Remote app on Apple TV

With the Remote app on your iPhone, you can navigate and interact with content on your Apple TV to your heart's content — and the Apple Watch is no different. You can swipe through your Home screen content, pause and play movies, and control music.

The Remote app is installed by default on your Apple Watch: All you have to do is set it up and start using it.

How to set up the Apple Watch Remote app for Apple TV

If you have already turned on Home Sharing via your iPhone's Remote app, you won't have to do a thing: It should automatically connect all your computers and Apple TVs together with any libraries linked to your Apple ID.

If you set up the iPhone Remote app manually, however, or not at all, or if you plan to use an Apple Watch with a different Apple ID, here's how.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on Apple Watch to access the Home screen.
  2. Open the Remote app.
  3. Tap Add Device. You will receive a four-digit code to enter on Apple TV.

    Adding a device in Remote app on Apple Watch

  4. Turn on your Apple TV.
  5. Open the Settings app.
  6. Select Remotes and Devices.

    Opening the Settings app on Apple TV

  7. Select Remote App.
  8. Select your Apple Watch under Pairable Devices.

    Pairing a device in the Remote App on Apple TV

  9. Enter the four-digit code from your Apple Watch.

    Entering the 4-digit code on Apple TV

After you enter the code, your Apple Watch will be paired as a remote. You can then begin using it to control your Apple TV.

How to use the Apple Watch Remote app with Apple TV

Once paired, you can use Apple Watch to browse through apps and games, select items, play movies and TV shows, and control your music.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on Apple Watch to access the Home screen.
  2. Open the Remote app.
  3. Tap the Apple TV icon to select your Apple TV.
  4. Swipe up, down, left, or right to navigate the Apple TV interface.

    Using the Remote app on Apple Watch

  5. Tap the Apple Watch's display to select an item.
  6. Tap Menu in the bottom left corner of the screen to go back.
  7. Tap play/pause in the bottom right corner of the screen to start or stop audio and video playback.
  8. Tap the play/pause icon and then swipe left or right to fast forward or rewind content.
  9. Tap the Devices icon in the upper left corner of the screen to go back to your connected devices.

    Using the Remote app on Apple Watch

How to remove an Apple TV from the Apple Watch Remote app

If you used Home Sharing to pair your Apple Watch to your Apple TV, you can remove it by turning off Home Sharing on your iPhone. If you set up your Apple Watch manually, however, you can also remove it manually.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on Apple Watch to access the Home screen.
  2. Open the Remote app.
  3. Press firmly on the screen to trigger the options menu.
  4. Tap Edit.

    Editing devices in Remote app on Apple Watch

  5. Tap the X on the Apple TV you want to remove.
  6. Tap Remove.

    Removing a device in the Remote app on Apple Watch

How to remove your Apple Watch as a remote from Apple TV

  1. Open the Settings app on Apple TV.
  2. Select Remotes and Devices.

    Opening the Settings app on Apple TV

  3. Select Remote App.
  4. Select your Apple Watch.

    Pairing a device in the Remote App on Apple TV

  5. Select Remove.

    Removing a device in the Remote app on Apple TV

Anything else?

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