Apple Technology

Resetting/Restarting Apple TV remote

Last night during a guest visit, I managed to submerge our Apple TV remote under water. Lack of sleep and unstable glasses result in accidents.

The remote was working well last night, but today it stopped working. Not responding to any actions. I tried bashing it in my hand, shaking water out of it. It didn’t help at all.

We thought that it’s gone and were looking for the rice pack in the cupboards.

I went online mostly as a joke to see if I can try to “restart” it.

A helpful guide pointed me to press and hold the Volume Up and Menu buttons for 2-3 seconds to reset the remote and get it into pairing mode.

I was really surprised when it actually worked!

So if something seems fishy, try to reset the remote first. If it doesn’t work, then you can try the rice and hardware intervention.


  • Hold Menu + Volume Up for 2-3 seconds
  • Wait a few seconds
  • Try to interact with the Apple TV

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