I think my neighbor is controlling my Apple TV?


macrumors 68020
Original poster
Apr 4, 2011
My Apple TV will sometimes randomly turn on and go into the Amazon Prime or Apple Music section all by itself. This is with the remote sitting far away from me. Is there any chance my neighbor would be accidentally (or purposely) connecting their iPhone or remote to my Apple TV? I can't imagine they can connect to it unless they had the password or a 4 digit pin no?


macrumors 6502
Feb 20, 2012
Treviso, Italy
Assuming there is an intrusion (not necessarily malign) it should be either via remote control or LAN. The first thing you must do is to secure your router (change WiFi password for starting, and be sure there IS a password!). There are plenty of apps for macOS/iOS telling who's in your network.

Then I'll check if you have any extra remote control enabled in settings and disable it/them in case. I know, it's for infrared remotes so it shouldn't matter, but who knows. The Siri remote operates via Bluetooth and I'd believe there is a chance over a million (if that's even possible) that his/her remote (if any) is paired with your ATV4K. Still you may want to unpair all Bluetooth devices in settings (in there you should see anyway if there is a Bluetooth "stranger" enabled).


macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
if you have wifi enabled, change it that the apple tv works only in a local network. my atv turned on and off randomly until i did that.

Lord Hamsa

macrumors 6502a
Jul 16, 2013
You can also turn on conference room mode to prevent anyone from streaming to your ATV who can't see the code on the screen to enter in.
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