How to Disable the Apple Infrared (IR) Remote Control on Your Mac

by Michael on June 17, 2012 · 0 comments

We recently got an Apple TV. Love it! But I did run into a minor annoyance tonight. As it turns out, that fancy little silver remote control talks to just about any Apple product that happens to be listening — including your trusty computer.


Thus, when I have my laptop open and I hit “play” on the remote, there’s a good chance that the Apple TV will start playing our movie and iTunes on my Mac will spring to life and start blasting AC/DC. Ugh. Annoying.

The good news is that you can disable the infrared (IR) remote control receiver on your Mac. How? Easy.

  1. Open “System Preferences
  2. Select “Security & Privacy
  3. Click the “Advanced…” button*
  4. Check the “Disable remote control infrared receiver” box

*Note: If the “Advanced…” button is greyed out, click on the lock icon in the lower left and enter your password to unlock the advanced settings.

That’s it. To re-enable the remote receiver, just uncheck that box.

To be clear, the above instructions apply to Mac OS X Lion. In earlier versions, the option to disable the remote control receiver should be visible without going into the advanced settings.


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