Remote control all your gear from your iPhone
Reduce the number of physical remotes for your entertainment system
A device running iOS 9.0 or later, Apple TV Remote app, iTunes Remote app
You will learn
How to use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a remote control for Apple TV, iTunes, and other smart devices
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watch TV at the same time as browsing the web, checking in with our social networks, or even playing games on an iPhone or iPad. When the movie or show you’re watching comes to an end, you don’t need to reach for the remote control that came with your Apple TV to start playing something else, since iOS 11 has a built-in control that mimics the Siri Remote’s trackpad and buttons. The first walkthrough here shows you how to enable that feature and put it exactly where you want it.
If your device can’t run iOS 11 (or you don’t want to upgrade to it), you’ll need the free Apple TV Remote app. This isn’t just for older devices, though. It provides quicker options for choosing subtitles and audio languages. And if you play games on Apple TV, it also offers a streamlined gamepad mode with a more comfortable button arrangement.
Apple TV isn’t the only thing you can control from iOS, of course. Still prefer to download and store your music and video purchases on your Mac? The free iTunes Many of us Remote app remains available. It can control Apple’s media library software on a Mac or PC, effectively turning your computer into a media center. You can initiate playback, manage the Up Next playback queue, check what you’re listening to, and set the speakers that receive audio from iTunes and their volume — all from your iPhone or iPad.
iTunes Remote works with other kinds of media in iTunes, too, and you can use its AirPlay control to redirect videos stored on your Mac to Apple TV, avoiding the need to download large videos to your iPhone or stream them from the internet.