Control your TV or receiver with your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote

Learn how to control power, volume, and more with your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote.

Before you begin

  • Your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) should automatically detect the TV or receiver that you plug it into and program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote1 to control power and HDMI input.
  • Clear the path between your remote and the front of your television or receiver. Volume control normally works using the IR sensoron the front of your equipment.

If volume, power, or HDMI selection don't automatically work for you, you might need to program your remote for volume or turn on HDMI-CEC on your TV or receiver.

 


 

 

Adjust the volume

On your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, press  Volume up on the Siri Remote  or  Volume down on the Siri Remote  to turn the volume up or down. If the volume doesn’t respond, follow steps to manually program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote for volume control

Your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote can control volume for either your television or your receiver, not for both simultaneously.

Turn on your TV or receiver and switch to the correct HDMI

To turn on your TV or receiver and automatically switch to the correct HDMI input, just wake your Apple TV: Press any button on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to wake your Apple TV and turn on your home-theater equipment. Get help.

Turn off your TV or receiver

Press and hold Home button on Apple TV (4th generation), then select Sleep. This puts your Apple TV in sleep mode and automatically turns off your television or receiver. Get help.

Adjust HDMI-CEC and volume settings on your Apple TV

In Settings > Remotes and Devices, you can choose the following:

  • Control TVs and Receivers: Decide whether your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote automatically turns on your television or receiver.
  • Volume Control: Decide whether your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote controls volume for your television or your receiver. You can also select this to learn, edit, or delete learned volume controls.

Get help

If you need help with volume or other features, you might need to program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote manually or make sure that HDMI-CEC is turned on.

Program your remote for volume

If volume control doesn’t work automatically, you can manually program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote:

  1. On your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Volume Control.
  2. Select Learn New Device.
  3. Follow the onscreen steps to program your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to control volume for your television or receiver.

Make sure that HDMI-CEC is on

If some features don't work, check the following:

  1. Make sure that your TV or receiver offers HDMI-CEC support. For help, ask the TV manufacturer or check the manual.
  2. Check that HDMI-CEC is turned on in the menu of your TV or receiver. Use the remote that came with your equipment. Since manufacturers often have different names for HDMI-CEC, look for a setting that ends in "Link" or "Sync." Here are some examples:
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync

  1. Apple TV 4K and 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 you’re in a country or region that supports Siri.
  2. While volume control normally works using the IR sensor on the front of your TV or receiver, some receivers use HDMI-CEC instead. With volume through HDMI-CEC, you don’t need a clear path between your remote and the front of your receiver.

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