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 68030

    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 68030

    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 68030

    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.


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