Enter text on your Apple TV (4th generation)

With your voice, remote, or nearby iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can enter user names, passwords, and more on your Apple TV. 

Use your remote to enter text on your Apple TV

To enter text, you can use the remote that came with your Apple TV. Just select a text field to get started. You can also use the following sections to find different types of onscreen keyboards or to enter accented and case-sensitive letters.

Find different kinds of onscreen keyboards

  1. With your remote, select a text field on your Apple TV. 
  2. Wait for an onscreen keyboard to appear. Below it, look for keyboard options like these:
    • abc: Lowercase keyboard
    • ABC: Uppercase keyboard
    • 123: Numeric keyboard (appears only when available)
    • #+-: Symbol keyboard
    • Recent: Keyboard that shows recently used email addresses, search terms, and more (appears only when available)
  3. Highlight the keyboard option that you want to use. To select the keyboard, use the instructions for your model of remote:

Want to quickly switch between different types of keyboards, like uppercase and lowercase? Just press The play/pause button  on your remote. (If you have an Apple TV (4th generation), this shortcut switches between uppercase and lowercase keyboards only.)

Enter accented or case-sensitive letters with your remote

  1. Highlight a letter on your onscreen keyboard. With the instructions for your model of remote, select the letter: 
  2. When a list of available characters appears, highlight and select one.
  3. To exit the list of special characters, press Menu.
     

Use your voice to enter text on your Apple TV

If you set your system language to one of the following, you can use dictation3 on your Apple TV:

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Spanish
  • Swedish 

 

Here's how to enter text by speaking:

  1. Select a text field on your Apple TV.
  2. Press and hold the microphone button on your remote.
  3. Speak to enter text, then let go of the microphone button. Here are some tips:
    • 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 a nearby iOS device to enter text on your Apple TV

With a feature called Apple Remote Keyboard and the latest software for your Apple TV and iOS devices, you can quickly enter text on your Apple TV with a nearby iOS device. Here's how:

  1. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on your Apple TV and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. On your Apple TV and iOS devices, make sure that Wi-Fi is on.
  3. On your iOS devices, check that Bluetooth is on.
  4. Select a text field on your Apple TV. Then wait for a notification to appear on your nearby iOS devices. 
  5. Open the notification to begin typing with your iOS device's onscreen keyboard.

To turn off this feature on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Notifications > Apple TV Remote Keyboard.
 

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Use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

  1. 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.
  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. Dictation might not be compatible with all apps.
     
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