Use the TiVo® app for iPad & iPhone

 

Now you can do just about everything you can do with your TiVo® remote control — find and explore shows, schedule recordings, control live TV and recorded shows, and more — from your iPad or iPhone! And, when you have a TiVo Stream or a TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro, you can also you can watch recorded shows or in-progress recordings wherever you are...even away from home! Just download the TiVo app, and you're ready to get started.

The TiVo app works with the following TiVo DVRs:

  • TiVo Roamio (all models)
  • TiVo Premiere (all models)
  • TiVo HD (all models)
  • TiVo Series3

Find out which TiVo app features are available with your TiVo DVR.

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Requirements:
Compatible with iPad/iPhone.
Requires iOS 7.0 or later

Before you begin

Before you can use the TiVo app, you'll need to do the following:

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  1. Make sure your iPad or iPhone is running iOS 7.0.
  2. Download the latest TiVo app from the iTunes App Store. It's free! If you already have the app, make sure you are running the latest version, with no updates pending. (Note: The TiVo app will not run on jailbroken iOS devices.)
  3. Make sure you have a compatible TiVo DVR connected to your home network.
  4. If you want to stream or download shows to your iPad or iPhone, make sure that you have a TiVo Stream or a TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro DVR connected to home network.
     

    Note: To use the TiVo Stream, you must have a TiVo DVR with at least four tuners that connects to your home network using either a wired Ethernet or MoCA connection. See Connect your TiVo box to your home network for more information on networking options. Learn more at tivo.com/stream and tivo.com/roamio or visit the TiVo Store to purchase your streaming device now.

  5. Make sure your iPad/iPhone has Wi-Fi turned on, and that it is connected to the same network as your TiVo box. (On your device, tap Settings, then Wi-Fi. Turn "Wi-Fi" to "On" to join a network.)

Setting up the TiVo app

The first time you launch your TiVo app, you'll go through a one-time set-up process. Don't worry, it only takes a minute.

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  1. Launch the TiVo app.
  2. Sign in to the app using your TiVo.com username and password.
  3. If prompted, select the primary TiVo DVR to use with the app. (You will only be prompted if you have more than one compatible TiVo DVR on your home network.)
  4. If you have a TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro, and this is the first time you are setting up the app, streaming setup will begin. If you have just upgraded the app, start streaming setup by going to 'Settngs' and choosing 'Setup.';
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up in-home and out-of-home streaming. See it
    • In home streaming means that you can stream shows to your iPad/iPhone only when you are connected to your home network.
    • Out-of-home streaming means that you can stream shows to your iPad/iPhone even when you are away from your home network.

What to Watch Now

The What to Watch Now screen is the first screen you'll see when you enter the app. This screen shows you categories of shows that are on TV right now, ready for watching. Just tap on an image to learn more: you can watch the show or choose to record it, view upcoming showings, or explore the show further.See it

The Info screen

The Info screen displays information about the show that's currently airing on your TiVo DVR. As you change channels, the Info screen will update to reflect the show you're watching.See it

You can do lots of things from this screen, including:

  • Tap "Watch Now" to watch the show. If you have a TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro, you'll have the option to watch the show on your iPad/iPhone. The show will begin recording on your DVR and then begin streaming to your iPad/iPhone. If you don't have a Stream or Roamio Plus/Pro, you can watch the show on your TV.
  • Tap "Record" to set up a single recording or a Season Pass recording on your DVR.
  • Tap "Upcoming" to view a list of upcoming episodes.
  • Tap "Explore" the show to learn more about its cast and crew, or to see a list of shows you might also like.
  • Tap "More" to share your comments about the show with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

You can reach the Info screen at any time by tapping the Info button.

Note: The Info screen is not available if you are away from your home network.

