iOS 15 Doesn't Offer a Way to Disable Apple TV Keyboard Notifications

iOS 15 was released last week with a long list of new features, but there is one change that is proving to be an annoyance to users.

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On the Apple TV, users who prefer not to input text using the Siri Remote can use a nearby iPhone or iPad to type. Whenever a text field appears on the Apple TV, a notification appears on the iPhone or iPad, and after tapping the notification, users can use the on-screen keyboard on the iPhone or iPad to enter text on the Apple TV.

The issue is that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 no longer offer a way to disable the Apple TV keyboard notifications, despite Apple advertising this option in its tvOS 15 User Guide. On devices running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, there was a toggle switch for turning off the notifications in Settings > Notifications > Apple TV Keyboard.

The inability to turn off the Apple TV keyboard notifications has prompted complaints from users. We've reached out to Apple to see if the company will consider reintroducing the toggle switch in a future software update, and we'll update this story if we hear back.

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Top Rated Comments

macduke Avatar
4 weeks ago

Why would ppl complain about this? How much of an annoyance could this possibly be?!
RE: above, if you have kids and multiple TVs in the house it gets annoying FAST.

Imagine trying to text someone and a box just keeps popping up over and over again throughout that one interaction multiple times. And then multiply this times every 15-20 minutes when a show is over. Even worse if they're watching shorts or something and jumping around. And I don't even let me kids watch TV much, usually just on the weekends.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
4 weeks ago
The most annoying part isn't even mentioned: It does this not just for nearby iPhones, but for any iPhone on the local network that has ever paired with that TV. So if my kids are downstairs looking for shows, it pops up repeatedly on my iPhone and my wife's iPhone and it's really annoying.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Total Respray Avatar
4 weeks ago
I sometimes feel that Apple assumes it knows best for its customers. I would say to Apple: if in doubt, always give us options to change settings and notifications. And never take existing options away.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
4 weeks ago
i can already tell you the reply: „it will require a future software update“
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gigapocket1 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Man…. iOS 15.2 is going to solve so many problems lol
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NorthMcCormick Avatar
4 weeks ago
I've never said this about an update: iSO 15 is their most trash update ever. SO many things like this are half baked and don't actually work.

- Youtube videos now autoplay in Safari on scroll touch events, fked up
- Can't disable these notifications, fked up
- It overwrote a ton of system settings so I've had to re configure a lot of my apps, notifications, etc.
- There are really long pop ups that come up back to back and so you miss them hitting continue
- Still doesn't solve the calendar spam issue
- Taps don't work half the ***** time


I just hate it, I'm so upset with Apple. They really cracked this year and it shows that their culture is breaking. As an engineer who knows a lot of other Apple engineers, they all hate their lives right now and I don't blame them!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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