Dictate or enter text on your Apple TV

Learn how to use dictation, switch between uppercase and lowercase letters, type symbols, and more on your Apple TV. 

Use dictation on your Apple TV (4th generation)

If you set your language to English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish, you can use dictation instead of typing with your remote. When you see the onscreen keyboard, press and hold the microphone button, then speak.

  • For user names and passwords,2 spell out each letter or character. For example, to enter Johnny@iCloud.com, say, "J-O-H-N-N-Y at iCloud dot com."
  • To specify a capital letter, say "uppercase." For example, to enter janE, say, "J-A-N uppercase E."
  • To erase the text that you just entered,say, "Clear."

Use different kinds of onscreen keyboards

Below your onscreen keyboard, you'll see keyboard options like ABC, abc, and #+-. 

An onscreen keyboard on Apple TV (4th generation)

To pick a keyboard option, highlight it. Then press your remote's Touch surface (Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote1,3), or press and hold Select (Aluminum Apple Remote):

  • Select abc to use a lowercase keyboard. 
  • Select ABC to use an uppercase keyboard.
  • Select 123 to use a number keyboard. 
  • Select #+- to use a symbol keyboard. 
  • Select Recent to find recently used email addresses, accounts, search terms, or other queries. 

The 123 and Recent keyboards appear only when available. 

Switch between keyboards

There are two ways to switch keyboards. For example, to switch to the uppercase keyboard, either select the ABC option with your remote or press The play/pause button . On Apple TV (4th generation), The play/pause button switches between only uppercase and lowercase keyboards.

Type accented or case-sensitive letters

  1. Highlight a letter on your onscreen keyboard, then hold down the Touch surface (Siri Remote3) or press Select (Aluminum Apple Remote).
  2. When the list of available characters appears, highlight one and press the Touch surface or Select button. 
  3. To exit the list of special characters, press Menu.

Learn more

Use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

  1. Dictation might not be compatible with all apps.
  2. Siri and Dictation send information, such as voice input and location, to Apple to process requests. Voice input from spelling dictation of user names and passwords won't be sent.
  3. 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 your Apple TV (4th generation) is set up with a language and country that supports Siri.
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