Finding and exploring shows

Find and explore shows with a few taps of the screen. Give it a try:

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  1. Tap the Search window (on the iPad) or Search icon  (on the iPhone) at the top of the screen, and enter the title of the show or name of the actor you're interested in. A list of matches will appear beneath the search window. Tap the best match to get more information about it. Depending on the show, options include: See it
    • Tap "Watch Now" to watch the show on your TV or iPad/iPhone (TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro required for iPad/iPhone viewing), or to get the show from another source (like Amazon or Netflix).  
    • Tap "Record" to set up a single recording or Season Pass recording on your DVR.
    • Tap “Upcoming” To see which episodes are coming up. When you find one you want to watch or record, tap the title for more options.
    • Tap "More" to share your comments about the show with friends on Facebook or Twitter.
    • If a show is not currently available to record, you'll have the option to tap "WishList" to set up a TiVo WishList® search. Your DVR will automatically record the show the next time it appears on TV.
  2. Tap the Guide button at the bottom of the screen to browse the program guide. Scroll the guide columns up or down to view more listings. (You can also use the numbers on the side of the screen to skip quickly to a range of channels.)  See it
    • When you find a show you like, tap it to display information about it. If the show is currently airing, you can choose to watch it on your TV or iPad/iPhone (TiVo Stream or Roamio Plus/Pro required to watch on your iPad/iPhone). Or, you choose to record it on your DVR (if it's airing now or at a later date), explore it further, view upcoming episodes, or share your comments on Facebook or Twitter.
    • To jump to a particular time, tap the date to bring up the date selector. See it
    • Tap to find a particular channel (you can search by channel name or number).
  3. Browse collections of related content (like award winners), or browse by category (like movies, TV, or sports). Just tap "Browse" on the iPad, or tap "More" then "Browse" on the iPhone. See it

My Shows

There are two tabs on the My Shows screen:

  • The On DVR tab lets you watch shows from your TiVo DVRs My Shows list, even if you're away from home. (TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro required for out-of-home viewing.)
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  1. Tap "My Shows," then "On DVR." See it
  2. Tap a show to view information about it. You can:
    • Watch the show on your TV or iPad/iPhone (TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro required for iPad/iPhone viewing). 
    • Get or modify a Season Pass recording
    • Delete the show from the My Shows list
    • Download the show to your iPad/iPhone (TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro required), (See "Downloading shows" for more instructions.)
    • View upcoming episodes
    • Explore the show
    • Choose "More" to set a show to "Keep Until I Delete," or to share your comments about the show on Facebook or Twitter.

    Note: You can sort by date or by show title. Just tap "Date" to sort by date, or tap "A-Z" to sort by title.

    Note: If you're using a Series3 DVR, you can view your My Shows list but you cannot make changes to it.

  • The On iPad or On iPhone tab shows you your list of shows that have been downloaded (or are in the process of downloading) to your mobile device (TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro required). See "Downloading shows" and "Watching downloaded shows" for more about the "On iPad/iPhone" tab.

Downloading shows

Note: To download shows, you must have a TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro.

The first time you go to the "On iPad" or "On iPhone" tab, it will most likely be empty. That's because you haven't downloaded any shows yet! Let's get going:

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  1. Tap "My Shows."
  2. Tap the "On DVR" tab to view the DVR's My Shows list. See it
  3. Tap the title of the show you want to download, then tap "Download."
  4. Choose a download quality, then tap "Download with these options." Note that "Best" quality downloads will take up more space on your iPad/iPhone than "Medium" or "Standard" quality downloads.
  5. Tap "On iPad" or "On iPhone" to see your show added to the download queue.See it
  6. If you have more than one show waiting to download, you can rearrange the order in which they'll download or delete shows from the download queue:
    • Tap "Edit" on the "On iPad" or "On iPhone" screen.
    • To rearrange the download order, drag and drop shows into the order in which you want to download them. See it
    • To delete a show, tap the empty circle next to each show you want to delete, then tap "Delete."

Watching downloaded shows

Note: To download shows, you must have a TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro.

