Charging Siri Remote

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Rafterman, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Rafterman macrumors 68000

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    Got the new ATV at work, so I decided to plug the Siri remote into my Mac to top off the charge to full (I imagine it comes out of the box with a 90+ percent charge to begin with) before messing with the ATV at home tonight.

    So. . ..How the F do you tell when its fully charged? There's no light on it (of course not, this is Apple) and no indication on the Mac that its even plugged in. Please don't tell me you have to look at the Apple TV screen to see the remote's charge percent.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Sorry, but you have to look at the Apple TV screen to see the remote's charge percent.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205384
     
  3. Chapuys macrumors member

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    Under 'Settings -> Remotes and devices -> Bluetooth' it shows a battery icon. This will go down as the battery reduces.

    I'm guessing based on having a previous Apple TV remote battery die, that it will start warning you on the screen when the battery is getting low.

    Apple do also say about the new remote has a 'Rechargeable battery providing months of battery life on a single charge' so you need not worry too much about it.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    I don't have one, so I will just offer my opinion. Since you are at work, and the AppleTV is at home, just leave it plugged in all day. There is no rush to unplug it as soon as it reaches full charge. Also, consider that the new Apple Magic Mouse 2 accepts a full charge in about two hours. I would expect the remote to be similar.
     
  5. Chapuys macrumors member

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    You could do this but I'd wonder, what would be the point? It will need charging again months after you last charged it. It uses a lightning connector to recharge when you finally need to recharge it. As soon as the battery warning appears on the AppleTV screen, just plug it in where you use charge your iPhone while watching a movie/doing chores. It will charge in hours for another couple of months.
     
  6. nasa25 macrumors 65816

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    my exact question....glad I didn't have to start another thread lol
     
  7. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I don't think this is a big deal. None of my remote have a battery indicator. And if it tells you on screen when the battery is getting low why do you need an indicator on the device too? It's not like you'll be charging this thing frequently. I swear people here are way too obsessed about charging things.
     
  8. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Never mind that all of Apple's other battery power devices give you an easy to find battery status, both letting you know when it's nearing depletion and needing to be charged so you can plan accordingly, and letting you know when the device is fully charged. Yeah, all those other remotes still using technology invented in the 80s, is a great aspiration for Apple. Glad to see them turn their backs on 20 years of their own advancements. But then, hey those Apple engineers know so much more than we consumers what's best for their products and can do no wrong, right? Oh, except for iTunes. Wow you must be close to a Star Trek-like robot meltdown over that conundrum -- 'Apple can do no wrong, but iTunes doesn't work right for me, but Apple can do no wrong, illogical, illogical ...'

    At least it doesn't have a male lightning plug to be inserted into your iPad when the battery runs out.
     
  9. ke-iron macrumors 6502a

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    So I got one of my Apple TV today and hooked it up for my girlfriend. I turned on the tv with the tv remote and waited for the Apple TV to boot up.

    I then tell her go ahead and follow the instructions on screen to set it up. I think the first thing was something like press and hold menu and volume button to sync remote. Yea like that happened...

    The remote was completely dead. I have never purchased an apple product that was completely dead. I'm curious to know how a brand new product have a dead battery.
     
  10. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    That's what I wanted to know! Having to charge it only once every few months is not a dealbreaker.
     
  11. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    Ok, so the battery was dead, go charge it up. 1st world problems!
     
  12. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    BTW - it's the same deal with the XBox Media Remote. The only way to know what the current battery level is to look at the dashboard UI.
     
  13. ke-iron macrumors 6502a

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    Yea that's what I did. No need to try and sound like a smart ass. I was simply curious to know how a brand new product with a brand new batter had zero charge.
     
  14. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    Apple just wanted you to find a free USB port!
     
  15. Floris macrumors 68020

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    So, to charge the remote on their latest macbook, you have to disconnect the remote monitors, the charger and the hub for the mouse and other external devices. So you can plug this thing in for a few minutes. darn that usb-c :p
    (satire post,..)
     
  16. flux73 macrumors 65816

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    Rechargeable batteries are generally sold without charge or very little. There's no point in charging them up when they lose charge over time while sitting on the shelves.
     
  17. Gutwrench macrumors 65816

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  18. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Considering Apple charges 1st world prices, yes it is a 1st world problem. One they need to address, because you know, they're a 1st world company, selling to 1st world customers. You might have a point when Apple opens a store in Somalia.
     
  19. Dragak macrumors newbie

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    I unboxed mine today with exactly THE same issue, THE remote is completely dead, Well let charge iT first Then. None of THE buttons are working, never experienced this with An Apple product.
     
  20. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

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    Well said. Thank you.
     
  21. Dragak macrumors newbie

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    How long does iT usually take for THE Siri remote to be responsive ? After 2 Hours of Charging still nothing. Pairing with menu + volume up.
     
  22. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Didn't they say its just a few minutes for hours of charge? It sounds like it's broken.
     
  23. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Not that I don't have like 50 of them lying around, but i'm a little surprised they didn't include an A/C adapter. Doesn't the iPhone come with one?
     
  24. Dragak macrumors newbie

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    Omg i finally found a solution to this mess! IT might help others. since THE Siri remote would not pair at all. My Samsung tv supports anynet+ HDMI -cec. After searching for Apple tv i could set iT up with the remote of THE tv.
    After that i can reach THE menu to start the pairing up manually. Yea i thought iT was broken, really strange though.
     
  25. ukpetey macrumors regular

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    I'm VERY pleased for YOU that you finally GOT iT working ok, I'd suggest iF you have ANY further problems TO contact aPPlE support directly, where SOMEone should be able TO help YOU.
     

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