The remote that comes with Apple TV 2 is very small and it can get lost or misplaced easily.
That is why, you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and Apple Remote App to control your Apple TV.
However, you frequently need to change the channel, you need something different. Here is a procedure that would enable you to control Apple TV with a third party remote. You should do this before you lose your remote. That is why, it is preferable to do that when you buy Apple TV 2.
STEP 1 – Power on your Apple TV.
STEP 2 – Go to “Settings” in the Main Menu.
STEP 3 – Click on “General”. After that, click on “Remote”.
STEP 4 – Choose “Learn Remote”.
STEP 5 – Select “Start”.
STEP 6 – Apple TV will display icons representing the six buttons on the Apple Remote. The “Up” or “+” button will be highlighted first.
STEP 7 – Use your third-party remote to press and hold the button you would like to use to control the “up” function until the blue progress bar is full as you see in the picture.
STEP 8 – Apple TV will then select the next button function. You have to repeat the above step using a different button.
STEP 9 – After programming all six button functions, you can now use your third-party remote to control Apple TV. If you wish, you can setup specific playback buttons for Fast-forward, Rewind, Next chapter, and more.
If you see “Button Already Learned” error message, this could mean either of the following two possibilities:
1. A different, previously learned remote, has a learned button with the same IR code as the current button that you want to program.
2. A previously learned button of the current remote has the same IR code as the current button that you are trying to program.
If you encounter either of these situations, you have two options. Either you can use a different button or you can delete the previously learned remote if it is not being used.
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