Can't find the Siri Remote? Tired of swiping to type passwords? Use the Remote app on your iPhone instead!

The fourth-generation Apple TV's Siri Remote is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It has dozens of useful features and supports the virtual personal assistant, Siri. But, it doesn't have a native keyboard and is still small enough to get lost in the couch cushions.

Apple's Remote app, which lets you control the second, third, and fourth-generation Apple TV, is perfect for typing into search or password fields, and is convenient when you can't find the Siri Remote, or just don't want to look for it. Here's how to set up and use it with your fourth-generation Apple TV.

If you don't already have the Remote app on your iPhone or iPad, be sure to download it for free in the App Store.

It's worth noting that when controlling the fourth-generation Apple TV, the Remote app does not support Siri, volume control, accelerometer, or gyroscope, and the keyboard feature does not work with some third-party apps.

Still using a second or third-generation Apple TV? No problem, we've got you covered.

How to set up the Remote app using Home Sharing

In order to use the Remote app with Apple TV, you'll need to connect the two devices so they talk to each other. One way to do that is with Home Sharing.

  1. On Apple TV, open the Settings app
  2. Select Accounts.

    Accessing the Accounts section on Apple TV

  3. Select Home Sharing.
  4. Select Turn on Home Sharing.

    Selecting Home Sharing on Apple TV

  5. Enter your Apple ID.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID.
  8. Select Sign In.

    Signing into Home Sharing on Apple TV

    Your Apple TV will see all libraries with Home Sharing turned on that use your signed-in Apple ID.

  9. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch open the Remote app.
  10. Tap Set up Home Sharing.
  11. Enter your Apple ID.
  12. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID.
  13. Tap Sign In in the upper right corner of the screen

    Signing into Home Sharing on Remote app

How to set up the Remote app Manually

If, for some reason, you don't want to use Home Sharing to connect your Remote app to your Apple TV, you can instead set it up manually.

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Remote app.
  2. Tap Add a Device. A four-digit code will appear on the screen.

    Adding a device to the Remote app

    • If you don't see Add a Device, tap the Settings tab in the upper right corner of the screen and select Turn off Home Sharing.

      Turn off Home Sharing

  3. On Apple TV, open the Settings app.
  4. Select Remotes and Devices.

    Remotes and Devices on Apple TV

  5. Select Remote app.
  6. Select the pairable device that your Remote app is on.
  7. Enter the number from your pairable device's screen.

    Pairing your iPhone on Apple TV

After your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is connected to your Apple TV, you can use the Remote app as a controller.

How to use the Remote app to control Apple TV

Although it looks different, the Remote app works very similar to the Siri Remote.

  • Use the center of the screen like a track pad to swipe and tap, just like the track pad on the Siri Remote.
  • Tap Menu to exit out of a screen.
  • Press and hold Menu to go directly to the Home screen.
  • Tap Play/Pause in the lower right corner of the screen to pause or play content.

    The Remote app

  • While content is playing, drag your finger across the screen to the left or right to rewind or skip ahead.
  • While music is playing on Apple TV, tap Now Playing on the Remote app to access playback controls, like song skip, shuffle, and repeat.

    Now playing on the Remote app

  • When in a text field, like searching or entering a password, a keyboard will automatically appear. Use the on-screen keyboard instead of swipe-to-type.

    • If you don't want the keyboard showing, tap Hide in the upper left corner of the screen.
    • Tap the keyboard icon in the upper left corner of the screen to call up the keyboard again.

      Keyboard on the Remote app

Questions about using the Remote app?

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