Every time the Roku, Fire TV, or regular TV remote gets lost between the sofa cushions or thrown anywhere by a toddler, I look for the manufacturer’s app to control the TV. But if you have a compatible smart TV, such as roku or Fire TVor a Apple TV 4Kyou can do without additional apps and simply use your iPhone as a new remote control.
Before you begin, make sure your TV is on and connected to the same network as your iPhone.
If you’re using your iPhone as a remote control, be aware that not all TVs have all the controls. Depending on the TV, you may not be able to turn it on or off, or have access to the volume.
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I’ve been trying to make “distant boats” a thing since that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Frank gets one, and I don’t understand why nobody in my house wants to do that. It may have something to do with me and my husband being outnumbered by toddlers and preschoolers. But using our iPhones as remote controls has almost made our remote control boats obsolete. While the iPhone remote has limited capabilities, I can finally stop tracking all of the various little remotes on our streaming devices that seem to be the perfect size and shape to slip between the couch cushions.
Can I use my iPhone as a remote control for a non-smart TV?
You can if you add an Apple TV 4K. Otherwise you would have to download a separate app to use your iPhone as a remote control, e.g. B. a universal remote control app or Fire TV or Roku TV. Although the newer Fire TV Smart TVs support AirPlay, the Fire TV Sticks and Cubes are not AirPlay compatible.
Why can’t I see the remote button in Control Center?
If you can’t see the remote control option in Control Center and want to add it, you can go to Settings, then select Control center, Then add the shortcuts you want to add including the remote control option.