The Apple TV there has its limitations but one thing I love about it is the remote control, which makes it independent of the iPhone – different from our friend Chromecast that is dependent on your Android to operate. However, you will always need a remote to control the Apple TV. If you lose Remote control you can buy another or control it using the iOS of your iPhone or iPad.

What to do if you lost remote control of Apple TV

If you decide to buy a new remote control from Apple TV …

For 3rd generation and 2nd generation Apple TV models, you will find the remote control, on the Apple website, for $19. Already for the models of Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation the price over for terrible $149. What a stab, is not it ?!

Good, but you do not have to spend that money if you have not. There are better options.

Can I use the control of an Apple TV in another?

Apple says yes.

If you have a remote control of another Apple TV, the manufacturer states that “you may be able to use it to control Apple TV” (provided the control model is compatible with the model of the device. 1st, 2nd and 3rd do not work on new models, Apple TV 4K and 4th generation.

How to Control Apple TV Using an iPad or iPhone

Before you begin, make sure your Apple TV is connected to the television and connected to the home Wi-Fi network. If Apple TV is off, you can turn it on without using a remote control. Just disconnect the Apple TV from the power and connect it again.

In the case of a new Apple TV that has not yet been configured, connect it to the Wi-Fi router using an Ethernet cable. Follow the steps below to set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center or the Apple TV Remote application to use the device “out of control”.

How to use Apple TV Remote in Control Center

If you’ve set up your iPhone or iPad to control Apple TV, Apple TV Remote will automatically be added to the Control Center when you upgrade to iOS 12.

If you have not set up your iOS device to control Apple TV or have an earlier version of iOS, follow these steps. Remember that you can use the iPod Touch.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation). If you have an older Apple TV (3rd generation), you can use the Apple TV Remote application to control Apple TV without the control.

Apple TV 4K and 4th Generation

  1. Make sure your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV;
  2. Add the Apple TV Remote to the iOS Control Center and open it;
  3. Touch the Apple TV icon and select the device;
  4. Enter the four-digit code on your iOS device as displayed on the Apple TV.

How to use the Apple TV Remote app

  1. Download the Apple TV Remote app on the App Store;
  2. Make sure your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV;
  3. Open the Apple TV Remote app;
  4. Touch “Add Apple TV” and touch your Apple TV.
  5. If necessary, enter the four-digit code as displayed on the Apple TV.

Depending on the Apple TV model, you’ll see five or six major controls:

  • Devices:
    Touch Devices to connect the Apple TV Remote app to another Apple TV.
  • Touch Surface:
    In the white space above the Menu, swipe to browse and view items.
  • Play/Pause:
    Touch the Play/Pause icon to play and pause content.
  • Siri:
    If you have an Apple TV 4K or 4th generation you will see the icon of the microphone icon.
  • Home:
    Double-tap the TV icon to see recently used apps.
  • Menu:
    Touch Menu to return to the previous screen or the menu.

What if you do not have an iPhone?

If you do not have an iPhone, you can associate any infrared control with the Apple TV (also known as universal Remote). It may be that not all controls work, try the ones you have around. Give preference to device controls that are stopped and you do not use. The buttons may end up activating functions on Apple TV and your own television, home theater, or other device that you have “stolen” the control to use on your Apple TV.

  1. Turn on the Apple TV and access the “Settings”;
  2. Under “General”, choose “Remote Controls”;
  3. Find the option “Memorize/Learn Remote Control” and “Start”;
  4. Tell me which buttons will activate what (this may take a while);
  5. You’ll need to give a name to this control and that’s it, all right.



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