Smart home is best when it is controlled with just your voice. Siri can already control the lights, plugs and more. You can also use it to control your Apple TV. How to survive the next time you lose your remote control.
Apple knows that when you watch TV, you've probably got your iPhone nearby. It makes it the perfect remote control, but today no one wants to press buttons. Voice control is where it is, and with Siri you can choose what to see and control it as well. Barking orders on your TV can make you look like a crazy person, but it's surprisingly fun.
What you need
There are some prerequisites to consider if you want to do this work. You must have an iPhone or iPad, or iPod touch running the latest version of iOS with Siri enabled. You also need an Apple TV with the latest version of tvOS installed as well.
Now all the devices are up to date, you need them to be on the same network. It's a given in most homes, but if you have problems, it's a gotcha that's easy to run off.
Finally, your Apple TV must be set up via the home program.
How to use Siri to play content
Asking Siri to play content is easy, but you need to make sure you has phrasing.
The key is to tell Siri what you want to see and then where you want to see it. It may sound obvious, but it's easy to get muddled. And remember to use the room you put in your Apple TV.
All commands should begin with "Hey Siri" or by pressing the Siri button on the iPhone.
Some examples of a properly formatted command are:
- "Hi Siri, play the last episode of Chernobyl on the living room Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, play Toy Story on Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, play Jumanji on office Apple TV."
If you watch a video on the iPhone and want to see it on the big screen instead, no problem. Say "Play this on the living room Apple TV," and the appropriate app will open if it is installed. If not, and the app supports it, your iPhone will air your AirPlay video to Apple TV instead.
How to Use Siri for Control Playback
You can control all aspects of playback when a video is on the screen. Here are the commands you most likely want to use.
- "Hi Siri, pause living Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, skip 30 seconds in the bedroom Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, Turn on subtitles in the kitchen Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, turn off Apple TV."
- "Hi Siri, play the dining room Apple TV."
There are several commands available , and if you can press a button to make it happen, you can do it with Siri. Why not try it for yourself?
Invite your family to use Siri
You can invite your family to use their iPhones with Siri and Apple TV as well. Invite them to share HomeKit access and they will enjoy the same hands-free functionality.
Even if you don't own an Apple TV, there are plenty of cool things to do with Siri. Twenty-five of them, to be exact.