Link or unlink your Apple Remote (aluminum or white) from your Apple TV

An Apple Remote (aluminum or white) comes with Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier). Learn how to link or unlink your remote.

About your Apple Remote

  • Your Apple Remote (aluminum or white) uses IR technology (Infrared). If there are nearby Apple devices with IR (like a Mac or second Apple TV), link your remote to your primary Apple TV to prevent interference. If not, you don't need to link your remote. 
  • You can link your Apple Remote (aluminum or white) only to an Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier).
  • Siri Remote and Apple TV Remote* work with only one Apple TV at a time and don't support Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation).

The Apple Remote (aluminum and white)

Link your Apple Remote (aluminum or white)

There are two ways to link your Apple Remote (aluminum or white) to your Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation): You can go to Settings > General > Remotes and choose Pair Apple Remote, or press and hold the Menu and Right buttons for five seconds.

On your Apple TV, after you successfully link your devices, a chainlink icon appears above an icon of a remote. 

Unlink your Apple Remote (aluminum or white)

To unlink your Apple Remote, go to the main menu of your Apple TV. Choose Settings > General > Remotes, then choose Unpair Apple Remote. Or you can use any Apple Remote (aluminum or white) and press and hold the Menu and Left buttons for six seconds.

On your Apple TV, after you successfully unlink your devices, A broken chainlink icon appears above an icon of a remote.

Get help

If the light on your Apple TV flashes three times quickly and doesn't otherwise respond to a button press, you need to unlink and re-link your remote.

*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. Back >

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