Use iPhone as remote for Apple TV

March 17, 2020

If your living room is a hodgepodge of scattered clothes, books and gadgets then, there are good chances of misplacing essentials like your Apple TV remote. Fortunately, if you have lost the remote that came with your Apple TV, you can still control the TV with your iOS device. In this post, we’ll learn how to use iPhone as remote for Apple TV.

Apple TV

Switch to use iPhone as remote for Apple TV

You can use iPhone as remote for Apple TV by setting it up in Control Center or through the Apple TV Remote app. Let's get started!

  1. For Control Center, go to the Settings first.
  2. Choose Control Center.
  3. Select Customize Controls.
  4. Under ‘More Controls’, tap the + icon adjacent to ‘Apple TV Remote’.
  5. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to turn your phone into a TV remote.
  6. Choose your Apple TV.

Let us now cover the process in detail!

How to use iPhone as Apple TV Remote?

Control Centre iPhone
Control Centre iPhone

Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone, tap ‘Control Center’, and select the ‘Customize Controls’ option.

Apple TV Remote Control
Apple TV Remote Control

Next, under the ‘More Controls’ section that appears, tap the + icon adjacent to ‘Apple TV Remote’.

Remote Icon Control Center
Remote Icon Control Center

The Remote app will appear as a remote icon in Control Center. Just swipe downwards from the top-right corner of your iPhone Home Screen.

Working Remote
Working Remote

Access it by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

Now, select your ‘Apple TV’ when it appears on the screen.


It is particularly noteworthy to mention here that the Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation), you’ll have to use the Apple TV Remote app to control your Apple TV.

Also, read our earlier post - How to share your current location via iMessages in iPhone

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