Here's how to watch a downloaded show (even one that's still downloading):

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  1. Tap "My Shows" at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap "On iPad" or "On iPhone."
  3. Downloaded shows appear at the bottom of the download queue (if any shows are in the queue). Tap a show to view information about it. Choose "Watch now," then "Watch on iPad/iPhone" to watch the show on your mobile device. You can also delete it from your iPad/iPhone.See it

Note: Downloaded shows are available to watch only from the TiVo app, not from the "Videos" section of your iPad/iPhone. If you uninstall the TiVo app, the downloads will be deleted from your iPad/iPhone.

The remote control

Use the TiVo app's remote control to control live TV and recorded shows, whether they are streaming to your iPad/iPhone or on your television, or to navigate around your TiVo DVR's menus. Here's how:

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  1. Tap the remote control icon on the top right of the screen. See it
  2. Tap "Buttons" on the iPad or the Remote icon  on the iPhone to show remote control buttons. You can navigate around the TiVo menus, or you can fast-forward, rewind, pause, slow motion, advance, instant replay, record, or give Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down ratings.   See it
  3. Tap "Gestures" on the iPad or the Gestures icon  on the iPhone to show the gesture pad areas. In these areas, you can use touch-screen gestures to control your video. Tap the to display the gestures. See it
  4. Tap the remote icon again to hide the remote.


Note: The remote control is not available if you are away from your home network.

Managing your shows

Manage your TiVo DVR's To Do List and Season Pass requests with the TiVo app.

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  1. On the iPad, tap "Manage," then tap the "To Do List" tab. On the iPhone, tap "More" and then tap "To Do List." See it
  2. Tap a show title to get information about it. From there, you can set up or cancel a recording, get or modify a Season Pass request, view upcoming episodes, explore the show, change recording options, and more.

    Note: If you are using a Series3 DVR, you can view your To Do List, but you cannot make changes to it.
  3. On the iPad, tap the "Season Passes" tab. On the iPhone, tap "More" to return to the menu, then tap "Season Pass List." See it
  4. To change the priority of Season Pass requests, tap "Reorder" (on the iPad) or "Edit" (on the iPhone), then drag and drop your shows into the order you'd like. To get more information about a show, tap its title.

Sharing on Facebook & Twitter

Share your thoughts about your favorite shows, right from the TiVo app. 

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  1. Choose a show from your My Shows list, the guide, or any browsing screen.
  2. Tap "More" in the top part of the screen, then tap either "Share on Facebook" or "Share on Twitter." See it
  3. If prompted, log in to your Facebook or Twitter account.
  4. Enter your post or tweet, and tap "Share." See it

Changing your selected DVR

To connect to a different compatible TiVo DVR in your network, tap the name of the currently-connected DVR at the top left of screen (on the iPad) or tap "More" then tap "Selected DVR" (on the iPhone). Use the scroll wheel to select another DVR.

Changing settings & signing out

To change settings or sign out, click the gear icon at the top of the screen (on the iPad) or tap "More" then "Settings" (on the iPhone). You'll see the following options: See it

  • TiVo account: Displays whether you are signed in with your MAK, your tivo.com user name, or as a Guest. Tap "Sign out" to end your session.
  • Setup: Launches the setup process for a TiVo Stream or a TiVo Roamio Pro/Plus. Tap this option if the installation instructions do not launch automatically when you first hook up your TiVo Stream or TiVo Roamio Plus/Pro, or if you want to set up another streaming device.
  • System Information: Displays the status, TiVo Service Number, and other information related to streaming devices on your network. 
  • Broadband Test: Tests the connection speeds of your streaming devices.
  • Facebook/Twitter: Tap "Login" to sign in.
  • Sound Effects: Turn TiVo app sound effects on or off.
  • Guide Channels: Choose which channels to display.
  • Version: Displays the TiVo app version number.
  • About this app: Displays TiVo app information.
  • Technical support: Links to tivo.com's support site.
  • TiVo User Agreement, Privacy Policies, and Legal Notices: Important information about the TiVo Service. 
  • Reset application: Removes all account information and settings. After resetting, you will need to sign in to the app again.

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