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Set up Remote app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Remote app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can control audio and video playback in iTunes and Apple TV. Learn how to set up Remote and how to troubleshoot issues.

You can download Remote using the App Store on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or using iTunes on your Mac or PC. Remote requires an iOS device and either Apple TV or iTunes 9.2.1 or later. You can see the version of iOS you need and other requirements for the Remote app.

Remote uses Home Sharing to set up and control iTunes and Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation). See how you can use the Remote app. For best performance, update your iOS device, Apple TV, and iTunes. To use Remote, make sure your devices are on the same network, and log in to Home Sharing on your iOS device and iTunes or Apple TV with the same Apple ID.

Set up iTunes

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes:
    • iTunes 11 or later: Go to File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing.
    • iTunes 10.7 or earlier: Go to Advanced > Turn on Home Sharing.

When Home sharing is on for your computer and your iOS device, you can use Remote to view content and control playback in your iTunes library.

Set up Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)

  1. On Apple TV, select Settings from the main menu.
  2. Select General > Remotes > Remote App. If Home Sharing isn't set up on your Apple TV, you should turn it on.

Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) uses Home Sharing to stream content from your iTunes library on your computer to your HDTV. If you connect your Apple TV to your iTunes library using Home Sharing, you can use Remote to browse and play content from any iTunes library in the Computers section of your Apple TV. You can also use Remote to select between available speakers to enhance your audio and video experience.

Turn on Home Sharing using Remote

  1. Connect iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Wi-Fi network on the same local network as your Mac, PC, or Apple TV.
  2. Open the Remote app on your iOS device.
  3. Turn on Home Sharing from the Remote Settings screen.
  4. Sign in to the same Home Sharing account you used to sign in on your other devices.

After you set up Home Sharing on one or more devices, Remote will pair with those devices and you can start controlling them.

Set up Remote with iTunes 9.2.1 or earlier or Apple TV (1st generation)

If you're using iTunes 9.2.1 or earlier or have an Apple TV (1st generation), you must pair Remote with your iTunes library or Apple TV using a passcode. Follow the steps below to get your temporary passcode. After you set up Remote, you can browse your library and select a piece of content to play.

Follow these steps to set up Remote with iTunes 9.2.1 or earlier:

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Connect iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Wi-Fi network that is on the same local network as your Mac or PC.
  3. Open Remote on your iOS device.
  4. Select Add an iTunes Library in the Remote Settings screen. Remote will display a 4-digit passcode.
  5. In iTunes, select your iOS device in the Devices list and enter the passcode. Remote will pair with iTunes.

Follow these steps to set up Remote with Apple TV (1st generation):

  1. Connect iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Wi-Fi network that is on the same local network as your Apple TV.
  2. Open Remote on your iOS device.
  3. Select Add an iTunes Library in the Remote Settings screen. Remote will display a 4-digit passcode.
  4. On Apple TV, select Settings > General > Remotes.
  5. Select the name of your iOS device.
  6. Enter the 4-digit passcode. Use the Up or Down buttons on the Apple Remote to change the number that appears and Next or Previous to switch digits.
  7. Click Done. Remote will pair with Apple TV.

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