Atv with companion app

Hi all, bought a set of play controllers which means i need to use companion app to bridge to ATV. However I’ve found that i can do this by first pairing what i can to ATV, then start an activity, pause, go to settings and pair other things until ATV limit is hit and selecting to use companion.

I’m pretty sure i was able to select the pair with phone on pairing screen on ATV when i logged in, select power source etc, in past without all the hassle. Has anyone had a similar issue and found a way to resolve without having to start an activity first?