Set up the Apple TV Remote app

With the Apple TV Remote app, you can control your Apple TV with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. And in iOS 11, you can also control your Apple TV from Control Center.

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In iOS 11, you can add the Apple TV Remote 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.

        

Set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is updated to iOS 11. Then follow these steps to set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center.

  1. Add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap  next to Apple TV Remote.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center and tap the Apple TV Remote.
  3. Tap your Apple TV from the list. Then 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. Connect your iOS device 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, here's what you should check:

  • Check that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. 
  • Make sure that you have the latest software for your devices and your Apple TV Remote app. For example, you might need a newer version of iOStvOS, or the Apple TV Remote app.
  • To use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you need an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation).
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