It Has to Do With Your Siri Remote

Is Your Apple TV Acting Weird? Here’s How to Fix It

November 7, 2019 Tech By
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If you own an Apple TV HD ($149) or Apple TV 4K ($179+), you’ve probably noticed that your Siri Remote hasn’t been working like it used to. That’s because, with the latest tvOS (which you’ve probably set your Apple TV to update to automatically), Apple changed the default settings of the remote’s Home button.

When you previously pressed the Home button on the Siri Remote, it would send you to the Home screen. With the updated tvOS, however, pressing the Home button now sends you to the Apple TV app. If you’re like me (a creature of habit), who uses the Home button to quickly switch between apps, like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or HBO Go, this can be frustrating update.

Fortunately, there’s a quick fix.

• Open the Settings app, which is located on the Home Screen.

• Select Remotes and Devices.

• Select Home Button.

• Instead of “Apple TV App,” select Home Screen.

And that’s it.

The updated button scheme on the Siri Remote now that tvOS 13.0 is live.

The whole idea behind this switch-up is pretty obvious: Apple wants as many people as possible to subscribe and watch the new shows on its new streaming service, Apple TV+, which costs $5 per month.

If you are an Apple TV+ subscriber, there’s a good chance you may like these new Home button settings — and that’s fine. If that’s true, there’s something else you should know to get you up to speed. A single press of the Home button will now take you to the “Up Next” section in the Apple TV App. If you then press the Home Button a second time, it will take you to the Home screen.

Happy streaming.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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