Set up the Apple TV Remote app

With the Apple TV Remote app or the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you can control your Apple TV with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Remote app icon

In iOS 12, the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center so you can quickly navigate and control playback on your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation). Or you can download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store to access more features, like Now Playing and Game mode.

If you lost or don’t have the remote that came with your Apple TV, learn what to do.

Set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

If you’ve set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV, then the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center when you update iOS 12.

If you haven’t set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV or have an earlier version of iOS, you can manually add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center. Just go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap Add next to Apple TV Remote.

Then set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.
  2. Tap the Apple TV Remote.
  3. Tap your Apple TV from the list.
  4. Enter the four-digit passcode that appears on your Apple TV screen.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation).

Set up the Apple TV Remote app

  1. Make sure that you have the latest software for your Apple TV and your iOS device.
  2. Download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you already have it, check that you have the latest version. To find out, open the App Store and tap Updates.
  3. Make sure that your Apple TV is connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Then check that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  4. Open the Apple TV Remote app on your iOS device, tap Add Apple TV, then tap your Apple TV. Don't see it?
  5. On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), wait for a four-digit code to appear on your television. Enter this code on the pairing screen that appears on your iOS device. If the code doesn’t appear and you can control your Apple TV, your iOS device is already paired and you can start using the app.

Now you're ready to use your Apple TV Remote app, which is for Apple TV only.

Get help

If you can't set up the Apple TV Remote app or the Apple TV Remote in Control Center,try these steps. After each step, check to see if you can set up the app:

  1. Check that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. On your iOS device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Network.
  2. Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is updated to the latest version of iOS, Apple TV is updated to the latest version of tvOS, and Apple TV Remote app is updated to the latest version.
  3. Restart your Apple TV with the Apple TV Remote or unplug your Apple TV, then plug it back in. Also try restarting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  4. If you lost or don’t have the remote that came with your Apple TV, unplug your Apple TV, then plug it back in.
  5. If you still can't set up the Apple TV Remote app, contact Apple Support.

*To use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you need an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation).

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