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The iPhone. It maps star systems, makes toast, mows the lawn, and listens as you ramble on about your crappy childhood.

Good news!

It also acts as a remote control for iTunes or your Apple TV.

In this post we focus on iTunes.

Setup can be done in 2 – 3 minutes. It looks complex, but that’s just because we cover all potential options.


Before you begin, make sure the Apple Mac with your iTunes library and your iPhone or iPad are on the same wireless network.

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. Open iTunes, go to the File Menu, and Check For Updates…

Home Sharing

On your Mac, enable Home Sharing.

  • Open iTunes.
  • In the Menu Bar go to File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing.

iTunes - Turn On Home Sharing

  • Enter your Apple ID and password.

iTunes Home Sharing - Enter Apple ID and Password

  • Click Turn on Home Sharing.

iTunes Home Sharing - Done

  • Click Done

On your iPhone or iPad, enable Home Sharing.

  • Tap on the Settings menu.

iPhone and iPad - Home Sharing Settings

  • Scroll down and tap on Music.
  • Scroll to the bottom to the Home Sharing area.

iPhone and iPad - Home Sharing Sign In

  • Log in using the same Apple ID and password as you did on your Mac.

Connecting Remote

  1. Go to the App Store and download Remote for either the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Once the App is downloaded, tap to open it.
  3. Remote finds all iTunes libraries that are on the same wireless network using the same Apple ID.
  4. Go to the section below – Using Remote – The Fun Part

What If Remote Doesn’t Detect My iTunes Library?

Try adding your iTunes library manually:

  • Open Remote on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap SettingsApple Remote For iPhone and iPad - Settings Options
  • Tap Add An iTunes Library
  • A screen opens with a 4 digit pairing code.

Apple Remote For iPhone and iPad - Add An iTunes Library - Pair Remote

  • Open iTunes on your Mac.
  • Find your iPhone or iPad in the Sidebar. Click to select it.

iTunes Pairing Remote From iPhone or iPad

  • A screen appears when’re you can enter the 4 digit pairing code.
  • Type in the code and you will get a message stating Your Remote is now able to control iTunes.

iTunes Successful Pairing Of Remote From iTunes or iPad

  • Click OK

If Remote still does not detect your library:

  • Ensure all Macs and devices are on the same wireless network.
  • Ensure all Macs and devices are logged in under the same Apple ID.

Using Remote – The Fun Part

  • Tap Remote to open it.
  • The Devices screen lists available iTunes libraries and Apple TVs.
  • The Settings screen lets you turn on/off Home Sharing, Add an iTunes library, Sort by Artist and opt to Stay Connected.
  • Click on an iTunes Library. The screen opens to All Artists listed alphabetically.
  • Remote has 2 buttons at the top of the screen and 5 buttons on the bottom of the screen:
    • 1. Devices – Tap to go back to the Devices screen and choose a different iTunes library or Apple TV
    • 2. Up Next – Add and subtract songs from the list of what’s Up Next or Examine your listening History.
    • 3. Playlists – Pay prior playlists or create new ones.
    • 4. Artists – Albums sorted by Artist.
      • To change to Album View, tap the All Albums Bar, and it switches to an alphabetical list of Albums.
      • To change to Songs View, tap the All Songs Bar, and it switches to an alphabetical list of Albums with each track displayed.
    • 5. Search – Search for artists, albums, tracks or audiobooks.
    • 6. Albums – A list of Albums sorted by Album Name.
    • 7. More – This area lets you look at and filter specific areas of your iTunes library:
      • Audiobooks.
      • Composers.
      • Genres.
      • Internet Radio.
      • iTunes U.
      • Movies.
      • Music Videos.
      • Podcasts – Played and unplayed.
      • Rentals – From the iTunes Store.
      • Shared – Any Shared iTunes Libraries you have access to.
      • Songs – An alphabetical list of all tracks in your library.
      • TV Shows.

Apple Remote For iPhone and iPad - Remote Options

In play mode, you can play, pause, fast forward, rewind, +/- volume, track position, repeat mode, look at all the album tracks, change what’s Up Next or turn on/off the Visualizer.

The best way to learn how to use Remote is to play with it. If you have album artwork the Remote screens are beautiful.

Apple Remote For iPhone and iPad - Beautiful Cover Art

And best of all… Most remote controls send infra-red signals that depend on line-of-sight to function correctly, but Remote works on your wireless network, so you can change what you are listening to from almost anywhere in your house.

You can also use the iOS7 remote App to setup and control an Apple TV.

If you own an Apple TV and it has Home Sharing turned on, you’ll probably see the Apple TV icon in Remote.

Go ahead, tap the icon, and try out the Apple TV Remote.

It’s pretty straightforward, but for the sake of clarity we’ll look at this in a future post.

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