All TVs are shipped with remote controls and these work great for the most part. However, depending on how many TVs you have, it may be more convenient to use your iPhone or iPad as a remote.
Also, let’s be honest, you’re much more likely to lose the remote control to your television than you are to lose your iPhone or iPad.
The functionality is already built into the mobile devices and you only need to set it up before you’ll be able to control all the Apple TV systems that are connected to your home WiFi network.
You don’t need to download or install any files to activate the option. However, you do have to set it up and connect it to the devices that you want to control. Here’s how to do it:
There you have it! A quick guide to enabling the remote feature on your iPhone. Again, this same process will work on your iPad, as well.
Once you’ve connected your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, the devices will remain paired until you manually disconnect them.
However, keep in mind that both the device that you use as a remote, as well as the Apple TV need to be connected to the same WiFi network. Once you connect your phone or tablet to the WiFi, you only have to start the Remote app.
Here’s how to do it:
The interface of the Apple TV Remote is straightforward and easy to understand. It enables users to connect to multiple Apple TVs and then choose which one they want to control. You can switch between TVs by using the dropdown menu that’s positioned at the top of the screen.
If you have a cable TV subscription, you can also access the channel guide right from the app. Do this by tapping the Guide button shaped like a bulleted list. If you do not have a subscription, you can use the remote app to get one.
The center of the screen acts as a touchpad. It can be used to navigate up, down, left, or right, similarly to how the buttons on a normal remote control work. You can also tap and hold on to this section to see additional options related to the item that you’ve selected on the TV.
Once you start watching a movie, the touchpad will also display Forward 10 seconds and Backwards 10 seconds buttons. The text box between them allows you to activate subtitles for the program.
Lastly, you can access Siri by pressing and holding your configured button for this feature. Simply activate it as you would normally.
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