You can use your Apple TV Remote to control power, volume, and more. Here, we?ll show you how to control your TV or receiver volume using the Apple TV remote. Before we go any further about this tutorial, make sure that your Apple TV is able to automatically detect the TV or receiver that you plug it into and program your Apple TV remote to control power and HDMI input, include controlling the volume, adjusting streaming resolution, checking storage space and many more. After that, clear the path between your remote and the front of your television or receiver, volume control normally works using the IR sensor on the front of your equipment.
How to Control Your TV or Receiver Volume Using the Apple TV Remote
Before you begin to use Apple TV remote to control your TV or receiver volume, make sure that all requirements below are ready:
- Your Apple TV (4th generation) should automatically detect the TV or receiver that you plug it into and program your Apple TV remote to control power and HDMI input.
- Clear the path between your remote and the front of your television or receiver. Volume control normally works using the IR sensor on the front of your equipment.
When you are ready, let?s see how to control your TV or receiver volume using the Apple TV remote. Simply just press + or ? on your Apple TV remote to turn the volume up or down. If the volume doesn?t respond, follow steps below to manually program your Apple TV remote for volume control.
- On your Apple TV?s home screen, go to Settings.
- Select ?Remotes and Devices? from the available list.
- Scroll down and click on ?Volume Control?.
- After you click on ?Volume Control?, you?ll see a setting called ?TV via IR? which means your TV supports HDMI-CEC. Select this ?TV via IR? option to make your Apple TV remote to control your television?s volume.
- If you don?t find ?TV via IR? option, do a bit more setup by clicking on ?Learn New Device?.
- Pick up the remote for your TV, soundbar, or audio receiver. Point the remote at the Apple TV, then press and hold the Volume Up button until the progress bar fills up on the screen.
- After that, press and hold at the Volume Down button until the progress fills up.
- Name the custom volume control for example ?Sidebar? so that the Apple TV remote control the volume on TV?s soundbar. Click ?Done? when you?re finished.
- Click on ?OK?.
- The new setting will appear in the list as ?(your custom name) via IR?. Based on the example name, it will appear as ?soundbar via IR?
You have to know that you can only use your Apple TV remote to control volume of your TV or receiver, not to control the volume of both your TV and receiver. If some features don?t work, check the following:
- Make sure that your TV or receiver offers HDMI-CEC support. You can ask the manufacturer or check the manual for help.
- Check that HDMI-CEC is turned on in the menu of your TV or receiver. Use the remote that came with your equipment.
List of Name of HDMI-CEC from Its Manufacturers
Manufacturers often have different names for HDMI-CEC, therefore look for a setting that ends in ?Link? or ?Sync? to help you identify it. Here are some examples for you:
- LG: SimpLink
- Philips: EasyLink
- Samsung: Anynet+
- Sharp: Aquos Link
- Sony: BRAVIA Sync
How to Control Your TV or Receiver volume using the Apple TV Remote on an Older TV
If you are using an older TV, you will have to teach your TV how to recognize it. Follow several steps below:
- Go to Settings on the main screen.
- Click on Remotes and Devices.
- Select Home Theater Control
- Enable Turn On Your TV with Your Remote
- Go to Volume Control
- If the options are available, you can select Auto or TV via IR.
- If the options are not available, click on Learn New Device to map your Siri Remote to your television.