Samsung TV remote and Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by downingp, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    Should I be able to control an Apple TV 4 with my Samsung TV remote?
    I got a new series 6 Samsung TV for Christmas and hooked it up to my Apple TV 4. Everything works fine other than the fact I have to use the Apple TV remote to control the Apple TV. Is this normal? I even went into the Apple TV settings and tried to setup the third party remote option but when I press the “down” button on my Samsung remote it says the command is already in use.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    I had a 7 series a 49MU7000 and the remote worked with it fine. Assuming it's the same remote it should work automatically.
  3. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    That’s what I don’t understand. On the initial TV setup, the TV recognized the Apple TV in HDMI 1 and thought everything was good to go.
  4. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    I just got off the phone with Samsung support and they are telling me it is not possible to control the Apple TV with the Samsung TV remote.
    That doesn’t seem right if I am reading all over the internet that it’s possible
  5. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    you must turn on HDMI-CEC, on my LG it's called simplink,
    looks like samsung calls it anynet+

    samasung anynet+ - Click for instructions.
  6. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    Thanks for the response. I have already verified anynet+ is on.
  7. nicellis macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
    I went through all the setup instructions for the Samsung universal remote to control my Apple TV (2nd gen) and it didn't work... UNTIL I UNPAIRED the original Apple TV remote and voilà! the Samsung remote miraculously started working with my Apple TV. Hope this helps someone. ;)
  8. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    Atv 2 & 4 handle this completely differently

    on the aTV 2, (and all apple IR remotes) pairing causes the receiver to only listen to certain remotes. The remotes have a random changeable code 0 to 255, when you hit a button it sends that code along with the command so "play 98." If you receiver has been paired with a remote, then it only listens if the code matches. the remote always sends the code since it doesn't know if it's been paired or not.
    If you find another "98" remote they would both work.
    the apple branded remotes can change their code.

    the IR commands recorded into your Samsung remote were recorded using only one code, and you can't change it

    the previous parts of this thread are about the aTV 4, which uses HDMI-CEC.

    if setup properly, your TV remote will talk via IR to the Television, which will send the command over the HDMI cable to the appleTV.

    and at the same time power and volume commands will go from the aTV remote via bluetooth to the aTV, and then over HDMI to the TV or AV Receiver.
  9. newtonuk macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    There's a setting in one of the menus about Smart Remote or something, have a look for that.

    If I remember I'll have a look tonight to see if I can find in on my MU6400, but my ATV4K works fine with my Smart Remote.
  10. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2006
    Thanks all, I kind of forgot about this thread I created and figured it was a lost cause as far as getting the Samsung remote to control the Apple TV. I look forward to any other tips and/or info you all can provide.

  11. guybrushtr macrumors newbie


    Dec 4, 2018
    I have Apple tv 4th gen and samsung tv q7fn. When i plugged in atv, tv identifies it as atv (with apple logo also) but samsung remote was not working. So, i just deleted apple tv from settings, universal remote and it started to work perfectly. When you delete atv from universal remote list, it is showing as unknown device, than you can change the name. I also changed as cable box.. Very strange solution, but it worked for me...
  12. Wuhhwuhh macrumors newbie


    Jan 2, 2019
    This worked with our ATV4 and our 49" NU8000, using the OneRemote. Thanks!
  13. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    I some how came across this old thread and found a few tricks I just used on my parents samsung tv.

    Th trick for me was programming the return button on the samsung remote as a back button for the ATV.

    Everything worked well after that and I could navigate pretty well with the Samsung remote.

    the ATV does not offer a way top program the home button and Im not even sure what button on the samung remote would work well for it.

    The other trick is realizing you don't have to program every function in the apple TV settings to a button on the remote. You can just press the left or right buttons and skip over them.

    It took me a few times to realize that :)

    The only issue with programming the Samsung IRDA Remote is that any push of the arrow keys wakes up the Apple TV. I find it annoying and would rather have a TV with HDMI-CEC support. Its a cleaner interface.
  14. masterflint macrumors newbie


    Feb 16, 2019
    I HAD the exact same issue :)
    But solved it as following:
    On samsung smart tv go to „Source“ / „Universal Remote“
    There, Delete the where your Apple TV is connected to. Like this your TV allows Apple TV to actually pick up on the signals of your remote it seems

    Worked for me!


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