How to use Siri on the Apple TV

Everything you need to know about using Siri to search for and play TV, movies and music on the Apple TV.

Turning Siri on or off

To enable or disable Siri features on your Apple TV go to:

Settings > General > Siri.

Where is Siri available on the Apple TV?

Siri can be used on the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) in these countries, regions, and languages:

  • Australia - English
  • Brazil - Portuguese
  • Canada - English and French
  • France - French
  • Germany - German
  • Japan - Japanese
  • Mexico - Spanish
  • Netherlands - Dutch
  • Norway - Norwegian Bokmål
  • Spain - Spanish
  • Sweden - Swedish
  • UK - English
  • US - English and Spanish

Activating and Using Siri

Hold down the Siri button on the Apple TV Remote, say what you want, then let go of the Siri button.

Siri searches many apps (compatible apps will depend on your country) and shows your viewing options or the answer to your question.

Siri on the Apple TV doesn’t give audio feedback, but displays text on the screen, this is to avoid interrupting your viewing or listening.

If you press and release the Siri button, Siri will give you ideas on what you can use it for.

Using Siri with TV and Movies

You can search content on your Apple TV by:

  • Title
  • Genre
  • Cast
  • Rating
  • Age
  • Popularity
  • Director
  • Actors

For example:

Find Star Wars
Show me some fantasy movies
Show me moves starring Jennifer Lawrence
Find me popular TV shows
Show me new releases

Once you have the results of your search, you can refine them by asking:

Only ones from this year
Only dramas

If you’re not sure what you want to watch, you can ask Siri to make some suggestions for you, even narrowing it down to a particular genre:

Show me something new
Show me something funny

Use simple commands to control

Skip back/forward 5 minutes/seconds
Start from the beginning

Saying ‘What did he/she say?' will skip back 15 seconds and turn on the subtitles.

If you’re having trouble understanding what characters are saying on screen, or wish to watch in a foreign language with subtitles, try these phrases:

Turn on Subtitles
Turn on Closed Captioning

Using Siri with Apple Music

If you have a subscription to Apple Music, it’s possible to search and play music via your Apple TV.

Siri can search for music, using artist name, song titles, album titles, genres and years.

Play music from U2
Play the latest Adele album
Play All I want for Christmas
Play songs from the 1970’s
Play the top dance songs
Play the number one song from 2010

To control music once it’s playing:

Play the next song
Skip this song
Play a song by a similar artist
Add this song to my library
Shuffle Adele songs

Siri can also play a radio station, or create one for you:

Play country radio
Create a radio station based on Titanium

Other things Siri can do on the Apple TV

In addition to being able to search and control TV, movies and music, Siri offers a few other useful services.

Check the weather - Siri can check the weather locally and around the world to the same extent it can on the iPhone or iPad.

How warm is it today?
How’s the weather in Seattle?
When is sunrise in Berlin?

Check Stock Prices - Find prices for stocks and worldwide markets.

How’s Google stock today?
How is the FTSE 100 doing today?

Check Sports Results - Find out the latest scores and ask for information about players and teams.

Who won the World Cup?

Open and Search for Apps and Content - Open installed apps on your Apple TV:

Open Netflix
Open Settings
Open Photos
Find lifestyle apps
Find podcasts about movies
Search YouTube for move trailers
Find cooking tips on YouTube

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