In a few weeks Apple will finally release iOS 12 for all users. In addition to performance improvements, smaller innovations await their appearance here. This also includes improved communication between the devices. So Apple will spend the iOS devices the opportunity to control an Apple TV directly through the control center. Thus, an additional app is no longer necessary.
Actually, the remote app for iOS has been around for a long time, but with the 4th generation of the Apple TV, Apple missed some time to adapt the app accordingly.
While since then worked hard on the combination of both devices - for example, the device via iPhone - the control of the Apple TV works only on the remote app or the Siri Remote. From iOS 12, however, this circumstance is simplified considerably and makes the control option part of iOS. It is possible to store a quick access to the function in the control center.
How to Control Your Apple TV with the iPhone
However, the feature is not active by default and should be set up first. However, this is very simple. To do this, open the settings app on your iPhone or iPad and then select the "Control Center" entry. Then tap the "Customize Controls" option. Now tap the green plus in front of "Apple TV Remote" to add the feature. Afterwards you can leave the settings again. To test, go to the Control Center and tap the "Apple TV" icon. Select your Apple TV, confirm the selection, and now control your Apple TV quickly and easily from your iPhone.