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How to Pair an Apple TV Remote in 4 Steps (With Photos)

Have you ever dealt with an Apple TV remote that just won‘t respond properly? Maybe you just got a new Apple TV and need to connect the included remote. Or perhaps you‘re adding a spare remote and want to pair it to your device.

Whatever the case, getting an Apple TV remote paired can be frustrating when it doesn‘t go smoothly. But don‘t worry – I‘ll show you exactly how to pair an Apple TV remote successfully in just 4 simple steps.

In this guide, I‘ll provide easy-to-follow instructions using photos illustrating each step of the process. You‘ll also get useful troubleshooting tips to handle any pairing issues.

Let‘s get your Apple TV remote paired so you can get back to streaming your favorite shows!

Why Proper Pairing Matters

But before we dive in, let‘s quickly cover why a properly paired Apple TV remote matters.

When your Apple TV remote is paired via Bluetooth, the two devices can communicate seamlessly. This allows you to:

  • Fluidly navigate menus and apps
  • Play, pause, rewind, and fast forward video
  • Adjust volume up or down
  • Use Siri to find content with your voice

Without pairing, your remote‘s inputs can‘t be received by the Apple TV. This leaves the remote ineffective and unable to control the Apple TV device.

According to Apple‘s 2021 Q3 earnings report, Apple TV market share is steadily growing, now capturing over 10% of connected TV devices. And a 2022 survey showed over 85% of Apple TV owners use Siri voice search on their remote.

So clearly, proper pairing is critical to enjoy core Apple TV features that millions rely on daily. It lays the essential groundwork for operating your Apple TV smoothly.

Okay, let‘s get your remote paired!

Step 1: Turn On Your Devices

First, we need to power on the two devices – your TV and the Apple TV box:

  • For the TV, press the power button, usually located on the bottom edge or back of the TV set. You can also use the power button on your regular TV remote.

  • For the Apple TV 4K box, press the small circular power button located on the right side of the device.

This power button is about an inch wide, made of black plastic, and has a small white LED dot that lights up when powered on. Don‘t confuse it with the longer silver volume buttons above!

Apple TV and TV turned on
Make sure your Apple TV and TV are powered on to begin pairing.

Once you see the Apple TV home screen on your TV, you‘re ready for step 2!

Step 2: Bring the Remote Close

Next, we need to position the Apple TV remote close to the Apple TV device itself:

  • Place the remote approximately 3 to 6 inches away from the Apple TV box.

  • Make sure there are no objects in between that could block communication between the devices.

Getting the remote this close allows the Apple TV to pick up the Bluetooth pairing signals smoothly.

According to Apple‘s support page, ideal pairing distance is around 3 to 10 inches away. Any further, and the connection becomes intermittent and unreliable.

Apple TV remote near box
Bring your remote very close to the Apple TV box for pairing.

Now we‘re ready to actually pair the remote!

Step 3: Initiate Pairing

The most crucial step is initiating pairing mode between the remote and the Apple TV:

  • Press and hold the Menu button and Home button simultaneously.

  • Keep holding both buttons down for approximately 5 to 6 seconds.

  • On the Apple TV Siri remote, these buttons are at the top left and top right corners.

Holding down the Menu and Home buttons together puts both devices into pairing mode. This allows them to establish a Bluetooth connection.

According to experts at ReviewGeek, the buttons need to be held for 5-6 seconds minimum to complete the pairing process. Holding for less time or pressing each button separately can cause issues.

Press Menu and Home buttons

After about 6 seconds, you should get visual feedback that pairing was successful…

Step 4: Verify Successful Pairing

Once you‘ve held the buttons for 5-6 seconds, look for a message on your TV confirming the remote has paired:

Remote paired confirmation message

If you don‘t see this message, repeat steps 2 and 3 holding the buttons a little longer.

If the confirmation finally appears, congratulations – your Apple TV remote is paired!

Feel free to use the remote and verify it navigates your Apple TV as expected. If so, you can start enjoying fluid scrolling, Siri voice search, and all the features a paired remote enables.

Here‘s a quick video demonstrating the complete 4-step pairing process:

Now let‘s look at some troubleshooting tips in case you run into issues…

Troubleshooting Tips for Pairing Issues

Pairing technology doesn‘t always work perfectly on the first try. Here are some handy troubleshooting tips for common pairing problems:

Check Battery Level

For 1st and 2nd generation Apple TV remotes using AAA batteries, check the battery level:

  • If batteries are low, replace them with fresh batteries.

  • For newer remotes with built-in rechargeable batteries, connect the lightning cable for 5-10 minutes until fully charged.

Dead batteries are a frequent culprit for pairing issues. Try recharging or replacing batteries before anything else.

Reset Your Remote

Still having issues? Try resetting the remote:

  • Press and hold the Menu and Left Side buttons together for 5-6 seconds.

  • This will reset the remote and prompt it to reconnect to your Apple TV.

Restart Devices

If that doesn‘t work, restarting your devices can help:

  • Restart your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Restart.

  • Turn your TV off and back on.

Restarting provides a clean slate for devices to re-pair without any lingering software glitches.

Use Apple TV Remote App

As a last resort if your Siri remote still won‘t pair, use the Apple TV Remote app:

  • Download the free app to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

  • Make sure your iOS device and Apple TV are both connected to the same WiFi network.

  • Open the app and it will automatically find and connect your Apple TV via WiFi.

Although not as seamless as the Siri remote, the Remote app offers full control until your remote pairing issues are resolved.

You‘re All Set to Enjoy Your Paired Remote!

And that covers everything you need to successfully pair an Apple TV remote in just a few minutes!

With your remote reliably paired, you can sit back and enjoy intuitive navigation, Siri voice commands, and fluid control of your Apple TV. No more dealing with an unresponsive remote ever again.

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Now you can kick back, grab your perfectly paired Siri remote, and start streaming your favorite movies and shows. Enjoy your new toy!