Using the Remote App to Control Your iTunes Library

Remote is a free program from Apple, available at the App Store, that allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch like a remote control to control your iTunes library or AppleTV.

To use Remote, you’ll need:

  • A computer with iTunes (version 7.7 or higher) or AppleTV (software version 2.1 or higher) connected to a Wi-Fi network
  • An iPhone 3G or newer, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 2.0 software or higher
  • The Remote app installed on your phone/iPod

If you’ve got those things, here’s how you pair the devices and start controlling iTunes remotely.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varies Based on Goals

Here's How

  1. Download Remote from App Store (via desktop iTunes program or the App Store app). If downloaded from a desktop, install it on the phone.
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to the same wireless network that the computer or AppleTV you want to control is on.
  3. Tap the Remote icon on your phone. A four-digit passcode will appear on the screen.
  4. In the tray and the left of your iTunes Library, your phone will appear as a Device. Click on it.
  5. Enter the four-digit passcode from your phone’s screen into iTunes. The devices will then sync.
  6. The screen on your iPhone/iPod touch will display the contents of your iTunes library. From here, you can browse or search all the music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and other iTunes content you have on your computer. Use the onscreen menus to choose what to play, when to skip a song, etc.
  1. You can also customize the icons on the bottom of the screen.