Set up the Apple TV Remote on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you can control your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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With the latest version of iOS and iPadOS, the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center — so you can quickly navigate and control your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV right from the Lock screen on your device.

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 iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to control your Apple TV, then the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center when you update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.

If you haven’t set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to control your Apple TV or have an earlier version of iOS or iPadOS, 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.

To use the Apple TV Remote with an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, add your smart TV to the Home app and assign it to a room.

Then set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS: 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 or smart TV from the list.
  4. If you have an Apple TV 4K or HD, enter the four-digit passcode that appears on your TV screen into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation), enter the four-digit passcode that appears on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into your Apple TV. Go to Settings > General > Remotes and select the name of your device to enter the passcode.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Apple TV (3rd generation), and AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs.

Get help

If you can't set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center*, try these steps:

  1. Check that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart 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 or iPadOS, and your Apple TV is updated to the latest version of tvOS.
  3. Restart your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Also try restarting your iPhoneiPad, 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, contact Apple Support.

*To use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you need an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Apple TV (3rd generation), or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

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