Set up the Apple TV Remote app

Learn how to get started with the Apple TV Remote app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.


To enjoy the Apple TV Remote app for iOS, just download the app from the App Store and pair it with your Apple TV. You can pair more than one Apple TV Remote app to an Apple TV. You can also pair more than one Apple TV to your Apple TV Remote app.

Follow these steps

  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 did, 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 and tap the name of your Apple TV. Don't see it?
  5. With the instructions for your model of Apple TV, pair your app:
    • If you have an 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 you have an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd Generation), wait for a four-digit code to appear on your iOS device. Then go to Settings > General > Remotes on your Apple TV, select the name of your iOS device, and enter the four-digit code. If your remote is broken or missing, contact Apple Support.
      Select the name of your iOS device from Settings > General > Remotes.

Now you're ready to use your Apple TV Remote app, which is for Apple TV only. To control iTunes content on your Mac or PC, learn about the iTunes Remote app.

Get help

If you can't set up the Apple TV Remote app, 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 iOSApple TV Software, or the Apple TV Remote app.
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