In this article, I will show you how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without remote or an Ethernet cable. If this tutorial is all you are looking for, then read right through the end of this page to get all the information you need.
Misplacing your TV remote is something that happens more often. However, when an Apple TV remote gets misplaced, it can make you get worried because all of its features are tied to it. There are ways you can go around this though, that is why in this article I will be showing you how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without remote.
Setting Up Remote Control on iOS Control Center
Absolutely, you need a remote control to operate the Apple TV. Why the remote control is important is because there are no physical buttons on the TV itself. The best you can do is to turn it on and off by unplugging the device and plugging it back on again. But in case you have lost your Apple TV remote, there is good news for you. You can go about this, but you will need another iOS device and an Ethernet cable to get started.
How to Connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without Remote
Learning how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without remote is simple. If you have previously connected your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your Apple TV and you have the latest update, the remote control app has already been installed on your device. If you have not set up the Apple TV, or you have an old version of the iPad OS, then you can set it up by following the steps outlined below.
- Open your device’s settings
- Tap on “Control Center”
- Tap on “Customize Controls”, then tap + on the Apple TV Remote.
Now you have set up the remote control on your device, you will then connect your Apple TV to the same network that your iOS device is in. You can do this by plugging the Ethernet cable into the back of your Apple TV, and then connect it to your Wi-Fi router. Once the device is now found in the network, you can now follow the steps below.
- Open your device’s control center. If you have an iPhone X or later, or have an iPad that has been updated to the latest version of the OS, this is done by swiping down from the upper right of your screen. Otherwise, swipe up from anywhere below the screen.
- Find the Apple TV Remote Icon then tap on it.
- Find your Apple TV or the name of your Smart TV from the list and tap on it.
- Depending on your Apple TV model, you will be shown a four-digit passcode. If it appears on the screen of your TV, enter that passcode into your iOS device. If the passcode instead appears on the iOS device, you will need to enter this on your TV. Use your Smart TV’s remote to enter the numeric code.
Now you have a remote that you can use to manually set up the Wi-Fi connection, you no longer need the Ethernet cable. You can do this by:
- Open the Settings on your Apple TV using your iOS.
- Navigate to Network.
- Choose Wi-Fi, and then wait until the list is populated by available Wi-Fi signals in the area.
- Choose your Wi-Fi network, and then enter the SSID when prompted.
- Choose Done, then OK.
- If your network name is not appearing, you can enter this name manually by choosing “Other” instead of a Wi-Fi name when the list is populated by available networks.
- Enter the name of your Wi-Fi.
- Choose “Done”, and then enter the SSID when prompted. Choose Done and then OK.
You can now remove the Ethernet cable from the back of both your Apple TV and Wi-Fi Router. You can continue using your iOS device as your substitute remote.
Using an Alternate Apple Remote
In a situation where you have another Apple TV remote, you can also use it to control your current Apple TV. To do this, you will simply unlink your remote to the old Apple TV by holding down the “Menu” button and left arrow for six seconds. If a remote icon appears on the screen of the TV that your remote was paired to, then it means it has been unlinked.
If you want to pair the new remote with your current Apple TV, press the menu button and the right button for six seconds. When a remote icon appears on your TV, it simply indicates that the new remote has been paired to it successfully. You can now use the remote to set up Wi-Fi by using the first step I talked about on this page.
Losing an Apple TV remote will render your device practically useless. Knowing how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without remote will serve as a hand alternative if such event does occur. You can use the social share buttons below to share this information with your loved ones, you never know who might need it.