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Unlock the Magic: How to Get Apple TV Remote on Your iPhone Made Easy

Explore our detailed guide on using your iPhone as an Apple TV remote. With easy, step-by-step instructions, learn how to set up, navigate and master the Apple TV Remote App, including using Siri. Enjoy the convenience and freedom of managing your Apple TV straight from your iPhone.

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Published Jan 29, 2024

Ever misplaced your Apple TV remote and wished there was an easier way to control your TV? Well, you're in luck! Your iPhone can double up as your Apple TV remote, and it's pretty simple to set up.

In today's tech-savvy world, there's an app for almost everything, including one that transforms your iPhone into an Apple TV remote. This means you won't have to panic the next time your remote goes missing.

Let's dive into how you can turn your iPhone into a handy Apple TV remote. By the end of this guide, you'll be navigating your Apple TV with your iPhone like a pro. Stay tuned for some practical, easy-to-follow steps.

How to Get Apple TV Remote on iPhone

Imagine this: you're settling into your plush couch, popcorn in one hand and ready for that movie marathon you've been planning. But wait! Where's the Apple TV remote? Instead of frantically turning your living room upside down, all you need is your trusty iPhone by your side. Let's dive into how you can use your iPhone as an Apple TV remote.

First and foremost, you'll need to install the Apple TV Remote app on your iPhone. Head to the App Store, give 'Apple TV remote' a quick search, and there you go.

  • Tap on 'Get' to install the app. You'll have to enter your Apple ID and password if you're not logged in already.
  • Once the app is installed, open it up.
  • You'll be prompted to add a new Apple TV. Remember, you need to have both your iPhone and your Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network for this process.
  • Find your Apple TV in the list, and select it.

Next, a four-digit code should appear on your TV screen. Enter this code in your iPhone to link the two.

  • Once linked, your iPhone screen will mimic the layout of your traditional Apple TV remote.

This gives you the flexibility to navigate and control your Apple TV with your iPhone. The layout is intuitive, making it a breeze for even first-time users. With the notebook-like layout, you can quickly browse through your content and control volume, all while experiencing haptic feedback which adds another layer to your remote control experience.

With this set-up, your iPhone doubles as your Apple TV remote, so you can kick back, relax, and put your iPhone to good use. Say goodbye to the days of losing your remote down the back of the couch! Your iPhone and Apple TV are now best pals, ready to bring you an uninterrupted entertainment experience.

Why Use Your iPhone as an Apple TV Remote

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Imagine lounging on your couch, your Apple TV at one end of the room and you, lost in a world of content at the other. No fear of losing a small remote because you've got your trusty iPhone acting as control central.

Here's why using an iPhone as an Apple TV remote enhances your overall experience.

Enhanced Features and Functionality

Your iPhone does more than a traditional remote control. Besides standard controls like play, pause, or navigate menu items, the iPhone also gives you a full keyboard for ease of text entry. Seeking a show on Netflix or typing a complex web address into a browser on Apple TV often proves quite a hassle. But, with your iPhone doubling as a remote, this issue dissipates.

Equally noteworthy, the Apple TV remote app supports gesture-based controls and Siri voice commands. With a swipe or a simple voice command, content navigation becomes a breeze.

Moreover, the haptic feedback feature touches home, giving you a physical response from your iPhone when you perform tasks or confirm commands.

Convenience and Flexibility

Let's face it. You have your iPhone with you almost all the time. Having your iPhone also function as an Apple TV remote means one less device to worry about. You can change channels from any room in the house, increase volume while cooking in the kitchen, or pause a show when you're about to receive a call.

Still stuck on whether to use this smart functionality? Keep reading as We'll walk you through the simple process of setting it up for your favorite companion device- the Apple TV.

Step 1: Download the Apple TV Remote App

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Now that you're aware of the benefits of using your iPhone as a remote control, let's take your Apple TV experience to the next level. The first step is to download the Apple TV Remote app from the Apple App Store. You'll find that it's easy to navigate and it’s free, making it the most cost-effective choice.

Use your iPhone to scan the QR code or search the app directly from the App Store. Type "Apple TV Remote" in the search bar. Make sure to confirm it's the genuine app by verifying it's developed by Apple. Be cautious of any third-party apps.

Your iPhone may automatically install the app after downloading, but if it doesn't, go back to your home screen and find the Apple TV Remote app icon. You might have to swipe a few screens before you see it, depending on how many apps you have on your iPhone. Once you spot it, touch the app to open it.

Move on to the next step once you successfully navigate the Apple TV Remote app, opening a world of effortless control over your Apple TV. This signifies your first stride in optimizing your Apple TV usage through your iPhone.

While you continue mastering the various functionalities of your shiny new remote control, you'll notice the unprecedented convenience it brings, making your entertainment time uninterrupted and more enjoyable. You'll no longer fumble for lost remotes or have to adjust yourself to reach the conventional remote. Armed with your iPhone in your hand, you've got command of your Apple TV from anywhere in your house.

This is just the beginning of your upgraded control experience. The subsequent steps will further enhance your control over Apple TV, while also tapping into the potential of your iPhone. As you proceed, remember each step plays a pivotal role in helping you unlock the exceptional benefits and capabilities of your iPhone as an Apple TV remote.

