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—even if you lost the remote for your Apple TV. 

Set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

Before you begin, add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

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.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center on an iPhone.

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 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 the screen.
  2. Tap the Apple TV Remote.
  3. Tap your Apple TV or smart TV from the list.
  4. When asked, follow the onscreen instructions to enter a four-digit passcode into your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

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.

If you lost the remote for your Apple TV

  • 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 to set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center.

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

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 or iPadOS 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 still can't set up the Apple TV Remote, contact Apple Support.
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