How Do I Know If My Apple TV Remote Needs Charging?
Have you ever had your Apple TV remote suddenly stop working? It might be because the batteries are weak or out of juice. If you’re using an Apple TV 4th generation, you’re in luck because it will give you a warning message on the TV screen if the Siri remote is running low on battery. So, it’s pretty important to learn how to charge your Apple TV Siri remote, as it’s one way to fix the issue when your Apple TV remote isn’t working properly.
Important Note: Changing Batteries for White or Aluminum Remotes
If you have one of those older Apple TV remotes that come in white or aluminum, you won’t be able to charge them. These models have removable batteries, so when they die, you need to replace them with fresh ones.
How Can I Check the Battery Level of My Apple TV Remote?
Okay, let’s say you’re using a Siri remote with your Apple TV, and you want to check how much battery life it has left. Here’s what you need to do:
- First, open up the “Settings” on your Apple TV. This is where you can make changes to your Apple TV’s setup.
- Inside the settings, look for an option called “Remotes and Devices” and click on it. This is where you manage your remotes and other devices connected to your Apple TV.
- Now, you’ll see a menu with different options related to your remotes. Choose the one that says “Remote.”
- If your Siri remote is currently charging, you’ll notice a little symbol that looks like a lightning bolt. That means it’s getting some juice.
- Right below that, you’ll see a bar that tells you the battery level of your Siri remote. It’s like a little gas gauge that shows you how much power your remote has left.
How Do I Charge My Apple TV Siri Remote (3rd Generation)?
Alright, let’s say you have the 3rd generation Siri remote for your Apple TV, and it needs some charging. Here’s how to do it:
- Connect the Cable: Take one end of the USB-C cable and plug it into the Siri Remote. You’ll find the little port for this cable at the bottom of the Siri Remote.
- Plug It In: Now, the other end of that cable needs to go into either an Apple USB-C power adapter or your computer’s USB-C port.
- Success!: Congratulations, you’ve successfully plugged in your Siri Remote for charging.
- Be Patient: Here’s a tip – you’ll need to wait for about 3 hours to completely charge up your Siri Remote. So, be a little patient.
Important to Know: Just so you’re aware, you’ll need to get the USB-C Charge Cable separately from the Apple Store because it doesn’t come with the Apple TV.
How to Charge Apple TV Siri Remote (1st or 2nd Generation)
Now, if you have one of those 1st or 2nd generation Siri remotes, here’s how to charge them:
- Plug It In: Start by connecting one end of a Lightning cable to the Lightning port on the bottom of the Siri Remote.
- Find a Power Source: Next, the other end of that cable should go into either an Apple USB power adapter or a USB port on your Mac.
- Wait Three Hours: Just like with the 3rd generation remote, you’ll need to wait for about three hours to get a full charge for your remote.
Keep in Mind: You might need to purchase that Apple USB power adapter separately because it’s not included with the Apple TV.
Bonus Tip: If your Apple TV Remote isn’t working or is damaged, it might be a good idea to replace it with a new one.
How to Replace the Battery in Your Old Apple Remote (Aluminium)
Alright, if you’ve got one of those older Apple Remotes made of shiny aluminum and it’s running out of power, here’s how to give it a fresh new battery:
- Find the Battery Slot: Flip your Apple Remote over to its backside, and you’ll spot a place where the battery lives.
- Use a Coin: Grab a coin, like a quarter or a dime, and use it to open up the battery door. Twist the coin counterclockwise, and the door should pop open.
- Take Out the Old Battery: Inside, you’ll see the old battery. Carefully pop it out from its socket.
- Insert a New Battery: Get yourself a new battery, specifically a CR2032 or BR2032 lithium 3V coin battery. These are pretty easy to find in most stores. Now, place it into the socket where the old battery used to be.
- Pay Attention to the Positive Side: Before you close things up, here’s an important detail: make sure the positive side of the battery is facing your side when you put it in. There’s usually a little plus sign (+) or some other indicator on the battery to help you with this.
That’s it! You’ve just given your old Apple Remote a new lease on life by replacing the battery. Now it should be ready to work like a champ again.