The Siri Remote for Apple TV seems like a pretty simple remote.
At first glance may be a little too simple.
But hidden just beneath the surface are a ton of very helpful features.
Here are five tips and tricks for the Apple Siri Remote.
Like on iOS, double tapping the home button or in this case, double pressing the TV button will bring up the app switch This show all your recent apps that you've used and swiping up on any of them beforce close the add.
Beforce closing an app might not fix the problem your having.
You may also want to consider rebooting the apple tv.
There is a reboot option in the settings menu but you can boot faster by long pressing menu and the tv button and holding them until you see a blinking light on the front of the apple tv.
When you see it.
Let go of the buttons and the Apple TV will reboot.
Watching something on Apple TV at night or in a dark room and returning to the mostly white home screen, can be a little harsh on the eyes.
So in a recent update, Apple rolled out a feature called dark mode.
You can switch between light and dark mode in the settings, but you can get to it even faster by just asking.
In SIRI, just hold the SIRI button and say light mode or dark mode to switch between the two.
Since the SIRI mode has a touch pad scrubbing through video playback is pretty simple, just click the pause and drag left or right on the touch pad to move forward or backward on the timeline then likewise there are shortcuts Clicking only left or right edge of the touchpad will jump forward or backward 10 seconds.
But an even faster way to scrub is to use Siri.
You can just hold the Siri button and say jump forward 10 minutes or go back 2 minutes.
But if you know the exact time of where you wanna start a video, you can say that exact time.
Hold the Siri button and say go to 20 minutes and it will start at the 20-minute mark.
If you lose or break the Siri remote or you just don't like it, you can also use an IOS device as a remote for your Apple TV.
Just go to the app store.
Download the Apple TV remote app.
Make sure your IOS device is on the same wi-fi network as our Apple TV and connect it, too.
Thanks to a recent update.
You can now kill Siri with the remote app which was not previously possible.
Also with the recent update Apple rolled out the TV app which is like a guide for Apple TV.
But with this change came changes for the Siri remote.
The TV or home button now takes you back to the TV app not the homescreen.
You can change this in the settings.
Just go to settings, remotes and devices, and click the toggle besides home button to switch between taking you back home and the TV app.
For more on Apple TV and other tips and tricks, be sure to go to cnet.com/howto.