Use your Apple Watch as a remote control for your Apple TV or iTunes

You can set up the Remote app on your Apple Watch to play music on your Apple TV or in iTunes on your computer.

To use the Remote app, set it up with your Apple TV or in iTunes on your computer. You only need to set up the app once for each device, and you can remove devices later. After you set up the app, you can quickly choose what to control from your Apple Watch. 

Set up your Apple TV and the Remote app

First, set up the Remote app:

  1. Make sure that your Apple TV and your Apple Watch are on the same Wi-Fi network. 
  2. On your Apple Watch, open the Remote app, then tap Add Device.
  3. On your Apple TV, select your Apple Watch: 
    • Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote app, then select your Apple Watch.
    • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd Generation): Go to Settings > General > Remotes, then select your Apple Watch.
  4. On your Apple TV, enter the passcode that appears on your Apple Watch. When the pairing icon appears next to your Apple Watch, you can start controlling your Apple TV.

Control your Apple TV

After you set up the Remote app, you can control your Apple TV. Make sure that your Apple TV is awake, open Remote on your Apple Watch, choose your Apple TV, then use these gestures:

  • Swipe up, down, left, or right to move through the Apple TV menu. 
  • Tap to choose a highlighted item. 
  • Tap Menu to go back, or touch and hold it to go to the Home screen.
  • Tap  to pause or resume playback.

Set up iTunes and the Remote app

First, set up the Remote app:

  1. Make sure that your computer and your Apple Watch are on the same Wi-Fi network. 
  2. On your Apple Watch, open the Remote app, then tap Add Device.
  3. In iTunes on your computer, click Remote button. Remote button appears after you click Add Device and your remote tries to connect.
  4. On your computer, enter the 4-digit code that appears on your Apple Watch.

Control iTunes

After you set up the Remote app, choose an iTunes library and control your music from your watch:

  • If you have only one library, start playing your music. If you have more than one library, tap the library that you want to listen to on your watch. If you’re already playing music, tap , then tap a library.
  • To play or pause your music, or to go to the previous or next track, use the controls in Remote.
  • To change the volume, turn the Digital Crown.
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