  • "Watch ESPN live."
  • "Watch FX live."
  • "Watch ABC News live."

Turn Siri on or off

On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Siri.

If your Apple TV is speaking the names of icons or settings, check if you've accidentally turned on VoiceOver. VoiceOver isn't a Siri feature. To turn off VoiceOver, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver and turn off VoiceOver.

 

If you can't turn on Siri

  • In Settings > General > Language and Region, make sure that you've selected a supported language and country or region
  • Make sure that your billing information for the iTunes and App Store is based in the same country or region. For example, even if you set your system language to a supported Siri language, Siri won't be available if your billing information for the iTunes store is based in a different country or region.

 

*Siri availability, features and commands vary by language and country or region. Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD 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 your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD is set up with a language and country or region that supports Siri.

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