You can use a third party remote with Apple TV if you are not satisfied with the original remote of Apple TV. Though it is nice, the odds are that many users may not like its small, minuscule design. More so, it pales in comparison with some third party remotes.
The best thing about it is that you don't have to jailbreak or carry out any other out-of-the- box activity to use a third party remote. Apple officially allows you to use a third party remote if you wish to do so.
How To Use Third Party Remote With Apple TV
Step #1. First off, you need to open Settings app on your Apple TV.
Step #2. Next, scroll down and tap on Remotes and Devices.
Step #3. Now, tap on Learn Remote. Then, tap on Start to kickstart the process.
Next up, check out your third-party remote on your Apple TV and go ahead with the on-screen prompts. You will need to press the button on your third-party remote to help the TV learn the signal.
Step #4. Up next, you have got the option to name your third-party remote.
Step #5. You can also tap on Set Up Playback Buttons to train the TV to play Pause, Rewind, Fast-Forward commands on the third-party remote.
You are done!
Now, you may have to wait just a few seconds. Once the process is successfully completed, the third party remote will be assigned to the Apple Remote button and get highlighted through Apple TV interface.
How to Delete a Third-party Remote Connected to your Apple TV
No longer want to use the third-party remote with your Apple TV as the signals are not responsive enough or simply wish to go back to the Siri remote? You can easily delete the learned remote and get back to the original remote.
Step #1. Starting off, launch the Settings app on your Apple TV.
Then, you need to scroll down and tap Remotes and Devices → the name of your third-party remote
Step #2. Now, you have to tap on Delete Remote.
Step #3. You will need to tap on Delete Remote once more to confirm.
The Bottom Line
Siri remote does succeed in living up to the task. But it still needs some improvements to be more spot-on. At times, it doesn't seem to respond quickly. Besides, Siri still finds it a bit difficult to understand foreign accents.
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