Apple̵7;s Siri Remote lets you navigate your favorite apps and movies with one finger. But gesture controls are not always intuitive, and they often confuse family members and guests. If you want to simplify your Apple TV, it’s time to pair it with an Xbox or PlayStation controller.
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Wireless gamepad support landed on Apple TV with the launch of iOS 13 2019. But gamepad support extends beyond Apple Arcade games – you can also use your Xbox or PlayStation controllers to browse apps, apps and Apple TVs settings.
To pair a wireless gamepad with your Apple TV, just enter your “Settings”, tap “Remote Controls and Devices” and go to “Bluetooth”. Then pair your controller with the Apple TV – press and hold “Sync” on an Xbox gamepad, or hold down the “PS” and “Share” buttons on the DualShock 4 controller. You can also connect MFi-certified game controllers, such as Steelseries Nimbus, to your Apple TV.
Now, the next time you want to throw Siri Remote into frustration, you have a viable option. You are welcome.
Control your Apple TV like a game console