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apple tv remote is a great companion to Apple TV, delivering the best of the Siri Remote. With apple tv remote, you’ll never need to put down your iPhone or iPad to enjoy Apple TV. Control Apple TV with a swipe of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly enter text. And you can use the app along with the Siri Remote.  • Navigate Apple TV with touch gestures • Quickly enter text, email addresses, and passwords using the keyboard • Ask Siri to find something great to watch, listen to, or play • Control the movie, TV show, or song that’s currently playing • View song lyrics, change music tracks, and select movie chapters • Play games using the accelerometer and gyroscope • Turn on Game Mode for simplified game controls  • Use volume buttons on your iOS device to control volume Requirements: • iOS devices using iOS 9.3.2 or later • Wi-Fi connection to Apple TV • Apple TV (4th generation), using tvOS 9.2.1 or later • Apple TV (3rd generation), using Apple TV Software 7.2.1 • Apple TV (2nd generation), using Apple TV Software 6.2.1 • Certain Now Playing features, including lyrics, playlists, and chapter, audio, and captions selection for movies and TV shows, require iOS 10.3 or later and tvOS 10.2 or later • Volume control requires an AV receiver with CEC support Note: Siri requires Apple TV (4th generation) and availability varies by country and language.
Get it
by I hate it don't get it on 2019/08/22 02:02
It's very good the touchpad works perfect ly but it's kinda annoying when you need volume but just get it.
Poor connection, Nearly Useless
by JBTheScrivener on 2019/08/21 21:57
It routinely takes opening and fully closing the app 30+ times before it recognizes my Apple TV. It’s beyond frustrating and bordering on useless. It’s like a gambling addition. Maybe I’ll win this time? Shocked it’s developed by Apple. Boo. Hiss.
Does not find my Apple tvs
by mmcmsp on 2019/08/21 21:28
I open the app from control panel and it keeps searching my Apple TVs forever BUT if I open the app arore, look for remote and open from here, it loads already showing my TVs connected! Please fix this!
This App is still a nightmare
by jekpopulous on 2019/08/21 18:42
I've been trying to use this app on and off for years. Different iPhones, Apple TVs, and networks. I connect to the Apple TV and 10 minutes later the App can't find it. I reset everything and reconnect...it's fine for 10 minutes...rinse and repeat.
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Eh
by the *all names are taken* name on 2019/08/20 05:29
It’s nice when it actually works but half the time it says the tv is “offline”. In other words, dont rely on this app to replace the actual remote because then you’re screwed. Might I suggest duct taping the real remote to your other remotes that I know you have laying around. Love apple and love this app when it works, but don’t let it be your only option.
Offline more than online!
by Rick C (Miner49er) on 2019/08/20 03:46
This use to work great. But now I have to unplug the Apple TV to get it to reconnect to ALL out apple devices. All the support forms say it’s my network. I call BS!!! I set up a separate network and the same thing. All devices say the Apple TV is off line even though the Apple TV is playing a show. And yes all Apple devices are up to date. It seems to have started with the last Apple update. I think I’m going to go Roku if this is not fixed!
DO NOT GET THIS APP
by Awesome123++ on 2019/08/19 23:16
I was missing the remote for the Apple TV, and I thought I could use the app to replace it. But you have to use the remote in order to pair with the Apple TV! Therefore the app is useless :(
Doesn’t work well with Apple products, of all things
by Starsigma on 2019/08/19 13:38
The remote is pretty temperamental. It only works 50% of the time based on what device you’re trying to connect it with. The Apple remote I have on my iPhone works and connects automatically pretty easily with my parents Apple TV which is about two generations old. I have a brand new latest version Apple TV and it doesn’t connect to it 99% of the time automatically. You have to manually open up the app each time in order to connect to the Apple TV. The other Apple TV it pops off the top my screen and it connects just fine. It really is a 50-50 shot whether this Apple work with your device. Makes it a bit temperamental and not the best app to use. Ultimately the app is pretty useless and wouldn’t recommend. Apple seriously needs to put some work into this app. It is one of the worst Apple apps I have ever used.
No search?
by I-padloverinaustin on 2019/08/18 21:56
The search function on AppleTV is HORRIBLE. This is why I downloaded this app-to type in my searches. Suddenly, it’s disappeared. No longer shows up, rendering the app completely useless for me. Fix it & I will change my review.
Sad
by 4Curly2! on 2019/08/18 11:03
Not happy with this app at all. Am constantly required to delete/reinstall, reboot Apple TV for this thing to work at all!!! Bad app!!!
Remote pairing
by P.Djent on 2019/08/18 05:21
How is one supposed to pair my device as a remote when I’m required to have a remote to access my Apple TV in order to do so? If I had a remote I wouldn’t need this app.
Fix it!
by El_Royito on 2019/08/17 23:41
Fix your app! It seriously needs an update
I can’t use the app
by kinda angry user on 2019/08/17 22:48
I lost my Apple TV remote, and thought this would work as a solution. I clicked my Apple TV, and it gave me a code that I had to enter into my tv for it to work, which uses a remote, which I didn’t have. I know that a lot of apps and websites use this feature, but maybe you could find another way?
Amazing App! Work Fine!
by Long h. on 2019/08/17 20:57
I love this app, it work actually as it described! Good Job! Make my life easier with or without a remote that run out of battery! This amazing app is the best!
Fix bug! Glitches!
by cj78779 on 2019/08/17 13:13
Last version was way better than this new update.
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I can’t add my Apple TV
by Jelly2times on 2019/08/15 01:36
Every time I try to use this app it says that I can’t connect my Apple TV because my Apple TV is not on the same network!
No longer works..
by SchlitterTex on 2019/08/14 23:33
WiFi works. This app doesn’t work at our house on three different phones. It stopped working after using it during the day. Several days later, doesn’t work.
Apple TV Remote
by ampsarus on 2019/08/14 23:12
I’ve tossed the Siri remote that came with my Apple TV 4K into the junk drawer. I could not get the touch sensitivity set correctly; either it was hyper hair trigger, or numb and unresponsive. I have a couple old unlocked iPhones laying around , so finding a remote is always within reach and quick. Press the Home button once and the app UI is there where I left it. If I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, I’m probably holding a phone or an iPad anyway, so that little slippery Siri remote is redundant. I would give Remote 5 stars if there was 2 changes. (1) A button to MUTE the HDMI audio. I’m not asking for a volume control; I would never use it. Just a MUTE. This feature is a no-brainer for user convenience, but I would be surprised if it is implemented due to inevitable blow back from sacred advertisers. The second change is for the app to not (sometimes) AUTO open the Devices screen asking to select a device. The last Apple TV that Remote connected to should be the default. User can change that on the Devices button. All in all a very useful app that I use frequently.
The stupidest app I’ve met in my life
by 联邦维护者 on 2019/08/14 16:48
Can’t believe this app is made by Apple. The design of control is terrible, anti-human; when you try to move forward or back in the video, the touching experience is gonna drive you crazy: not sensitive enough, slow response, and lots of bug issues. It’s just like a prototype made by a third-rate company consisting of programmers who haven’t finished the foundation of Java.
Language
by 5Gold Shid4 godown3 flasks21 on 2019/08/14 14:58
Can’t select different language selection. I used to do it all the time. Now the function is gone.
Worst App
by NickName26352 on 2019/08/13 22:16
This app is basically useless. It constantly loses connection, has severe delays and barely controls most apps.
Not made well for the iPhone X
by Doesntmatter01010 on 2019/08/13 18:04
Without a home button, it is extremely frustrating navigating in and out of this app. Shouldn’t be a hard fix since you just need to Change the spacing at the bottom.
Worthless
by GermanNick on 2019/08/12 23:59
The app provides you with a code to enter. The code pops up on your iPhone and you are expected to enter it on your Apple TV. The issue? You can’t enter a code on your Apple TV without a remote... If you are like me, you downloaded the app because you can’t find your remote. If this is the case, the app is worthless.
Used to work great
by VonLitterbox on 2019/08/12 01:18
This app no longer connects to my Apple TV. Same with the iPad. After years of no problems, this is sad.
adequate fill in, not perfect
by farlihud on 2019/08/11 23:45
my remote is having battery issues, so got the app to fill in until i can get a new one or fix issue.. the app allows controlling basic functions, but current ipad interface version doesn't have fast-forward/rewind or closed-caption options
Good but...
by Hagen724 on 2019/08/11 21:06
This app is good but the remote also needs a volume button so it can turn your tv up because some people don’t want to find the tv remote to change volume every time every thing else is good about this app though just that one thing
No 10 second rewind button?!
by Kakakakakalak on 2019/08/11 20:34
Please bring back the 10 second rewind button. When I want to rewind and I’m watching a movie now it goes back a few minutes. So annoying. And the volume should be able to be controlled from the app. as well
Doesn’t work
by usc! on 2019/08/11 16:33
Doesn’t work
So much trouble
by halfItalianmom on 2019/08/11 02:33
I’ve had this app for years and loved it but lately I’ve experienced problems with it telling me to add Apple TV or that it can’t connect. Yesterday I called AppleCare and spoke with a rep who was extremely knowledgeable and went through extensive troubleshooting. We got the app working again & I thought the problems were solved but they were not because today I am getting the same error again telling me to add Apple TV. This is beyond annoying and seeing that the rating for this app is so low because others are having issues, you’d think that Apple would’ve come up with a fix by now. Please help!
App connectivity
by Chaz Solomon on 2019/08/10 05:05
This remote app has had issues for YEARS with connection issues. The Apple TV can be on, mirroring from the same phone and still won’t connect... I’m talking IPhone 7 through the iPhone X. I don’t get it... I expect better and usually receive better results from my favorite tech company tf...
Piece of trash
by happyrach1 on 2019/08/10 04:47
Apple is supposed to hire the best engineers in the world but this product is utterly useless. I have 3 Apple TVs in my house and they are all connected to the same WiFi mesh network. For some reasons it only detects one device out of the three. It worked before so it’s something that they have broken in the software/update.
Barely works
by Subz1987 on 2019/08/10 00:39
This app is beyond trash. Even when you’re on the same network as your Apple TV, it can never find it and you struggle to close out and reopen the app hoping you can finally connect to it.
Won’t find or connect to WIFI
by HatalaMD on 2019/08/09 02:31
Worked great for 3 weeks then mysteriously dropped the TV connection and now the app cannot find the WIFI the Apple TV is connected to. I’ve tried re-downloading the app and I just did the new update, still nothing.
Apple TV remote
by app user M on 2019/08/08 05:30
This app used to work great, but now I have a hard time connecting to the Apple TV.. it says that the Apple TV is offline while the Apple TV is up and running. I’m better off using the remote then this app.
You need an Apple TV remote to use this Apple TV remote
by BillJane on 2019/08/07 03:27
Setting up the remote requires an Apple TV remote. What?!?!? What’s the point if you already have a remote? Why would I use this buggy piece of crap app if I had a working remote?
Horrible!!!
by Stepheniethegreat on 2019/08/06 04:48
Used to work now it does not!! So buggy!!
Used to work great but then stopped
by Kenniatheonly on 2019/08/06 00:50
^^^
PATHETIC
by brett71121 on 2019/08/05 05:06
I give up...we’re pushing a DECADE of absolute garbage with this app. There’s no excuse for this.
Where are the buttons?
by pbob70 on 2019/08/05 01:34
Where are the 10sec buttons? I used those all the time! This is not ok.
Had to uninstall due to spamming
by spogue on 2019/08/04 19:35
The keyboard started to spam me. The keyboard prompt kept popping up on my phone even though the TVs were asleep. Like every 5 seconds I mean. I’ve read this an issue and took some measures to fix such as uninstalling and reinstalling the app and disconnecting from my TVs. Nothing worked. So...it’s now deleted. Maybe I’ll give it a shot again but I’m not sure I used it enough to even reconsider reinstalling.
Don’t bother to download
by concert_chris6501 on 2019/08/04 14:26
Only works half the time. Constantly having to reset Apple TV for the app to connect. Bug after bug. I’d be fine with buying an app remote that actually worked, but knowing Apple you would need a subscription each month for it 🙄
Does not work for 1st gen Apple TV
by Throwindangs on 2019/08/04 01:00
Doesn’t work whatsoever. I’m an IT guy and can’t get it to work. Worthless... switching to Samsung
It was good then would not connect
by Drew Lesueur on 2019/08/03 04:57
I kept trying to connect and it wouldn't I had to delete it and then try to repair. But the repairing didn't work the first time.
