How to Connect & Use Your iPhone as a Remote Control for Your Apple TV

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There's an Apple TV remote app available for download in the iTunes Store, but if your iPhone is running iOS 11 or later, you don't need it. Your iPhone's Control Center is customizable, and one of the features you can add to it is your Apple TV Remote. The iPhone remote control feature is super convenient, especially if you want to use your iPhone keyboard to enter things in the search field on your Apple TV instead of slowly and painfully entering them one letter at a time with your remote. Here’s how to add the Apple TV Remote to your iPhone's Control Center, so you can start using your iPhone as a remote control.

Related: How to Connect iPhone or iPad to Your TV: HDMI Cable or AirPlay with Apple TV

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To add the Apple TV remote to your iPhone's Control Center:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Control Center.

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  • Select Customize Controls.
  • Tap the + inside the green circle next to Apple TV Remote.

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  • Swipe up to open Control Center. (If you have an iPhone X or later, swipe down from the upper right corner.)

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  • In Control Center, you'll see the Apple TV icon, tap it.
  • Now the Apple TV Remote will pop up and begin searching for your Apple TV.

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Once your Apple TV is located and pops up, tap on it. Now you can control your Apple TV using the Apple TV Remote from right within Control Center.

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