We are gradually approaching the stage were almost everything can be controlled by one device. It has gotten to the point were smartphones can control your TV set, as well as other smart devices. A variety of applications can turn your Android phone into a remote control for your TV, laptop, and other media.
There can be reasons why you might be needing a backup remote: the regular one got spoilt; the batteries got drained, and there isn’t any spare available to replace them, or the remote might have gone missing. With the size of new generation remotes decreasing in size, it is getting easier to lose it in the couch cushions.
HOW TO SET UP
It would interest you to know that you can set up your smartphone in few minutes to use as an alternative remote control device. So next time you want to watch your favourite channel on TV and can’t find the regular remote , don’t go ransacking every corner of the living room, just grab your Android phone.
WHAT DEVICE CAN I USE?
You can make use of nearly every smartphone, be it android or iPhone. You can even use your Tab. If there is an old android smartphone in your house , you can convert it into a backup remote.
WHAT APPS DO I NEED?
There are three different types of apps to download free. They are the TV remote app, applications for your streaming device such as Chromecast, and general streaming service apps such as Netflix.
TV remote apps.
A Collection of android remote control apps are available for download in Google play store. Some of them are;
1. Android TV remote control
.Android TV Remote Control is an app that lets you control your TV using your Android device as a remote. You can do this by synchronizing the two devices via Bluetooth connection. Theenable you to perform typing functions on your TV.
The Google Home app helps you set up and control Google Nest or Home speakers and displays, and Chromecast. You can control thousands of compatible lights, cameras, speakers, and more, as well as check your reminders and recent notifications, all from a single app
3. Mi remote
Mi Remote is an app created by Xiaomi for controlling various electronics in your home from a distance. This application comes with many possibilities like changing the channel on TV, increasing and Decreasing the volume, adjusting the air conditioner.
To use Mi Remote, you need to pair the app with compatible electronic devices. This includes brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Haier, Onida, Micromax, Videocon, and more.
4. SURE; Smart home and TV universal remote.
SURE Universal is the world-leading and award-winning Universal Remote Control App for home entertainment and smart home. SURE can send music, videos and photos to a Smart TV and other smart media devices. Legacy devices are supported using Infra Red (IR) using a phone with a built-in IR Blaster or a WiFi-to-IR converter (sold separately) . You can also control your smart home devices with the power of your voice using SURE voice control. SURE Universal™ is truly an all-in-one home IoT solution – the soul of IoT.
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