iOS Remote App - Volume Control

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ctyrider, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

    ctyrider

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    OK, so I downloaded the recently released IOS Remote App. All works as expected, except inconsistent Volume Control.

    I have two Vizio TVs in my house - E701i-A3 and M401i-A3 models. Volume Control via IOS app works perfectly on my E701i-A3 - pressing iPhone volume buttons triggers volume change on the soundbar attached to this set.

    No such luck with my M401i-A3 set - pressing iPhone volume buttons only triggers iPhone local ringer volume changes.. which tells me something isn't right with CEC audio control between ATV4 and the TV set. I don't use soundbar with this set - just internal TV speakers.

    Both sets are running the latest Vizio firmware, and CEC/audio is enabled. No issues controlling the volume or turning the sets on/off via hardware Siri remote.

    Sort of out of ideas here.. anyone has any thoughts as to what the issue might be with my Vizio M401i-A3 set? Has anyone gotten IOS Remote volume control working with other TV models?
     
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    It's not that it's 'inconsistent', it's non-existent. The new iOS ATV Siri Remote app has no volume control functionality.
     
  3. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No.

    iOS Apple TV remote does support volume control via HDMI-CEC. I am controlling volume on one of my Vizio sets via iOS Remote as we speak. Next time - please read the question in its entirety before replying.
     
  4. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    The physical Siri Remote does control volume via HDMI-CEC, however, the new iOS ATV Remote app does not. Your first sentence mentioned the app, as does your title for this topic.
     
  5. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dude, iOS ATV Remote app does control volume via HDMI-CEC. For the 3rd time - I am able to control volume on one of my TV sets, but not the other.

    Anyone with the actual knowledge of this topic want to chime in?
     
  6. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    My mistake, it doesn't control the volume of my TV, but the physical remote does -- so I thought it just didn't work with the app. I just looked it up at the Apple Support site:

    "Want to change the volume with your iOS device? Receivers with HDMI-CEC volume support let you adjust volume with the volume buttons on the side of your iOS device. You just need to plug your Apple TV directly into your receiver (not into your television). Get help with HDMI-CEC."
     
  7. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, your physical Siri remote uses IR, while iOS based app must use HDMI-CEC.

    I am just really annoyed that it works on one of my Vizio sets but not on the other. Without Volume control - iOS Remote is near useless.. Might as well just use hardware Siri Remote for everything.
     
  8. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Makes it more limited, like Roku or FireTV remotes, they also lack volume control.
     
  9. getrealbro macrumors regular

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    Same results on my Vizio M322i-B1. The apple TV Remote app does not control the volume even though CEC/audio is enabled.

    ---GetRealBro
     
  10. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

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    My aTV4 Remote and the new iOS Remote app both control the volume on my Philips TV and Soundbar
     
  11. kamikasky macrumors newbie

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    If you have a different remote for the TV (like a FIOS remote or such) that DOES successfully control the volume on your TV, try programming that remote as an additional remote for the Apple TV (Somewhere under the Remote settings). My volume used to work on the Siri Remote all the time but now it stopped. Once I programmed a different remote, it magically started working on the Siri Remote as well.
     
  12. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This thread is about Apple TV Remote iOS app controlling TV volume, not hardware remotes.
     
  13. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

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    I turned CEC on on my tv and it'll control the volume there. However, I use a sound bar. How do I get it to control the volume on the sound bar?
     
  14. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    From all the reports I have seen - app-based volume control only works with external soundbars or receivers. For whatever reason - internal TV speakers do not appear to support volume control via HDMI-CEC.
     
  15. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is the other way. It'll control the tv speakers but not the sound bar.
     
  16. TRICKorDEVICE macrumors 6502a

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    Any new word on this?

    The app used to control my receiver volume just fine. I have taken the receiver out of the set up in the app does not control the TV volume at this point. Although other HDMICEC functions do appear to work. It is an LG TV.
     

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