How to Find an Apple TV Remote
Last updated: Aug 4, 2023
Losing your Apple TV remote can be frustrating, but fear not! You can use your iPhone or iPad as a temporary remote until you locate it. Next time you can buy a compatible case with the help of it you can air tag your remote.
Here is the way you can connect your apple TV or iPad to apple TV.
If you have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS the remote is automatically added to Control Center provided you are in the same Wi-Fi as your Apple TV.
If you have older version of iPhone or iPad manually add the apple TV remote to control center by going to settings>Control Center and Tap Add next to apple TV remote.
Step 1: Swipe down on the upper-right corner of the screen.
If you have misplaced your Apple TV remote, follow these steps to use your iPhone or iPad as a temporary replacement:
- Ensure your iOS device and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- On your iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen (or on older devices, swipe up from the bottom edge) to open Control Center.
- Tap the "Apple TV Remote" icon in Control Center.
- Your device will automatically search for nearby Apple TVs or smart TVs.
- Once your Apple TV appears in the list, tap on it to connect.
Step 2: Tap the Apple TV Remote
Manually Add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center (For Older Devices)
If you have an older iPhone or iPad running an earlier version of iOS, you may need to manually add the Apple TV remote to Control Center. Here's how:
- Go to "Settings" on your iOS device.
- Select "Control Center."
- Tap "Customize Controls."
- Look for "Apple TV Remote" and tap the green "+" button next to it to add it to Control Center.
You can check how To identify your apple Tv Remote.
Step 3: Tap your Apple TV or smart TV from the list.
Follow On-Screen Instructions
- After connecting your iOS device to the Apple TV, follow any on-screen instructions that prompt you to enter a four-digit passcode.
- Enter the passcode into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as directed.
- If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation), use your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to enter the four-digit passcode on your Apple TV.
Step 4: Follow On screen Instructions
When asked, follow the onscreen instructions to enter a four-digit passcode into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you have Apple TV (3rd generation), use your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to enter the four-digit passcode into your Apple TV.
The Volume button on your Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only when your Apple TV is set up with a HomePod, soundbar, or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers. If the Volume button is dimmed, use the volume button on the remote that came with your television.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use any iOS device as a remote for my Apple TV?
Yes, any iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad can be used as a remote for your Apple TV as long as they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
What should I do if my Apple TV doesn't appear in the list of available devices in Control Center?
If your Apple TV doesn't appear in the list, make sure both your iOS device and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If the issue persists, try restarting both your iOS device and Apple TV and attempt to connect again.
Can I use my iPhone as a remote for Apple TV even if my physical remote is not lost?
Yes, you can use your iPhone as a remote for Apple TV even if you haven't lost the physical remote. Using the iPhone as a remote can be convenient, especially if the physical remote is not within reach.
Will using the iPhone as an Apple TV remote drain its battery quickly?
Using the iPhone as an Apple TV remote may consume some battery, but it is generally not significant. If you are concerned about battery life, consider enabling Low Power Mode on your iOS device.
How can I stop using my iPhone as an Apple TV remote and switch back to the physical remote?
To stop using your iPhone as an Apple TV remote, simply exit the Control Center or tap the "Apple TV Remote" icon again to disconnect. You can then use your physical remote as usual.
Can I use an Android device as a remote for my Apple TV?
No, Apple TV is designed to work with Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. Android devices cannot be used as a remote for Apple TV.
Is using an AirTag case the only way to find a lost Apple TV remote?
While using an AirTag case is an effective way to find a lost Apple TV remote, there are other methods as well. You can try retracing your steps, checking common areas where you might have left the remote, or using the "Find My" app on your iOS device to locate it if it is nearby.
By using your iPhone or iPad as a temporary remote and adding the Apple TV remote to Control Center, you can easily navigate and control your Apple TV until you locate your physical remote. Remember to keep your devices on the same Wi-Fi network for seamless connectivity. Additionally, consider investing in a compatible case with an AirTag for your Apple TV remote to simplify finding it in the future.