How to turn an Android smartphone into a TV remote control.
The remote control is, perhaps, the thing that is quite often lost in the apartment. But why is it needed if a smartphone is perfect for these purposes? Yes, you can also lose it, but you can easily call your smartphone and find it. And why do you need two devices if one can replace them? So let’s move on to turning your Android smartphone into a TV remote control.
- Applications from TV manufacturers
- Google Home – Solution from the search giant
- AnyMote – Everything is in your hands
- SURE Universal Smart TV Remote – Universal Soldier
- Twinone Universal Remote – Convenience Above All
Applications from TV manufacturers
Most TV manufacturers have dedicated companion apps for their smart TVs. These applications usually have everything you need to turn your smartphone into a full-fledged remote control. The app connects to your TV via Wi-Fi. Programs of this kind allow you to change the channel or adjust the volume, launch applications on the TV, and so on. Almost all smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony have similar programs. So just visit the manufacturer’s website or take a look at the user manual.
Google Home – Solution from the search giant
If there is no such application, then Google Home will come to the rescue. It is definitely one of the best remote control apps. Its main function is to control Google Home and Google Chromecast enabled devices. This means you will need something similar. However, most modern TVs have some sort of “built-in” Chromecast, which is usually written in the instructions. As a last resort, you can empirically check whether you have a built-in Chromecast or not. The rest is pretty simple. All you need to do is connect your TV and smartphone to the same network, select a show, movie, song, picture or whatever on your phone, and “send” it to your TV.
Download: Google Home
But what if the manufacturer didn’t “hurry up” and Google Home doesn’t work properly? In this case, you should not despair, but, alas, you cannot do without additional expenses. We will need a device called an IR blaster (or IR emitter) for a smartphone. Fortunately, on the famous Chinese resource , such “blasters” cost about 1.49 dollars. So, we can say that for the price of a set of batteries, you can turn your smartphone into a full-fledged remote control. But you still need to be able to handle this emitter. And here third-party programs come to our aid.
AnyMote – Everything is in your hands
AnyMote is one of the best TV remote control apps. It boasts support for over 900,000 devices, the list of which is regularly updated. As you understand, AnyMote is suitable not only for TV. The program has support for SLR cameras, air conditioners and almost any equipment that has an infrared sensor. The program itself is simple and convenient. There are even dedicated buttons for Netflix and Hulu services.
SURE Universal Smart TV Remote – Universal Soldier
It is also one of the best TV remote control apps. Like Anymote, other devices are also supported here. However, among the additional features it is worth noting the possibility of “sending” photos to a TV via WiFi
Download: SURE Universal Smart TV Remote
Twinone Universal Remote – Convenience Above All
Twinone Universal Remote is perhaps one of the easiest programs to learn. At the same time, there are also quite flexible settings within the program itself. Moreover, the interface and the location of the buttons here can be changed according to your desire. There is even support for some rather “ancient” devices. The only bad news is the ads. It is very strange to see ads on the remote when you want to switch ads on TV. Moreover, Twinone does not provide a way to get rid of it. There is no paid version. Strange decision. But working with old TVs and fine-tuning can still bribe.
Download: Twinone Universal Remote