How to Open the Apple TV Remote on an iPhone 11

The Apple TV device allows you to stream content to your TV. This includes movies and TV shows that you have purchased in iTunes, as well as popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and more.

The Apple TV comes with a physical remote control that works perfectly fine, but it’s kind of small and very easy to lose.

Fortunately your iPhone 11 is also able to control your Apple TV using a feature that is found on the iPhone by default. You simply need to have your Apple TV and your iPhone connected to the same WiFi network.

Our guide below will show you how to launch the Apple TV remote control from your iPhone.

How to Open the Apple TV Remote Control on an iPhone 11

  1. Swipe down from the top-right of the screen.
  2. Touch the Apple TV Remote icon.
  3. Press the buttons on the screen to control the Apple TV.

Our guide continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

How to Launch the Apple TV Remote Control from the iPhone Control Center

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top-right of your iPhone screen.

This is going to open the Control Center, which contains a number of helpful other tools as well.

open the Control Center

Step 2: Tap the Apple TV Remote icon.

The icon looks like a remote control.

tap the Apple TV Remote icon

Step 3: Use the icons and buttons on your iPhone screen to perform various actions on the Apple TV.

how to open the Apple TV Remote on an iPhone 11

If you don’t see the Apple TV Remote icon in your Control Center, then you may have removed it previously, or it may need to be added.

You can add this icon to your Control Center by going to Settings > Control Center > then tapping the green + icon to the left of the Apple TV Remote option.

As mentioned earlier you will need to have your iPhone connected to the same WiFi network as your Apple TV. This guide assumes that the Apple TV has already been configured and set up. The regular Apple TV Remote will still work along with the Apple TV Remote on the iPhone.

Even if you are comfortable with the physical remote control, it can be beneficial to use the remote on your iPhone when you need to do a lot of typing, such as when configuring streaming accounts that require you to add an email address and password. The remote tool on the iPhone lets you use the iPhone’s keyboard, which is much easier to type with than the physical remote control.

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