All the Sky TV hacks you need to make Christmas day that much better

ONE of the joys of Christmas Day is a little bit of festive TV – and there are Sky TV hacks to help you with that.

If you’re a Sky TV viewer, you’ll want to know the best tips and tricks this Christmas.

Knowledge is the ultimate gift to yourself - so learn these top Sky TV tricks


Knowledge is the ultimate gift to yourself – so learn these top Sky TV tricksPhoto credit: sky


There are several fast forward options.

For example, on a Sky Q Touch remote, you can swipe up then right to skip forward.

However, the best method is to simply use voice control.

For example, you could say “Skip three minutes.”

Just make sure you press the microphone button on your remote before you start speaking.

This is a great way to quickly skip a commercial break in recorded content, for example.

Go back!

One of the best tricks lets you quickly return to a channel you’ve been watching before.

It’s a common problem: you start looking at something else and then immediately regret it.

Or maybe you just had to tune into a station for a very short time.

Either way, your Sky Q remote has a simple shortcut to solve your problem.

Just swipe right on the touchpad remote control.

This will bring up a screen below where you can select your previous channel.

This means you can quickly switch between two channels with minimal effort.

Turn off your TV

A common complaint is that it’s impossible to turn off your TV with the Sky Q remote.

But that’s just not true – it just takes a bit of know-how.

It’s true that pressing the Sky Q remote button turns off your Sky box.

However, you can also turn off your TV with a simple tweak.

Instead of a quick press, press and hold the power button on the Sky Q remote for a few seconds.

This will turn off your Sky Q box and also put the TV on standby.

wipe it away

Another Sky TV trick allows you to delete entire series at once.

To delete episodes individually, press the Sky button on top of your Sky remote to access your recordings.

Scroll to and select the recording you want to remove. Then scroll over and select Delete.

To delete all recordings from a TV show, scroll down to Sort by and then select AZ.

Scroll down to the TV show you want to remove and swipe right. Select Delete All and then Confirm.

Sky Q voice control commands

Here are some of the best voice commands to use with your Sky Q remote.

What should I see?

Sky can show you personalized TV recommendations if you’re not sure what to watch.

Just say “What do you want me to see” into your Sky Q voice remote.


Search for specified movie – “[Movie title]”

Search for specified program – “[Programme title]”

Look for content whose stars indicated the actor – “[Actor name]”

Search for content directed by a specific director – “[Director name]”

Search for movies within a specific genre – “[Movie genre]”

Search for sports content within a specific genre. Genres include Football, F1, Rugby Union, Cricket and Rugby League -“[Sport genre]”

Search specific channel – “[Channel name]”

Search for movies with a specific star rating – “[x] Star Movies” “Movies Rated [x] Stars”

Search for content with a specific image format. The picture format includes SD, HD and Ultra HD – “[Picture format]”

Search for sports, teams or competitions – “[Sport Name]”, “[Team Name]”, “[Competition Name]”

launch apps

Start an app by saying the app name or a launch command.

  • “Netflix”
  • “Open YouTube”
  • “Latest news”
  • “Spotify
  • “What’s the weather like?”

Play your recordings

Play recorded or downloaded content.

  • “Play Peppa Pig”
  • “Keep watching Coronation Street”

Hide in plain sight

And here’s another trick.

Your Sky TV remote has a secret button you probably didn’t know about.

It serves a very useful purpose: viewing your recorded TV shows and movies.

It saves you from digging through your box’s various menus to find the content you saved for later.

We’re talking about the Sky logo – yes, it’s a button!

Press it to bring up your recordings, which is anything you’ve chosen to download and save for later.

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It’s a simple trick, but one that many people don’t know – even if they’ve had Sky Q for years.

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