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How to Fix Apple TV Remote Not Working – [Easy Methods]

Dear Friends and Fans. Welcome to the Steve Sadiq Apple solutions. I was reading your comments and I have found this topic interesting to address in today’s article – How to fix Apple TV remote not working. Apple Tv remote is a very useful device and I can feel that how irritating it is when your Apple Tv remote stop working. Therefore, I have decided to share very easy methods that will help you to fix apple tv remote not working issue.

Apple Tv remote like all other Apple devices is a very fine, sensitive and sophisticated device. It helps you to control your Apple Tv at your fingertips. One of the issues that I have also faced while using my Apple TV remote is that it suddenly stops working and you never come to know the cause of it. I fully hope that after reading this article, you will have a clear idea of how to fix your Apple TV remote that has stopped working.

Apple TV remote not working


Common Problems that cause Apple Tv remote not working

1st of all I have tried to find out why this remove stops working. I have found out that there are different reasons for it. I am going to share with you all all the knowledge that I have gathered through my experience of using Apple TV remote and discussing it with many authentic authorities. You have to keep this thing in mind that the causes and remedies vary from devices to device.

Some common problems that I have figured out are as follows

  1. The touchpad of Apple Remote not responding
  2. Apple TV remote not scrolling
  3. Apple TV Remote not working after Changing Battery
  4. Buttons on Apple TV Remote Not Working

Now come to the solution section. It doesn’t matter which problem are you facing. I fully hope that the solution which I am going to share with you guys will help you solve your problem of how to fix Apple TV remote not Working.

Working Solutions to Fix the issue of Apple TV Remote Not Working 

I have categorized some the issues in the following manner. Check step by step to the issue of your apple remote. I fully hope that your Apple remote might have one of the following issues.

Check one by one carefully and after performing all the check you will be happy to solve the issue yourself.

You might have to check the following.

  • Apple remote not working due to insufficient range
  • Check for the damaged remote.
  • Obstacles blocking remote.
  • Batteries Exhausted.
  • Remote to TV connection error
  • Re-pairing remote with Apple TV


How to pair remote?

First, try to pair your remote to the TV by going to your remote settings and the way to pair your TV remote to your Apple TV

How to rest the remote?

When you are using the Siri remote, you can put it back into the pairing mode and reset it. Just try to press the Menu and Up Volume button simultaneously to reset the TV remote.

How to restart your Apple TV?

On the Apple TV remote, you can press Menu and down Volume button to restart your Apple TV.

Unplugging can be helpful

If the things don’t work out even after restarting your Apple TV what you can do is to unplug your Apple TV for a while. Just take 6 to 7 minutes of a gap before you plug it back in.  At times, this unplugging and plugging of the Apple TV can really make it all work.

Let’s check why your Apple TV remote not working and solve the issue.

1. Apple TV Remote Not Working due to Insufficient Range

Every wireless device comes with a specific range. I suggest you to must read the user manual before the operation the remote. For an Apple TV remote to work properly, it is most important that the remote stays in range.

Do you guys know?

Apple remote is connected to the TV unit via Bluetooth connectivity.

You must have used Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth mouse/keyboard. The most important thing for the Bluetooth devices to be in a proper working condition is that they stay in the range. Therefore, make sure that either you are using your Apple TV remote within range. To know the range of your TV remote, read the manual.

Congratulations, this can be your 1st check. Even you are in range and yet your Apple tv remote is non-responsive then move to the next step.

2. Check for the damaged remote.

Apple TV remote not working

Now that you are using your remote in the proper range and yet the remote is not working properly. This means that there is something else bothering you. Carefully check your remote from all angles, all sides. The remote looks fine? Another possible reason of Apple TV remote not working can be that your remote is damaged.

For a damaged remote, you can’t do too much with that. Here I’ll strongly suggest you contact the Apple store and ask them to replace with the new one. But before doing so, just read the Apple replacement policies.  If not always you face the same problem you shouldn’t go buying a new remote. For a damaged remote, it is better to contact apple support. As I mentioned earlier if you don’t find the replacement policies. Let me mention this that, here we are talking about the damaged Apple TV remote.

3. Obstacles blocking remote

Apple TV remote not working

Any obstacle blocking the path of TV remote and in front of your TV disturbs the IR sensor in the remote.