Does not work
by Upset__Dad on 2019/08/02 20:57
This app used to until a week ago when Apple updated. Don’t waste your time downloading just use your remote. To bad Apple doesn’t hold itself to the same standards they expect from other developers.
FIX THE APP
by From:Creat a Nickname on 2019/08/02 16:02
It won’t stay connected other people and my complain about this for months and you haven’t fixed it DAMMIT
Usability
by SanjiK on 2019/08/02 01:55
Horrible usability.
C’mon Apple! You can do better than this!
by Joel the Mole on 2019/08/01 03:39
See title. Enough said. There are no visual affordances to help the user. Hard to figure out. Obvious buttons missing. Keyboard missing for password entry. Utter crap (and I am an Apple fan-boy)
Doesn’t connect to Apple TV
by Takesnothing on 2019/07/31 23:17
Used to work fine. Now I get error to make sure iPhone and Apple TV are on the same WiFi even though they are. Phone mirrors on Apple TV but this remote wouldn’t connect.
Worst download ever
by 1-j ] on 2019/07/31 11:26
I hate this app
10 seconds back or fwd WAS awesome
by Compuser on 2019/07/30 02:27
Today some sort of auto update removed the 10 seconds back or forward feature, now only available with some Apple TV apps after clicking details. It was such a great feature, I’m so let down that I now must make extra taps to sometimes have this feature available. I didn’t update the app and don’t have any type of auto update enabled. Please restore to the previous version, we can scrub with the touch pad area!
No volume control and can’t Double tap
by Jfl188 on 2019/07/30 02:02
Ca no longer Doyle tap to zoom and no volume controls please fix double taping bug needs bug fixing cant double tap to zoom in on videos and needs volume rockers
Please fix the glitches
by Fundraising Chairperson on 2019/07/28 21:23
Please fix the glitches
Incredibly buggy
by KyahJadeD2012 on 2019/07/28 19:04
It is beyond irritating to tap the 10-second rewind button and end up at the end of whatever I’m watching. Why hasn’t this been fixed yet??
Just swipe
by extdbw on 2019/07/28 18:01
This app works great for me! Just swipe left and right or up and down. This is so simple!!
No volume control
by mountain sea on 2019/07/28 16:50
This is incredibly annoying and would make the app stellar. Not sure why it doesn't have it
Just... wow.
by Mvm337 on 2019/07/27 03:55
It’s amazing that such an established company worth billions would put out such irresponsive garbage. Do they even test/use their own products? I’m only giving it 2 stars because sometimes it actually works. How embarrassing.
Wow
by YouCanCallMeNanerpus on 2019/07/26 22:02
So easy to use and type but takes up a little more space than you think
Garbage
by Burnsrp31 on 2019/07/26 03:53
Just trash considering how much $$$ this company is worth and how much they charge for all of their products. Get one on those teenage “genius’” right on this so they can tell us how they don’t know anything. Make it work. It’s amazing how many supposedly intelligent people screw up just about everything they do. Zero stars if it were possible, but yet again, the smartest among us made a complete failure impossible when the results directly reflect their incompetence.
Its really bad
by Emmily Riverra on 2019/07/25 03:53
There is no point in this you need your remote to use it, isnt it supposed to help yoy when you lost your remote?
Annoying
by Cinabonspice on 2019/07/25 01:37
I cannot use it from the control center anymore. This app is terrible.
The Struggle is Real
by rmward1 on 2019/07/24 23:51
I have never written a review of a product but my frustration level with this app is at 10! Please fix this app or get rid of it! I should not have to reset my Apple TV box several times a day to use this app. It is not like Apple to totally ignore problems with its products so I have given them the benefit of the doubt. But this has been going on for MONTHS!! Please, Apple, I am ready to get another Fire TV box but I don’t want to do that.
Confused
by Ana Kemp on 2019/07/23 20:39
Will no longer find my apple TV as a listed device. It worked when I first installed the app. Now the second time I tried to pull it up....nothing. I uninstalled then reinstalled and I get nothing.
Muy mala aplicación
by otega 06 on 2019/07/23 04:05
Nunca funciona si acaso una vez al mes siempre dice lo mismo de qué hay que estar conectado a la misma red de wifi pero si solo tengo una sola red de internet en mi casa una sola clave y me conecto de la misma manera que conecto al Apple TV que es lo que quieren que uno use solo el control para que se dañe y comprar otro 🤬
Frequent freezing, no support
by Milt Reynolds on 2019/07/22 23:56
Disappointed. Reinstalled several times. Deleting now with little intention of reinstalling again.
Unable to connect
by mstammie on 2019/07/22 23:29
Directions to connect done map to the Apple TV Menu options. My iPhone is already connect to the Apple TV from mirroring but the Remote app still wants to connect. Gives me numbers to plug in on Apple TV But no where to enter them.
won’t connect
by randyrhinoceros on 2019/07/22 22:45
the app won’t connect to the apple tv, even though the one in the control center works and even though the app can see the tv. cannot make it work.
Disappointing design
by Another Guinea pig on 2019/07/22 17:41
Why is this so bad? Simple concept horribly executed. This isn’t too terribly advanced technically so it should be more reliable. Since it doesn’t work 99% of the time how about an update?
Unexpected issues
by yojustdontwantabadreview on 2019/07/22 06:26
I haven’t ever had issues until recently it has decided to not display my apple tv on the list to connect to when it’s on, and on the same WiFi. Why all of the sudden?...
Remote
by yrevA16 on 2019/07/22 06:16
Will not connect
Piece of Junk
by Matt in Hiroshima on 2019/07/22 04:34
If I’m lucky this app will connect to my Apple TV about 25% of the time. It boggles my mind that Apple cannot make an app for Apple TV. Complete garbage.
Thanks for my Apple TV
by KSRH on 2019/07/21 07:21
Dear.apple My apple remote broke so then we found a new feature on App Store,so then I found this on App Store.Thank you so much fore thin new feature. Your friend KSRH ———
Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave.
by Sleeples in NY on 2019/07/21 05:20
As an apple fantastic for over 30 years my whole life was and still is APPLE. But noticing more and more ever since Steve Crook took over the company things get released with more glitches. This app is the most straight forward app ever there is very few things it needs to do. Now it dose not work on my iPhone. I reformatted my iPhone, restored the Apple TV... still not working.
30k a year developers
by iSecured on 2019/07/21 01:19
The presentation icon at the bottom that takes you to the home screen is right above where you swipe up... please move this!! I swipe up and hit the home screen button all the time. Do your dev’s that get paid 30k a year work on the remote app?
Garbage.
by Active1 on 2019/07/20 19:43
Was working fine till update. Now it keeps on looking for my device wth! All the money we pay for these devices.
Choppy, laggy and wonky controls.
by Moldfingers on 2019/07/20 14:11
A lot of the time the connection to the TV is choppy and laggy. The placement of the home button is horrible, when i swipe up to exit the remote app it is extremely difficult to do so WITHOUT hitting the close button on the remote. So when I try to exit the remote app it will exit to the home screen on the TV as well, extremely frustrating. The swipes for scrolling will lag a lot and the sensitivity is inconsistent, I turned it down to slow sensitivity and it will still scroll really fast on certain swipes.
Works As Expected
by pappasbike on 2019/07/20 13:17
Prior to this I had been using what is now the iTunes remote. That works but with some features lacking. This gives me essentially every feature the hardware remote for my ATV 4 K does. One thing I didn’t know about is that the volume buttons on the phone does control the volume which goes through my tv to a soundbar. I only wish that the volume buttons would function if my phone locks and sleeps while playing a movie. I’ll have to play around with this a little more to see if that is possible. So far no issues, does not disconnect, always “sees” my ATV. Fingers crossed that it continues to work as well as it does
Trash
by lost_fables on 2019/07/20 04:53
It hasn’t worked in weeks. Delete, re-install, still nothing. Straight garbage.
Need the keyboard for passcode!
by MissRis7 on 2019/07/19 19:44
One of the features I liked about the app before the update was the ability to enter in the restrictions passcode using the keyboard on my phone. It doesn’t remain a secret passcode if everyone watches which numbers I stop at when I put in the passcode! The keyboard appears when I put in the passcode to access the restrictions options, but it does not appear when I want to access an app that is restricted. Please fix this.
Apple TV
by VV W0lf on 2019/07/18 20:13
They Should make it like an actual Apple TV remote
Frustrating
by $j a r$ on 2019/07/18 07:24
This app would be INCREDIBLE.... IF you could actually use it as a back up to the original remote. I don't understand the purpose of this app if you have to use the original remote to even use this app.... It would be great to not have to enter a code like pretty much any other Apple TV remote...
Suddenly stopped working
by Suncatcherfx on 2019/07/18 02:53
Suddenly stopped connecting completely despite extensive troubleshooting
Works as well as the physical remote
by ~L1v~ on 2019/07/17 12:10
No complaints. Works as advertised on iPhone 8.
Not working
by Majacape on 2019/07/15 23:41
I have used the app before and everything worked normally until the new update on my phone i haven’t changed my WiFi or anything Everything is the same and still not working even both devices are in the same WiFi
This app is amazing!!!
by JenifrSchmidt on 2019/07/15 23:37
This app is amazing if I can’t find my remote I just go into the app and boom!
Won't find my Apple TV
by fraterpater on 2019/07/15 17:08
no matter what I do, install/reinstall, this app will not work… The previous app was perfectly fine this one is a waste. It has never worked since the upgrade.
Apple TV remote
by beetful on 2019/07/14 23:08
So disappointed that I can’t get it to connect with my Apple TV. Used to but had to disconnect and reconnect often to get it to recognize the remote. Now it won’t even see that I have an Apple TV.
How can this app be so bad?!?!?
by awhigs on 2019/07/14 22:28
Apple!?? Why do my two iPhones constantly lose contact with my Apple TV to the point where I actually have to unplug it To reconnect??? I called for Apple support spent 45 minutes on the phone and the answer is BUY a new remote, are you serious?? Are you telling me that my thousand dollar iPhone cannot connect to your Apple TV reliably?? It works fine with my Roku and fire TV sticks! Please help the millions of people that are having the same issue with an appropriate update and response!
It doesn’t work properly
by ra_khalid on 2019/07/14 22:19
It worked perfectly at first but then it was impossible to control i can’t go right or lift the upper touch part doesn’t work i don’t know why the only thing that works is the home button does this happened to anyone ?
Horrible
by ecilliterate on 2019/07/14 20:13
Never got this app to work. Endlessly “searching” for tv. Watched every tutorial and followed instructions from apples website. Horribly confusing. Don’t lose your Apple remote!
Where’s the ownership on this misstep?
by Tyr1 on 2019/07/14 16:44
The previous version was way better than this current release; you know it, we know it, please fix it. Thank you
Cannot Connect
by Ell es on 2019/07/13 16:57
I cannot connect to my Apple TV. It used to always be connected. Nothing is wrong with the Apple since I can mirror etc. Why hasn’t this been fixed since so many have the same issue ?
Update is an Epic Failure
by Swarms of Things on 2019/07/13 13:11
Terrible. Randomly loses connection, shows as offline, even though Apple TV 4 is on. Can’t remove offline device and re-pair, stays grayed out and stuck forever in the device list. Worse still, lost the ability to control an Apple TV connected by Ethernet to an AirPort Extreme via it’s WiFi network. I wired the Apple TV 4 for network speed and to fix the annoying years long Bonjour network naming bug, that Apple has refused to fix. Anyone with an Apple TV (7), iPhone (3), MacBook Pro (26) or similar, knows exactly this obnoxious problem. Considering how poor the Apple TV 4 remote’s durability is, how expensive a replacement remote is, and how impossible this virtual remote app has become to use, beginning to question the overall value of this as a living room device. Considering Apple has a TV content service in the works, it’s inconceivable now they’ve destroyed the required hardware’s functionality, entirely thru poor software updates.
Doesn’t work anymore
by DisneyRider on 2019/07/13 04:52
Always saying I need to have the same WiFi as my Apple TV is in and they are....
