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How to Check the Battery Level of Your Apple TV Siri Remote and Charge it

The Siri remote for the 4th Generation Apple TV has more functionality than previous versions and it needs to be recharged from time to time.

Recently, I have been using my Apple TV (4th Generation) more often than the other set-top boxes in my collection. The other day I ran into an issue where the new Siri remote was unresponsive – this was the first time I’ve had this issue. Well, it turns out I needed to give it a charge. Here’s how to avoid a similar issue by checking the battery level of your remote and how to charge it up.

Previous versions of the Apple TV remote were powered by a round lithium 3V coin battery that could go years without needing to be replaced. This was due to its limited functionality compared to the new one.

Apple TV 3rd Generation

The remote for previous versions of Apple TV had less functionality than the Siri remote and the battery would last for years without needing replacing.

The new remote has a new touchpad with more sensors which allows more control of the tvOS interface – including games. It also has a microphone for Siri voice search and control. These additional features come in handy while enjoying your entertainment, but it also means you need to charge it up from time to time. And, no, you can’t just replace the battery in the Siri remote.

Check the Battery Level of Apple TV Siri Remote

To check the battery charge level of your Siri remote, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote.

Remotes and Devices

On the following screen, you will see the Battery Level percentage. In this case, it’s well charged up (99%) since it needed it.

Remote Battery Charge Level

I would think the Apple TV could give me a notification when the remote battery charge is low like the Roku does. But, I haven’t ever seen anything like that pop up on my screen (but perhaps I’ve never paid attention).

Charge the Apple TV Siri Remote

To charge it up you can plug it into your computer with the included Lightning to USB cable. According to Apple’s Support page, the Siri Remote takes up to 2 ½ hours to fully charge. But in my experience, it seems to only take an hour or so when plugged into a wall outlet with the Apple USB Power Adapter that came with my iPad.

Do you have the 4th Generation Apple TV with a Siri Remote? Have you ever completely drained its power? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Funny that you should write this post, because this JUST happened to me. My wife was complaining that the Siri remote was busted, and that it would only control the TV volume but it didn’t work on the Apple TV. My first instinct was to blame the kids, but I started charging it and immediately the Apple TV reconnected to it (I got a little notification on the screen).

    I’m thinking that the Apple TV remote part of it uses Bluetooth or WiFi or whatever whereas the TV volume control part still uses IR to transmit. It must’ve had enough juice for the basic IR transmission but not the fancy stuff.

    • LOL – Same thing in my house. I got a call while I was at work “Hi, kids going crazy, they can’t watch Netflix because the Apple TV remote is dead”. That’s when it clicked – oh yeah, we should probably charge that. It’s been almost a year!

      Problem solved.

  2. Jason Allbritton  

    Just found that if you hold down the microphone button and say “what’s the remote battery level?” it will display the serial number of the remote and the current battery level.

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