The essential Apple TV Siri Remote usage guide

“I’ve been using Apple TV for a few days so thought it might be good to share some usage tips,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“You can hover over app icons, letters on the on-screen keyboard or a song title on the main Apple TV menu,” Evans writes. “When hovering over an item a click on the touch surface invokes different things, it lets you access contextual Apple Music commands for songs or shift on screen app position, for example.”

“To get to the App Switcher (just like on any iOS device this displays all currently active apps) press the Home button twice in rapid succession,” Evans writes. “Swipe up on the touch surface to force close an app.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a lot going on below the surface with the new Apple TV and Evans’ guide is an excellent place to start getting to know how to get the most out of your device.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. As much as people complain that Apple TV 4 has removed features, we are looking at the tip of the iceberg of new features, added.

    Instead of focusing on the negative, we could kindly request some of the “missing things” and focus or revel on what’s new.

  2. Apple should add some circular gestures on their mini thumb trackpad on new remote control, like using an old-school iPod’s wheel. For example, changing volume can be done with a circular motion (clockwise UP and counterclockwise DOWN). Moving forward or backward (“scrubbing”) during playback is more precisely and intuitively controlled using a circular motion. As an old-school iPod user, I find it easier to move though long lists with a continuous circular motion (that accelerates), rather than by swiping. Some gaming actions may be better suited for a circular motion.

  3. Love the remote..
    Hey apple R&D..I little thought..
    Why did you completely ignore the lower 1/3 of the remote surface area.?
    How about turning that into an other touchpad button like the top surface.
    When turned horizontal it can automatically get activated and it can beautifuly act as a two joystick controler for two handed and more complex controls. Add force touch.. Bam🚀

    It would have been soooo simple to implement.. The form factor, as is, is crying for it….its a perfect fit.;)

  4. I’d like to see a sleep function incorporated into the remote. ie. click the touch surface or press a button to indicate that you are ready to use the remote if it has been sitting idle for 5 minutes.

    Far too often I’ve found myself FFW or REW a movie by accident while simply picking up the remote and brushing the touch pad.

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