Bugging out
by appdontworkandsucks on 2019/07/13 01:55
App is bugging out. It used to be connected and would turn on when pressing the menu button. Now, the app won’t even connect. Come on Apple.
Fix Volume Control
by Special_Ed_III on 2019/07/12 18:37
I used to be able to control volume with the buttons on the side of my phone and after the recent update that function no longer exists. PLEASE fix this ASAP.
Love it 😍
by 1234748:!,$: on 2019/07/12 03:31
Love it, it works for me I just wish that u can have the volume on it
Trash
by Poopybut1930475 on 2019/07/12 02:30
If I could give this app no stars I would. The app doesn’t even work half of the time.
Was great. Update buggy.
by WhyWasThisBetter on 2019/06/07 02:24
I’m surprised they haven’t updated yet to fix all these issues everyone is having. Before the latest update my only criticism is that I’d like to control the volume of the tv through the app. Since the update 1️⃣ I’m having to reconnect to my Apple TV almost every time I use it, before it stayed connected all the time. 2️⃣ The new design (using the control center, iPhone 6s) doesn’t have any ‘negative space’ to touch your finger when you mean to go back to the main control center screen. You have to press the home button every time. Since your finger is already over the screen for all the other features it’s nice to keep the “back” button on the screen too. Last version had this feature also.
Apple TV Remote
by ampsarus on 2019/08/14 23:12
I’ve tossed the Siri remote that came with my Apple TV 4K into the junk drawer. I could not get the touch sensitivity set correctly; either it was hyper hair trigger, or numb and unresponsive. I have a couple old unlocked iPhones laying around , so finding a remote is always within reach and quick. Press the Home button once and the app UI is there where I left it. If I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, I’m probably holding a phone or an iPad anyway, so that little slippery Siri remote is redundant. I would give Remote 5 stars if there was 2 changes. (1) A button to MUTE the HDMI audio. I’m not asking for a volume control; I would never use it. Just a MUTE. This feature is a no-brainer for user convenience, but I would be surprised if it is implemented due to inevitable blow back from sacred advertisers. The second change is for the app to not (sometimes) AUTO open the Devices screen asking to select a device. The last Apple TV that Remote connected to should be the default. User can change that on the Devices button. All in all a very useful app that I use frequently.
Doesn’t work well with Apple products, of all things
by Starsigma on 2019/08/19 13:38
The remote is pretty temperamental. It only works 50% of the time based on what device you’re trying to connect it with. The Apple remote I have on my iPhone works and connects automatically pretty easily with my parents Apple TV which is about two generations old. I have a brand new latest version Apple TV and it doesn’t connect to it 99% of the time automatically. You have to manually open up the app each time in order to connect to the Apple TV. The other Apple TV it pops off the top my screen and it connects just fine. It really is a 50-50 shot whether this Apple work with your device. Makes it a bit temperamental and not the best app to use. Ultimately the app is pretty useless and wouldn’t recommend. Apple seriously needs to put some work into this app. It is one of the worst Apple apps I have ever used.
New update is terrible
by SS2Dev on 2019/04/13 01:12
What is wrong with you guys? The new update is beta version at best. Some terrible UX decisions: - The 10 sec rewind and forward buttons are now missing from both control center widget and the app. - There's a new search button in the widget. But it does not search in the currently open app on the TV, but instead takes you to an entirely new search app. - With control center widget open, previously the physical volume buttons would control the Apple TV volume. This does not work anymore. - The widget from control center seems far slower to open. Whoever is the developer, can you please decrease the animation duration? Match the const value to the rest of iOS. Also, use a better animation easing curve while you are at it! - Why does the control center widget occupy full screen? The UX does not match the rest of the control center and is jarring. Also, the previous view was easy enough to dismiss by just tapping outside the widget. Now home button is the only way to dismiss it. Sounds like a small thing but slows down the interaction by a lot. Clearly regression testing was just ignored for this update. The previous control center Apple TV widget was such a magically quick interaction experience. Why break it?
Works As Expected
by pappasbike on 2019/07/20 13:17
Prior to this I had been using what is now the iTunes remote. That works but with some features lacking. This gives me essentially every feature the hardware remote for my ATV 4 K does. One thing I didn’t know about is that the volume buttons on the phone does control the volume which goes through my tv to a soundbar. I only wish that the volume buttons would function if my phone locks and sleeps while playing a movie. I’ll have to play around with this a little more to see if that is possible. So far no issues, does not disconnect, always “sees” my ATV. Fingers crossed that it continues to work as well as it does
Merge with Apple TV app. "Play on Apple TV option"
by Maparu on 2019/03/29 01:38
The remote app should just be the Apple TV app but with an option to send the show to Apple TV. Spectrum actually does this well surprisingly. The app let's you search for content and then once you find it you can play in the app or send to TV. It is amazing. All search and browse should be visual and in an app on iPhone and then throw it to the TV. Using the clunky physical remote is not a good solution. Scrolling does not meet same expectations that have been set by the phone. This remote app is basic and not at all useful when compared to spectrum fully featured "remote" that let's you watch on device or play on TV. Thanks for listening!
Not bad but needs one option
by Raimbaalbaphomet on 2019/06/18 01:22
I haven’t had any issues with the app thus far. I was reluctant to download and use this but I figured that I’d give it a try. It works fine. My only issue, which can be fixed very easily if the developer reads reviews is, allow an option that you can set the device as a default device. I only have one Apple TV and I find it a little annoying to have to go in a drop menu to select it each time. Allow people to set a default device so that whichever tv they use most is selected. Aside from that, it’s easy to use and I don’t seem to have connectivity issues.
Bring back the previous version!
by rogdj on 2019/05/01 02:32
This update doesn't work. It won't wake up the Apple TV. I had to physically unplug the Apple TV and then re-plug it to turn it on. Previous version, i could enter passwords by using the keyboard and the numbers wouldn't show on the screen. This would keep it private in a room full of people. Now, I have to ask everyone to turn around so I can choose the numbers by swiping and clicking, because the numbers are in full view. Likewise , when doing a search, I used to just type on the keyboard but now i have to use the old swipe and peck method which takes a long time. I don't understand why the update has actually taken away functionality and returned the app to what it was several updates ago. You have gone backwards!
Volume Control!
by The Deeje on 2019/03/26 22:40
A little tip for those of you who want to control volume on your Apple TV with the app. It’s not obvious but very intuitive once you figure it out. When the app is open, manipulating the volume buttons on your iPhone manipulates the volume on the TV. There aren’t any onscreen buttons, but I’d rather have hardware buttons anyway for something like volume. Other than that, I’ve always loved this app and have never had any issues. It’s super clutch when I can’t find that Apple TV remote (at least half the time)
Not reliable especially w/ airplay music
by og-user-seimens-loox720 on 2019/06/02 15:22
Used to work fine and just worked. Last couple times tried to connect and does not find my apple tv (older generation but updated). Started not working around 6 months ago. It connect right up if i disable airplay audio from music app. These should both function at the same time, right? I need to change screensaver, etc, while only music plays from phone to apple TV. Will stop buying your products if the ‘just dont work’...please update/fix
An easy trick to force it to connect
by howDT on 2019/03/26 23:51
The most annoying thing about this app is that it often appears not to connect and requires you to unplug your Apple TV and plug it back in to get it to work. BUT You can force it to connect and wake your Apple TV by going into the control center, 3D-touching the Now Playing widget, tap the connect icon (where you would connect to AirPods), and select Apple TV from there. That forces the Apple TV to turn on and you can use the remote app from there. No more unplugging required!
New version is strictly worse
by rodney stubbs on 2019/05/05 14:35
The new version is worse in every way. Not sure if you only have one Apple TV, but if you have two or more, you have to reselect your Apple TV every few seconds, literally. Just to play a tv show episode I have to select which Apple TV I want first, then click tv shows, now I have to reselect which Apple TV because it has dropped the connection, click the program I want. Now I want to fast forward or something, guess what? Have to select which Apple TV I want again. Previously the app would remember what tv you’d used last and would stay connected unless you switched manually. There are also numerous UI issues others have listed in their reviews.
New update degraded core functionality
by Belloso on 2019/03/28 08:28
Worked perfect before update. Now with new update, tv never stays connected. I have to select which tv each time. Even when multitasking. Track pad is no longer as responsive and requires multiple swipes. The iPhone screen used to be a much better alternative to the finicky and sensitive remote but now this update took it a step backwards. The new UI is welcomed but if the core functionality is degraded it defeats the purpose. Please fix ASAP. It is very frustrating to have to reconnect to tv or to choose which tv I want when it knows I was just using it for a certain tv. Swiping should be more accurate as in previous versions
Most disappointing app I own...
by Jsndhdjsnshcidsnsk on 2019/07/06 17:13
It's really mind-boggling that Apple can't get this right. A trillion dollar tech company that can't make a decent remote control. Unreal. I've had an Apple TV for several years and have never enjoyed this app. The touch screen controls have a lag that makes them almost unusable, but that's only if the app can find your device in the first place. Mine usually cannot. This app is usually opened before a long series of turning things on and off trying to get it to work. After ten minutes of struggling with this awful junk I often give up and read instead. And that's the best thing I can say about this app. It's got me reading more.
So useful
by kevinislegion on 2019/03/26 20:12
I often lose the Apple TV remote and love that I can just pull down on my phone and control the TV so easily and quickly! I do hate that the phone constantly vibrates though when I am inputting text into Apple TV. I appreciate the option and ability to type what I want using my phone, but having my phone vibrate as if I received a text message irritates me a bit. I think it’s more a personal preference thing.
Preferred to the remote for version 3
by DgNmK on 2019/05/13 04:03
I’m not sure why this remote got such a bad rep. I prefer to use the “track pad” style box on the phone app as opposed to the actual remote. It works just fine. It has a home button, menu button, play/pause button and tap-to-select on the track portion. The remote on version 3 is IR, while the app is WiFi. That means I can use my phone app if I want to hide the box. It’s great. Does the job. I’m satisfied.
No Text Input For Passcodes!
by Lakelifer69 on 2019/03/27 00:30
What happened to text input for passcode entry!? It used to be possible to enter passcodes via the app which was extremely useful when there are others in the room who you don’t want to broadcast your passcode to by entering it with the Siri remote. I’d rather not trust that my kids are covering their eyes or have to ask them to leave the room every time I want to unlock a restricted app. I have found the app useful at times but this is a major oversight.
Update was a roll back on quality
by Agrav Corps on 2019/04/19 02:31
Have been using this to control my Apple TV’s for a while now and ever since the update it is glitchy at best. It is way less responsive overall and freezes up every time after a few seconds. In order to solve this I have to close it wait a few seconds then relaunch it to get control again. As someone who uses this to play something to go to sleep to every night this has added a level of frustration before trying to go to sleep which results in less sleep. Please roll this back there was nothing wrong with the previous version.
Worked perfect before the update
by Valmont2719362 on 2019/04/08 21:36
The app was absolutely perfect until the recent update. Now it doesn’t scroll through without glitching, pressing down on the trackpad is unresponsive, and several functionalities now do not work. It also made my Apple TV turn Spanish for some reason. Please fix and make it as good as it was before. I used to always use ,y phone as the remote whenever I lost my remote under my bed somewhere and it was just like using the remote. But now, it’s terrible and makes me have to reach for the remote. It also doesn’t connect to the tv unless I turn on the tv first and then the Apple TV.
So much trouble
by halfItalianmom on 2019/08/11 02:33
I’ve had this app for years and loved it but lately I’ve experienced problems with it telling me to add Apple TV or that it can’t connect. Yesterday I called AppleCare and spoke with a rep who was extremely knowledgeable and went through extensive troubleshooting. We got the app working again & I thought the problems were solved but they were not because today I am getting the same error again telling me to add Apple TV. This is beyond annoying and seeing that the rating for this app is so low because others are having issues, you’d think that Apple would’ve come up with a fix by now. Please help!
