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How to locate an Apple TV remote in iOS 17

iOS 17 can help find a lost Siri Remote

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The Siri Remote is the key to unlocking the full potential of Apple TV, yet its slender form factor makes it prone to being lost in the shuffle of daily life. Here's how to find it using iOS 17.

The Siri Remote (2nd generation) is an important part of the Apple TV experience, offering intuitive navigation and control over users' entertainment. Designed to ensure that the viewing experience is as seamless as possible, the Siri Remote has many features.

It boasts a touch-enabled click pad that allows users to quickly swipe through content, select options, and precisely navigate the Apple TV interface. Its tactile buttons provide immediate access to the Home screen, play/pause, volume control, and Siri.

This makes it a versatile tool for entertainment. One made even more engaging with the Siri Remote.

Voice commands through Siri make searching for content, controlling playback, and even managing smart home devices a breeze. The remote's microphone is finely tuned to pick up voice commands accurately for Siri.

Locating the Apple TV Siri Remote using iOS 17
Locating the Apple TV Siri Remote using iOS 17

Alas, it still falls prone to the same problem as other remote controls, in that it can easily go missing. Just like controllers for the TV or game consoles, the Siri Remote can also be misplaced, causing minutes of frustration.

Should a user lose track of their Siri Remote (second generation or newer), the Control Center on an iPhone offers a feature to assist in finding it, although it requires iOS 17.

How to locate a Siri Remote using iOS 17

  1. Swipe down from the top-right on an iPhone to bring up the Control Center and select the icon for the Apple TV Remote.
  2. After choosing your Apple TV from the Remote app, press the Find button corresponding to the Siri Remote you want to locate and wait for a notification confirming its location. You might need to walk around a bit to connect with the remote.
  3. Once the Siri Remote is detected, a white dot will appear on your iPhone's screen, increasing as you get closer to the remote. The display will also indicate whether you are close to, far from, or right beside the remote.
  4. Once you've located the remote, tap "Found It" on your iPhone, or if you need to keep searching, select "Keep Looking."