Apple TV Remote App Gains Support for New Screen Sizes, Password AutoFill

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Apple today updated its Apple TV Remote app for iOS devices to introduce several new features for the 2018 iPhone lineup and the iOS 12 update, which was released this morning.

The app now supports new screen sizes, making it compatible with the upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max and the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone XR. The iPhone XS Max will be available starting this Friday, while the iPhone XR is coming in October.


Today's Apple TV Remote update also brings support for AutoFill Passwords, a feature that is designed to let you fill saved passwords securely from an iOS device to the Apple TV, alleviating the need to type in a full username and password.

Apple TV Remote is also automatically being added to Control Center as a default option, providing quick access to controls for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV. Apple TV Remote access has been available in Control Center since iOS 11, but until now, it was not one of the default Control Center icons.

Apple TV Remote can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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28 months ago

Volume control???

It's there, just use the volume buttons on your phone.
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28 months ago

Other than what I posted how would I find that out? As best I know it’s set to auto. Either way that’s the remote itself curious why the ios remote ATv app would try to use an IR setting when the iPhone has never had an IR emitter

For my setup I had my ATV4 learn the control for my A/V remote. It can’t turn it on but it can control the volume. I have and older A/V setup, no Bluetooth or Wifi.

Did you have to do the same?

What I’m getting at is in order for the iPhone to communicate with your setup, there has to be some method for it to talk to your TV, A/V etc..

I’m not an A/V expert so perhaps someone else who has a working volume control and more knowledge can jump in.

If you could take a pic of your Settings - Remotes and Devices - Volume Control screen it may shed some light.

Edit: I found this on Apple site:

Looking for the app's onscreen keyboard or volume controls?


* A keyboard appears in the Apple TV Remote app when you select a text field on your Apple TV.
* Want to change the volume using your iOS device? Receivers with HDMI-CEC volume support let you adjust volume with the volume buttons on the side of your iOS device. You just need to plug your Apple TV directly into your receiver and not into your television. Get help with HDMI-CEC ('https://support.apple.com/kb/ht205225').

[doublepost=1537235796][/doublepost]After playing around with two different setups and reviewing your original comment, it appears your TV is setup to “Auto via IR (TV)”.

If that is the case it appears you are not using HDMI-CEC which is what is required according to what I posted earlier.
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28 months ago

Nope. Doesn’t work from iPhone 8/256GB on iOS 11. I tried before and after TVOS update (11, now 12). My ATV4 is connected directly to my TV using HDMI. Only the TV remote or the ATV4 remote will control volume.

Settings, Remotes & Devices:
Volume Control is ser to “Auto” yet displays “Auto via IR (TV)”. Only TV via IR, Off, or Learn New Device are my options.

Maybe you think it’s my HDMI Cable?

Question. Is your ATV4 remote using the IR sesnsor to control sound?
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27 months ago

[USER=298135]@sinsin07[/USER] , the early post as stated above was to my situation and since I have no receiver the ATV is using IR to control myTV volume which sucks I’ve noticed the icon for volume change to sho the TVs on screen display vs the ATV volume display. So bummed out but it works so not too bad.

Well...you could look at it this way...this is an excuse to get an a/v receiver that supports hdmi-cec. Maybe one of those "theater in a box" setups has the feature. I'm not sure. It will enhance your movie watching/music listening experience a lot. Or, build your own system...
There are tv's that have hdmi-cec, too. But, that won't sound as good.

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28 months ago
Wow. Thank you Apple... but, why did this take so long?
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28 months ago

Question. Is your ATV4 remote using the IR sesnsor to control sound?

Was about to ask the same question.
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