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How to Charge Apple TV Remote + Tips for Maximizing Battery Life

Charging an Apple TV remote is an essential task to ensure smooth operation and uninterrupted entertainment. The process involves connecting the remote to a power source via a Lightning cable – the same type used for iPhones and iPads, and there are multiple charging methods available.

You can charge your Apple TV remote by connecting the lightning cable to the USB port to charge it using a wall charger, or by connecting the lightning cable from the remote’s port to a USB port on your computer or Power Bank.

In this article, we’ll discuss the best practices for charging your Apple TV remote and maintaining its battery life for optimal performance.

Methods to Charge the Apple TV Remote


Charging your Apple TV Remote follows a similar process to charging other devices. You’ll require a USB cable (specifically a lightning cable) and access to a USB port or a computer. You can charge the remote using a wall charger or by connecting it to the USB port on your computer. Detailed steps for each method are provided below.

Using a USB Wall Charger

The most common method is to use a USB Wall Charger. To charge your Apple TV remote using a USB wall charger, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Plug the USB wall charger into an electrical outlet.
  2. Connect a Lightning cable to the USB port on the charger.
  3. Locate the Lightning port at the bottom of the Apple TV remote.
  4. Insert the other end of the Lightning cable into the remote’s Lightning port.

Using a Computer’s USB Port or a Power Bank

If you find yourself without a USB port or a place to plug one in, an alternative method for charging your Apple TV remote is to utilize your computer’s USB port.

  1. Find an available USB port on your computer, laptop, or Power Bank.
  2. Plug one end of a Lightning cable into the USB port.
  3. Attach the other end of the Lightning cable to the Lightning port on the bottom of the remote.

Charging with a Lightning Cable

To charge your Apple TV remote using a Lightning cable, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Lightning port at the bottom of the remote.
  2. Connect the Lightning cable to the remote’s Lightning port.
  3. Plug the other end of the Lightning cable into a USB power source such as a computer, USB wall charger, or a power bank.

Maintaining and Checking the Battery Life

This section provides insights on how to check battery level on your Apple TV remote as well as some tips on how to maximize battery life. Additionally, we will offer some troubleshooting solutions on what to do if your Apple TV remote isn’t charging.

Battery Level and Notifications

To check your Apple TV remote’s battery level, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  2. Select Remotes and Devices.
  3. Choose the Remote option.
  4. The battery level will be displayed on the screen.

Pro-Tip: You can view your Apple TV remote to the Control Center on your device to see it’s battery level

Tips For Maximizing Battery Life

Here are listed some effective strategies and tips for conserving power and getting the most out of your device’s battery life.

  • Adjust the Touch Surface Sensitivity: Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Touch Surface Tracking on your Apple TV and reduce the touch surface sensitivity to conserve battery power.
  • Enable Sleep Mode: Enable the Sleep After setting in the Remote settings on your Apple TV. This will automatically put the remote to sleep after a period of inactivity, saving battery power.
  • Use Low Power Mode: If your Apple TV remote supports it, enable Low Power Mode in the remote settings to conserve battery life.
  • Update Software: Make sure your Apple TV remote is running the latest software version, as updates often include improvements to battery life.
  • Replace Batteries: If your Apple remote uses replaceable batteries (older models use the wide, flat 2032 batteries like this – on Amazon) consider using high-quality, long-lasting batteries to extend the battery life.

Battery Life and Replacement

If the remote is not charging or the status light indicates a problem, ensure that:

  • The Lightning cable has a secure connection to both the remote and the charging source.
  • The cable and charging source are functioning properly.

In case of a “Connection Lost” notification or if volume buttons are unresponsive, try updating your Apple TV and iOS devices to the latest software version.

If the battery life continues to underperform, consider replacing the Apple TV remote(on Amazon), if the built-in battery is not user-serviceable. And if you’re wondering can a universal remote work on an Apple TV, we’ve got you covered.

Common Apple Remote Issues and Troubleshooting

If you happen to encounter any difficulties during the process of charging your Apple TV remote, here are some common issues that may arise, along with their potential solutions.

Apple TV Remote not charging: If your Apple TV remote isn’t charging, ensure that you’re using the correct cable and charger for your remote. The Siri Remote requires a USB-C or Lightning to USB cable. Charge your remote for at least 30 minutes before attempting to use it.

Connection lost notification: If your Apple TV displays a Connection Lost notification, follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Restart your Apple TV: Unplug the power cord, wait about 15 seconds, and plug it back in.
  2. Move closer: Stay within 20 feet (about 6 meters) of your Apple TV and ensure there are no physical obstructions between the remote and your device.

Note: You might need to charge your Apple TV remote a few times a year with typical usage.

Problems with specific buttons: If you’re having trouble with volume buttons or other specific buttons on your remote, follow these troubleshooting tips:

  • Update your Apple TV: Ensure your device is running the latest software by going to Settings > System > Software Updates.
  • Reset your remote: If restarting your Apple TV doesn’t work, you can also try resetting your remote. Press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons together for 5 seconds.

In case none of the steps above prove to be helpful, you can always contact Apple TV Support for further guidance.

Charge Up and Stream On

We hope this guide has made it easy for you to understand how to charge your Apple TV remote. With a fully charged remote, you can continue to enjoy the convenience and control that Apple TV offers.

Keep an eye on your remote’s battery level to ensure proper charging and uninterrupted usage. Remember to unplug the remote from the charging source once the battery is full, to prevent overcharging.