If you lost the remote for your Apple TV

If you lost the remote for your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), you can control your Apple TV with your iOS device.

Control your Apple TV with your iOS device

Make sure that your Apple TV is connected to your TV and Wi-Fi network.

  • If your Apple TV is turned off, you can turn it on without a remote. Just unplug your Apple TV from power, then plug it back in.
  • If you have a new Apple TV that hasn’t been set up, plug your Apple TV in to your Wi-Fi router with an ethernet cable. 

Then follow the steps below to set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center or the Apple TV Remote app.

Use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

  1. Make sure that your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  2. Add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center, then open Control Center.
  3. Tap , then choose your Apple TV.
  4. If asked, enter the four-digit code on your iOS device that appears on your Apple TV.

Use the Apple TV Remote app

  1. Make sure that your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  2. Download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store.
  3. Open the Apple TV Remote app, tap Add Apple TV, then tap your Apple TV.
  4. If asked, enter the four-digit code on your iOS device that appears on your Apple TV.

Buy a new remote

You can also buy a new Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote for your Apple TV from the Apple Online Store, Apple Store, or another retailer.

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