A teaser image showing the TV app on Apple TV. With iOS 11 or newer, iPhone and iPad users can control their Apple TV from iOS's Control Center interface. Read the article to learn how.

Have you lost your Siri Remote? Would you like to navigate Apple TV with your iPhone or iPad? You can do just that, from within Control Center on iOS 11 and later.

If you’ve misplaced or lost your Siri Remote, don’t despair.


  • Navigate Apple TV from within Control Center on iPhone and iPad.
  • iOS device must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  • Apple TV control is auto-added to Control Center on iOS 12 or later.
  • Dedicated Apple TV Remote app offers more options, like gaming support.
  • You can also program your infrared remote for use with Apple TV.

Yes, you can purchase another Siri Remote (or get one of the older ones), but be advised that the standalone Siri Remote is a bit on the pricey side at $59.

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An alternative solutions entails programming a universal infrared remote for controlling Apple TV but that’s rather clunky and pretty counterintuitive. Indeed, why don’t you learn how to elegantly control Apple TV using an iOS device?


This tutorial assumes you have the following:

  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 11 or later
  • Fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K

Both your Apple TV and iOS device must be on the same Wi-Fi network.

How to navigate Apple TV via Control Center

Follow these steps if you’re on iOS 11 or later:

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap Control Center.

3) Tap Customize Controls.

4) Tap “+” next to Apple TV Remote underneath the heading More Controls, then tap and hold next to the control and drag it to a desired position.

On iOS 11, users must manually enable the Apple TV Remote widget in their Control Center settings

5) Close out the Settings app, then open the Control Center overlay.

6) Tap the Apple TV Remote widget you just added.

7) Choose your Apple TV from the list.

A screenshot showing selecting an Apple TV from a list from the Apple TV Remote widget in iOS's Control Center

8) If asked, enter the 4-digit code that appears on your Apple TV.

Congratulations, you can now freely navigate your Apple TV set-top box from within the Control Center overlay on your iPhone or iPad, control media playback and even use Siri.

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If you’re on iOS 12 or later and happen to own an Apple TV as well, iOS automatically discovers your set-top box on the local network and adds the Apple TV Remote widget to your Control Center so you can instantly navigate the entirety of the tvOS user interface and access the other Apple TV controls from the comfort of your sofa.

On iOS 12, the Apple TV Remote widget is automatically added to iOS's Control Center when your Apple TV is on the same network and authorized with the same Apple ID as your iOS device

Apple TV widget in Control Center on iPhone

We’re not going to lay out the full instructions on using the controls the widget provides because both Sandy and I published relevant tutorials detailing that, so read them if you like.

Just in case, here’s a quick recap of the available controls:

  • Play/Pause: Pause or resume what’s currently playing on your Apple TV.
  • Menu: Replicates the Menu button on your Siri Remote.
  • Home: Replicates the Home button on your Siri Remote.
  • Siri: Replicates the Siri button on your Siri Remote.

This widget facilitates easy text entry as well.

First, highlight any text field in an app on your Apple TV. Next, press a notification that pops up on the screen of your nearby iOS device to enter text using the iOS keyboard.

Don’t see the keyboard notification?

Set Allow Notifications to ON in Settings → Notifications → Apple TV Keyboard on iPhone.

Other ways to control Apple TV

Alternatively, use Apple’s dedicated apps to navigate Apple TV:

  • Apple TV Remote: Navigate the tvOS interface with touch gestures. If you have the fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, you’ll get support for Siri, tilt gaming and rich media control. Apple TV Remote requires iOS 9 or later.
  • iTunes Remote: Basic navigation for all Apple TVs, but lacks support for Siri and tilt gaming on modern Apple TVs. Unlike Apple TV Remote, this app lets you remotely control iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, too. iTunes Remote requires iOS 9.3.2+.

If you use an older Apple TV model, you’re recommended to grab iTunes Remote and peruse our tutorial which explains how to navigate Apple TV with the iTunes Remote app.

If your Apple TV is the fourth generation or newer, download the Apple TV Remote app instead.

The Apple TV Remote app running on an iPad

iDB’s compelling little tutorial on using the Apple TV Remote app covers things such as:

  • Interacting with Siri.
  • Navigating the tvOS interface on the fourth-generation Apple TV or newer.
  • Using iOS’s volume slider or iPhone buttons to adjust Apple TV volume.
  • Using an iPhone’s gyro and accelerometer sensors to play tilt-based Apple TV games.

Be sure to watch our hands-on video walkthrough of the Apple TV Remote app.

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Both Apple TV Remote and iTunes Remote feature rich support for lyrics and playlists for music, plus chapters, audio tracks and captions selection for movies and TV shows.

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