Every time a Roku, Fire TV, or regular TV remote gets lost between sofa cushions or is thrown around by a toddler, I look for a separate manufacturer’s app to control the TV. But if you have a compatible smart TV such as Year or Fire TVor Apple TV 4Kyou can ditch the extra apps and just use your iPhone as a new remote.
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Before you begin, make sure your TV is turned on and connected to the same network as your iPhone.
When using your iPhone as a remote control, keep in mind that not all TVs come with all the controls. Depending on the TV, you may not be able to turn it on or off or access the volume.
How to use your iPhone as a TV remote
I’ve been trying to do remote boats ever since that Everybody Loves Raymond episode where Frank got one and I don’t understand why no one in my house wants that to happen.
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But using our iPhones as remote controls has almost made our remote control boats redundant. Although the iPhone remote control capabilities are limited, I can finally stop following all the different little remotes from our streaming devices that seem to be the perfect size and shape to slip between sofa cushions.
frequently asked Questions
Can I use my iPhone as a non-smart TV remote?
You can if you add Apple TV 4K. Otherwise, you’d have to download a separate app to use your iPhone as a remote control, such as the Universal Remote App or Fire TV or Roku TV. While the newer Fire TV smart TVs support AirPlay, the Fire TV sticks and cube are not compatible with AirPlay.
Why can’t I see the remote control button in Control Center?
If you don’t see the remote control option in the Control Center and want to add it, you can go to Settings, then choose Control center, then add the shortcuts you want to add, including the remote control option.