Update is an Epic Failure
by Swarms of Things on 2019/07/13 13:11
Terrible. Randomly loses connection, shows as offline, even though Apple TV 4 is on. Can’t remove offline device and re-pair, stays grayed out and stuck forever in the device list. Worse still, lost the ability to control an Apple TV connected by Ethernet to an AirPort Extreme via it’s WiFi network. I wired the Apple TV 4 for network speed and to fix the annoying years long Bonjour network naming bug, that Apple has refused to fix. Anyone with an Apple TV (7), iPhone (3), MacBook Pro (26) or similar, knows exactly this obnoxious problem. Considering how poor the Apple TV 4 remote’s durability is, how expensive a replacement remote is, and how impossible this virtual remote app has become to use, beginning to question the overall value of this as a living room device. Considering Apple has a TV content service in the works, it’s inconceivable now they’ve destroyed the required hardware’s functionality, entirely thru poor software updates.
Broke the app
by sk8nfors8n on 2019/06/02 04:01
The most recent update broke so many core features of the app. Now the remote consistently loses connection to the TV randomly. It can be within a few seconds (even as I’m typing something in), or minutes. On the remote interface itself, the 10 sec fast forward and rewind controls disappear. Once those are gone, the ability to use the main pad to manually go back or forward simply doesn’t work. These issues have been occurring since day 1 of this most recent app update and is a bit ridiculous for something that worked fine before.
“Offline”
by Jcarlisle429 on 2019/06/30 12:00
When the remote app actually connects to the AppleTV it works fine. The problem is that the app rarely stays connected. More often than not you are met with an “AppleTV Offline” message even though it is clearly turned on. Even more frustrating is the fact that you can be currently connected to said AppleTV through mirroring while being shown the message. I’ve contacted Apple multiple times for a fix and get the same standard response “Make sure your AppleTV is on the same network, turned on, etc..”. None of these solutions have produced a long term fix.
Just okay
by Laaaaday Styx on 2019/04/06 02:40
I would’ve given more start as I have to use this app because I can’t find my remote. I am always having to either delete the app, forget my WiFi network and reconnect, or unplugging my Apple TV and plugging back in. This app keeps saying my Apple TV is not connected......THATS WHEN I AM WATCHING MOVIES OR EVEN ON NETFLIX. It’s so annoying that you would think Apple would be sure that doesn’t happen. I guess not.....Maybe if they fix that, I’ll review again and can possibly get more stars. Figure it out Apple.
So many issues not enough problem solving from the team
by Humpfrey on 2019/06/28 23:31
I have to unplug my Apple TV and plug it back in every time I want to turn it on which I use it often the controls weren’t well thought through the trackpad is super touchy when you don’t want it to be and at other times when you wanna scroll a lot it goes one at a time so this app needs a lot of work is it worth the hassle if you lost the original remote? yes but would expect better performance from such a rich company with plenty of resources but then again their phones are starting to go bad too.
Needs some improvement
by Missty.Stahler on 2019/06/06 07:52
Since the new update the microphone typing search feature on the control stopped working properly. In addition, I am having issues with the position of the buttons that exists the the television app such as Netflix and the line that to exit the the remote app are too close to one another. About 70 percent of the time I try to exit out of the Apple control but it will also exit out of what I am currently playing.
New update review 12.2 ... new things to try out
by Bob177653383 on 2019/03/30 08:08
After updating the app ... you have to select Apple TV everytime to connect ... i think its a big that can be fixed easily ... but manually selecting Apple TV everytime when you only have one is tiresome... I personally don’t like the layout very big buttons ... option of adding arrows (left right) would be nice or pointer in the app somewhat like a cursor on smart tv ...I doubt the developer would read this though
I love the app
by F Pitts on 2019/03/27 02:17
Unlike the previous review, I have had no issues with the app. I actually use it on 3 different Apple TVs and have no issues quickly switching between devices. In fact the app is more reliable than my actual remote in most instances. Only reason doesn’t get 5 stars is because would be great if could control the TV volume as well like the actual remote does.
Not Quite There
by Kenn F on 2019/04/29 02:38
This app has come a long way, but for it to be a first party application from apple it performs like a third party application. It takes forever to connect at times, and that's when it does connect. Sometimes the apple tv doesn't even show up to be connected. Also, there's just a big input lag if you try to do any type of gaming through the apps installed on the tv when you use the apple tv application.
Fracked AGAIN
by aholasaurus rex on 2019/04/15 01:43
Every other time, this app fails. At BEST, this app still fails in so many ways, randomly failing to supply a keyboard when needed for entering searches or passwords. More often than not, it Doesn’t recognize the Apple TV. Since it has NO in app access to settings, there is no way to see if there is a fix. That is especially frustrating when the Apple TV says to turn on “family sharing” in settings (which can’t be done through phone settings). This is 4+ years with this app, multiple iPhone types. Consistently horrible.
10 seconds back or fwd WAS awesome
by Compuser on 2019/07/30 02:27
Today some sort of auto update removed the 10 seconds back or forward feature, now only available with some Apple TV apps after clicking details. It was such a great feature, I’m so let down that I now must make extra taps to sometimes have this feature available. I didn’t update the app and don’t have any type of auto update enabled. Please restore to the previous version, we can scrub with the touch pad area!
Need the keyboard for passcode!
by MissRis7 on 2019/07/19 19:44
One of the features I liked about the app before the update was the ability to enter in the restrictions passcode using the keyboard on my phone. It doesn’t remain a secret passcode if everyone watches which numbers I stop at when I put in the passcode! The keyboard appears when I put in the passcode to access the restrictions options, but it does not appear when I want to access an app that is restricted. Please fix this.
Should work through Bluetooth as well
by Shades228 on 2019/04/21 23:47
This should work through Bluetooth as well. No remote with me traveling, not Apple’s fault obviously, and the hotel WiFi has a web portal that won’t pop up on the Apple TV once I used my hotspot to mirror my home WiFi settings. Once I changed the network I lose remote connectivity. I can however AirPlay to it. If the remote would work both WiFi and Bluetooth it would cover this scenario of people forgetting a remote.
Choppy, laggy and wonky controls.
by Moldfingers on 2019/07/20 14:11
A lot of the time the connection to the TV is choppy and laggy. The placement of the home button is horrible, when i swipe up to exit the remote app it is extremely difficult to do so WITHOUT hitting the close button on the remote. So when I try to exit the remote app it will exit to the home screen on the TV as well, extremely frustrating. The swipes for scrolling will lag a lot and the sensitivity is inconsistent, I turned it down to slow sensitivity and it will still scroll really fast on certain swipes.
Was great, last update messed it up
by KalaLovesReviews on 2019/06/17 04:28
Similar to most of the other commenters, I like the phone remote a lot! However, the previous version was much better. I used to be able to use the remote from the control center, saving me from having to unlock my phone. Now the remote in the control center looks strange and doesn’t work. It’s wasted space. Please fix this, as I almost exclusively use the app as my remote.
You broke it
by _dd97 on 2019/05/14 16:37
Used to work perfectly. One very annoying problem with this version is now every time I access remote from control center I have to select the Apple TV? The previous version used to remember and connect automatically. Also freezes frequently from the cc widget. I find myself having to come out of the lock screen and open the app to use it. Did anyone test it? Where is the quality apple software? If it isn’t broken, why are you fixing it? Previous version had no issues!
Update changes
by alidon246 on 2019/04/10 06:38
I love this app but with the update they took away the ability to control the volume. I was able to click on the side of my phone to make the volume higher or lower. Since the update that feature is gone. Is there another way to control the volume or was that part of the app that I loved- over looked?
New update horrible cant even use the remote
by That one person online on 2019/04/30 03:53
I understand that we need change sometimes but the old version was fine with just a few bug fixes. This updated version is literally useless i cant scroll or even do anything all i can do is hope that i can close the app fast enough before it selects its starting point. Don’t lose your physical remote you'll be in agony and wont be able to do anything but be frustrated that all you can do is select thats it you have only one option.
New version fixed one major issue but broke another major one
by TheBard8 on 2019/05/11 15:44
The new version seems to have fixed the connection dropping issue. However, now it will sometimes not allow left/right/up/down navigation. This happens far too frequently The select button still works but it’s pretty useless when there is no navigation. Really disappointed in Apple. Everything they make used to be solid and just work. I’m really surprised this app has had major issues for so long....
Works, but...
by Holodoctor1 on 2019/05/10 22:12
Needs an update that shows forward/backwards buttons in control center and widget. Also needs to be able to select an Apple TV by default that ALWAYS opens to control that device when it’s detected. I have two ATVs on my network, with one I almost never use, and I have to select the one I do use every time. Garggg! Other than that, I think the controller is better than it used to be, so 3 stars.
Ever since the update it is garbage
by Tony70516 on 2019/06/14 23:37
This used to work flawlessly every single time I’d use it, ever since this update with the interface change it is absolute trash and doesn’t work. You no longer can seamlessly scrub through videos, all you can do is go back or forward 10 seconds at a time, the trackpad just times out constantly and barely works. It’s gotten to the point where I just stopped using it, it’s a shame an update ruined such a convenient app. I’d say let us revert back to the last version
Good remote stand-in
by sheppam1 on 2019/05/20 15:12
With all the negative reviews, I’ll add a positive one. Just purchased a new Apple TV 4K this week and updated its software. I also downloaded the latest version of the Apple remote app onto my iPhone. I’m experiencing none of the problems some are reporting. The remote app is installed in the control center (swipe up) and is easy to access even after the iPhone goes to sleep simply by waking it up. The volume is controlled by using the iPhone’s own volume buttons as is typical with Apple. The remote works almost exactly like the remote that came with Apple TV. My only recommendation would be to allow the user to control speed and sensitivity of swiping.
Please fix remote app
by elusiveduck on 2019/04/23 04:30
Not sure what happened to this app and control center management. Before everything worked seamlessly, but the update did the following: Via control center: -Control center app no longer works as intended. -Will only work part of the time. -Volume control for tv/media system no longer works. -Trackpad is iffy or non-responsive. -will not connect when called upon from control center (even on same WiFi) -Trackpad Tap for fast forward or rewind search is iffy or non-responsive. -only wakes the Apple TV sometimes. Via main app: -Volume control is not working -trackpad is iffy or non-responsive at times Please, please fix. The experience is nown horrible. We’ve updated, reset and restarted everything in the ecosystem and nothing works. If everything worked above, this would be an easy 5 star review.
Good app but could be great
by Jjcoug on 2019/06/19 04:18
I think this app works well-we have been users of it over 6 years and it has been very handy (especially when our kids lose the Apple TV remote and I usually have my phone on me). I have a couple of recommendations. Add a way to connect to newer TV’s (Visio, Samsung, Sony, etc) to turn on/off the TV and also adjust volume louder/softer. If that was added this would bump it to 5 stars for me
What used to be good is worthless now
by Shazzamatazz on 2019/05/09 06:07
This app used to be great because it allowed users to use their phone’s keyboard to type on the Apple TV which was essential for searching or trying to enter your log in info. But now they’ve removed the keyboard functionality making this app just as worthless as the 3 button silver remote that came with the Apple TV. Apple is caring less and less about user experience these days. I’m gonna move to slingbox.
Seems to work well for me
by KilerB on 2019/07/08 02:23
My Apple TV remote wasn’t working very well and this thing just worked right off the bat. No Bluetooth interference either. The one in my living room was a bit sketchy compared to the one in my bedroom because of Bluetooth interference. This seems to avoid that.
Used To Be Great
by *Kimmy*Kim* on 2019/03/29 16:48
The previous version of the app was amazing and worked flawlessly, unfortunately the current software doesn’t work very smooth and I am constantly finding myself clicking buttons repeatedly, which is quite annoying. Once this issue is corrected though I see this app being better than the remote that comes with the apple tv!
I’ve loved this app, but now it just inconvenient...
by Haahhy on 2019/04/20 09:29
When I go to use the control center part it just keeps loading and won’t let me select a tv... so it unusable and I have to unload my phone and go into the actual app to use. Also my husbands phone (iPhone XR) shows the remote from the lock screen now which is awesome except this does not happen in mine (iphone X). Just a lot of bugs that need to be worked out and quickly!
Don’t update the app!
by kaalerrs on 2019/04/18 19:43
I updated that app and the remote got worse! I liked the original one. It now won’t let me press the button to pause. It won’t let me move where I am in the show without using the 10 seconds forward or 10 seconds backwards so if I want fast forward or rewind my only option is to go 10 seconds at a time. And sometimes, the whole touch section doesn’t work AT ALL. It also makes me connect to my Apple TV EVERY SINGLE time I open the app. I wish I had never updated.
