Quick Tip: Control Your Apple TV with an Xbox or PlayStation Controller

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The Apple Siri Remote lets you browse your favorite shows and movies with the swipe of your finger. But gesture controls aren’t always intuitive and often confuse family members and guests. If you want to simplify your Apple TV, now is the time to pair it with an Xbox or PlayStation controller.

Welcome to Quick Tips, a series in which we provide tips and tricks that may not be new, but which may be overlooked or not well known.

Wireless gamepad support landed on Apple TV with the launch of iOS 13 in 2019. But gamepad support extends outside of Apple Arcade games. You can also use your Xbox or PlayStation Controller to browse Apple TV apps, shows, and settings.

To pair a wireless gamepad with your Apple TV, simply enter your “Settings”, tap “Remotes & Devices,” then navigate to “Bluetooth.” Then pair your controller with the Apple TV – press and hold “Sync” on an Xbox gamepad, or press and hold the “PS” and “Share” buttons on the DualShock 4 controller. You can also connect controllers from MFi certified games, such as Steelseries Nimbus, on your Apple TV.

Now, the next time you want to throw the Siri Remote in frustration, you’ll have a viable alternative. You are welcome.

Control your Apple TV like a game console


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