Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Probably the most convenient text entry solution, the Remote app works on any iOS device: iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can use it to enter text using the keyboard you’re already used to working with on your Apple device, which makes writing on the Apple TV much easier than using the on-screen keyboard.
NB: Starting fall 2016 iOS and tvOS support a vastly improved version of the Remote app. This offers all the functionality of the full Siri remote, with the addition of a handy Notifications feature that will remind you to use your iPhone or iPad for text entry when you begin entering text on your Apple TV screen.
To set up the Remote app on your Apple TV and iOS device, you must first check the software on both devices is up to date and ensure they are on the same Wi-Fi network. You will need to set the app up as follows:
- Set up with Home Sharing by signing in with your Apple ID and opening Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing on your Apple TV.
- To set up manually, just open the Remote app and choose Add a Device. A four-digit code will appear that you must enter in Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote app.
Are There More?
There’s no doubt that in future these seven ways to enter text on an Apple TV will be supplemented by more — might you be able to use a Mac to control it? There seems little reason not to be able to do so.