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apple tv remote is a great companion to Apple TV, delivering the best of the Siri Remote. With apple tv remote, you’ll never need to put down your iPhone or iPad to enjoy Apple TV. Control Apple TV with a swipe of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly enter text. And you can use the app along with the Siri Remote.  • Navigate Apple TV with touch gestures • Quickly enter text, email addresses, and passwords using the keyboard • Ask Siri to find something great to watch, listen to, or play • Control the movie, TV show, or song that’s currently playing • View song lyrics, change music tracks, and select movie chapters • Play games using the accelerometer and gyroscope • Turn on Game Mode for simplified game controls  • Use volume buttons on your iOS device to control volume Requirements: • iOS devices using iOS 9.3.2 or later • Wi-Fi connection to Apple TV • Apple TV (4th generation), using tvOS 9.2.1 or later • Apple TV (3rd generation), using Apple TV Software 7.2.1 • Apple TV (2nd generation), using Apple TV Software 6.2.1 • Certain Now Playing features, including lyrics, playlists, and chapter, audio, and captions selection for movies and TV shows, require iOS 10.3 or later and tvOS 10.2 or later • Volume control requires an AV receiver with CEC support Note: Siri requires Apple TV (4th generation) and availability varies by country and language.
Get it
by I hate it don't get it on 2019/08/22 02:02
It's very good the touchpad works perfect ly but it's kinda annoying when you need volume but just get it.
Poor connection, Nearly Useless
by JBTheScrivener on 2019/08/21 21:57
It routinely takes opening and fully closing the app 30+ times before it recognizes my Apple TV. It’s beyond frustrating and bordering on useless. It’s like a gambling addition. Maybe I’ll win this time? Shocked it’s developed by Apple. Boo. Hiss.
Does not find my Apple tvs
by mmcmsp on 2019/08/21 21:28
I open the app from control panel and it keeps searching my Apple TVs forever BUT if I open the app arore, look for remote and open from here, it loads already showing my TVs connected! Please fix this!
This App is still a nightmare
by jekpopulous on 2019/08/21 18:42
I've been trying to use this app on and off for years. Different iPhones, Apple TVs, and networks. I connect to the Apple TV and 10 minutes later the App can't find it. I reset everything and reconnect...it's fine for 10 minutes...rinse and repeat.
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Eh
by the *all names are taken* name on 2019/08/20 05:29
It’s nice when it actually works but half the time it says the tv is “offline”. In other words, dont rely on this app to replace the actual remote because then you’re screwed. Might I suggest duct taping the real remote to your other remotes that I know you have laying around. Love apple and love this app when it works, but don’t let it be your only option.
Offline more than online!
by Rick C (Miner49er) on 2019/08/20 03:46
This use to work great. But now I have to unplug the Apple TV to get it to reconnect to ALL out apple devices. All the support forms say it’s my network. I call BS!!! I set up a separate network and the same thing. All devices say the Apple TV is off line even though the Apple TV is playing a show. And yes all Apple devices are up to date. It seems to have started with the last Apple update. I think I’m going to go Roku if this is not fixed!
DO NOT GET THIS APP
by Awesome123++ on 2019/08/19 23:16
I was missing the remote for the Apple TV, and I thought I could use the app to replace it. But you have to use the remote in order to pair with the Apple TV! Therefore the app is useless :(
Doesn’t work well with Apple products, of all things
by Starsigma on 2019/08/19 13:38
The remote is pretty temperamental. It only works 50% of the time based on what device you’re trying to connect it with. The Apple remote I have on my iPhone works and connects automatically pretty easily with my parents Apple TV which is about two generations old. I have a brand new latest version Apple TV and it doesn’t connect to it 99% of the time automatically. You have to manually open up the app each time in order to connect to the Apple TV. The other Apple TV it pops off the top my screen and it connects just fine. It really is a 50-50 shot whether this Apple work with your device. Makes it a bit temperamental and not the best app to use. Ultimately the app is pretty useless and wouldn’t recommend. Apple seriously needs to put some work into this app. It is one of the worst Apple apps I have ever used.
No search?
by I-padloverinaustin on 2019/08/18 21:56
The search function on AppleTV is HORRIBLE. This is why I downloaded this app-to type in my searches. Suddenly, it’s disappeared. No longer shows up, rendering the app completely useless for me. Fix it & I will change my review.
Sad
by 4Curly2! on 2019/08/18 11:03
Not happy with this app at all. Am constantly required to delete/reinstall, reboot Apple TV for this thing to work at all!!! Bad app!!!
Remote pairing
by P.Djent on 2019/08/18 05:21
How is one supposed to pair my device as a remote when I’m required to have a remote to access my Apple TV in order to do so? If I had a remote I wouldn’t need this app.
Fix it!
by El_Royito on 2019/08/17 23:41
Fix your app! It seriously needs an update
I can’t use the app
by kinda angry user on 2019/08/17 22:48
I lost my Apple TV remote, and thought this would work as a solution. I clicked my Apple TV, and it gave me a code that I had to enter into my tv for it to work, which uses a remote, which I didn’t have. I know that a lot of apps and websites use this feature, but maybe you could find another way?
Amazing App! Work Fine!
by Long h. on 2019/08/17 20:57
I love this app, it work actually as it described! Good Job! Make my life easier with or without a remote that run out of battery! This amazing app is the best!
Fix bug! Glitches!
by cj78779 on 2019/08/17 13:13
Last version was way better than this new update.
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I can’t add my Apple TV
by Jelly2times on 2019/08/15 01:36
Every time I try to use this app it says that I can’t connect my Apple TV because my Apple TV is not on the same network!
No longer works..
by SchlitterTex on 2019/08/14 23:33
WiFi works. This app doesn’t work at our house on three different phones. It stopped working after using it during the day. Several days later, doesn’t work.
Apple TV Remote
by ampsarus on 2019/08/14 23:12
I’ve tossed the Siri remote that came with my Apple TV 4K into the junk drawer. I could not get the touch sensitivity set correctly; either it was hyper hair trigger, or numb and unresponsive. I have a couple old unlocked iPhones laying around , so finding a remote is always within reach and quick. Press the Home button once and the app UI is there where I left it. If I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, I’m probably holding a phone or an iPad anyway, so that little slippery Siri remote is redundant. I would give Remote 5 stars if there was 2 changes. (1) A button to MUTE the HDMI audio. I’m not asking for a volume control; I would never use it. Just a MUTE. This feature is a no-brainer for user convenience, but I would be surprised if it is implemented due to inevitable blow back from sacred advertisers. The second change is for the app to not (sometimes) AUTO open the Devices screen asking to select a device. The last Apple TV that Remote connected to should be the default. User can change that on the Devices button. All in all a very useful app that I use frequently.
The stupidest app I’ve met in my life
by 联邦维护者 on 2019/08/14 16:48
Can’t believe this app is made by Apple. The design of control is terrible, anti-human; when you try to move forward or back in the video, the touching experience is gonna drive you crazy: not sensitive enough, slow response, and lots of bug issues. It’s just like a prototype made by a third-rate company consisting of programmers who haven’t finished the foundation of Java.
Language
by 5Gold Shid4 godown3 flasks21 on 2019/08/14 14:58
Can’t select different language selection. I used to do it all the time. Now the function is gone.
Worst App
by NickName26352 on 2019/08/13 22:16
This app is basically useless. It constantly loses connection, has severe delays and barely controls most apps.
Not made well for the iPhone X
by Doesntmatter01010 on 2019/08/13 18:04
Without a home button, it is extremely frustrating navigating in and out of this app. Shouldn’t be a hard fix since you just need to Change the spacing at the bottom.
Worthless
by GermanNick on 2019/08/12 23:59
The app provides you with a code to enter. The code pops up on your iPhone and you are expected to enter it on your Apple TV. The issue? You can’t enter a code on your Apple TV without a remote... If you are like me, you downloaded the app because you can’t find your remote. If this is the case, the app is worthless.
Used to work great
by VonLitterbox on 2019/08/12 01:18
This app no longer connects to my Apple TV. Same with the iPad. After years of no problems, this is sad.
adequate fill in, not perfect
by farlihud on 2019/08/11 23:45
my remote is having battery issues, so got the app to fill in until i can get a new one or fix issue.. the app allows controlling basic functions, but current ipad interface version doesn't have fast-forward/rewind or closed-caption options
Good but...
by Hagen724 on 2019/08/11 21:06
This app is good but the remote also needs a volume button so it can turn your tv up because some people don’t want to find the tv remote to change volume every time every thing else is good about this app though just that one thing
No 10 second rewind button?!
by Kakakakakalak on 2019/08/11 20:34
Please bring back the 10 second rewind button. When I want to rewind and I’m watching a movie now it goes back a few minutes. So annoying. And the volume should be able to be controlled from the app. as well
Doesn’t work
by usc! on 2019/08/11 16:33
Doesn’t work
So much trouble
by halfItalianmom on 2019/08/11 02:33
I’ve had this app for years and loved it but lately I’ve experienced problems with it telling me to add Apple TV or that it can’t connect. Yesterday I called AppleCare and spoke with a rep who was extremely knowledgeable and went through extensive troubleshooting. We got the app working again & I thought the problems were solved but they were not because today I am getting the same error again telling me to add Apple TV. This is beyond annoying and seeing that the rating for this app is so low because others are having issues, you’d think that Apple would’ve come up with a fix by now. Please help!
App connectivity
by Chaz Solomon on 2019/08/10 05:05
This remote app has had issues for YEARS with connection issues. The Apple TV can be on, mirroring from the same phone and still won’t connect... I’m talking IPhone 7 through the iPhone X. I don’t get it... I expect better and usually receive better results from my favorite tech company tf...
Piece of trash
by happyrach1 on 2019/08/10 04:47
Apple is supposed to hire the best engineers in the world but this product is utterly useless. I have 3 Apple TVs in my house and they are all connected to the same WiFi mesh network. For some reasons it only detects one device out of the three. It worked before so it’s something that they have broken in the software/update.
Barely works
by Subz1987 on 2019/08/10 00:39
This app is beyond trash. Even when you’re on the same network as your Apple TV, it can never find it and you struggle to close out and reopen the app hoping you can finally connect to it.
Won’t find or connect to WIFI
by HatalaMD on 2019/08/09 02:31
Worked great for 3 weeks then mysteriously dropped the TV connection and now the app cannot find the WIFI the Apple TV is connected to. I’ve tried re-downloading the app and I just did the new update, still nothing.
Apple TV remote
by app user M on 2019/08/08 05:30
This app used to work great, but now I have a hard time connecting to the Apple TV.. it says that the Apple TV is offline while the Apple TV is up and running. I’m better off using the remote then this app.
You need an Apple TV remote to use this Apple TV remote
by BillJane on 2019/08/07 03:27
Setting up the remote requires an Apple TV remote. What?!?!? What’s the point if you already have a remote? Why would I use this buggy piece of crap app if I had a working remote?
Horrible!!!
by Stepheniethegreat on 2019/08/06 04:48
Used to work now it does not!! So buggy!!
Used to work great but then stopped
by Kenniatheonly on 2019/08/06 00:50
^^^
PATHETIC
by brett71121 on 2019/08/05 05:06
I give up...we’re pushing a DECADE of absolute garbage with this app. There’s no excuse for this.
Where are the buttons?
by pbob70 on 2019/08/05 01:34
Where are the 10sec buttons? I used those all the time! This is not ok.
Had to uninstall due to spamming
by spogue on 2019/08/04 19:35
The keyboard started to spam me. The keyboard prompt kept popping up on my phone even though the TVs were asleep. Like every 5 seconds I mean. I’ve read this an issue and took some measures to fix such as uninstalling and reinstalling the app and disconnecting from my TVs. Nothing worked. So...it’s now deleted. Maybe I’ll give it a shot again but I’m not sure I used it enough to even reconsider reinstalling.
Don’t bother to download
by concert_chris6501 on 2019/08/04 14:26
Only works half the time. Constantly having to reset Apple TV for the app to connect. Bug after bug. I’d be fine with buying an app remote that actually worked, but knowing Apple you would need a subscription each month for it 🙄
Does not work for 1st gen Apple TV
by Throwindangs on 2019/08/04 01:00
Doesn’t work whatsoever. I’m an IT guy and can’t get it to work. Worthless... switching to Samsung
It was good then would not connect
by Drew Lesueur on 2019/08/03 04:57
I kept trying to connect and it wouldn't I had to delete it and then try to repair. But the repairing didn't work the first time.
