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7 Tips For Mastering The Apple TV Siri Remote (2023 Guide)

The Siri Remote for the Apple TV was recently redesigned from the ground-up. Here’s what you need to know to master the best remote control Apple’s ever made.



Have a new Siri Remote? You will if you’ve bought a new Apple TV in the last two years. The new Apple TV has been a long-time coming. Apple last updated the Apple TV in 2017 when it introduced the Apple TV 4K. At the time, the biggest new feature was–you guessed it–4K support.

It wouldn’t be until 2021 when Apple would update the Apple TV again. What major new features were in this Apple TV? It looked identical to the 2017 Apple TV and still supported 4K video. But new to it was an HDMI 2.1 port as well as an A12 Bionic series (but not the A12Z) chipset, which made games much snappier.

But undoubtedly, the main star of the new 2021 Apple TV was the all-new, second-generation Siri Remote. Apple completely redesigned the look and functionality of the Siri Remote and I have to say it completely elevated the Apple TV experience to a new level. Read on for all the tips you need to know to master the new Siri Remote (and check out this article for tips on the first-generation Siri Remote).

Since then, Apple has updated the Apple TV again and included another evision to the Siri Remote. But this revision for the 3rd generation Siri Remote way much lass drastic than it was for the 2nd generation Siri Remote. The 3rd generation Siri Remote now features a USB-C post for charging instead of the Lightning port found on the 2nd generation Siri Remote. Given that Apple has ditched Lightning on the iPhone 15 series, it seems the company sees the USB-C I/O as the standard one to have on all of its devices going forward – and that’s a good thing.

Siri Remote (2nd & 3rd generation) In Detail

Here’s what the 2nd & 3rd generation Siri Remote looks like in detail. Keep in mind the primary difference between the two generations is the 2nd generation Siri Remote has a Lightning port and the 3rd generation Siri Remote has a USB-C port. As you can see each has done away with the rectangular trackpad of old in favor of a circular touch surface. It’s also added a number of new buttons (and new features)!

Finally, it’s important to note that the new Siri Remote is almost twice as thick as the old one and almost twice as long. At first this might seem like a drawback–a bulkier remote? But in actuality, this is a massive improvement over the old Siri Remote, as many complained that one was too small and thin and frequently got lost in their couch cushions.

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#1) Turn On/Off Your Apple TV AND Your Television

One of the best new features of the Siri Remote is the dedicated power button. It’s the small circle button at the top right corner of the remote. Press and hold it to not only turn on/off your Apple TV, but to turn on/off your connected TV as well!

This is a MASSIVE improvement over the old Siri Remote as you can now ditch your dedicated television remote. Previously, you needed to keep that one around because the old Siri Remote was not capable of turning the television on and off.

#2) Mute The Volume

Another massive Siri Remote improvement is the addition of a dedicated mute button. The old Siri Remote had no mute button, so if you wanted to silence the TV’s audio for a few moments, you needed to either turn down the volume all the way with the old Siri Remote, or pick up the televisions remote and use that mute button.

With the new Siri Remote, you can mute the television’s audio with just a tap.

#3) Get To The Home Screen Quickly

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tvOS is a powerful operating system that runs on the Apple TV. It has tons of menus, and depending on what app you are in, it can take a while to back out to the home screen using the back button. But with this trick, you can return to the home screen from any app instantly.

Simply press and hold the back button (<) for three seconds and you’ll instantly be taken to the home screen no matter how deep in an app’s menus you are.

#4) Scroll With The Circular Touch Surface

A big feature of the new Siri Remote is the new clicked with the touch surface. The entire clicked works as a touchpad, but its circular outer ring has some nifty features.

When watching a video, you can scrub forward or back in the video by running your finger clockwise or counter-clockwise over the click pad’s outer surface. Pretty cool!

#5) Press To Skip Forwards Or Backwards 10 Seconds At A Time

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Another great feature of the circular click pad’s outer ring is that you can press its left and right direction arrows to jump forwards or skip backward 10 seconds at a time in videos. It’s a quick way to instantly rewind or fast forward a bit if you get distracted for a moment.

#6) Check The Time

As of tvOS 17, the Apple TV finally displays a clock on its home screen or anywhere on the screen when you are in an app. But there is a quick and easy way to see the time no matter where you are in tvOS. 

Pick up the Siri Remote and press and hold the TV button for a few seconds. This will soon cause tvOS’s Control Center to appear, which will display the time and date in the upper-righthand corner of the screen.

#7) Find A Lost Siri Remote

Perhaps the best addition to the Siri Remote comes from a software upgrade the remote received with the release of tvOS 17 in September 2023. Apple now lets you use an iPhone to find a lost Siri Remote. We’ve detailed in full how to use your iPhone to find a lost Siri Remote here, but it’s worth mentioning again.

Provided your iPhone is running iOS 17 or later and your Apple TV is running tvOS 17 or later, you can use your iPhone to find your Siri Remote. To do this, access Control Center on Your iPhone and then tap the Remote icon. Select the remote you want to find in the dropdown remote list and then tap the “Find” button next to it. You can now use your iPhone as a guide to lead you to the Siri Remote. The feature is insanely cool and makes finding a lost Siri Remote so much easy.

(But hint: the lost Siri Remote is probably in between your couch cushions.)

Check out Does Apple TV Have Ethernet? And check out Does Apple TV 4K Work On Any TV? Also, check out Does Apple TV Have Live TV?

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Michael Grothaus

Michael Grothaus is an American author and journalist with a flair for exploring the intersection of technology, creativity, and digital culture. With a background in film, journalism, and creative writing, he brings a unique perspective to the world of mobile technology. His work has been featured in renowned publications like Fast Company, The Guardian, and Engadget. At KnowYourMobile, Michael leverages his extensive knowledge to guide readers through the complexities of mobile devices, helping them make informed choices in the fast-paced tech landscape.

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