Harmony experience with Apple TV

It's compatible with Harmony IR remotes

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

4th generation 2nd & 3rd generation 1st generation

Harmony and Apple TV

Power on your television, automatically set the correct inputs, and begin navigating your Apple TV with a single Harmony remote. Use the Harmony mobile app on-screen keyboard* to make password entry easier or use voice search for movies and television shows.

And if you have a Harmony hub‑based product, then you can create a "Bedtime" Activity that automatically turns off your TV at 9:00PM, locks the door, closes the blinds and even turns on your night light. Harmony makes bedtime a little easier.


*Apple TV generation 4/4k

Apple TV generation 4 and Apple TV 4k don't allow you to pair with multiple keyboards, including the keyboard used in the Harmony mobile app. To ensure there's no interference with any keyboard you may already have connected, Harmony uses IR (infrared) to control your Apple TV.

If you're not already using a keyboard with your Apple TV and would prefer Harmony uses Bluetooth instead of IR to control Apple TV, please see: Using Bluetooth on Apple TV generation 4/4k

Setup

Set up your Apple TV
Set up your Apple TV and install the apps you'd like to use (e.g., Netflix, Hulu+, Plex).
Connect Harmony and Apple TV
Once connected, you may use Harmony to control your Apple TV and trigger Activities in which Apple TV is included.

Add Apple TV to your Harmony setup

Notice

Only Harmony hub‑based products are able to utilize the Harmony mobile app. If you're not using a hub‑based product, please follow the desktop instructions.

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities.
Apple TV - Adding from mobile
  1. Select DEVICES and then press the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select SCAN FOR WI-FI DEVICES and Harmony will search for Apple TVs on your home Wi‑Fi network.
Scan Wi-FI
  1. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  2. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch Apple TV Activity.
  3. Follow the on screen guide to select your proper Activity devices and inputs.
  4. Once created, Harmony will be able to control your Apple TV.
  5. You may also choose to enable text and voice entry.


Want to enable voice and text entry on Apple TV?

Harmony hub‑based products allow you to use the Harmony mobile app to enter text more easily from your mobile device. Or, use the voice-to-text feature to skip typing all together.

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Harmony hub will send text commands to Apple TV using Bluetooth. To enable this you must first pair the two devices:

  1. Using the Harmony mobile app, navigate to MENU > Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices.
  2. Select ENABLE TEXT ENTRY and select your Watch Apple TV Activity. Harmony hub is now in pairing mode.
  3. Using your Apple TV remote, select Settings > General > Bluetooth. Apple TV is now in pairing mode.

Harmony and Apple TV should pair after several seconds. If you're having problems pairing, try removing any existing keyboard pairings from Apple TV by selecting it, clicking OK, and selecting Forget this device.

  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.

Harmony IR based products

  1. Select the Add device button.
  2. Enter the manufacturer Apple and model number Apple TV, you will be prompted to select your Apple TV generation.

  3. Harmony Desktop Softare

Harmony hub‑based products

  1. Select the Scan for devices button near the center of the page.

  2. Harmony Desktop Software - Auto Scan Apple TV
  3. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home Wi‑Fi network for Apple TV. Ensure both Apple TV and Harmony hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.

Create a Watch Apple TV Activity (recommended)

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Watch Apple TV Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once done, remember to sync your remote after making any changes.

Control

Harmony hub‑based products may also use the Harmony mobile app:

  • Keyboard allows you to easily enter text or use voice search. Use this mode when your Apple TV displays a keyboard on the television screen.
  • Control icon lists commonly used Apple TV buttons.
  • Gestures allows you to control your Activity using simple swipe gestures over your phone screen. For example, swiping up/down will change your volume and left/right can rewind and fast forward.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

During playback pressing the up arrow twice will bring up the item description. Holding OK will bring up the subtitles and AirPlay speaker options.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app for Apple TV generations 2 (2010) and 3 (2013). Generations 1 (2007) and 4 (2015) do not support text entry.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

During playback pressing the up arrow twice will bring up the item description. Holding OK will bring up the subtitles and AirPlay speaker options.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app for Apple TV generations 2 (2010) and 3 (2013). Generations 1 (2007) and 4 (2015) do not support text entry.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

During playback pressing the up arrow twice will bring up the item description. Holding OK will bring up the subtitles and AirPlay speaker options.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app for Apple TV generations 2 (2010) and 3 (2013). Generations 1 (2007) and 4 (2015) do not support text entry.

Vevo

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Vevo app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

During playback pressing the up arrow twice will bring up the item description. Holding OK will bring up the subtitles and AirPlay speaker options.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app for Apple TV generations 2 (2010) and 3 (2013). Generations 1 (2007) and 4 (2015) do not support text entry.

Other Apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove or rename commands on your remotes screen

Harmony displays commands specific to your Watch Apple TV Activity on your remote screen. You can add, remove or rename them.

Customize Harmony mobile app buttons

You can view common Apple TV commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

FAQs

Apple TV does not respond to any commands sent from Harmony

Apple TV may sometimes come linked with a specific Apple remote and will ignore commands sent from any other Apple or Harmony remote control. To allow Harmony to interact with your Apple TV, you must send an "unlink" (or "unpair") command. You may send this using your Harmony remote.

Using a Harmony remote

  1. Navigate to the Devices menu on your Harmony remote LCD screen.
  2. Select Apple TV, and while pointing your remote at your Apple TV box, select Unpair.
  3. Your Apple TV should now respond to all commands sent from Harmony.

Using the Harmony mobile app

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app, select the Devices tab and select Apple TV.
  2. Ensuring your Harmony hub and Apple TV are within visible range of each other and then select Unpair.
  3. Your Apple TV should now respond to all commands sent from Harmony.

I would like to use Bluetooth to control Apple TV generation 4 or 4k

Notice

Using Bluetooth will un-pair any keyboard you may have paired with Apple TV.

If you are not using a keyboard and would like to control your Apple TV with your Harmony Remote via Bluetooth you can add your Apple TV as a device using manufacturer Harmony Beta and model number Test Apple TV. This will allow additional features such as the TV/Home button and sleep mode.

TV/Home button:
The Home button provides additional functionality by allowing you to directly return to the home screen and launch the App Switcher when pressing twice.

Sleep mode:
The Harmony will automatically put the Apple TV to sleep when hitting the of button or switching activities. This default behaviour can be changed by modifying the default power settings. For more information, see: Changing when a device powers on or off

Some of my devices power off when ending my Apple TV Activity

Apple TV generation 4 (2015) uses a feature called HDMI CEC which can turn on or off compatible TVs and change their inputs automatically. This may conflict with the way Harmony controls your devices, so we recommend it be disabled.

From the Apple TV generation 4, access the main menu and select Settings > Remotes and devices > Control TVs and Receivers, ensure this option is set to Off.

How Harmony integrates Apple TV

Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony hub‑based remotes also allow text entry* using your voice or from the keyboard in the Harmony mobile app. To enable this, Harmony hub and Apple TV must be paired using Bluetooth. You will be prompted to pair during setup using Harmony app, or on first time use for Harmony Ultimate or Ultimate Home remotes.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

Apple TV may be controlled using infrared (IR) signals that are sent directly from your Harmony remote.

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