How to replace the Apple Remote battery

This article explains how to replace the battery in the Apple Remote Control.

The Apple Remote Control can be used with an iPod Universal Dock, Apple TV, and Mac computers.

The Apple Remote uses a CR2032 or BR2032 lithium 3.0 V coin battery that is commonly used in small electronic devices. You'll find these batteries at most electronics stores, drug stores, and at Radio Shack.

When the Apple Remote's battery power is low, you will see an icon on your computer's display letting you know that you should replace the battery. If Apple TV displays a picture of a remote and a warning () symbol, you need to replace the battery in the remote. When that time comes, here's how to replace the battery in your remote:

Second generation remote:

2nd generation battery compartment

  • Locate the battery component on the back of the Apple Remote.
  • Using a coin, open the battery door, turning counter-clockwise.
  • Remove the old battery and put the new battery in, making sure that the battery's positive side is facing up. Use either a CR2032 or BR2032 battery for this remote.


First generation remote:

  1. Locate the battery compartment on the bottom of the Apple Remote.
  2. Using a paper clip or other small, blunt object, press the battery compartment release button and then slide out the battery tray.
  3. Remove the old battery and put the new battery in, making sure that the battery's positive side is facing up. Use only a CR2032 battery in this remote.
    1st generation battery compartment
  4. Slide the battery tray back into the Apple Remote until it clicks.


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