The aluminium Apple Remote is bundled with each Apple TV. With a centre scroll-wheel and 2 buttons below, the user interface exemplifies the Apple design for simple and ease of use.
The minimal approach to a remote might not be your cup of tea. Or that you’re using a universal remote such as Logitech Harmony 650 in your home entertainment systems and you’d like to use the same remote to control the Apple TV.
Turns out that Apple TV is compatible with third-party infrared remotes. You can use the remote that came with your TV or cable box to control Apple TV.
First check if your remote supports Apple TV directly with its factory default settings. If not, select a setting on your remote for Apple TV, one that doesn’t control any of your existing devices.
On Apple TV, using the Apple Remote to go to Settings > General < Remotes and select Learn Remote. Select Start.
Apple TV will display icons that represent the six buttons on the Apple Remote. The Up (+) button should be highlighted.
On your third-party remote, press and hold the button you want to be Up until the blue progress bar is full. Apple TV will select the next Down button. Repeat the steps until you’ve program all six buttons.