Does not work
by Upset__Dad on 2019/08/02 20:57
This app used to until a week ago when Apple updated. Don’t waste your time downloading just use your remote. To bad Apple doesn’t hold itself to the same standards they expect from other developers.
FIX THE APP
by From:Creat a Nickname on 2019/08/02 16:02
It won’t stay connected other people and my complain about this for months and you haven’t fixed it DAMMIT
Usability
by SanjiK on 2019/08/02 01:55
Horrible usability.
C’mon Apple! You can do better than this!
by Joel the Mole on 2019/08/01 03:39
See title. Enough said. There are no visual affordances to help the user. Hard to figure out. Obvious buttons missing. Keyboard missing for password entry. Utter crap (and I am an Apple fan-boy)
Doesn’t connect to Apple TV
by Takesnothing on 2019/07/31 23:17
Used to work fine. Now I get error to make sure iPhone and Apple TV are on the same WiFi even though they are. Phone mirrors on Apple TV but this remote wouldn’t connect.
Worst download ever
by 1-j ] on 2019/07/31 11:26
I hate this app
10 seconds back or fwd WAS awesome
by Compuser on 2019/07/30 02:27
Today some sort of auto update removed the 10 seconds back or forward feature, now only available with some Apple TV apps after clicking details. It was such a great feature, I’m so let down that I now must make extra taps to sometimes have this feature available. I didn’t update the app and don’t have any type of auto update enabled. Please restore to the previous version, we can scrub with the touch pad area!
No volume control and can’t Double tap
by Jfl188 on 2019/07/30 02:02
Ca no longer Doyle tap to zoom and no volume controls please fix double taping bug needs bug fixing cant double tap to zoom in on videos and needs volume rockers
Please fix the glitches
by Fundraising Chairperson on 2019/07/28 21:23
Please fix the glitches
Incredibly buggy
by KyahJadeD2012 on 2019/07/28 19:04
It is beyond irritating to tap the 10-second rewind button and end up at the end of whatever I’m watching. Why hasn’t this been fixed yet??
Just swipe
by extdbw on 2019/07/28 18:01
This app works great for me! Just swipe left and right or up and down. This is so simple!!
No volume control
by mountain sea on 2019/07/28 16:50
This is incredibly annoying and would make the app stellar. Not sure why it doesn't have it
Just... wow.
by Mvm337 on 2019/07/27 03:55
It’s amazing that such an established company worth billions would put out such irresponsive garbage. Do they even test/use their own products? I’m only giving it 2 stars because sometimes it actually works. How embarrassing.
Wow
by YouCanCallMeNanerpus on 2019/07/26 22:02
So easy to use and type but takes up a little more space than you think
Garbage
by Burnsrp31 on 2019/07/26 03:53
Just trash considering how much $$$ this company is worth and how much they charge for all of their products. Get one on those teenage “genius’” right on this so they can tell us how they don’t know anything. Make it work. It’s amazing how many supposedly intelligent people screw up just about everything they do. Zero stars if it were possible, but yet again, the smartest among us made a complete failure impossible when the results directly reflect their incompetence.
Its really bad
by Emmily Riverra on 2019/07/25 03:53
There is no point in this you need your remote to use it, isnt it supposed to help yoy when you lost your remote?
Annoying
by Cinabonspice on 2019/07/25 01:37
I cannot use it from the control center anymore. This app is terrible.
The Struggle is Real
by rmward1 on 2019/07/24 23:51
I have never written a review of a product but my frustration level with this app is at 10! Please fix this app or get rid of it! I should not have to reset my Apple TV box several times a day to use this app. It is not like Apple to totally ignore problems with its products so I have given them the benefit of the doubt. But this has been going on for MONTHS!! Please, Apple, I am ready to get another Fire TV box but I don’t want to do that.
Confused
by Ana Kemp on 2019/07/23 20:39
Will no longer find my apple TV as a listed device. It worked when I first installed the app. Now the second time I tried to pull it up....nothing. I uninstalled then reinstalled and I get nothing.
Muy mala aplicación
by otega 06 on 2019/07/23 04:05
Nunca funciona si acaso una vez al mes siempre dice lo mismo de qué hay que estar conectado a la misma red de wifi pero si solo tengo una sola red de internet en mi casa una sola clave y me conecto de la misma manera que conecto al Apple TV que es lo que quieren que uno use solo el control para que se dañe y comprar otro 🤬
Frequent freezing, no support
by Milt Reynolds on 2019/07/22 23:56
Disappointed. Reinstalled several times. Deleting now with little intention of reinstalling again.
Unable to connect
by mstammie on 2019/07/22 23:29
Directions to connect done map to the Apple TV Menu options. My iPhone is already connect to the Apple TV from mirroring but the Remote app still wants to connect. Gives me numbers to plug in on Apple TV But no where to enter them.
won’t connect
by randyrhinoceros on 2019/07/22 22:45
the app won’t connect to the apple tv, even though the one in the control center works and even though the app can see the tv. cannot make it work.
Disappointing design
by Another Guinea pig on 2019/07/22 17:41
Why is this so bad? Simple concept horribly executed. This isn’t too terribly advanced technically so it should be more reliable. Since it doesn’t work 99% of the time how about an update?
Unexpected issues
by yojustdontwantabadreview on 2019/07/22 06:26
I haven’t ever had issues until recently it has decided to not display my apple tv on the list to connect to when it’s on, and on the same WiFi. Why all of the sudden?...
Remote
by yrevA16 on 2019/07/22 06:16
Will not connect
Piece of Junk
by Matt in Hiroshima on 2019/07/22 04:34
If I’m lucky this app will connect to my Apple TV about 25% of the time. It boggles my mind that Apple cannot make an app for Apple TV. Complete garbage.
Thanks for my Apple TV
by KSRH on 2019/07/21 07:21
Dear.apple My apple remote broke so then we found a new feature on App Store,so then I found this on App Store.Thank you so much fore thin new feature. Your friend KSRH ———
Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave.
by Sleeples in NY on 2019/07/21 05:20
As an apple fantastic for over 30 years my whole life was and still is APPLE. But noticing more and more ever since Steve Crook took over the company things get released with more glitches. This app is the most straight forward app ever there is very few things it needs to do. Now it dose not work on my iPhone. I reformatted my iPhone, restored the Apple TV... still not working.
30k a year developers
by iSecured on 2019/07/21 01:19
The presentation icon at the bottom that takes you to the home screen is right above where you swipe up... please move this!! I swipe up and hit the home screen button all the time. Do your dev’s that get paid 30k a year work on the remote app?
Garbage.
by Active1 on 2019/07/20 19:43
Was working fine till update. Now it keeps on looking for my device wth! All the money we pay for these devices.
Choppy, laggy and wonky controls.
by Moldfingers on 2019/07/20 14:11
A lot of the time the connection to the TV is choppy and laggy. The placement of the home button is horrible, when i swipe up to exit the remote app it is extremely difficult to do so WITHOUT hitting the close button on the remote. So when I try to exit the remote app it will exit to the home screen on the TV as well, extremely frustrating. The swipes for scrolling will lag a lot and the sensitivity is inconsistent, I turned it down to slow sensitivity and it will still scroll really fast on certain swipes.
Works As Expected
by pappasbike on 2019/07/20 13:17
Prior to this I had been using what is now the iTunes remote. That works but with some features lacking. This gives me essentially every feature the hardware remote for my ATV 4 K does. One thing I didn’t know about is that the volume buttons on the phone does control the volume which goes through my tv to a soundbar. I only wish that the volume buttons would function if my phone locks and sleeps while playing a movie. I’ll have to play around with this a little more to see if that is possible. So far no issues, does not disconnect, always “sees” my ATV. Fingers crossed that it continues to work as well as it does
Trash
by lost_fables on 2019/07/20 04:53
It hasn’t worked in weeks. Delete, re-install, still nothing. Straight garbage.
Need the keyboard for passcode!
by MissRis7 on 2019/07/19 19:44
One of the features I liked about the app before the update was the ability to enter in the restrictions passcode using the keyboard on my phone. It doesn’t remain a secret passcode if everyone watches which numbers I stop at when I put in the passcode! The keyboard appears when I put in the passcode to access the restrictions options, but it does not appear when I want to access an app that is restricted. Please fix this.
Apple TV
by VV W0lf on 2019/07/18 20:13
They Should make it like an actual Apple TV remote
Frustrating
by $j a r$ on 2019/07/18 07:24
This app would be INCREDIBLE.... IF you could actually use it as a back up to the original remote. I don't understand the purpose of this app if you have to use the original remote to even use this app.... It would be great to not have to enter a code like pretty much any other Apple TV remote...
Suddenly stopped working
by Suncatcherfx on 2019/07/18 02:53
Suddenly stopped connecting completely despite extensive troubleshooting
Works as well as the physical remote
by ~L1v~ on 2019/07/17 12:10
No complaints. Works as advertised on iPhone 8.
Not working
by Majacape on 2019/07/15 23:41
I have used the app before and everything worked normally until the new update on my phone i haven’t changed my WiFi or anything Everything is the same and still not working even both devices are in the same WiFi
This app is amazing!!!
by JenifrSchmidt on 2019/07/15 23:37
This app is amazing if I can’t find my remote I just go into the app and boom!
Won't find my Apple TV
by fraterpater on 2019/07/15 17:08
no matter what I do, install/reinstall, this app will not work… The previous app was perfectly fine this one is a waste. It has never worked since the upgrade.
Apple TV remote
by beetful on 2019/07/14 23:08
So disappointed that I can’t get it to connect with my Apple TV. Used to but had to disconnect and reconnect often to get it to recognize the remote. Now it won’t even see that I have an Apple TV.
How can this app be so bad?!?!?
by awhigs on 2019/07/14 22:28
Apple!?? Why do my two iPhones constantly lose contact with my Apple TV to the point where I actually have to unplug it To reconnect??? I called for Apple support spent 45 minutes on the phone and the answer is BUY a new remote, are you serious?? Are you telling me that my thousand dollar iPhone cannot connect to your Apple TV reliably?? It works fine with my Roku and fire TV sticks! Please help the millions of people that are having the same issue with an appropriate update and response!
It doesn’t work properly
by ra_khalid on 2019/07/14 22:19
It worked perfectly at first but then it was impossible to control i can’t go right or lift the upper touch part doesn’t work i don’t know why the only thing that works is the home button does this happened to anyone ?
Horrible
by ecilliterate on 2019/07/14 20:13
Never got this app to work. Endlessly “searching” for tv. Watched every tutorial and followed instructions from apples website. Horribly confusing. Don’t lose your Apple remote!
Where’s the ownership on this misstep?
by Tyr1 on 2019/07/14 16:44
The previous version was way better than this current release; you know it, we know it, please fix it. Thank you
Cannot Connect
by Ell es on 2019/07/13 16:57
I cannot connect to my Apple TV. It used to always be connected. Nothing is wrong with the Apple since I can mirror etc. Why hasn’t this been fixed since so many have the same issue ?
Update is an Epic Failure
by Swarms of Things on 2019/07/13 13:11
Terrible. Randomly loses connection, shows as offline, even though Apple TV 4 is on. Can’t remove offline device and re-pair, stays grayed out and stuck forever in the device list. Worse still, lost the ability to control an Apple TV connected by Ethernet to an AirPort Extreme via it’s WiFi network. I wired the Apple TV 4 for network speed and to fix the annoying years long Bonjour network naming bug, that Apple has refused to fix. Anyone with an Apple TV (7), iPhone (3), MacBook Pro (26) or similar, knows exactly this obnoxious problem. Considering how poor the Apple TV 4 remote’s durability is, how expensive a replacement remote is, and how impossible this virtual remote app has become to use, beginning to question the overall value of this as a living room device. Considering Apple has a TV content service in the works, it’s inconceivable now they’ve destroyed the required hardware’s functionality, entirely thru poor software updates.
Doesn’t work anymore
by DisneyRider on 2019/07/13 04:52
Always saying I need to have the same WiFi as my Apple TV is in and they are....
