How to use Apple TV without the remote and control it with your iPhone

If you lose your remote, you're still good

How to use Apple TV without the remote
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The Apple TV remote might be the worst remote for a streaming device. It's slim, it's uncomfortable to hold and it's incredibly easy to lose.

So how do you control your Apple TV when you've lost it? There are a couple of ways, and they're all pretty easy to get a hang of.

How to control your Apple TV without the remote

While you can control your Apple TV without your Siri Remote, you can't turn it on without it. Unless you do some quick wiring. If you head to the back of your Apple TV and unplug it, then plug it back in, you'll turn your Apple TV on.

Then there are two ways to control your Apple TV. The first way is to download the Apple TV Remote app for iPhone. Setting that up is pretty simple.

How to use Apple TV without the remote

1) Download the app from the App Store.
2) Make sure your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi as your Apple TV.
3) Open the Apple TV Remote app.
4) Tap Add Apple TV.
5) Enter the four-digit code that appears on your TV in the app.

From there, you'll be able to do whatever you can do with the remote with the app - except for, you know, turning it on or off.

How to use Apple TV without the remote

The other way to control your Apple TV is a little simpler: Using the Control Center of the Remote app. To add the Remote app to the Control Center, do the following.

1) Go to Settings.
2) Choose Control Center.
3) Tap Customize Controls.
4) Tap + to add a control.
5) Choose Apple TV Remote.

Then you just have to swipe down on the top right corner and click the Apple TV Remote logo. When that pops up, you'll have to choose your Apple TV and then you'll get to scroll around, click and play/pause.



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