Apple TV’s remote isn’t the most revered of all TV remotes. Its touchpad design and minimalistic approach sometimes translate as difficult-to-use for users. On top of that, it’s often riddled with connectivity problems.
A lot of users who bought or upgraded to the Apple TV 4K have been facing a problem right out of the box where the remote intermittently lags and only works perfectly when pointed at certain angles towards the box or used in a direct line of sight.
The lag is super-unsettling as it causes accidental clicks and makes the already-difficult-to-use remote all-the-more difficult.
If you own an Apple TV 4K and are facing a similar issue, there is a surprising solution you might have not learned about.
How to fix Apple TV 4K remote lagging?
If your Apple TV 4K remote is lagging, it might be caused by the HDMI cable you are using to connect your Apple TV 4K box to the TV.
Apparently, HDMI cables that aren’t shielded and specifically rated for 4K use emit a signal that interferes with the IR signals coming out of your Apple TV’s remote. While the connection remains, it’s faltered by the interference produced by the non-4K rated HDMI cable.
This is a specific requirement and it could be due to the configuration of Apple TV 4K devices.
While Apple doesn’t mention the apparent interference that non-4K rated HDMI cables cause to the Apple TV remote, it does mention the fact that the Apple TV 4K works best with a 4K-rated HDMI cable that has been tested with the device.
Apart from that, it’s important to note that the HDMI cable also needs to be shielded. There are different kinds of shielded HDMI cables available in the market depending on the number of layers of shielding applied. A double-layer shielded HDMI cable is more than adequate to block interference that occurs between the copper strands.
So if you recently upgraded from the Apple TV HD to an Apple TV 4K box, you might want to also upgrade your HDMI cable.
Here are some good options for 4K-supported HDMI cables:
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