Many Apple devices work splendidly right out of the box. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true for the Apple TV’s Siri Remote, which has a notoriously finicky learning curve, even after the company updated the controller for the Apple TV 4K.
Thankfully, as with all Apple devices, third-party accessories can help you get the most out of your streaming experience. For example, you can purchase this Function101 Button Remote for only $24.95 with code BUTTON5 for a limited time.
Compatibility means versatility
Rated five stars in the Cult of Mac Deals store, the Function101 Button Remote lets you control your Apple TV or Apple TV 4K with long-range infrared technology. As noted in our review, the Button Remote looks a lot like a traditional TV remote, featuring a sleek black build and (thankfully) physical silicone buttons.
It’s also bigger than the Apple TV 4K remote, but that might make it easier to hold or spot should it slip beneath your couch cushions.
The Button Remote offers a generous 39 feet of range, too, so you should be able to use it across most rooms without issue so long as it has a clear line of sight to the TV. It achieves this using traditional infrared technology, so it’s also compatible with most TVs and home theaters. The remote lets you do everything you’d expect, from adjusting the volume to navigating the Apple TV app. The only downside is its lack of a microphone, so you can’t use Siri voice commands.
Finally, the Button Remote comes with a quick-start guide, so you won’t be left wondering how to hook it up with your Apple TV or entertainment system. It could be an affordable alternative if your Apple-provided remote breaks or is lost, or you just can’t be bothered to learn how to use it.