In iOS 17 and tvOS 17, Apple added a feature that allows Apple TV users to locate a misplaced Siri Remote using their iPhone. Read on to learn how it’s done.
Before the launch of the latest “Apple TV” 4K, there were rumors that Apple would integrate “Find My” functionality into the “Siri” remote control. That didn’t happen, but in its recent major software updates, Apple introduced a new iPhone option that essentially does the same thing.
In early September, Apple quietly released new firmware for its second and third generation Siri remotes. With the new firmware, tvOS 17 and iOS 17, if a “Siri” remote is lost, the “Apple TV” remote available in Control Center on an “iPhone” can be used to find the missing remote.
When enabled, users will see a Find My-like interface on their iPhone that guides them to the remote, with a circle on the screen that changes size to guide motion in the right direction.
Note that Find My for Siri Remote is available on second and third generation Siri Remotes and is limited to Apple TV 4K models released in 2021 and 2022 .
Also, keep in mind that updated firmware is required and there is no established method to update the “Siri” remote. To start, the “Apple TV” must be up to date, turned on and connected to the “Siri” remote control. However, there is no way to force the new firmware to download.
Find your Siri Remote using your iPhone
- Access Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (on an iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen).
- Tap on the Apple TV remote control button (if not available, you can do this Add it to Control Center manually).
- Tap the chevron next to the name of the connected Siri Remote.
- Tap on the Find Button next to the misplaced Siri remote.
- Use the Find My-like interface on the screen to find the remote control. The size of the circle increases to direct the movement in the right direction. When your iPhone is right next to the remote, a solid white ball will appear on the screen.
- Tap on the X Click the button to close the location interface.
In our experience, the feature’s proximity accuracy is equivalent to an AirTag’s Find My tracking feature, so it’s very useful for finding your Siri remote, even if it’s just hidden between the couch cushions.