How to pair a Bluetooth controller with the Apple TV

By , Oct 30, 2015

SteelSeries Nimbus Bluetooth Controller Pairing

I finally got around to opening my SteelSeries Nimbus, and that gave me a good opportunity to check out the Apple TV pairing process for Bluetooth controllers. As you might imagine, the process is ridiculously easy and straightforward, especially if you have a device like the Nimbus, which was designed with the Apple TV in mind.

Step 1: Open Settings

Step 2: Click Remotes and Devices

Step 3: Click Bluetooth under Other Devices

Step 4: Turn on the Bluetooth controller

Step 5: Click on the controller when it shows up under Other Devices

Nimbus Paired

And that’s it. Your Bluetooth controller should now be able to not only control games, but also provide you with basic control over the Apple TV interface itself. The SteelSeries Nimbus features a Menu button in the middle of the controller that’s used for navigating through the Apple TV’s menus, and I presume any controller made with the Apple TV in mind will feature a similar button.

Are you using a Bluetooth controller with your Apple TV? If so, which controller did you buy?

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  • czarczarczar

    Jeff on your previous post for provenance you say i can get a free developer account but when i go to the link provided i enter my info until i get to the page “Apple Developer Program Enrollment” where its asking me to complete my purchase for $99 a year . how can i skip that or get it for free its not letting me proceed.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Isn’t the free account the Public Beta Tester’s Account that anyone can enroll for free? Maybe that’s what he meant.

  • That_Fruitarian

    Jeff, I ordered a 32gb from Apple but since they hadn’t shipped it, I went over to Best Buy and picked up the 64 GB model(I’ll return the other one). Best Buy didn’t have the steelseries and it didn’t even show up in their system. Anyhow, I’m just wondering how you’re liking it.

    Should I go ahead and order from Apple?

  • Anonymous

    Ive been holding out on the controller. Is there any program i can side load so i can pair my atv with my ps4 controller?

  • Speg77

    Any idea if the snes8bitdo pad will work with Provenance on Apple tv?

  • disqus_MgRQT3ajD1

    What’s suck is that you can’t control it with the Apple Watch. They better have an update coming. Wtf Apple

    • That_Fruitarian

      It’s coming!! I was bummed too…

  • -= J$@ =-

    …what, no video for this? lol!

  • SteveO_in_NY

    Jeff, does this controller also pair with a mac? I struggled to pair my PS3 controller, wondering if this might be the solution for me.