How to use your smartphone as a remote control
When you bought your smartphone, I bet you did not think about alternative uses that you could get. However, thanks to the open source operating system and the thousands of applications available in the Play Store, your device can be transformed into anything, even a remote control.
Get control of the TV with your smartphone
Whether you’re here to get back in control of the TV in the living room invaded by your older brother, or if you want to remotely control the air conditioner or the thermostat, we want to show you how to turn your Android smartphone into a universal remote control or a remote control dedicated exclusively to television.
Before continuing reading, make sure that your smartphone is equipped with an infrared sensor and that the electronic devices that you want to control remotely are also compatible with this technology. If your smartphone has an IR (infrared) sensor, the applications installed by default include a service that can transform it into a remote control.
Universal applications for your smartphone
If your smartphone has an infrared port, you probably have a native app included to use it. You can also find an alternative through which we can use our smartphone as a remote control, there are several in Google Play.
You can choose from many, among our preferred highlights is Universal Remote. It is very simple to use as you can see in this video.
After downloading, we must drag the finger from left to right, to enter IR Databases , where we will choose the brand of our television, decoder or Blue-Ray that we want to control. Once selected, the controls appear and we can choose our favorite channel at the touch of a finger on the screen of our smartphone.
Manufacturers’ applications (only for TV)
If your television is Smart TV or you have it connected to the internet it is very simple. The manufacturers have different applications thanks to which, by connecting smartphone and TV to the same network, you can use the phone as a remote control. Each one has specific functions for each of the supported models, and avoids having to download another application or find which one is compatible with our model. If we have a TV of one of these brands, you only have to download the corresponding application.
Sony remote control app
TV SideView is the application of the Japanese manufacturer. With it we will perform normal tasks of any remote control, as well as open the TV Guide or control other Sony electronic devices.
Samsung remote control app
The other Koreans have Samsung SmartView, with which we manage the TV and all the devices that are connected to it.
Panasonic remote control app
TV Remote 2, available on Google Play, is what we should use to change channels on Panasonic televisions.
We hope that this article will make your lives a little more comfortable as ours has done!