Navigate Apple TV
The Home screen on Apple TV provides easy access to apps and settings. Navigate to any of the apps in the top row to see previews of available films and TV programmes, music videos, games, photos and more.
You can also customise the top row with the apps you use the most.
Use the Touch surface and buttons on the Siri Remote to navigate to, select and open apps and content on Apple TV.
Navigate apps, content and lists
On the Siri Remote, do any of the following:
Navigate apps and content: Swipe left, right, up or down on the Touch surface.
Onscreen, a highlighted app or content item expands slightly.
Preview content from the top row: When you select an app in the top row, a preview of its content (films, TV programmes, or music videos, for example) begins playing in the background (if the app supports content previews). Swipe up on the Touch surface to play the current preview in full screen with audio and to access additional controls for playing the full video, getting more info or browsing additional videos.
Navigate lists: Swipe up or down a few times on the Touch surface to scroll quickly. If there’s an index next to the list, swipe right, then highlight a letter to jump ahead.
Select an item
On the Siri Remote, swipe on the Touch surface to highlight the item, then press the Touch surface.
View additional menu options
On the Siri Remote, press and hold the Touch surface.
If you’ve highlighted an item that has additional options, they appear in a pop-up menu.
Return to the previous screen
On the Siri Remote, press the button.
Return to the Home screen
Return to the Home screen: On the Siri Remote, press and hold the button.
Return to the Apple TV app: On the Siri Remote, press the Home button to go to Up Next in the Apple TV app, or press twice to go to the Home screen.
To change the Home button behaviour, see Set the Home button destination on Apple TV.
Open Control Centre
On the Siri Remote, press and hold the Home button .
View open apps
On the Siri Remote, press the Home button twice quickly.
On the Siri Remote, press and hold the Siri button .
You can navigate Apple TV with Control Centre on an iOS device with iOS 11 or later, or on an iPadOS device with iPadOS 13 or later. See Control Apple TV with iOS or iPadOS Control Centre.
You can also use the Apple TV Remote app (available from the App Store on your iOS or iPadOS device) to navigate, enter text and control playback on Apple TV. For more information, see the Apple Support article Set up the Apple TV Remote app.
You can use a wireless keyboard to enter text. See Connect Bluetooth devices to Apple TV.