What to do if Apple TV iPhone Notifications don’t work for you

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Enabled by default, rich notifications on iOS 10 should mean you don’t need to launch the Apple TV app on your iPad or iPhone when you need to enter text on the on-screen Apple TV keyboard. If you are looking for Apple TV hints do take a look at this huge collection on my other website.

According to Apple Insider, when the Apple TV requires text input a notification will appear on your iOS device, so long as it currently recognized by the Apple TV, though many users can’t seem to access the facility.

When it works, the notification will ask you to slide the notification in order to enter text on your Apple TV using the keyboard. Enter text and tap Go and the text appears in the search box of your Apple TV.

The feature should be enabled by default, but it should also be possible to configure it in Settings>Notifications>Apple TV Remote Keyboard on your iPhone.

Some claim the feature isn’t working. So far I’ve seen reports that suggest

logging out and into iCloud on both devices can activate it. It is also essential when using iCloud services that you ensure that you are signed into the same Apple ID using the same Apple ID email on each of your devices. That’s often a challenge for veteran Apple users, who may regularly use .Mac, .Me and .iCloud addresses for their accounts. Watch this Reddit thread pending a better fix.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

1 Response

  1. Darren says:

    Since logging out of iCloud on the iPhone is often a key troubleshooting step, I wish Apple would make it less painful by not deleting all of your information in various apps when you do it. I have to really, really, really want to fix something to subject myself to the enormous hassle of logging out of iCloud and then having to resync all photos, etc. Such a pain.

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