iTunes Remote App or Apple TV Remote App was first released in 2008. The Apple TV Remote app was released as an alternative to the physical Apple TV Remote. Recently, in WWDC 2021, Apple announced iOS 15, which is supposed to release with iPhone 12 and later devices. With this release, Apple has also discontinued the Apple TV Remote App from its App Store.
Now, the twist is that Apple has integrated this feature into the Control Center. Thus, now you will be able to control your Apple TV without even downloading an extra app. Furthermore, Apple has done a few modifications in its latest release of the remote controller Apple TV. In this blog, we will discuss the important features of the Apple TV remote control app and other developments that have occurred recently.
History of iTunes Remote App or Apple TV Remote app
Before proceeding further to the actual discussion- let’s have an overview of the Apple TV Remote app’s journey. After its release in 2008, the app offered limited functionalities similar to the physical remote of that time. A few updates later, it enabled users to create and edit playlists.
Version 2.0 brought iPad support along with the retina display. Other features were shared libraries, AirPlay control, and more. This update also brought gesture control for Smart Apple TVs.
The current version is more capable compared to its predecessors. Moreover, the layout looks visually better than before as well. Moreover, instead of remaining a third-party app that had to be downloaded and installed- the Apple TV Remote App, developed by one of the best iOS development companies, is a native Function now.
How to use an iPhone as a remote for Apple TV?
Until now the Apple TV remote app was available on the Apple App Store. Now that it has become a native function of iPhones with iOS 15, an option from the control center can help.
How to use an iPhone as a remote for Apple TV on iPhone or iPadOS
- For iOS 11 or earlier versions, Swipe Up from the bottom edge of the screen
- On iPhone X or later, Swipe down from the upper-right portion of the screen
- Click on the Apple TV or Smart TV icon
- Choose your Smart TV or Apple TV model from the list
- Follow instructions and generate a four-digit code on your TV
- If you have a 3rd generation Apple TV, use Siri or Apple TV Remote to enter code
Note: If you can not see iPhone remote app Apple TV icon, then go to Settings> Control Center> Customize Control. Then find the Apple TV icon and click on the plus icon near it to add it to the Control Center Menu.
How to use iPhone as remote for Apple TV and its options
Apple TV Remote App works just like its physical alternative. Thus, if you are familiar with the Apple TV Remote, it will be quite easy for you to navigate through the app.
- You can use Navigation icons to move through options
- Navigate until your preferred option is highlighted and tap on the icon
- If you hold on to an icon, it will open additional options if available
- You can also use the in-app keyboard to enter texts into your Apple TV
- Use Volume Buttons of your iOS device to control TVs volume
- Touch and hold Siri button to activate Siri for voice control
To conclude, iOS 15 made some changes in its FaceTime feature as well. Functions such as Voice isolation, Spatial Audio, and more were added. Currently, iOS 15 is expected to hit the market with iOS 12, which is one of the most esteemed iPhones users are looking forward to.
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