How To Remote Control Your iPad

With all of the new features in iOS 4.3 such as airplay and home sharing and even using your iPad as a replacement for your cable TV, you might wonder if there is any way to control your iPad remotely for the ultimate in home entertainment.  As it turns out, there are some way to do just that.  Here’s how to remote control your iPad.

How To Remote Control Your iPad

There are several apps you can use to remote control your iPad.  The great thing about doing this is that you can set up home sharing or airplay and then use your iPad as the central hub of all your media – but instead of having to control everything from it, just use one of these apps and you can keep your iPad in a stand or tucked away in a case even.

Remote Control iPad

One app you might want to check out is the Tango Remote Control Music Player HD (Tango Remote Control Music Player HD - Blue Atlas Technology, LLC).  This gives you full remote control of any iOS device from another iOS device (it takes two to tango).  With Tango ($1.99) you can do many different remote control operations.

It’s a great option if you have an iPhone or another iPad and it means you won’t have to run back to the iPad all the time to change shows or music.  Another great option is an app called Music Remote (Music Remote™ for iPad (Remote control for iPod, iPhone and iPad Music) - Ndili Technologies, Inc.).  This app is $4.99 and does not have the best ratings, but it does quite a bit.

Music Remote lets you remotely control your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone from any other iOS device or a  computer with a web browser.

As you can see, it’s geared toward remotely controlling your iPad but only the iPod app for music.  If you are looking to remote control music but Music Remote app did not look very good to you, then you might want to try a top-rated app called Tunes Remote for iPad(Tunes Remote for iPad - De Voorkant).  This app sells for $0.99 and it’s definitely a step up from Music Remote App.

Tunes Remote for iPad is another remote control for your iPad but as with Music Remote and Tango, it only controls your music.

That’s not a bad set of features for remotely controlling your iPad for less than $1 but again, this only controls the music.  Tango looks to be the best of all but if you are looking for something a little less then Tunes Remote would be the next pick and finally Music Remote would be last mainly due to it’s lack of features and low ratings.

Do you use one of these or a different one to remotely control your iPad?  If so, what has your experience been?

Originally posted 2011-03-25 08:17:56.


  1. Seems the iPad can do just about everything with the exception of making my bed and cooking my meals. Perhaps those features will be included in the next iOS software update.

    All joking aside, great article as always Shane. As you know I’m an iPad junkie like you but wasn’t aware until now that you could actually use a remote control with your iPad like this.

    1. Shane says:

      Thanks Darrell.
      Much appreciated. You should email me sometime and we can catch up!!!

  2. Morgan says:

    Hi Shane,

    Very useful article, thanks for this.
    Do you know an app that allows controlling Safari on the Ipad from the Iphone. What I would like to do is easy: Connect my Ipad to a flatscreen, surf the web with the ipad but using Iphone as a remote for the Ipad. So I can surf the web on TV without leaving my chair (and without having to buy a MAC Mini… :-)


    1. Shane says:

      Hey there Morgan…love it…the ultimate way to control it all from the phone! I did look around and thought that Rowmote Pro might be an answer but apparently it only controls music, etc. I have not actually ran into on “yet” that controls something like Safari from the iPhone to the iPad…I have seen it control the iPOD app but not browsing….you would think that with the over 400,000 apps there might be one :)

  3. MikeO says:

    Let me get this straight…. I have the Netflix and Hulu apps on my Ipad. I want to be able to stop and start and fast forward shows using my Iphone4 as the remote control. Is there no way to control my ipad remotely with my iphone?

  4. Eric says:

    Is there any way to control the photos or videos on my iPad from my iPhone. I want to be able to plug my iPad into the tv and them control it with my iPhone without having to sit beside it.


  5. michael says:

    Your article’s title is *misleading*. It should be ‘How to turn your iPad into a remote controller’. ‘How to remote control your iPad’ should be about technology like PCAnywhere whereby one can control an iPad remotely.

  6. Jose says:

    I want to know how to view the full ipad screen on my PC so I can record videos and how to’s. I have seen it done and love to know what app is out there that can do that. This article is not what I am looking for.

  7. alex says:

    is there any application that I could control all my ipad applications and not just the music? for example I want to check the weather on TV through my ipad but I don’t want to go to the ipad or bring the pictures on from ipad with my iphone

  8. Terri says:

    I am also looking for a way to control Netflix app running on my iPad from my iPhone. If anyone finds such an app, please share!

  9. Rob says:

    Another Huge Fail on apples end … Apple really needs to get up to date with the times.

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