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.
- Open “System Preferences“
- Select “Security & Privacy“
- Click the “Advanced…” button*
- 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.