Set up the Apple TV Remote on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With the Apple TV Remote app or 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.

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With the latest version of iOS, the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center — so you can quickly navigate and control your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV right from the Lock screen on your iOS device.

If you lost or don’t have the remote that came with your Apple TV, learn what to do.

Set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

If you’ve set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV, then the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center when you update to the latest version of iOS.

If you haven’t set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV or have an earlier version of iOS, you can manually add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center. Just go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap Add next to Apple TV Remote.

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.

Then set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: 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 any screen.
  2. Tap the Apple TV Remote.
  3. Tap your Apple TV or smart TV from the list.
  4. Enter the four-digit passcode that appears on your TV screen.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, and AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs.

Set up the Apple TV Remote app

To control an Apple TV (3rd generation), download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store.

  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, and choose your Apple TV. Don't see it?
  5. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Remotes and enter the four-digit code 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.

The Apple TV Remote app also works with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. You can't use the Apple TV Remote app to control AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs.

Get help

If you can't set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Centeror the Apple TV Remote app, try these steps. After each step, check to see if you can set up the app:

  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 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, 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 iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  4. If you lost or don’t have the remote that came with your Apple TV, unplug your Apple TV, then plug it back in.
  5. If you still can't set up the Apple TV Remote, contact Apple Support.

*To use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center, you need an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

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