Bugging out
by appdontworkandsucks on 2019/07/13 01:55
App is bugging out. It used to be connected and would turn on when pressing the menu button. Now, the app won’t even connect. Come on Apple.
Fix Volume Control
by Special_Ed_III on 2019/07/12 18:37
I used to be able to control volume with the buttons on the side of my phone and after the recent update that function no longer exists. PLEASE fix this ASAP.
Love it 😍
by 1234748:!,$: on 2019/07/12 03:31
Love it, it works for me I just wish that u can have the volume on it
Trash
by Poopybut1930475 on 2019/07/12 02:30
If I could give this app no stars I would. The app doesn’t even work half of the time.
Was great. Update buggy.
by WhyWasThisBetter on 2019/06/07 02:24
I’m surprised they haven’t updated yet to fix all these issues everyone is having. Before the latest update my only criticism is that I’d like to control the volume of the tv through the app. Since the update 1️⃣ I’m having to reconnect to my Apple TV almost every time I use it, before it stayed connected all the time. 2️⃣ The new design (using the control center, iPhone 6s) doesn’t have any ‘negative space’ to touch your finger when you mean to go back to the main control center screen. You have to press the home button every time. Since your finger is already over the screen for all the other features it’s nice to keep the “back” button on the screen too. Last version had this feature also.
Apple TV Remote
by ampsarus on 2019/08/14 23:12
I’ve tossed the Siri remote that came with my Apple TV 4K into the junk drawer. I could not get the touch sensitivity set correctly; either it was hyper hair trigger, or numb and unresponsive. I have a couple old unlocked iPhones laying around , so finding a remote is always within reach and quick. Press the Home button once and the app UI is there where I left it. If I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, I’m probably holding a phone or an iPad anyway, so that little slippery Siri remote is redundant. I would give Remote 5 stars if there was 2 changes. (1) A button to MUTE the HDMI audio. I’m not asking for a volume control; I would never use it. Just a MUTE. This feature is a no-brainer for user convenience, but I would be surprised if it is implemented due to inevitable blow back from sacred advertisers. The second change is for the app to not (sometimes) AUTO open the Devices screen asking to select a device. The last Apple TV that Remote connected to should be the default. User can change that on the Devices button. All in all a very useful app that I use frequently.
Doesn’t work well with Apple products, of all things
by Starsigma on 2019/08/19 13:38
The remote is pretty temperamental. It only works 50% of the time based on what device you’re trying to connect it with. The Apple remote I have on my iPhone works and connects automatically pretty easily with my parents Apple TV which is about two generations old. I have a brand new latest version Apple TV and it doesn’t connect to it 99% of the time automatically. You have to manually open up the app each time in order to connect to the Apple TV. The other Apple TV it pops off the top my screen and it connects just fine. It really is a 50-50 shot whether this Apple work with your device. Makes it a bit temperamental and not the best app to use. Ultimately the app is pretty useless and wouldn’t recommend. Apple seriously needs to put some work into this app. It is one of the worst Apple apps I have ever used.
New update is terrible
by SS2Dev on 2019/04/13 01:12
What is wrong with you guys? The new update is beta version at best. Some terrible UX decisions: - The 10 sec rewind and forward buttons are now missing from both control center widget and the app. - There's a new search button in the widget. But it does not search in the currently open app on the TV, but instead takes you to an entirely new search app. - With control center widget open, previously the physical volume buttons would control the Apple TV volume. This does not work anymore. - The widget from control center seems far slower to open. Whoever is the developer, can you please decrease the animation duration? Match the const value to the rest of iOS. Also, use a better animation easing curve while you are at it! - Why does the control center widget occupy full screen? The UX does not match the rest of the control center and is jarring. Also, the previous view was easy enough to dismiss by just tapping outside the widget. Now home button is the only way to dismiss it. Sounds like a small thing but slows down the interaction by a lot. Clearly regression testing was just ignored for this update. The previous control center Apple TV widget was such a magically quick interaction experience. Why break it?
Works As Expected
by pappasbike on 2019/07/20 13:17
Prior to this I had been using what is now the iTunes remote. That works but with some features lacking. This gives me essentially every feature the hardware remote for my ATV 4 K does. One thing I didn’t know about is that the volume buttons on the phone does control the volume which goes through my tv to a soundbar. I only wish that the volume buttons would function if my phone locks and sleeps while playing a movie. I’ll have to play around with this a little more to see if that is possible. So far no issues, does not disconnect, always “sees” my ATV. Fingers crossed that it continues to work as well as it does
Merge with Apple TV app. "Play on Apple TV option"
by Maparu on 2019/03/29 01:38
The remote app should just be the Apple TV app but with an option to send the show to Apple TV. Spectrum actually does this well surprisingly. The app let's you search for content and then once you find it you can play in the app or send to TV. It is amazing. All search and browse should be visual and in an app on iPhone and then throw it to the TV. Using the clunky physical remote is not a good solution. Scrolling does not meet same expectations that have been set by the phone. This remote app is basic and not at all useful when compared to spectrum fully featured "remote" that let's you watch on device or play on TV. Thanks for listening!
Not bad but needs one option
by Raimbaalbaphomet on 2019/06/18 01:22
I haven’t had any issues with the app thus far. I was reluctant to download and use this but I figured that I’d give it a try. It works fine. My only issue, which can be fixed very easily if the developer reads reviews is, allow an option that you can set the device as a default device. I only have one Apple TV and I find it a little annoying to have to go in a drop menu to select it each time. Allow people to set a default device so that whichever tv they use most is selected. Aside from that, it’s easy to use and I don’t seem to have connectivity issues.
Bring back the previous version!
by rogdj on 2019/05/01 02:32
This update doesn't work. It won't wake up the Apple TV. I had to physically unplug the Apple TV and then re-plug it to turn it on. Previous version, i could enter passwords by using the keyboard and the numbers wouldn't show on the screen. This would keep it private in a room full of people. Now, I have to ask everyone to turn around so I can choose the numbers by swiping and clicking, because the numbers are in full view. Likewise , when doing a search, I used to just type on the keyboard but now i have to use the old swipe and peck method which takes a long time. I don't understand why the update has actually taken away functionality and returned the app to what it was several updates ago. You have gone backwards!
Volume Control!
by The Deeje on 2019/03/26 22:40
A little tip for those of you who want to control volume on your Apple TV with the app. It’s not obvious but very intuitive once you figure it out. When the app is open, manipulating the volume buttons on your iPhone manipulates the volume on the TV. There aren’t any onscreen buttons, but I’d rather have hardware buttons anyway for something like volume. Other than that, I’ve always loved this app and have never had any issues. It’s super clutch when I can’t find that Apple TV remote (at least half the time)
Not reliable especially w/ airplay music
by og-user-seimens-loox720 on 2019/06/02 15:22
Used to work fine and just worked. Last couple times tried to connect and does not find my apple tv (older generation but updated). Started not working around 6 months ago. It connect right up if i disable airplay audio from music app. These should both function at the same time, right? I need to change screensaver, etc, while only music plays from phone to apple TV. Will stop buying your products if the ‘just dont work’...please update/fix
An easy trick to force it to connect
by howDT on 2019/03/26 23:51
The most annoying thing about this app is that it often appears not to connect and requires you to unplug your Apple TV and plug it back in to get it to work. BUT You can force it to connect and wake your Apple TV by going into the control center, 3D-touching the Now Playing widget, tap the connect icon (where you would connect to AirPods), and select Apple TV from there. That forces the Apple TV to turn on and you can use the remote app from there. No more unplugging required!
New version is strictly worse
by rodney stubbs on 2019/05/05 14:35
The new version is worse in every way. Not sure if you only have one Apple TV, but if you have two or more, you have to reselect your Apple TV every few seconds, literally. Just to play a tv show episode I have to select which Apple TV I want first, then click tv shows, now I have to reselect which Apple TV because it has dropped the connection, click the program I want. Now I want to fast forward or something, guess what? Have to select which Apple TV I want again. Previously the app would remember what tv you’d used last and would stay connected unless you switched manually. There are also numerous UI issues others have listed in their reviews.
New update degraded core functionality
by Belloso on 2019/03/28 08:28
Worked perfect before update. Now with new update, tv never stays connected. I have to select which tv each time. Even when multitasking. Track pad is no longer as responsive and requires multiple swipes. The iPhone screen used to be a much better alternative to the finicky and sensitive remote but now this update took it a step backwards. The new UI is welcomed but if the core functionality is degraded it defeats the purpose. Please fix ASAP. It is very frustrating to have to reconnect to tv or to choose which tv I want when it knows I was just using it for a certain tv. Swiping should be more accurate as in previous versions
Most disappointing app I own...
by Jsndhdjsnshcidsnsk on 2019/07/06 17:13
It's really mind-boggling that Apple can't get this right. A trillion dollar tech company that can't make a decent remote control. Unreal. I've had an Apple TV for several years and have never enjoyed this app. The touch screen controls have a lag that makes them almost unusable, but that's only if the app can find your device in the first place. Mine usually cannot. This app is usually opened before a long series of turning things on and off trying to get it to work. After ten minutes of struggling with this awful junk I often give up and read instead. And that's the best thing I can say about this app. It's got me reading more.
So useful
by kevinislegion on 2019/03/26 20:12
I often lose the Apple TV remote and love that I can just pull down on my phone and control the TV so easily and quickly! I do hate that the phone constantly vibrates though when I am inputting text into Apple TV. I appreciate the option and ability to type what I want using my phone, but having my phone vibrate as if I received a text message irritates me a bit. I think it’s more a personal preference thing.
Preferred to the remote for version 3
by DgNmK on 2019/05/13 04:03
I’m not sure why this remote got such a bad rep. I prefer to use the “track pad” style box on the phone app as opposed to the actual remote. It works just fine. It has a home button, menu button, play/pause button and tap-to-select on the track portion. The remote on version 3 is IR, while the app is WiFi. That means I can use my phone app if I want to hide the box. It’s great. Does the job. I’m satisfied.
No Text Input For Passcodes!
by Lakelifer69 on 2019/03/27 00:30
What happened to text input for passcode entry!? It used to be possible to enter passcodes via the app which was extremely useful when there are others in the room who you don’t want to broadcast your passcode to by entering it with the Siri remote. I’d rather not trust that my kids are covering their eyes or have to ask them to leave the room every time I want to unlock a restricted app. I have found the app useful at times but this is a major oversight.
Update was a roll back on quality
by Agrav Corps on 2019/04/19 02:31
Have been using this to control my Apple TV’s for a while now and ever since the update it is glitchy at best. It is way less responsive overall and freezes up every time after a few seconds. In order to solve this I have to close it wait a few seconds then relaunch it to get control again. As someone who uses this to play something to go to sleep to every night this has added a level of frustration before trying to go to sleep which results in less sleep. Please roll this back there was nothing wrong with the previous version.
Worked perfect before the update
by Valmont2719362 on 2019/04/08 21:36
The app was absolutely perfect until the recent update. Now it doesn’t scroll through without glitching, pressing down on the trackpad is unresponsive, and several functionalities now do not work. It also made my Apple TV turn Spanish for some reason. Please fix and make it as good as it was before. I used to always use ,y phone as the remote whenever I lost my remote under my bed somewhere and it was just like using the remote. But now, it’s terrible and makes me have to reach for the remote. It also doesn’t connect to the tv unless I turn on the tv first and then the Apple TV.
So much trouble
by halfItalianmom on 2019/08/11 02:33
I’ve had this app for years and loved it but lately I’ve experienced problems with it telling me to add Apple TV or that it can’t connect. Yesterday I called AppleCare and spoke with a rep who was extremely knowledgeable and went through extensive troubleshooting. We got the app working again & I thought the problems were solved but they were not because today I am getting the same error again telling me to add Apple TV. This is beyond annoying and seeing that the rating for this app is so low because others are having issues, you’d think that Apple would’ve come up with a fix by now. Please help!
