As remotes get smaller and smaller, losing the remote in the couch cushions may become a common occurrence (looking at you, Apple TV remote) (looking at you, Apple TV remote control) (looking at you, Apple TV remote control).
Let’s explore how you are going to use your phone as a tv remote control.
The good news is that you can use your smartphone as an extra remote control in only a few minutes. So, the next time you want to watch Disney+ but can’t find the clicker, instead of embarking on a lengthy expedition, just take your phone. We’ll walk you through each stage of the process below.
You can use nearly any smartphone, whether it is an iPhone or an Android. Even an iPod touch or tablet will suffice. If you have an old phone that you no longer use, use it as a backup remote.
1. Use IR Balster App
Download a TV-remote app like AnyMote Smart IR Remote if your phone has an infrared (IR) camera. Set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players, audio equipment, and even certain air conditioners may be controlled with this remote.
2. Tv Manufactor’s App
Many of today’s Smart TVs include manufacturer apps. The Samsung TV Remote App, for example, is compatible with Samsung Smart TVs.
This program allows your smartphone and television to communicate wirelessly. If you have a Smart TV, you should be able to use your phone or tablet as a remote control.
3. Consider using Free Streaming Apps
There are a variety of applications that enable you to manage your streaming experience from the convenience of your smartphone when you use a streaming device such as the Amazon Fire Stick or the Google Chromecast Ultra.
These devices are examples of streaming devices. By syncing your app with your phone, you will be able to quickly and conveniently access your preferred television programs, motion pictures, and other content on your mobile device.
1. Phone to Control your Android TV wirelessly
Make sure that your phone and Android TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the Android TV Remote Control, and your TV’s name should appear if they are on the same Wi-Fi network. Tap the name and wait for a PIN to appear on the TV screen. Enter the PIN on your phone and tap Pair.
You will see a D-pad interface once you have successfully connected your phone to the Android TV device using the Android TV Remote Control app. You can use the up/down/left/right arrows to navigate your Android TV screen.
You also have an option to use a Touchpad instead of a D-pad. To do this, select the Touchpad controls from the hamburger menu on the top left corner of your screen.
2. Use Bluetooth to set up the Android TV Remote Control app
You can also pair the Android TV Remote Control app with your Android TV device using Bluetooth.
Enable Bluetooth on your phone, open the Android TV Remote Control app, and tap the name of your Android TV. You might see a Bluetooth pairing request on the TV.
Select Pair. If it doesn’t pop up on the TV, look for the Bluetooth notification on your phone. Tap Pair.
3. Use your phone as the remote for your Android TV
You can use the Google TV app on your phone or tablet to navigate your Android TV.
Set up your virtual remote
- On your Android phone, open the Google TV app .
- Near the bottom right, tap Remote .
- At the top, tap Scanning for devices.
- Choose your device.
- To complete pairing, follow the instructions on your phone and TV.
- After pairing, you can use your phone or your remote.
If you have trouble setting up the app – Troubleshoot
If the above-mentioned app pairing method does not work, you can try troubleshooting the problem using the following methods.
- Check your Wi-Fi connection
To connect through Wi-Fi, make sure your device is on the same network as your Android TV.
To check or change the connection on your TV:
- On your remote, press Home.
- At the top right, select Settings .
- Under “Network & Accessories,” select Network Advanced Network status.
- Find the Wi-Fi network name, listed next to “Network (SSID).” Make sure it’s the same as the network on your device.
To check or change the connection on your phone:
- On your phone, open the Settings app.
- To find your network or choose a different network, tap Network & internet Wi-Fi.
2. Restart your Android TV
- Unplug the power cord.
- Wait 10 seconds.
- Plug the power cord back in.
- Set up the virtual remote again.