Using your Apple remote for Apple TV

These tables show the commands for the Apple remote that comes with your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).

Use menus

Action Buttons to use
Move from menu to menu. Press Up, Down, Left, or Right.
Select a menu option. Press Select.
Return to previous menu. Press Menu.
Return to Apple TV Home screen. Hold Menu for about three seconds.

Play video

Action Buttons to use
Play or pause a video, TV show, or movie. Press Play/Pause.
Fast-forward 30 seconds. Hold Right.
Rewind 10 seconds. Hold Left.
Fast-forward. You can press the button again to go faster. There are three speeds. Press Right.
Rewind. You can press the button again to go faster. There are three speeds. Press Left.
Move forward or back in slow motion. Press Play/Pause to pause the video, then press Right or Left.
Skip forward in 30-second increments or skip back in 10-second increments. Press Play/Pause to pause the video, then hold down Right or Left.
Skip to the next or previous chapter. If there are no chapter markers, this will skip 1/20th of the video length or 30 seconds, whichever is longer. Press Down, then press Right or Left to skip chapters.
See subtitles, closed captioning, audio, and speaker settings. Hold Select for three seconds.
Switch between viewing by all seasons and volumes or individual season and volume. Press Right or Left when viewing a list of episodes.

Play audio

Action Buttons to use
Play or pause a song, audiobook, or podcast. Press Play/Pause.
Skip to the next song, audiobook, or podcast. Press Right.
Fast-forward through a song, audiobook, or podcast. Hold Right.
Rewind a song, audiobook, or podcast. Hold Left.
Restart a song, audiobook, or podcast. Press Left.
Play the previous song, audiobook, or podcast. Press Left twice.
See more playback controls: Genius, Up Next, browse artist or album, speaker settings. Playback options depend on content and playback mode. Hold Select for three seconds during playback.

Move or hide icons on the Home screen

Action Buttons to use
Move icons on Apple TV Home screen. Hold Select for two seconds on Apple TV Home screen.
Hide an icon on Apple TV Home screen. Hold Select for two seconds on Apple TV Home screen, then press Play/Pause.

Change the keyboard or enter accents or other letters

Action Buttons to use
Change the keyboard type. Press Play/Pause when entering text.
See accented letters and more letter options. Hold Select when entering text.

Restart or put Apple TV to sleep

Action Buttons to use
Restart Apple TV. Hold Menu and Down for six seconds.
Put Apple TV in standby mode. Hold Play/Pause for five seconds. Or go to Settings > Sleep Now.

Pair or unpair your remote

Action Buttons to use
Pair Apple Remote. Hold Menu and Right for five seconds.
Unpair Apple Remote. Hold Menu and Left for six seconds.

Get help if your Apple remote stops working

If your remote stops working with your Apple TV, you might have changed the Unique Identifier (UID). Unpair your remote, and then pair it again.

You might want to change the UID if you're setting up more than one Apple TV in a room, or if you're using a non-Apple remote. To change the UID, hold Menu and Select for six seconds.

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