How to Set Up the Remote App for Apple TV on iPhone

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Using your iPhone as a remote for Apple TV is super easy to set up. Apple has improved upon the Remote app for Apple TV just as it’s improved upon the Apple TV itself. You can set up the remote app for Apple TV in a few quick steps. Why do this? The major benefit of using the Apple TV Remote app is that the remote device need not be in line of sight for the Apple TV to respond. With the app you can change media from any room as long as both the device and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi. The Remote app also allows you to input text for searches from your iPhone's keyboard. Here’s how to set up the Remote app for Apple TV on iPhone.

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How to Set Up the Remote App for Apple TV on iPhone

  • Before you get started, ensure both your iPhone and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  • Visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, and download the Remote app by Apple.

  • Open the Remote app. Your Apple TV should appear; tap on it.

  • A code will appear on your Apple TV. Enter it in the spaces that appear on your iPhone.

  • If the codes match, your iPhone will pair with your Apple TV.

That’s it! You’re ready to use your iPhone as your Apple TV remote. You’ll see all the familiar buttons. Slide around just like you do with the Apple TV (Gen 4) remote and tap on the trackpad to select. When you go to select a letter, your iPhone’s keyboard will automatically pop-up for you to use.

*It's good to note that there are two Remote apps now: the iTunes Remote app and the Apple TV Remote app. This tip is for the Apple TV Remote app, but both apps can control the Apple TV; however, we are partial to the Apple TV Remote app.

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