Apple Tv Remote at night can't see buttons

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  1. aking83 macrumors regular

    aking83

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    Anyone else have the issue of not seeing the remote buttons at night? Is there a case or sticker pack to light up on the buttons? Glow in the dark decals?
     
  2. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    An option is a universal remote with lighted buttons that can be programmed for ATV functions.
     
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    you could also get a case for it,
    your fingers should start to learn where the buttons are pretty soon, but it's hard to tell which way it's facing (i've gotten used to feeling for the volume button before i hit anything)

    Griffin makes a case that people here seem to be happy with, and lets you feel which way it's pointing more easily.
    https://griffintechnology.com/us/survivor-play-for-siri-remote
     
  4. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I initially had the same problem when I was watching on my projector (with the room darkened). You get used to the button locations after a while and don't need to look at the remote anymore. However, half the time you pick the remote up the wrong way around since Apple in their infinite wisdom decided to make it symmetrical. :rolleyes: I placed a glow-in-the-dark sticker on the lower part of the remote to alleviate that issue.
     
  5. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    There are, like, so many buttons on the Apple TV remote. How could anyone memorize, you know, all 5 of them?

    BJ
     
  6. allonym macrumors regular

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    Exactly! I love the remote because you don't have to look at it to use it. So much better than the typical cheap-plastic, million-button monstrosities that ship with TVs, TiVos, AV receivers etc.
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    ....and when you pick it up in the dark it can 'look' like this 50% of the time. :eek::D

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  8. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    ....and it's not hard to feel the buttons and know that the concaved siri button goes on the left and the joined volume buttons go on the right. You can even tell the orientation by the feel of the glass, smooth glass to the bottom, slightly rough glass to the top.... come on it's not rocket science :D
     
  9. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    I don't watch TV in complete dark. I always have at least a lamp on.
     
  10. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    it's a good thing that rough glass you feel to figure out which way it's facing isn't touch sensitive or anything:p

    at least they fixed the part where every time you picked it up, you would scroll several minutes forward/back when you barely brushed the touch pad.

    i like the remote, but they need to fix the symmetry.
    either put a rough spot or a bump on the back so that your supporting finger can feel it, or add some weight to the charging end, so it sits differently in your hand depending on which way it's facing.
     
  11. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    But it is touch sensitive.... that's how I know which end I've grabbed by weather or not the seek bar appears on the screen :rolleyes:

    Here an idea for you, drill a big hole right through the bottom of it and screw a nice nut and bolt into it, that'll give it some weight down the charging end or at least something else to feel for when you pick it up o_O

    But seriously.... People moan about the smallest thing, it's a bloody remote control at the end of the day, it's not hard to orientate it the right way.

    Ok, try this, when you put it down make sure it's pointing towards the TV, that way when you next pick it up it will still be pointing at the TV...... as I said rocket science.
     
  12. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    I can see the point about lighted buttons. Most high end remotes have this. But with those as would be this one, battery life would be limited requiring more frequent recharging. So I'm fine fumbling with it, upside down or not.
     
  13. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    Ah, but that's where the Apple TV Remote case is your friend.

    The remote is too slippery, it's difficult to distinguish up from down by feel, so you get one of these bad boys for $10 and it solves all problems. Note I have a version of this with less silicone on the trackpad and I remove the lanyard, but you get the idea. Must be 50 variations to choose from on Amazon. It's really a difference maker.

    BJ
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Thx, cases suck but the remote is slick as ice so this will be a double win. Looking on the zon now.
     
  15. boltjames macrumors 68040

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