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Undo the Annoying Accidental Time Skips with Siri Remote for the New Apple TV

The new Apple TV (4th Generation) comes with a new Siri remote that has a touchpad. While it takes some getting used to, but once you do, navigating the new tvOS interface is fast and responsive. However, it’s not perfect.

One problem, right now anyway, is you have to hunt and peck your way through signing in to music and video subscription services. For whatever reason, the Apple Remote app for iOS doesn’t work with the new TV. That’s something I covered in my article: My First Impressions of the New Apple TV. I wrote that article on October 31st, and, at the time of this writing, it still doesn’t work.

Another major annoyance with the remote is it’s too easy to accidentally nudge the touchpad and the video or music you’re enjoying scrubs forward or back. Luckily there are a few ways to fix the problem or prevent it from happening at all.

Undo Time Skips with Siri Remote

If you do accidentally nudge the pad and end up somewhere in the video you don’t want to be, just tap the menu button once and you’ll be back where you were.

Siri Remote

Adjust the Touchpad Sensitivity

Another thing you can do is change the touchpad’s surface tracking. To do that, head to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Touch Surface Tracking. There you can set it to Fast, Medium (the default), or Slow. Of course, you might find it to be more of a chore to navigate around if it’s set to slow, but it also lessens the chance of you accidentally skipping around.

touch tracking

If you happen to have the remote from the Apple TV Generation 2 or Gen 3, you can avoid the problem altogether by using it instead because it works pretty well with the new Apple TV.

What’s your take? Do you have the latest Apple TV and what do you think about the Siri remote? Let us know in the comment section below.

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