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I’ve got a Mac mini that I’ve repurposed as a media centre thingy.

I’m using its Apple remote to control it. I’d like that remote to be the only remote that controls it, which I think means I have to pair the remote with the Mac mini.

How can I do this?

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From the Apple support page "Pairing your Apple Remote with your computer":

  1. Log in on your Mac as an Admin user.
  2. Get very close to your Mac (about 3 or 4 inches away).
  3. Point the remote at the infrared sensor on the front of your Mac.
  4. Press and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons simultaneously on the remote for 5 seconds.
  5. Your Apple Remote is now paired with your computer. You should see a chain-link style lock appear in the center of your screen for a moment.
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Any idea why this might not work? I have an Apple TV and a Mac Mini running mountain lion. I paired one remote with the Apple TV easily, but can't get the other to pair with the Mini? – Codemonkey Oct 29 '15 at 12:07

In System Preferences open the Security section. At the very bottom you have a button called Pair... Follow the instructions to pair your remote.

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That button’s disabled on my machine. (The infrared receiver is enabled though.) – Paul D. Waite Aug 8 '10 at 20:12
You probably need to unlock for editing by clicking on the pad lock in the lower left corner. – ksoderstrom Aug 8 '10 at 20:18

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