Every time a Roku, Fire TV, or regular TV remote gets lost between the couch cushions or tossed somewhere by a toddler, I look for the manufacturer’s single TV control app. But, if you have a compatible smart TV, such as a Rocco or Fire TVor Apple TV 4KYou can get rid of extra apps and simply use your iPhone as a new remote control.
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Before you start, make sure that your TV is turned on and connected to the same network as your iPhone.
When using your iPhone as a remote control, note that not all TVs will have all controls. Depending on your 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 control
We have a 2.4GHz network in our home for all of our smart devices, including all smart TVs and streaming devices like Roku TVs and Fire TV sticks. When we want to use AirPlay or control TVs through our phone, it only takes a few seconds to switch networks.
You can find your iPhone’s Control Center by swiping down from the top right of the screen.
The remote control button may be in your Control Center, if you can’t find it, just tap the AirPlay icon (the circles with the triangle at the bottom) at the top right.
Available TVs will be in the same network as you and will be compatible with AirPlay. Select the TV you want to control.
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If you click on the AirPlay icon, your screen will look like the first image below. Select the TV you want to control.
When you press the remote control button from the control center, it will go directly to the remote control options, like the second image below. Select the TV you want to control.
Your iPhone is now also a remote control for your TV or streaming device.
I’ve been trying to make Remote Boats a thing ever since Everyone loves Raymond’s ring Where Frank gets one, and I don’t understand why no one in my house would want to make that happen.
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But using our iPhones as a remote control made remote boating almost unnecessary. While the iPhone remote has limited options, I can finally stop tracking down all the different little remotes from our streaming devices that seem to be the perfect size and shape for slipping between the sofa cushions.
Can I use my iPhone as a remote control for a non-smart TV?
You can if you add Apple TV 4K. Otherwise, you will have to download a separate app to use your iPhone as a remote control, such as a universal remote app or a file Fire TV or Roku TV. Although 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 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.