The remote control is probably the thing that is often lost in an apartment. But why is it needed if a smartphone is perfect for this purpose? Yes, you can drop it, too, but you can quickly call your smartphone and find it. And why do you need two devices if they can replace one? So let's go to the trouble of turning an Android-based smartphone into a TV remote.
- Applications from TV Producers
- Google Home - A solution from the search giant
- AnyMote - Everything's in your hands
- SURE Universal Smart TV Remote - Universal Soldier
- Twine Universal Remote - Ease of use above all
Applications from TV Producers
Most TV manufacturers have special companion applications for their smart TVs. These apps usually have everything you need to turn your smartphone into a full-fledged remote. The app connects to your TV via Wi-Fi. Programs like this allow you to switch channels or adjust the volume, launch applications on your TV, and so on. Almost all smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and Sony have similar programs. So visit the manufacturer's website or check the user manual.
Google Home - A solution from the search giant
If there is no such application, then you will come to the aid of Google Home. This is undoubtedly one of the best apps for remote control. Its principal function is to manage devices that support Google Home and Google Chromecast. This means that you will need something like this. However, most modern TVs have a kind of "built-in" Chromecast, which is usually written in the instructions. At the very least, you can experimentally check whether you have a built-in Chromecast or not. Otherwise, everything is quite simple. All you have to do is connect your TV and smartphone to the same network, choose a show, a movie, a song, an image or something else on your phone, and "send" it to the TV.
But what to do if the manufacturer is not "hustled" and Google Home does not work correctly? In this case, do not despair, but without additional costs, alas, cannot do without. We will need a device called IR blaster (or IR emitter) for a smartphone. Fortunately, a well-known Chinese resource, such as "blasters," cost an order of 100 rubles. So, it is possible to tell, under the price of the complete set of batteries, you can transform the smartphone into the high-grade remote control. But with this, emitter still needs to be able to handle. And here we get help from third-party programs.
AnyMote - Everything is in your hands
AnyMote is one of the best applications for remote control of your TV. It boasts support for more than 900,000 devices, the list of which is regularly updated. As you can see, AnyMote isn't just for your 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 select buttons for Netflix and Hulu services.
SURE Universal Smart TV Remote - Universal Soldier
It is also one of the best applications for remote control of the TV. Like Anymore, it also supports other devices. However, among the additional features is the ability to "upload" photos to the TV via Wi-Fi. How often do you lose your TV remote control? Write about it in our Telegram chat room.
Twinone Universal Remote - Ease of use above all
Twinone Universal Remote is probably one of the easiest to learn programs. At the same time, there are quite flexible settings inside the application itself. Moreover, you can change the interface and location of the buttons here according to your wishes. There is even support for some rather "ancient" devices. The only bad news is advertising. It is extraordinary to see ads on the remote control when you want to switch ads on TV. And Twinone does not provide a way to get rid of it. There is no paid version — a strange decision. But working with old TVs and fine-tuning can still bribe you.