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How to Remote Control Your Apple TV With an iPhone or iPad

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Apple currently produces two models of Apple TV: a regular HD version (our review) and a new 4K flavor (we’ve compared it to competitors). If you lose your hardware remote, your iPhone or iPad might be the only way you can control your set-top box.

Both run tvOS, a fork of iOS that lets you run apps on your TV, and you can control both using your iPhone or other iOS device. You’ll need to pair the two before you can do so, but the benefits extend beyond simple convenience.

Why Control Apple TV With an iPhone or iPad?

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If you’ve used the Apple TV for any length of time, you’ll know that the remote is slippery. Made of smooth aluminium, glass, and a small textured touch pad, Apple’s remote is constantly sliding down cracks in the sofa. It’s small enough that you could vacuum it up or throw it away by mistake, and you’d never know what happened to it.

In the event something happens to your remote, your only means of control is another iOS device. If you don’t fancy spending $ 60 on a replacement remote, you should probably pair a few devices before something happens. It’s always better to pair remotes and not need them than to lose your main remote control and be left with a paperweight.

How Do I Pair an iPhone With Apple TV?

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It’s easy to pair your iPhone with your Apple TV:

  1. On your Apple TV, navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote App and Devices.
  2. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device and bring it close to your Apple TV.
  3. Wait for the Apple TV prompt to appear on your screen, then tap Pair.
  4. Authorize your iPhone by typing the PIN displayed by the Apple TV.

When you see a tick, your device is paired and ready. You can pair as many remotes as you like. Simply repeat the process on your iPad, iPod Touch, or another iPhone.

My iPhone and Apple TV Won’t Pair, What Now?

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Your Apple TV and iPhone will only be able to communicate if they’re on the same network, so the first place to check is the network status of both devices. If your router broadcasts on two bands, make sure both devices are connected to the same one. The SSID (also known as network name) should be identical on both.

You can also try updating both devices to the latest firmware. On the iPhone you’ll find this option under Settings > General > Software Update. On the Apple TV it’s at Settings > System > Software Updates. If both devices are already up to date, you may want to try power cycling your Apple TV under Settings > System > Restart.

Finally, you can try a more drastic measure: re-pairing your device by deleting it and starting over. To do this, on your Apple TV navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote App and Devices then select the device you’re trying to pair and hit Un-pair Device. Now follow the instructions above to re-pair.

How Do I Control Apple TV With My iPhone?

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You don’t need to download an app to control your Apple TV. Provided you have updated to the latest version of iOS, just add the Remote shortcut to Control Center:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls on your iPhone.
  2. Under More Controls add the Apple TV Remote to your list of shortcuts.
  3. Exit the Settings app and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center.
  4. Tap the Apple TV button to launch the control panel.

You can then control your Apple TV by swiping the main navigation panel as you would your hardware remote. You’ll notice this software remote has the same controls as your main remote, but it lacks volume control. This is because your iOS device doesn’t have an infrared blaster to communicate with your TV.

You can also control your Apple TV using two of Apple’s official remote apps: iTunes Remote and Apple TV Remote. The latter is the most recent official addition, but they both work the same way:

  1. Launch your chosen remote app then wait for the list of available devices to update.
  2. Tap on your Apple TV, then input the PIN displayed on your TV.
  3. Control your Apple TV using the software remote by dragging your fingers around the navigation area.

While these apps work perfectly well, native iOS control using Control Center (above) is more convenient and doesn’t require an additional download.

How Do I Type on Apple TV Using iPhone Keyboard?

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If you’ve successfully paired your Apple TV as per the instructions above, you can simply launch the remote from Control Center to type. When you select a text field, the keyboard will automatically appear on screen. Tap the navigation area to cancel typing. If you’re using one of the downloadable apps, it works in the same way.

Not only does this make searching Netflix and the App Store even easier, it makes logging into apps and services quicker too. If you use a password manager, you can even paste your passwords into the iPhone keyboard text entry field.

How Do I Turn On an Apple TV Without a Remote?

You can use any paired device or app to start your Apple TV. Simply swipe up to reveal Control Center and tap the Apple TV logo shortcut you created earlier. Tap anywhere on the navigation panel to wake up your Apple TV.

How Do I Pair a New Remote With My Apple TV?

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If you bought a new Apple TV remote because your old one disappeared or doesn’t work anymore, you can pair it by turning it on near your Apple TV and waiting. If nothing happens, press and hold Volume Up and Menu until the remote enters pairing mode, then move it close to the Apple TV.

Top Tip: Charge Your Apple TV Remote!

Roughly three times a year my Apple TV remote will start acting up. During this time it won’t register full swipes and I can’t scrub through any media that’s playing. It’s at this point I remember that there’s a battery inside that I never think to charge. Plug your Apple TV remote in for an hour every few weeks to avoid this problem!

