This is How To Charge Apple Tv Remote!

The Apple TV remote has made entertainment very convenient on many Apple devices. 

Depending on the generation of apple remote you are using, an apple tv remote can either be rechargeable or not.

While older versions required changing of battery, the latest types of Apple remotes are rechargeable.

Many people find it difficult to know when the battery is low and when to recharge the remote. 

When you notice a low battery notification on the apple TV or the apple TV suddenly stops working, plug it into a charger. Connect one end of the charger to the lightning port of the remote and the other end to an Apple USB power adapter or a computer USB port. The remote will take at least one to three hours before a full charge.

This article will show you all the step-by-step methods to charge your apple tv remote. 

You will be able to know when the battery is low, when your battery is full, and how long it will last after a full charge.

How Do You Charge an Apple Tv Remote?

How to Charge Apple Tv Remote

Apple has manufactured a variety of generations of tv remotes, from the first to the fourth generation.

But unfortunately, only the latest types of apple tv remotes are rechargeable. Below are step-by-step methods to charge an apple remote.

#1. Use an Apple USB Power Adapter

This method is the most reliable and efficient in charging many apple devices. 

If you don’t want to wait longer than expected for your remote to charge, use an apple USB power adapter to charge in the following ways;

  • Connect the end of the lightning cord to the lightning port on the apple tv remote. Note that all rechargeable apple tv remotes have a lightning port.
  •  If your apple remote doesn’t, it means the remote is not rechargeable and needs you to replace the battery.
  • Connect the other end of the lightning cable to the Apple USB power adapter.
  • Plug the Apple USB power adapter into a socket and switch on the socket.

#2. Use a Computer USB Port to Charge. 

This method is one of the simplest ways to charge an apple tv remote. But you can’t compare the PC’s charging rate to a power adapter.

 Below are some steps to charge an apple tv remote with a PC;

  • Connect a lighting cable to the charging port (lightning port) of the apple tv remote.
  • Ensure the computer is on and charged before the first step.
  • Connect the other end of the cable to a laptop’s USB port.

#3. Replace the apple TV remote battery

Not every generation of Apple TV remote has a lightning port. If your tv remote doesn’t have a charging port, the only way to get the remote working again is to change the battery.

 Below is a step-by-step guide to changing a battery.

  • Find the battery compartment on the remote.
  • Depending on your apple tv remote, you can either screw it clockwise to open the battery cover or slide the battery tray open.
  • Remove the old battery and replace it with a new one.

How Do You Know When an Apple Tv Remote Is Charging? 

You need to check the Apple TV to view a notification indicating the remote’s connection to power.

Check the TV set to see the battery level in the settings icon, and click on remote and devices. Then look at the battery icon to know the battery level.

If the battery is charging and the battery is full, there is no indicator on any Apple TV remote.

Maybe Apple can decide to manufacture one with a light indicator in the future. 

Since there is no light indicator, you need to put on the Apple TV before plugging in the Apple TV remote. 

Immediately after you plug the cable into the power source and the remote, a remote charging notification appears on the TV screen. 

You can make use of your apple remote even when it is charging. Please, do not allow the remote to go below 20% before you charge it. 

How Can I Tell When My Apple Tv Remote Is Fully Charged? 

To check when the Apple TV remote is full, you need to access the setting of the Apple TV to check the battery level. 

There is no indicator on the TV remote that shows when the battery is full.

The absence of a light indicator has made many want to know when the Apple TV remote battery is full to avoid overcharging or undercharging.

A notification appears on the TV screen to notify you that the remote battery is running low (below 20%) and you need to plug it in. 

After about three hours of uninterrupted power supply, it should be full. To ensure the battery is fully charged, check the battery level.

To check the Apple remote battery percentage, click on the setting icon to launch the settings on your Apple TV. 

Several features will display on the screen, select the remote and device option, which is in the middle of all the features, select the remote, and then you’ll be able to see the battery percentage.

It is always important to know the battery level to avoid overcharging or undercharging your Apple remote. 

Overcharging or undercharging an Apple TV remote will affect the remote’s battery.

Below is a table showing the effect of overcharging and undercharging.

Overcharging Undercharging 
Overcharging can result in heat generated in the battery It reduces the ability of a battery to accept a full charge. 
Overcharging a battery can increase pressure and lead to swelling or melting. The battery starts to fail gradually
Resulting in decreased quality of the battery over time.It leads to reduced battery efficiency or capacity over time. 

How Long Does a Full Charge on Apple Tv Remote Last?

There is no exact time for a fully charged Apple TV remote to be used because every user has their usage rate. 

Some people don’t turn off their Apple TV for a long time, making them use the remote frequently.

 In my experience, it’s okay to charge a few times yearly. A notification will pop up when the remote is due for a recharge.

Apple did not state how many circles of charging the remote needs before it loses its capacity. 

It states that an iPhone battery can return up to 80% of its original capacity after 500 charge and discharge cycles. 

The Apple MacBook Pro and air also are designed to retain up to 80% after a full charge and discharge cycle. 

Based on this design, the Apple TV remote also hints at 80% capacity after 250 full charges and discharge circles. 


Watching a movie or playing a game on an Apple TV is amazing. Using an apple tv remote makes the experience more fascinating.

When your apple tv remote is low, you can plug it into a PC or a USB power adaptor using a lightning cable.

Please do not allow the remote’s battery to die for any reason, so it doesn’t require replacement.


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