Using the remote control that came with the TV is a thing of the past. Once you've upgraded to Android TV, it's much easier to use an Android smartphone or tablet as a working remote. If you've been using a physical TV remote until now, it only takes a few seconds to permanently switch to the Android experience. This guide will show you how.
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- How to use an Android phone as a remote control with the Google TV app
- How to use an Android phone as a remote control for specific TV models
- Control your Android TV with a third-party app
- frequent questions
How to use an Android phone as a remote control with the Google TV app
Any Android TV lets you use the screens of your Android phone or tablet to control the big screen experience. On the one hand, it allows you to use Android TV as suchOutput to a Chromecast or sideload, the primary input device (your phone or tablet) can also act as a built-in remote control.
Currently theGoogle TV application(formerly Play TV and Movies) represents the primary method of enabling a remote control setting on Android. If you're using Android 10 or later, you can easily select Google TV from a list of top Google apps like Gmail, Drive, Photos, Chrome, Find Maps, and Meet. It is important that you update your phone to the latest software version.
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make the connection
- If your device supports Google TV, you may be able to find a button called "TV Remote" by doing a simple search on your phone. On newer versions of Android, the TV remote is available as a button on the home screen.
- After selecting the option, you may find nothing on the app screen until you set up Android TV.
- At the top, tap Select device. Then start searching for available TVs.
- Once an Android TV is detected, you can see it in the notification area. Make sure Android TV and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Using your physical TV remote, check your Android TV settings to see an option called "Apps." It may be located differently on your specific TV model. But above all, it is easy to access from the home screen.
- Now look for an option called “Android TV Remote Service”. Is aGoogle play appwhich can only be downloaded on Android TV. If you don't see this setting here, it will become visible once paired.
- If your cable provider or TV manufacturer uses a different app, keep an eye on it. If you connect through aamazon fire stick, you can find the related TV remote control apps in the Amazon app store.
- Wait for the Google TV Remote app on your phone to connect to the TV screen.
- In many cases, pairing will not be established until a confirmed pairing request has been made to the device. This would display a six digit code on the screen.
- Enter the pairing code on your mobile device to pair the two.
- You should see a short notification that the Android remote is connected to your TV, or the icon for your TV model displayed in the app.
Use your Android as a remote control
- Look for a big "magic button" in the middle. You can swipe left/right or up/down to, for example, change the channel or navigate through the options. This helps you navigate your TV like a pro, especially for commonly used on-screen options.
- If you don't like "swipe", click the three dots in the upper right corner and select a "D-Pad control". It looks like your TV remote.
- In addition to the sliders and d-pad for navigation (in the middle), there are the usual functions: volume up and down, stop, pause, mute buttons, and a power button.
- If you seeYouTubeonetflixOn your Android TV, you need to type something to search. The Google TV Remote app has a keyboard that works for this purpose.
- Anything you type in the TV app will appear on the big screen. That concludes everything you need to know about how to use this extremely useful Android feature.
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How to use an Android phone as a remote control for specific TV models
Is your Android phone not compatible with the latest versions of Android TV? In this case, you will not be able to play Google TV immediately. The good thing is that there are many third-party remote apps on Google Play that are specially designed for such situations.
- First check your TV remote. Look up the manufacturer, model name, and any other specific information you can find.
- Try searching Google Play for remote or similar apps associated with your specific TV manufacturer. They will most likely work without interference issues.
Listed below are some of the TV remote control apps that you should consider for your specific device.
- lg tv universal remote: Infrared remote controlfor all LG devices.
- samsung smart stuff:In addition to television,It also controls many other remote devices like smart speakers, smart devices, Nest, and more.
- remote control for panasonic tv: aPanasonic TV Official Remote Controlfor all Panasonic models.
- RoByteGenericName: the most downloadedTV Remote App for Roku TV.
Not all TV remote control apps will work equally well for your TV model, so you may need to experiment a bit. This is where universal remotes come in handy as they can easily work with a wide variety of models.
Control your Android TV with a third-party app
- For this demo we will use an application calleduniversal tv remote control(or Unimote) from SensusTech. It works great with various models including Sony, Samsung, LG, Fire TV, Roku and more. One annoying thing about this app is unlimited ads. Having said that, this app would still help explain what a universal remote looks like.
- After downloading and installing the app, you can see your specific TV model highlighted in the main menu. You must have the same Wi-Fi network for your Android phone or tablet and your TV for a successful connection. It can also work on a mobile hotspot, but it's a good idea to keep your hotspot device powered on at all times.
- If you see a floating code on your screen, you'll need to re-enter it on your phone or tablet.
- Enter the exact pairing code for your TV to access the universal remote control app. If you make a mistake, you will be prompted to re-enter the code.
- Compared to the Google TV remote app, SensusTech's Unimote Universal Remote app has a sleeker, more natural menu with a dedicated TV guide, HDMI, and other features.
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What is infrared remote control for Android TV?
The Infrared (IR) remote control is a state-of-the-art technology that uses a signal called an infrared ray emitter to control your TV. You may have noticed a blue light appearing on your cable box or other cable connections. Infrared (IR) apps on your phone or tablet control these devices.
Are there remote control apps for non-smart TVs?
Yes, even if you have an older non-smart TV, you can connect it to an Android TV remote control app, as long as your cable provider (or the owner of the set-top box) allows Google Play to access your monthly subscription settings of TV. . SensusTech's Unimote universal remote control app works with relatively old TV models and is one of the most downloaded TV remote control apps on Google Play.
Why isn't the Google TV Remote app working?
If the Google TV Remote app doesn't work on your TV, it means that you don't have the latest version of the app installed on your input device (smartphone or tablet). Make sure your Android TV has at least Android Remote Service version 5.0 or later installed. Your Android smartphone or tablet must support at least Android 10 and above.
Why does my Google TV keep disconnecting from Wi-Fi?
If your Google TV app keeps disconnecting from the WiFi network on your TV, you need to create a successful WiFi pairing between your router and the remote app. If the problem persists, the problem is with your TV. we have a number ofTroubleshooting steps to resolve connection issuesbetween an Android TV and the Wi-Fi source.
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Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over 11 years of experience across multiple industries including semiconductor, IoT, enterprise IT, telecom OSS/BSS, and network security. He writes for MakeTechEasier on a variety of technical topics including Windows, Android, the web, hardware manuals, browsers, software tools, and product reviews.
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