Put Tape On Your Apple TV Remote

The way Steve Jobs intended. Photo: Nick Douglas

Apple, the good design company, bundles its Apple TV with a pitch-black and horizontally symmetrical remote. This means that if you can find the remote in the dark, you're likely to grab it by the wrong end, grasping the touchpad and clicking the wrong button. Thankfully you can fix that by attaching an ugly spot of colour to your remote.

Wrap a piece of tape, or slap a sticker, on the bottom half of your remote - the part you can safely touch without sending your Apple TV into a frenzy. I use bright green gaffer tape (I had it handy), which in the dark is barely visible but unobtrusive. Glow in the dark material ($US6 ($8) for a tape roll, $US9 ($12) for stickers) is more noticeable, which is good when you're hunting for the remote and bad when you're actually watching the TV.

Spending money to make your remote visible feels weird and dumb, so you could just slap on a piece of duct tape or any normal sticker. Or you could carefully position your remote every time you put it down.

It's just another fun project for Apple users, like buying a $40 case for your glass iPhone, or installing apps to fix the touch bar on your Macbook Pro. Or double-checking whether the new update will break your Mac. Or double-checking whether the new update will break your iPhone.

But hey, what are you gonna do, buy an Android? Buy a Surface? Get outta here.


    Err, or just learn that the volume button is a rocker that is twice the size of the buttons to its left...which is very easy to feel in the dark.

    Why not just put the Apple TV remote app in your phone?

    Really do wish more companies would make remotes with glow in the dark buttons.

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