Losing the remote can a frustrating and time-consuming experience. And it always happens to be in the weirdest places -- behind the couch, in the freezer or under your partner's bum. Save your time and avoid the stress by adding an AirTag to your new Apple TV remote.
The latestremote almost feels as perfect as it can be, with dedicated buttons and touch controls integrated together. It's also slightly bigger than previous iterations, making it easier to hold and use without accidentally pressing things you didn't mean to. However, there still isn't a way to easily locate it if it goes missing in another room or in the couch.
Remotes get lost all the time -- no matter the size. That's why products like themake it easy for you to find them again. Apple's opened up tons of new possibilities when it comes to tracking down lost items. And though the new remote doesn't include a built-in U1 chip to help you locate it, there's an easy way to get the same benefit: Combine it with an .
Rather than just relying on a piece of tape, a number of companies have filled in the hole that Apple left open. They've created new Siri Remote cases that allow you to place an AirTag inside.
We've tested four different options for people who never want to lose their remote again.
What you'll need
- An Apple TV Siri remote.
- An .
- The on an iPhone, ideally an or later so you can use Apple's "precision finding feature" that points you exactly where to go.
Note: None of these cases came with an AirTag, so you'll want to add $29 for that, on top of whichever case you buy for your $59 remote.
If you search for an Apple TV AirTags case on Amazon there are a number of very similar options, but few from any recognizable case brands. One exception we've found is Elago's solution called the R5 Locator Case. The $17 accessory is a bit thicker than some other options, with the AirTag fully concealed in rubber as opposed to poking through a cutout on the back.
The rubber case covers nearly the entire body of the remote with the exception of the IR blaster at the top and Lightning port on the bottom. A wrist strap came preattached too, which was a nice touch.
While bulkier than some other solutions, Elago's option felt more premium. The AirTag fits snugly inside the recessed circle cutout (but you may want to use two fingers to push it into that hole). Adding the Siri Remote on top was a breeze, and we were able to locate the combo quickly with the Find My app on an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It was also easy to take out the remote and AirTag, which will be useful for replacing the latter's user-replaceable battery.
Though the Elago is the best option, there are others. The next two cases are generic options purchased on Amazon. While the brands and prices are different, the products themselves seem to be virtually identical -- to the point where both came in the same style boxes from China with the same markings and branding despite being listed by different sellers.
At nearly half the price of the "Abby's" option below, this case -- from Amazon seller "FUNDISINN" -- features a thinner, but rigged design and was as easy to set up, locate and use.
The only difference between this and Abby's is that this one is significantly cheaper, comes in more color options and that it came with a surprise Lightning cable (though I'd be wary of using it for charging iPhones as I doubt it is certified in Apple's MFI program).
If you're looking for a design like this, this cheaper option appears to be best.
Beware: Abby's Anti-Lost Case for AirTag ($23 on Amazon)
Like our runner-up, we picked thisbased on a regular Amazon search for cases that had Prime shipping. It too worked fine, with the AirTag and Siri Remote both slotting in pretty easily. No ports were blocked and like the "FUNDISINN," it is a bit thinner than the Elago, though I did have some worry that over time the exposed AirTag might fall out of this case.
For a product that's nearly the same as the one above, save your money and look elsewhere than.
For DIY fans: 3D printed case (price varies)
Our fourth case comes from CNET's senior managing editor -- and 3D printing enthusiast -- Dan Ackerman. If you already have a 3D printer and spool, this could be the easiest and cheapest option with CAD files available online for you to assemble one yourself.
Ackerman says that the process didn't take him "too long, because I didn't change the design I found online, I just sliced and optimized it in a 3D program." He adds that all told it was "maybe an hour for all the research and setup, two and a half hours to print."
As with all 3D printing jobs, your mileage will vary on how many tries it will take to get this right. For our test, Ackerman says that the first print worked OK, though he didn't have a remote on hand when he did the print. In using it, I found the case definitely feels more rigid than the rubber options and was a bit harder to insert and remove both the AirTag and remote. You may need some trial and error to get a more suitable fit.
It may not be the most polished solution out the gate, but for those looking to DIY a fix, it can work.