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How to control iTunes and Apple TV with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a remote.

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How to control iTunes and Apple TV with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a remote.

You can control iTunes and your Apple TV with any mobile iOS device. Whether it’s an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, as long as you have all the devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network you will never have to leave your couch! The first thing you must do is download a free app called Remote onto your iOS devices.  Remote is an official Apple created app and is regularly updated as Apple fixes bugs and adds more features.

The benefits of Apple’s Remote app are you can choose any playlist, song, or album like you were sitting in front of iTunes or your Apple TV. Remote allows you to control every aspect of the Apple TV and iTunes interface including sound volume. The app provides a QWERTY keyboard to search for titles and has quick action finger controls to play, forward, rewind, etc.  Additionally you can manage and create playlists as well as update your Genius playlists. Remote also allows you to send music to AirPlay speakers through iTunes.

How to setup the Remote App

Before we begin, make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes. Remote requires at least iTunes version 10.1 to work. Download the remote app clicking here or search for it on your iOS device’s app store.

Pairing the Remote App with iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes by clicking “Advanced,” then click on “Turn on Home Sharing.”
  3. Connect your iOS device such as your iPad to the same Wi-Fi network associated with the local network your computer is connected to.
  4. Launch the remote app on your iOS Device.
  5. On the Remote Setting screen, turn on “Home Sharing.” You must sign onto the same Home Sharing account you signed in from iTunes on your computer.

Pairing the Remote App with Apple TV (2nd Generation or Later)

  1. Connect your iOS device such as your iPad to the same Wi-Fi network associated with the local network your Apple TV is connected to.
  2. On your Apple TV, choose “Settings” from the main menu.
  3. Select “General”
  4. Selected “Remote”
  5. Select “Remote App”
  6. Enable your Home Sharing account.
  7. Open the Remote app on your iOS device.
  8. Select Apple TV from the Remote app “Settings” screen.

You should now be paired with your Apple TV. You can now browse and play iTunes’s libraries that are listed in the Computers section of your Apple TV.

Pairing 1st Generation Apple TV

If you have a 1st generation Apple TV or running an earlier version of iTunes, pairing with the Remote app must be used with a pin-based method

  1. Connect your iOS device such as your iPad to the same Wi-Fi network associated with the local network your Apple TV is connected to.
  2. Launch the Remote app on your iOS Device.
  3. Tap “Add an iTunes Library.” You will find this on the Remote app’s setting screen. The app will display a 4 digit pass code.
  4. Go to your Apple TV.
  5. Select “Settings” from the main menu.
  6. Select “General”
  7. Select “Remotes”
  8. Choose the name of your iOS Device on your Apple TV.
  9. Enter on your Apple TV the 4 digit pass code from your iOS Device’s Remote App. You can use the volume up/down key on the infrared Apple Remote (The physical remote) to change the numbers. To switch from digit placement use the track next/back keys on the physical remote.
  10. Choose “Done.”

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