Set up Remote for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With the Remote app, you can use your iOS device to control your Apple TV or iTunes content. 

Before you begin

Decide how to set up

You can use Home Sharing to set up your Remote app. If you don’t want to use Home Sharing, set up the Remote app manually.

Set up Remote with Home Sharing

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Remote app, tap Settings, and turn on Home Sharing. If you don't see this, Home Sharing is already turned on. 
  2. If asked, sign in with the same Apple ID that you use in iTunes or on your Apple TV.
  3. Turn on Home Sharing on the device that you want to control:
    • Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing. Make sure that Home Sharing is turned on. If asked, sign in with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
    • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd Generation): Go to Settings > Computers. Make sure that Home Sharing is on. If asked, sign in with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
    • Mac or PC: Open iTunes, click File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing. If asked, sign in with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.

When you open your Remote app, you should see an Apple TV or iTunes icon. Tap the icon to start using Remote.

Set up Remote manually

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Remote app and tap Add a Device. If you don’t see this option, tap Settings in the Remote app, turn off Home Sharing, and try again. 
  2. Wait for a four-digit code to appear.
  3. Enter the four-digit code on the device that you want to control:
    • Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote app. Wait for the name of your iOS device to appear, select it, and enter the four-digit code.
      The Remote app in the Settings menu on Apple TV (4th generation)
    • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd Generation): Go to Settings > General > Remotes. Wait for the name of your iOS device to appear at the bottom of this screen, under iOS Remotes. Select the name, then enter the four-digit code.
      The Remote app in the Settings menu on Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)
    • Mac or PC: Open iTunes and select The Remote app icon near the upper-left side. Then enter the four-digit code.

When you open your Remote app, you should see an Apple TV or iTunes icon. Tap the icon to start using Remote.

If you have an Apple TV (4th generation)

Remote app is designed to provide simple navigation, text input, and control with Apple TV (4th generation) and tvOS 9.1 or later. Features such as Siri, volume control, or using the accelerometer or gyroscope for game play are only made possible with the Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote.* With some third-party apps, the keyboard in the Remote app might not be available.

Learn more

*Apple TV (4th generation) ships with the same remote everywhere. In countries and regions that support Siri, the remote is called Siri Remote. Elsewhere, it’s called Apple TV Remote. Siri works on either remote as long as your Apple TV (4th generation) is set up with a language and country that supports Siri.

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