The installation of a Siri Remote firmware update is either automatically performed while both the Apple TV 4 and the Siri Remote are idle, or can be manually done. Coming along with the Apple TV 4 tvOS 9.2 update, a Siri Remote firmware update was also released adding compatibility with Samsung sound bars and improving general performance.
How to manually install a Siri Remote firmware update
- Check the current Siri Remote firmware version by visiting ‘Settings‘ > ‘Remotes and Devices‘ > ‘Remote‘. Under device information you will find the current Siri Remote firmware version. For tvOS 9.2: Directly after updating to tvOS 9.2 you will find firmware version 0x0241.
- Go back to ‘Settings‘ > ‘Remotes and Devices‘ and highlight ‘Remote‘ without clicking the Touch surface.
- Press quickly the ‘Play/Pause‘ button on the remote four times.
- If you correctly did it, The Apple TV 4 menu should automatically return up a level, to the ‘Remotes and Devices‘.
- If there is a new firmware available, the Apple TV 4 will download in the background and the remote will be updated later when your Apple TV 4 and the Siri Remote are not in use. Do not switch off your Apple TV 4 or put your Apple TV 4 into sleep mode. Just wait and see (approx. 10 to 30 minutes). For tvOS 9.2: After updating the firmware you will find firmware version 0x0245.
- After the Siri Remote firmware update is installed, the Siri Remote will restart, which may take about 30 seconds and during this time no touch or button events will be sent.
- The remote battery level must be at 25 percent or higher for the update to begin.
- There is also an automatic update mode: Your Apple TV will attempt to update your Apple TV Remote once a day when both devices are idle, but the Apple TV 4 must not be switch off or be in sleep mode.
Siri Remote firmware updates are manually installed via the Apple TV 4 menu ‘Remote’, hitting four times the ‘Play/Pause’ button and letting both the Apple TV 4 and Siri Remote get idle. This procedure is not very user-friendly. I do not understand why Apple did it in that way and not via a menu function.
Stay tuned! 😉