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How to Connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi Without Remote: Your Full Guide

As an Apple TV owner, I know how frustrating it can be when your remote isn’t working or you don’t have one at all. I recently found myself in this situation and had to figure out how to connect my Apple TV to my Wi-Fi without a remote. After doing some research and testing out some different solutions, I’m here to share what I learned and provide a full guide on how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without a remote. So, if you’re looking for a way to get your Apple TV connected without a remote, you’ve come to the right place.

iPhone or iPad as Apple TV RemoteUse your iPhone or iPad to control the Apple TV and connect it to Wi-Fi.Apple TV app already paired to the TV
External Wireless KeyboardUse a Bluetooth keyboard to navigate and connect the Apple TV to Wi-Fi.Bluetooth keyboard, Apple TV in factory mode
Universal RemoteUse a universal remote compatible with Apple TV to connect it to Wi-Fi.Compatible universal remote
Reset Apple TV to Factory ModeReset the Apple TV to factory mode to quickly detect and pair with Bluetooth devices.USB cable, Apple computer or MacBook, iTunes
Ethernet Cable ConnectionConnect the Apple TV to the internet using an Ethernet cable for a stable connection.Ethernet cable, router

How to Connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi Without Remote

There are three primary ways you can connect an Apple TV to the internet without a TV remote. Let’s discuss each method in detail.

Use iPhone or iPad as an Apple TV Remote

The thing iOs users love most about their products is how they’re all connected via one fantastic infrastructure. This means you can easily control an Apple TV using an iPhone or iPad!

All you need is to access your phone’s control center. Next, tap the ‘Add’ button on the Apple TV remote.

Now, your phone can double as a remote for your TV. Then, with the help of your makeshift remote control, access the TV control center and connect to Wi-Fi.

Unfortunately, for this to work, the phone needs to have an Apple TV application already paired to the TV. This can only be done by using the actual TV remote. So, it’s better to set up the TV app on your phone ahead of time, just as a precautionary measure.

Connect to an External Wireless Keyboard

Did you know that a Bluetooth keyboard can also double as a remote? It’s pretty to set up. The best part is you don’t need a remote to connect the wireless keyboard to the TV!

In fact, once you turn on the discovery or painting mode of your keyboard, the Apple TV automatically picks it up. Next, type the four-digit code that shows up on the TV, and you’re all set!

However, this might not be the case for all TV models. So, to ensure your TV is able to pick up on all nearby Bluetooth devices, you’ll probably need to reset the TV to factory mode.

Once synced, you can easily navigate via the keyboard arrow keys to connect the Apple TV to Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard to pair your iPhone or iPad and use them as a remote for easier access.

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Use a Universal Remote

Universal remotes control almost all audio and video devices in your home, including your Apple TV. The best thing about universal remotes is that they save you the hassle of having multiple remotes for multiple electronic devices.

So, if you lose your Apple TV remote, it could easily function as a substitute. However, keep in mind that if you’re buying a universal remote for the first time, it might be a good idea to check if it’s compatible with Apple TV.

How to Reset Apple TV to Factory Mode

As mentioned before, if you’re unable to connect your Apple TV to any device, resetting it to factory mode can quickly put an end to this problem.

That’s because once your TV is in factory mode, it detects nearby Bluetooth devices much faster. In fact, the start screen on your TV instructs you to pair devices during this step, as shown in the steps below:

  1. First, plug a USB cable into the port of the Apple TV and connect the other end to an Apple computer or MacBook.
  2. Next, open iTunes on your computer and wait for the Apple TV to pick up the device.
  3. Then, click on ‘restore Apple TV,’ followed by ‘restore and update,’ then wait for a few minutes for the update to complete.
  4. Turn on your Apple TV and scroll to the main setup screen.
  5. Finally, pair the Bluetooth device.

Connect to the Internet Using an Ethernet Cable

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Still can’t connect your Apple TV to the internet via Wi-Fi? Then, why not find another way to connect, like an Ethernet cable?

Ethernet cables provide a more stable and faster connection than Wi-Fi because the connection runs through a solid cable. Unlike wireless connection, which may face many interference issues as it passes through the air.

You’ll need an Ethernet cable to connect your router to your Apple TV. Most modern routers come with an Ethernet cable in the box.

To do this, look on the back of the router for the Ethernet slot. Once you locate it, insert the Ethernet cable. Then, connect the other end of the cable to the Ethernet slot in the back of your Apple TV. Wait a few seconds for the connection to run through, and you should now have a stable internet connection.


So, how to connect Apple TV to Wi-Fi without a remote?

It’s simple! You can either use your paired iPhone, a wireless keyboard, or a universal remote. You can also reset your Apple TV to quickly detect any device and connect to it.

If all these methods don’t work, then your final option is an Ethernet cable. Of course, it doesn’t give you the portability of being wireless, but who cares about that when you have a stable internet connection to enjoy all your favorite movies and shows once again?