Use iPad as bluetooth keyboard for ATV3?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by stevefo, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2013
    Is there a way to use an iPad or iPhone as a bluetooth keyboard for the Apple TV 3?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Get the remote app from the App Store. Search "Remote" and it's the one with the play triangle with the blue circle inside of an aluminum looking border. You can use it as a remote an when a text field is needed a keyboard will pop up on the iOS device.
  3. thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2013
    Got it! Thanks!
  4. macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2015
    I can't use the remote app until I'm able to get on the same network with my atv and iPad. I no longer have the hardware remote. I had to do a factory reset and lost all my wifi settings.

    Can I use the iPad as a blue tooth keyboard during the atv setup?:)


    MacBook Pro
    iPad mini 1
    Iphone 5gs
    time capsule airport router
    Rogers Internet w/bridged modem
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I don't know about using the iPad as a bluetooth Keyboard, but I don't think so.

    If you can get the ATV connected via ethernet you will be on the same network and can use Remote app to configure the wireless. Or at least I think you can - hopefully the ethernet doesn't disconnect when you go to set up wireless settings.

    If you don't have a long cable or a port close to the ATV, you can just move the Time Capsule next to the TV and plug the ATV into one of it's ports. You won't need internet connectivity to do the WiFi Set up.

    If you have a programmable Universal remote (Like a Logitech Harmony), you may be able to get it programmed to replace your Apple Remote. Harmony is easy to program as the AppleTv device is known to their setup software. Some others may require you to have the remote so that it can learn the key signals.

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