Step 2: Connect Your iPhone to Your Apple TV

After downloading the Apple TV Remote app, your next imperative step is to connect your iPhone to your Apple TV. When you connect the two, it paves the way for your iPhone to take control, mirroring the functionality of an actual TV remote. This step is quite straightforward, yet elemental for seamless control of your Apple TV with your iPhone.

Make sure both your Apple TV and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network. The synchronization only works when they're both connected to the same network. If they're not, spend some time getting them on one. It's worth the effort for what's about to come.

Open the Apple TV Remote app on your iPhone. Here, you'll notice the app automatically detects your Apple TV. Tap on the name of your Apple TV that appears. An Apple TV Home Screen should display on your iPhone. This functionality mirrors your TV screen right onto your phone, eliminating the need for you to be right in front of the TV.

Next, you'll be asked to enter a four-digit code. Turn your attention to the TV screen where you'll see this code. Make sure to punch it in promptly. Delay in doing so might result in the code expiring. Consequently, you'll have to hit 'retry' and follow the entire process once again.

Once you successfully enter the code, your iPhone takes on the role of a remote control. You can now seamlessly switch between apps, play your favorite shows, or even quickly access Apple TV settings. Whether you're lounging on your couch or multitasking around your house, the control stays right in your pocket. This remote setup enhancement is utterly a game-changer.

In forthcoming steps, we'll explore more tricks and features of the Apple TV remote on your iPhone.

Step 3: Set Up the Apple TV Remote App

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After connecting your iPhone to your Apple TV, it's time to set up the Apple TV remote app. This setup process is simple, and generally takes only a few minutes. Let's dive right in.

Upon launching the Apple TV remote app, you'll see an "Add Apple TV" option. Tap on it, and a list of available Apple TVs will be shown. Select your Apple TV from the list. In case your Apple TV isn't showing up, be sure you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Once your Apple TV is selected, a four-digit code will be displayed on your TV screen. Enter this code on your iPhone to pair the two devices. This needs to be done only once. After this, your iPhone will automatically connect to your Apple TV whenever they're on the same network.

Setting up the Apple TV remote app on your iPhone allows you to navigate through Apple TV with a swipe of your finger. Having everything at your fingertips, you can control volume, play/pause content, and even use Siri for voice commands, right from the comfort of your couch.

Keep your app updated to enjoy the latest features and fixes. Apple ensures the software stays updated with bug fixes, making it even better to use, and ensuring seamless synchronization between devices.

Next, we take a deeper dive into some advanced features and hidden tricks to fully exploit the potential of using your iPhone as an Apple TV remote. Unlocking these features will broaden your control, making your viewing experience rich and convenient.

Step 4: Use Your iPhone as an Apple TV Remote

Let's roll! Now that you've set up the Apple TV Remote app on your iPhone, it's time to start exploring its features. Remember, using your iPhone as a remote offers such freedom--it's like having the Apple universe at your fingertips.

Fire up the Apple TV Remote app and you'll see a screen that mimics a standard Apple TV remote. Don't be intimidated if it looks unfamiliar. The interface is user-friendly and intuitively designed. On the upper part of your screen, you'll see a large white area; this functions as the touch surface of the Apple TV Remote.

Swipe left, right, up, or down here, and your Apple TV will respond accordingly. You're essentially replicating the swipes you'd do on a physical remote, but on your iPhone screen. A tap on this surface selects an item--it's as easy as that!

On the center of the remote screen, you'll find a familiar sight, the menu button. Use this to go back to the previous screen on your Apple TV. To the right is the play/pause button, while the TV button sits to its left. If you're missing the volume controls, have no fear--look to your iPhone's side buttons, and voila!

Let's talk about the Siri button. Just below the menu and play buttons, you'll find a small microphone icon. You guessed it; this is your Siri button. A simple long-press activates Siri--go ahead, ask her to play your favorite show!

The future of controlling your Apple TV is here and it only gets more exciting. So grab your iPhone, get comfy on your couch, and start exploring the thousands of shows movies and shows available in an instant. With the freedom of your iPhone acting as your remote control, there's no end to the binging possibilities. Are you ready to discover this new way of navigating your Apple TV interface?


So, you've now got all the know-how to turn your iPhone into an Apple TV remote. It's not just about the setup, but mastering the interface, touch surface, menu navigation, and even Siri activation. The freedom and convenience this offers can't be overstated. No more hunting for remotes, just reach for your iPhone. It's a game-changer in how you interact with your Apple TV. Remember, it's all about making technology work for you, not the other way around. Enjoy your new, streamlined Apple TV experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I set up my iPhone as an Apple TV remote?

You can set up your iPhone as an Apple TV remote by following the step-by-step instructions provided in the main article. It explains how to download the necessary app and ultimately complete the overall process.

How do I use the Apple TV Remote app on my iPhone?

Using the Apple TV Remote app is straightforward. The interface is described in detail in the article. Key areas include how to navigate, use the touch surface, access the menu and play/pause, adjust volume controls, and activate Siri.

What are the benefits of using my iPhone as a remote control for Apple TV?

The major benefits include added convenience and freedom. You can control your Apple TV device from anywhere in your home using your iPhone, avoiding the common issue of misplacing your traditional remote control.

This article was originally published on 29 Jan 2024 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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