Here is another handy tip for all Apple TV owners.
Apple TV has proven to be a very useful gadget, both at home and at school. Airplay mirroring is its best feature. I am able to show whatever is on my iPad/iPhone screen and beam it up to a big-screen TV or a projector. I believe, at its relatively low price point of $100, any Apple fan should own one. In terms of the classroom, it can be a powerful tool for supporting your teaching. Teachers can benefit from being able to roam around the classroom and beam up multiple devices.
One minor issue: The small remote is so easy to lose!
If you have lost or misplaced your little Apple TV remote, there is no need to buy another one (They cost about $20, 1/5th the price of the Apple TV itself!).
Here are two options for replacing your original remote:
1) Your iOS device using the Remote App.
The perfect replacement for your Apple TV remote is your iPhone, iPod touch or even your iPad using the Apple’s Remote app. The remote app (free) just needs to be hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV and it works quite well. It relies on gestures to control your Apple TV. Although it does take a little while to get used to the gestures, after a while it becomes quite intuitive. Rewinding and fast-forward just requires swipes to the left and right respectively. The “Enter button” is just a tap anywhere on the main portion of the screen.
Even if you haven’t lost your remote, some of you might even prefer using the device that is always with you anyways. This will also reduce the need for just an extra remote lying around.
Is your AppleTV not connected to your wifi network?
If so, this will be a problem if you want to just use the tip above. Unfortunately, you will not be able to connect the Remote app to it, because Home Sharing on the Apple TV will not have been set up. A quick solution is to borrow another Apple TV remote to control yours and you don’t have to change any settings. It will work right away, so if you need to get on the same network as your device use a friends remote just for the time being. After setting up Home Sharing, you will be able to use the Remote app.
2. Use any other, old remote control lying around.
I did some research on YouTube and found this very useful video. I followed the instructions and was successful in pairing my Philips DVD player remote to the AppleTV. You must connect the AppleTV to your router and run a few steps, but it should only take a few minutes. Check out this video. I had to watch it a couple times to make sure I did everything correctly:
As you can see from this photo, I am actually preferring using the DVD player remote, instead of my iPhone, to control my Apple TV. Pressing any the buttons I programmed does not power on my DVD player, as I avoided using the “Power button” as one of my six choices.
There you have it! You now have a few options for replacement or even additional remotes for your Apple TV. Have you ever lost or misplaced your Apple TV remote? Hope this helps! Like this post? Please share!