If you own an Apple TV, the physical remote it comes with is annoyingly small and limited. There’s a better free solution. Here’s how to control your Apple TV with Apple’s Remote app.
First download Apple’s Remote app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It’s a free download. Launch Remote and tap Turn on Home Sharing.
Enter your Apple ID and Password. Tap Done.
Then you’ll get a message telling you to configure Apple TV with Home Sharing.
On your Apple TV, from the main menu, navigate to Computers >> Turn on Home Sharing.
Then log in with screen your Apple ID credentials. This is the last time you’ll have to use the limited physical remote.
Now that Home Sharing is set up on your iPad and Apple TV it’s time to start using the Remote app. Launch Remote and you’ll get the following screen. Tap the Apple TV icon.
Next tap Use Gestures to Control Apple TV or the directional icon in the lower left corner.
Remote will launch. Tap Menu at the bottom to power on the Apple TV. Then use finger gestures on the iPad to navigate menus and control your Apple TV.
The coolest feature of the Remote app is to using the iPad keyboard when you need to type. For instance here I’m signing into Netflix. This is much easier than using the physical remote and the onscreen keyboard on the Apple TV.
I like to run it on my iPad because it provides more real estate and I can work in other apps while watching TV. If you prefer a smaller form factor, run it from an iPhone or iPod touch.
If you’ve been getting lost in the plethora of software updates for Apple devices and software – don’t forget to the Apple TV received an update too.