How to use your Android smartphone as a TV remote
TV remotes go missing and they have done for years. Whether they fall down the back of the sofa or they’ve been buried under some papers, the search for a remote has been a part of daily lives for so long. Now, though, it is possible to use an Android smartphone as a TV remote.
Here, we explain exactly how you can set up. So that you always have a TV remote in your pocket.
What app do you download to use your phone as a TV remote?
The first thing to do is to go to the Google Play Store and, if you have an Android TV, to download the Android TV Remote Control app. Then, search for your TV inside the app and that’s you nearly there.
If your Smart TV was made by a different manufacturer, there are other universal remote control apps that you can download from the Google Play Store. Once you have an app, you also search for your TV.
How do you configure your TV with your smartphone?
The next step is to configure your TV with the app you’ve just downloaded on your smartphone. Before attempting this step, it’s best to make sure both devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
Then, by selecting your TV from the app on your Android phone, you can configure both devices by entering a pin that is shown to you.
Once you are connected, your phone is now your TV remote and the display will show various buttons, similar to those you’d find on the traditional TV remote. From there, you can click through to access your favourite channels and apps and shows.
If having problems during this process, it’s worth keeping in mind that being closer to the TV can help. Ensuring there aren’t many objects in the way can be useful as well.