Use Voice Search with the Apple TV

Amazon introduced its Fire TV yesterday, and one of the features the company touts is “voice search.” Using a tiny microphone in the device’s remote, you will be able to speak when searching for content, instead of pecking out letters by moving a cursor around on your TV screen. For example, you might want to look for a specific movie to watch, so you will simply say its name into the remote to have its text typed in a search field.

But you can already do this with the Apple TV; not with its own remote, but with the iOS Remote app. Open the Remote app, tap on your Apple TV, and you will be able to control it. If you go to a search field, you can dictate into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, instead of typing.

Say you tap the Search button in one of the iTunes Store apps: movies, TV shows, music. The Remote app displays a search field, with a keyboard below it; tap the microphone button and speak into your device’s microphone.


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You’ll see the waves dancing around at the bottom of the screen as you talk. When you’re finished, tap Done, then tap return. The Remote app will send your text to the Apple TV.

Granted, you need an iOS device to do this, but if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, there’s no reason not to take advantage of voice search right now on your Apple TV.