How to Charge Apple TV Remote

Even though most remote controls are powered by disposable batteries, the Apple TV Remote battery is rechargeable. This means that you don’t need to replace the battery in your Apple TV Remote, which is very convenient. However, you will need to keep it charged in order for it to work. Although it’s very simple, we’re here to help you figure it out.

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How to Charge Apple TV Remote

If your Apple TV is 4th generation or later, you will receive a notification on your TV screen when your remote drops below 20 percent in battery. And even if you don’t see this notification, it’s good to know that the Apple TV Remote should last anywhere from two to three months on a single charge.! The remote takes about three hours to charge completely, but you can use it while it is charging. For more tips and tricks about how to use your Apple devices, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

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To charge the remote:

  1. Connect one end of your Apple TV's Thunderbolt cable to the Lightning port on the bottom of the remote.

    What an Apple TV Remote looks like
    Image Courtesy of Apple.
  2. Then, plug the other end into the USB port of a computer or a wall adapter.

    What the charger for the Apple TV Remote looks like

Image Courtesy of Apple.

How to Check Apple TV Remote Battery Level

To check what your Apple TV Remote battery level is:

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV Home screen.

    Go to settings to view battery on remote
  2. Select Remote and Devices.

    go to devices to view battery percentage
  3. Click Remote.

    select remote to see battery health
  4. You will be able to see the Apple TV Remote battery percentage on the screen.

    check battery on apple tv remote

*Note: If your remote is charging properly, you will see a lightning bolt in the battery icon to the right of the remote.

And that’s how you charge your Apple TV Remote. If your Apple TV remote is still not working right, you can always buy a replacement charger from the Apple Store or a third-party store. Otherwise, happy watching!

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Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.