Re­mote con­trol all your gear from your iPhone

Re­duce the num­ber of phys­i­cal re­motes for your en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge


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


20 min­utes

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.

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