Controlling Apple TV with Your iOS Device

How To Add, Set Up, and Use the Apple TV Remote App.


Let’s you and I agree: It sure is easy to misplace that Apple TV remote…

So, for those times when you can’t find that remote, can’t reach it, or are already watching TV with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in hand—here’s how you control the Apple TV using the the Apple TV Remote app.


Get the Apple TV Remote app. Here’s a direct link to the iTunes Store.

Set Up
(These are the instructions for the most-recent, 4th Generation, Apple TV—if you have an earlier model visit Apple Support.)

  1. Turn on your television and Apple TV.
  2. Make sure your iOS device and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Open the Apple TV Remote app and touch the name of your Apple TV.
  4. When the four-digit code appear on your television enter it on the pairing screen on your iOS device.

How It Works

The app mirrors the remote. The large black area is the touch pad where you can swipe to move and touch to play and pause. There is also a play/pause icon, a TV icon, and a Siri icon that also mirror the remote.

You can also use the app to enter text—it’s easier than swiping across the alphabet on screen and ideal for entering passwords you don’t want to dictate. Best of all, the keyboard appears automatically when you arrive at a text input screen.


  • To activate the app switcher (see recently used apps), double tap the TV icon
  • If you’re already in the new TV app, double tapping to the TV icon takes you to the home screen
  • When you’re playing content, the 10-second forward and back buttons will appear.
  • To raise or lower the volume, use the volume buttons on the side of your iOS device (may not work on all TVs)
  • To see the screen saver, go to the home screen and touch Menu
  • To sleep the Apple TV, press and hold the TV icon

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