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How to unlink Apple TV remote from MacBook

If you've got an Apple TV and its remote controller interferes with your MacBook / MacBook Pro don't worry- there is an easy way to sever this connection.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Apple () menu at the top-left corner of the screen -> and select System Preferences...

  2. Search for Security & Privacy

  3. Press Advanced... button (if not available, you need to authenticate to activate it- press the lock icon located at the bottom-left of the window -> enter your password -> and hit Unlock button)

  4. Tick Disable remote control infrared receiver -> then press OK button

From now the Apple TV's remote will no longer control your Mac.

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26 Dec 2014, 05:35
Mau Lazyhola
17 Feb 2015, 08:40
Amazing tip. Thanks a lot.
31 May 2015, 05:04
Works perfectly.
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