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Here’s how Find My Remote in iOS 17 and tvOS 17 actually works

Updated Sep 18th, 2023 12:20PM EDT
Siri Remote
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One of the new tvOS 17 features is the Find My Remote function. Long requested by Apple TV users, this feature will help people locate their Siri Remote (second generation or later) using the iPhone.

Unlike the Apple AirTag or AirPods Pro 2, the Siri Remote doesn’t have the U1 chip, which is an ultrawideband processor that brings spatial awareness of how far/close an object is. This chip is very helpful when you try locating an accessory in your home or even if you lose it in the wild – as it will keep connecting anonymously on every Apple device and share its location regularly.

Image source: Apple Inc.

While people won’t take their Siri Remote in their backpacks, the U1 chip could still have been useful for this feature Apple is introducing with tvOS 17. That said, here’s how the Find My Remote feature will work with tvOS 17 later this fall.

Find My Remote with tvOS 17 is like finding an AirPods 3

Find My Remote is similar to finding an AirPods 3. The third generation of AirPods appears on the Find My app, even though it doesn’t feature the U1 chip. If you lose them in your home, you’ll need to open Find My, tap the AirPods, and then “Find.” After doing that, the iPhone will try to connect with your AirPods using Bluetooth. It will ask you to move around, and once it’s connected, it will say if you are far, near, or right where you left the earbuds.

For your Siri Remote, you need to update to iOS 17, tvOS 17, and download a new firmware version for the remote.

Find My Remote works like Find My AirPodsImage source: José Adorno for BGR

After you’ve done that the Find My Siri Remote function will work similarly to finding an AirPods 3. Follow these steps:

  • Select the Remote button on the Control Center to search for it;
  • Right beside the Apple TV name you want to use, you’ll discover a “Find” button;
  • Tap there, and you’ll get a similar UI to the Find My app. It will say how near or far you are from the remote.
José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.