For everything you need to know about using your Apple TV, check our our Apple TV setup and troubleshooting guide.

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Epic Games has now released Fortnite 3.3 patch notes for latest v3.3 update of the popular game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, which covers both the Battle Royale and Save the World game modes. Here are the details.

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For the past five years of my professional career, I’ve been blessed to work remotely from my home. First, as an SEO freelancer, then as an employee, and currently, as a content marketing consultant. Working remotely has meant I’ve been able to work from the comfort of my home (or a coffee shop, whenever I’m tired of seeing the same wall every day) without having to suffer the problems of commuting. The benefits I’ve gotten have gone beyond avoiding commuting, however. I’ve saved time and money, lowered my stress, and increased my work satisfaction. This made wonder why there aren’t…

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Lights, camera, ID! Ford offers remote ID solution for drones

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Car manufacturer Ford has announced a potential solution to the problem of identifying drones from a distance.

In the US, Ford is the sole representative of the automotive industry on the Federal Aviation  Administration’s (FAA) Rule-making Committee. Together with some of the biggest names in technology, transport, and aviation, the Committee is attempting to develop light-touch regulations that let the drone industry take off, without ignoring safety and security concerns.

Ford has proposed a solution to the longstanding problem of remote ID – namely, how to identify a drone that’s 50 or 500 metres away when its registration details are inscribed in tiny writing on its body.

Only once a remote ID system is in place can regulators safely integrate drones into the airspace, and organisations can start to think about harnessing the power of beyond-line-of-sight flights.

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Ford’s light solution

Ford’s solution combines the 10-digit registration number that each pilot is given by the FAA, with anti-collision lights and a camera-based software application.

The result is a system that uses the lights to broadcast the drone’s 10-digit code in an ASCII-encoded binary signal at a baud rate. This miniature light show can be decoded using algorithms built with Google TensorFlow.

The accompanying app can run on a smartphone, potentially meaning the public would have the power to record, report, and help identify misbehaving drones.

According to Ford, “preliminary in-field tests show the system can consistently and accurately identify drones operating within 80 feet of an observer.”

The entire submission that Ford handed over to the FAA can be found in a whitepaper: A Zero-Cost Solution for Remote Identification and Tracking of sUAS in Low Altitude Flights.

Read more: Drone safety: EU aviation agency takes first steps toward regulation

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The idea of using lights to transmit registration data is certainly a promising and interesting one. However, Ford’s assertion that the system is “zero cost” and “requires little to no modification of existing models” is disingenuous.

For starters, anti-collision lighting kits don’t come cheap. Because night flights remain all but banned without express permission from aviation authorities, they are not the kind of equipment that the majority of pilots – commercial or recreational – have at their disposal.

These lighting solutions also tend to be bulky, so there’s also a cost to performance issue to consider. But if the system was able to harness existing lights built into drones, that would be a different story.

Aside from the practicalities, Ford’s system offers an interesting approach to interactions between drones and the general public. On the one hand, it could improve pilot accountability by giving people the ability to use their smartphones to report rogue operators. But on the other, it could add to drone paranoia – a topic that turns up over 400,000 links on Google.

Ford’s intention is that its proposal will “ensure the safe and responsible use of drones in US airspace, while maintaining the bandwidth necessary for innovation.” However, it’s not clear how encouraging a culture of mass reporting would see this come to fruition.

Currently, DJI’s Aeroscope solution appears to trump Ford’s in terms of subtlety and effectiveness. It uses the existing, in-built command-and-control link between the remote and the drone to broadcast ID and telemetry data to nearby authorities.

By tracking a drone’s movements as well as identifying who it belongs to, Aeroscope offers more situational awareness.

Admittedly, it requires hardware on the ground to receive and decode that information. But that puts the costs on the side of the relevant authorities, and is balanced by the fact that DJI drones have already received patches to transmit the necessary data automatically.

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How to Use Control Center’s Apple TV Remote in iOS 11

In iOS 11, it’s possible to add an Apple TV Remote interface to the Control Center that will allow you to quickly navigate and control playback on your 4K Apple TV or fourth-generation Apple TV using your iPhone or iPad. It’s a great solution if you just can’t get on with Apple’s Siri Remote, and doesn’t require you to install an app. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up the Apple TV Remote on your iOS device and explain how to use it once you’ve done so.

Remember, if you own a second- or third-generation Apple TV, you can still use your iOS device as a remote, but you’ll need to download the dedicated Apple TV Remote app from the App Store.

Before continuing, make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is updated to iOS 11: Open the Settings app, tap General -> About, and look for the version number. If you need to update, tap back to Settings, select Software Update, and follow the onscreen instructions, then meet us back here when installation is complete.
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