Update is an Epic Failure
by Swarms of Things on 2019/07/13 13:11
Terrible. Randomly loses connection, shows as offline, even though Apple TV 4 is on. Can’t remove offline device and re-pair, stays grayed out and stuck forever in the device list. Worse still, lost the ability to control an Apple TV connected by Ethernet to an AirPort Extreme via it’s WiFi network. I wired the Apple TV 4 for network speed and to fix the annoying years long Bonjour network naming bug, that Apple has refused to fix. Anyone with an Apple TV (7), iPhone (3), MacBook Pro (26) or similar, knows exactly this obnoxious problem. Considering how poor the Apple TV 4 remote’s durability is, how expensive a replacement remote is, and how impossible this virtual remote app has become to use, beginning to question the overall value of this as a living room device. Considering Apple has a TV content service in the works, it’s inconceivable now they’ve destroyed the required hardware’s functionality, entirely thru poor software updates.
Broke the app
by sk8nfors8n on 2019/06/02 04:01
The most recent update broke so many core features of the app. Now the remote consistently loses connection to the TV randomly. It can be within a few seconds (even as I’m typing something in), or minutes. On the remote interface itself, the 10 sec fast forward and rewind controls disappear. Once those are gone, the ability to use the main pad to manually go back or forward simply doesn’t work. These issues have been occurring since day 1 of this most recent app update and is a bit ridiculous for something that worked fine before.
“Offline”
by Jcarlisle429 on 2019/06/30 12:00
When the remote app actually connects to the AppleTV it works fine. The problem is that the app rarely stays connected. More often than not you are met with an “AppleTV Offline” message even though it is clearly turned on. Even more frustrating is the fact that you can be currently connected to said AppleTV through mirroring while being shown the message. I’ve contacted Apple multiple times for a fix and get the same standard response “Make sure your AppleTV is on the same network, turned on, etc..”. None of these solutions have produced a long term fix.
Just okay
by Laaaaday Styx on 2019/04/06 02:40
I would’ve given more start as I have to use this app because I can’t find my remote. I am always having to either delete the app, forget my WiFi network and reconnect, or unplugging my Apple TV and plugging back in. This app keeps saying my Apple TV is not connected......THATS WHEN I AM WATCHING MOVIES OR EVEN ON NETFLIX. It’s so annoying that you would think Apple would be sure that doesn’t happen. I guess not.....Maybe if they fix that, I’ll review again and can possibly get more stars. Figure it out Apple.
So many issues not enough problem solving from the team
by Humpfrey on 2019/06/28 23:31
I have to unplug my Apple TV and plug it back in every time I want to turn it on which I use it often the controls weren’t well thought through the trackpad is super touchy when you don’t want it to be and at other times when you wanna scroll a lot it goes one at a time so this app needs a lot of work is it worth the hassle if you lost the original remote? yes but would expect better performance from such a rich company with plenty of resources but then again their phones are starting to go bad too.
Needs some improvement
by Missty.Stahler on 2019/06/06 07:52
Since the new update the microphone typing search feature on the control stopped working properly. In addition, I am having issues with the position of the buttons that exists the the television app such as Netflix and the line that to exit the the remote app are too close to one another. About 70 percent of the time I try to exit out of the Apple control but it will also exit out of what I am currently playing.
New update review 12.2 ... new things to try out
by Bob177653383 on 2019/03/30 08:08
After updating the app ... you have to select Apple TV everytime to connect ... i think its a big that can be fixed easily ... but manually selecting Apple TV everytime when you only have one is tiresome... I personally don’t like the layout very big buttons ... option of adding arrows (left right) would be nice or pointer in the app somewhat like a cursor on smart tv ...I doubt the developer would read this though
I love the app
by F Pitts on 2019/03/27 02:17
Unlike the previous review, I have had no issues with the app. I actually use it on 3 different Apple TVs and have no issues quickly switching between devices. In fact the app is more reliable than my actual remote in most instances. Only reason doesn’t get 5 stars is because would be great if could control the TV volume as well like the actual remote does.
Not Quite There
by Kenn F on 2019/04/29 02:38
This app has come a long way, but for it to be a first party application from apple it performs like a third party application. It takes forever to connect at times, and that's when it does connect. Sometimes the apple tv doesn't even show up to be connected. Also, there's just a big input lag if you try to do any type of gaming through the apps installed on the tv when you use the apple tv application.
Fracked AGAIN
by aholasaurus rex on 2019/04/15 01:43
Every other time, this app fails. At BEST, this app still fails in so many ways, randomly failing to supply a keyboard when needed for entering searches or passwords. More often than not, it Doesn’t recognize the Apple TV. Since it has NO in app access to settings, there is no way to see if there is a fix. That is especially frustrating when the Apple TV says to turn on “family sharing” in settings (which can’t be done through phone settings). This is 4+ years with this app, multiple iPhone types. Consistently horrible.
10 seconds back or fwd WAS awesome
by Compuser on 2019/07/30 02:27
Today some sort of auto update removed the 10 seconds back or forward feature, now only available with some Apple TV apps after clicking details. It was such a great feature, I’m so let down that I now must make extra taps to sometimes have this feature available. I didn’t update the app and don’t have any type of auto update enabled. Please restore to the previous version, we can scrub with the touch pad area!
Need the keyboard for passcode!
by MissRis7 on 2019/07/19 19:44
One of the features I liked about the app before the update was the ability to enter in the restrictions passcode using the keyboard on my phone. It doesn’t remain a secret passcode if everyone watches which numbers I stop at when I put in the passcode! The keyboard appears when I put in the passcode to access the restrictions options, but it does not appear when I want to access an app that is restricted. Please fix this.
Should work through Bluetooth as well
by Shades228 on 2019/04/21 23:47
This should work through Bluetooth as well. No remote with me traveling, not Apple’s fault obviously, and the hotel WiFi has a web portal that won’t pop up on the Apple TV once I used my hotspot to mirror my home WiFi settings. Once I changed the network I lose remote connectivity. I can however AirPlay to it. If the remote would work both WiFi and Bluetooth it would cover this scenario of people forgetting a remote.
Choppy, laggy and wonky controls.
by Moldfingers on 2019/07/20 14:11
A lot of the time the connection to the TV is choppy and laggy. The placement of the home button is horrible, when i swipe up to exit the remote app it is extremely difficult to do so WITHOUT hitting the close button on the remote. So when I try to exit the remote app it will exit to the home screen on the TV as well, extremely frustrating. The swipes for scrolling will lag a lot and the sensitivity is inconsistent, I turned it down to slow sensitivity and it will still scroll really fast on certain swipes.
Was great, last update messed it up
by KalaLovesReviews on 2019/06/17 04:28
Similar to most of the other commenters, I like the phone remote a lot! However, the previous version was much better. I used to be able to use the remote from the control center, saving me from having to unlock my phone. Now the remote in the control center looks strange and doesn’t work. It’s wasted space. Please fix this, as I almost exclusively use the app as my remote.
You broke it
by _dd97 on 2019/05/14 16:37
Used to work perfectly. One very annoying problem with this version is now every time I access remote from control center I have to select the Apple TV? The previous version used to remember and connect automatically. Also freezes frequently from the cc widget. I find myself having to come out of the lock screen and open the app to use it. Did anyone test it? Where is the quality apple software? If it isn’t broken, why are you fixing it? Previous version had no issues!
Update changes
by alidon246 on 2019/04/10 06:38
I love this app but with the update they took away the ability to control the volume. I was able to click on the side of my phone to make the volume higher or lower. Since the update that feature is gone. Is there another way to control the volume or was that part of the app that I loved- over looked?
New update horrible cant even use the remote
by That one person online on 2019/04/30 03:53
I understand that we need change sometimes but the old version was fine with just a few bug fixes. This updated version is literally useless i cant scroll or even do anything all i can do is hope that i can close the app fast enough before it selects its starting point. Don’t lose your physical remote you'll be in agony and wont be able to do anything but be frustrated that all you can do is select thats it you have only one option.
New version fixed one major issue but broke another major one
by TheBard8 on 2019/05/11 15:44
The new version seems to have fixed the connection dropping issue. However, now it will sometimes not allow left/right/up/down navigation. This happens far too frequently The select button still works but it’s pretty useless when there is no navigation. Really disappointed in Apple. Everything they make used to be solid and just work. I’m really surprised this app has had major issues for so long....
Works, but...
by Holodoctor1 on 2019/05/10 22:12
Needs an update that shows forward/backwards buttons in control center and widget. Also needs to be able to select an Apple TV by default that ALWAYS opens to control that device when it’s detected. I have two ATVs on my network, with one I almost never use, and I have to select the one I do use every time. Garggg! Other than that, I think the controller is better than it used to be, so 3 stars.
Ever since the update it is garbage
by Tony70516 on 2019/06/14 23:37
This used to work flawlessly every single time I’d use it, ever since this update with the interface change it is absolute trash and doesn’t work. You no longer can seamlessly scrub through videos, all you can do is go back or forward 10 seconds at a time, the trackpad just times out constantly and barely works. It’s gotten to the point where I just stopped using it, it’s a shame an update ruined such a convenient app. I’d say let us revert back to the last version
Good remote stand-in
by sheppam1 on 2019/05/20 15:12
With all the negative reviews, I’ll add a positive one. Just purchased a new Apple TV 4K this week and updated its software. I also downloaded the latest version of the Apple remote app onto my iPhone. I’m experiencing none of the problems some are reporting. The remote app is installed in the control center (swipe up) and is easy to access even after the iPhone goes to sleep simply by waking it up. The volume is controlled by using the iPhone’s own volume buttons as is typical with Apple. The remote works almost exactly like the remote that came with Apple TV. My only recommendation would be to allow the user to control speed and sensitivity of swiping.
Please fix remote app
by elusiveduck on 2019/04/23 04:30
Not sure what happened to this app and control center management. Before everything worked seamlessly, but the update did the following: Via control center: -Control center app no longer works as intended. -Will only work part of the time. -Volume control for tv/media system no longer works. -Trackpad is iffy or non-responsive. -will not connect when called upon from control center (even on same WiFi) -Trackpad Tap for fast forward or rewind search is iffy or non-responsive. -only wakes the Apple TV sometimes. Via main app: -Volume control is not working -trackpad is iffy or non-responsive at times Please, please fix. The experience is nown horrible. We’ve updated, reset and restarted everything in the ecosystem and nothing works. If everything worked above, this would be an easy 5 star review.
Good app but could be great
by Jjcoug on 2019/06/19 04:18
I think this app works well-we have been users of it over 6 years and it has been very handy (especially when our kids lose the Apple TV remote and I usually have my phone on me). I have a couple of recommendations. Add a way to connect to newer TV’s (Visio, Samsung, Sony, etc) to turn on/off the TV and also adjust volume louder/softer. If that was added this would bump it to 5 stars for me
What used to be good is worthless now
by Shazzamatazz on 2019/05/09 06:07
This app used to be great because it allowed users to use their phone’s keyboard to type on the Apple TV which was essential for searching or trying to enter your log in info. But now they’ve removed the keyboard functionality making this app just as worthless as the 3 button silver remote that came with the Apple TV. Apple is caring less and less about user experience these days. I’m gonna move to slingbox.
Seems to work well for me
by KilerB on 2019/07/08 02:23
My Apple TV remote wasn’t working very well and this thing just worked right off the bat. No Bluetooth interference either. The one in my living room was a bit sketchy compared to the one in my bedroom because of Bluetooth interference. This seems to avoid that.
Used To Be Great
by *Kimmy*Kim* on 2019/03/29 16:48
The previous version of the app was amazing and worked flawlessly, unfortunately the current software doesn’t work very smooth and I am constantly finding myself clicking buttons repeatedly, which is quite annoying. Once this issue is corrected though I see this app being better than the remote that comes with the apple tv!
I’ve loved this app, but now it just inconvenient...
by Haahhy on 2019/04/20 09:29
When I go to use the control center part it just keeps loading and won’t let me select a tv... so it unusable and I have to unload my phone and go into the actual app to use. Also my husbands phone (iPhone XR) shows the remote from the lock screen now which is awesome except this does not happen in mine (iphone X). Just a lot of bugs that need to be worked out and quickly!
Don’t update the app!
by kaalerrs on 2019/04/18 19:43
I updated that app and the remote got worse! I liked the original one. It now won’t let me press the button to pause. It won’t let me move where I am in the show without using the 10 seconds forward or 10 seconds backwards so if I want fast forward or rewind my only option is to go 10 seconds at a time. And sometimes, the whole touch section doesn’t work AT ALL. It also makes me connect to my Apple TV EVERY SINGLE time I open the app. I wish I had never updated.
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