IR sensor requires a clear line of sight to control the TV unit. So, obstacles must be removed. Well, it would have been much easier if the TV remotes used RF signal rather than the IR signal. Then it wouldn’t have been such a problem. In the case of the IR signal to connect to the TV, the line of sight has to be kept perfectly clear.

4. Batteries Exhausted

We all know that batteries are the powerhouse of the electronic and electrical devices. Sometimes, we ignore these small issues and try running after big things. Don’t rush the things. Check the minor ones 1st.

Like I explained in the 1st step. If you are in the range zone, you might neglect the batteries charging. How is possible for the remote to work properly if the batteries are not fully charged or completely exhausted.

So, charge the remote for at least 30-60 minutes using Lighting to USB cable. Do not check by charging it to a computer. Charge it using a wall charger. It is advisable to always charge your Apple TV remote with a wall charger only

5. Remote to TV connection error

Apple TV remote not working

Another possible reason for your Apple TV remote not working properly is “Remote to TV Connection”. Sometimes the connectivity error appears between the transmitter and the receiver. This usually happens when the 2 devices are not properly synchronized. If the frequencies differ, the remote will never work properly.

Don’t worry at all. The solution is simple.

All you need to do is,

  • Unplug the TV from the power.
  • Wait for 6 to 7 minutes. 
  • Replug the remote.
  • Now, try the remote.

What, the problem still persists. Now that you have unplugged and replugged that but still the issue is not resolved.

Now you have to do the “re-pairing of remote and TV

6. Re-pairing remote with Apple TV

Re-pairing of Apple TV Remote with TV (In Case of Siri Remote)

Apple TV remote not working

  • For the Siri remote, point it about three inches away from your Apple TV.
  • Press the Menu + Volume Up buttons at the same time.
  • Keep the keys pressed for 5 seconds.
  • Place your remote on top of Apple TV to complete pairing.
  • This activity reset the remote.
  • Now as the remote is reset, it is paired to the TV.

Re-pairing of Apple TV Remote with TV (In Case of Aluminum or White remote)

Apple TV remote not working

  • Those who have Aluminum or White remote, link it to your Apple TV. O
  • Press and hold Menu and Right buttons for six seconds.
  • On the TV screen, look for a link symbol just above the icon for the remote.
  • When you press the Apple TV remote, check the response of the light on the Apple TV unit.
  • If it flashes three times in succession that means that you already paired the remote to the TV with a different remote.

Concluding Remarks By Steve Sadiq

I would like to conclude here with the thought that there can be multiple issues with your Apple TV remote. You need to check the issues one by one. In this article, I have highlighted all the possible issues that might not let your Apple TV remote work properly.

If you follow the article and solve the issue with your remote, then trust me you don’t find the need to reach any shop. The next time, if you face any certain kind of problems with your Apple TV remote, you will be able to fix them yourself.

If you have an interest in resolving such an issue, this is an interesting guide and article for you.

Another important thing which I suggest is, 1st of all check out the connectivity of your Siri Remote for  Apple TV. Is it connected properly?

Must check your USB cords. Or it is also a nice idea to get the best quality USB cords. Sometimes this also happens that trying to check different functions, you disturb the setting.

The simple fix for this is, “Factory Reset”. Connect your Apple TV to iTunes and factory reset it. Many times it happens that a simple factory reset solve the issue.

Possible Issues

Some other issue with your Apple TV remote might include,

  1. The touchpad of Apple Remote not responding
  2. Apple TV remote not scrolling
  3. Apple TV Remote not working after Changing Battery
  4. Buttons on Apple TV Remote Not Working

6 Working Methods

I have share 6 working and tested methods with you guys, these methods are,

You might have to check the following.

  • Apple remote not working due to insufficient range
  • Check for the damaged remote.
  • Obstacles blocking remote.
  • Batteries Exhausted.
  • Remote to TV connection error
  • Re-pairing remote with Apple TV

I am fully confident that, this guide definitely prove helpful in solving your issue. The step by step guide is shared with you guys. Follow each step carefully. Read and apply. Hope that this will make you happy.

If the issue still exists, do let me know in the comments sections. I’ll also try to check why you still facing the issue.

If you like my article do share your thoughts with me. This is Steve Sadiq signing off.

Stay Blessed.

Peace 🙂


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