How to Connect an iPhone or iPad to Apple TV

Authored by: Tech Pro Team

1. Introduction

Want to connect your iOS device to your Apple TV? The following steps are going to show you how we will make sure that your devices are up to date and then walk you through establishing a connection between the two.

Tools You'll Need:

  • An Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 11
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later or a Mac with macOS High Sierra

Supplies You'll Need:

  • Zip ties
  • Any other consumable supplies
  • Comment out supplies section if no supplies are necessary


Before You Begin:

  • Your Apple TV must be up to date
  • Your iOS device must be up to date
  • Bluetooth must be enabled on your iOS device

Make Sure your iOS device is up to date.

Make Sure your Apple TV is up to date.

Make sure your iOS device has Bluetooth enabled.

Apple TV

2. Connect to iOS

To complete the following steps, you will need both your iOS device and your Apple TV.

On Your Apple TV

  1. Power on your Apple TV, then push the home button on the remote.
Apple TV remote highlighting the home button.
  1. Choose Settings.
  2. Choose Remotes and Devices.
Settgs menu with Remotes and Devices highlighted. Screenshot
  1. Choose Remote.

On Your iOS Device

  1. Unlock your iOS device and bring it close to your Apple TV.
  2. When you see a message on your iOS device that says Pair Apple TV, tap Pair.
Apple pairing Screen

On Your Apple TV

  1. You will see a code appear on your TV screen.
Apple TV pairing code

On Your iOS Device

  1. On your iOS device, enter the four-digit pin that appears on your TV.
Apple pairing code. Screenshot