How To Turn An Android Into A Universal Remote Control
Smart IR Remote - AnyMote vs ASmart Remote IR vs IR Universal Remote WiFi ... and 5 more

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There are a few good Android apps that will convert your phone into a universal remote, but that's not the only thing you'll need. For your Android to properly talk to your devices, you'll need to install an IR blaster. This will allow your smartphone to send signals to your devices properly.

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App 1: Smart IR Remote - AnyMote

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Apparently, one of the best universal remotes around, the AnyMote app, can control over 800,000 different devices, even that old DVD player you might have as part of your home theater. The one drawback is that this app will not work on Sony smartphones. This app is not free, and last I checked it was $6.99. You can also connect AnyMote to your WiFi and use it as a:

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  • Sonos remote
  • Samsung Smart TV remote
  • Sharp Smart TV remote
  • Philips Smart TV remote
  • LIFX and Philips Hue remote
  • Kodi / XBMC remote
  • VLC remote
  • Roku remote
  • Boxer remote
  • Amazon Fire TV remote
  • Yamaha & Denon AVR remote
  • Amiko A3 remote
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App 2: ASmart Remote IR

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Another good free mobile app is the ASmart Remote IR. This app will control all your home theater components, such as streaming boxes, Blue-Ray player, TV and projector. This app will work on the following:

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  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note3
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega
  • Samsung Galaxy Zoom
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (with IR)
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One MAX

App 3: IR Universal Remote WiFi

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This IR Universal Remote app is able to function with or without an IR blaster installed on your Android. Instead of the IR necessity, this app will connect to your WiFi and control any connected devices. This app can control Chromecast, Xbox One, Fire TV, LG TV, Roku and Android TV. It now supports over 1,000,000 devices. There are many devices that you can install this on such as: Note3, Note4, Note Edge, Note 10.1, Note 8.0, Tab 3, Tab S, Tab Pro, Huawei Honor 6, LG G3, G4, HTC One M7, M8, M9, Samsung Galaxy Note3, S4, S5, S6 and Mega. Televisions that are compatible include the following:

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  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Hitachi
  • Insignia
  • JVC
  • Magnavox
  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • Sanyo
  • Vizio
  • Philips
  • Toshiba
  • Sharp
  • Hisense

App 4: Easy Universal TV Remote

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This simple remote app for Android can control your television by either the IR Blaster in your phone or WiFi. Ready to work with TVs such as: LG TV, Samsung TV, Sony TV, VISIO TV, Panasonic TV, Sharp TV.

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  1. 1
    Download & Install App.
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  2. 2
    Go to Settings.
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  3. 3
    Select between IR port, IR Blaster or WiFi.
    If you want to use the WiFi option, just enter the IP address.
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  4. 4
    Choose the brand of TV.
    If you chose WiFi in the previous step, your TV will need to be connected to that same WiFi.
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App 5: Universal TV Remote Control

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The Universal TV Remote Control Android app works with Samsung, LG, Panasonic, PHILIPS, SHARP, and Sony. Some of the features available with this remote:

  • Power ON/OFF
  • Mute/Un-mute
  • Channel Up
  • Channel Down
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Red/Green/Blue/Yellow buttons
  • Menu Buttons (up/down and left/right)

App 6: Remote Control for TV

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This remote control app uses the IR blaster on your smartphone and will work with Samsung TV, LG TV, Sony TV, Panasonic TV, as well as others. Currently, this app will work with over 220,000 home theater components. There is a Pro version of this app that will give you even more powerful functionality.

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App 7: Super TV Remote Control

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This Android app from Androcia claims to support almost 90% of the televisions on the market in 2014. It can connect to your TV through the phone's built-in IR Blaster, or it can connect to the same WiFi that your TV is connected to. The following TVs are controllable by this app: Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Panasonic.

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App 8: Remote Control Universal TV

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EnergyJakob created this app to control most of the popular TVs including: LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, Panasonic and Sharp.

  1. 1
    Download & Install App.
    Make sure your Android device is connected to your WiFi.
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  2. 2
    Connect Your TV.
    Your TV needs to be on the same WiFi your Android is connected to.
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  3. 3
    Run App.
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  4. 4
    Select TV Model.
    The app creator is adding new TVs as the come out.
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Questions and Answers

I've downloaded universal TV remote for Sony TV, but it requires that I need the application IR blaster to operate from LAVA Atom 2x Mobile?

I have downloaded universal TV remote for Sony TV, but it requires that I need the application IR blaster to operate from LAVA Atom 2x Mobile. I have tried: I have downloaded universal TV remote for Sony TV.

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To have the IR blaster capability, you will need to purchase an add-on blaster. For your particular phone, you should be able to buy the PTron Smart i2L IR Remote Controller 3.5mm Mini Pocket IR Blaster. This, plus the App you downloaded, will give you the functionality you are looking for.

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Does Smart IR Remote - AnyMote work with Sony phones?

I have a Sony phone and was wondering if the Smart IR Remote - AnyMote will work with it.

Unfortunately, no, the Smart IR Remote - AnyMote does not work on Sony phones. It also does not work on Huawei or Vizio phones. As for LG phones and tablets, it is only compatible with the G3 and the G4 (still beta). It is not compatible with the LG G3 A or LG G3 S.

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How to use TV remote without infrared?

There are many different makes and models of remote controls on the market and most of them use infrared. One of the other options you have is to use your existing WiFi in your house to control your smart TV. There are many different remote control apps that you can download for your smartphone that will allow you to connect to your WiFi which in turn will allow you to connect to your smart TV. If you do not have a smart TV that you can connect to your WiFi, then you can buy a UHF remote control that will not use infrared, but use a different frequency instead.

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Mobilgear ir remote Android app?

The Mobilegear universal infrared remote control 3.5mm jack plug is for Apple and will allow you to add the IR blaster to your iPhone. All you do is plug it in and download the controller app. This will not work with the Android phone. If you want to use an IR plug for an Android, you will need to buy the KKmoon universal IR Wireless infrared remote controller adapter that will work with the Samsung S5, S4, Google, and LG smartphone.

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How to control smart TV remote control via WiFi or ir?

Smart TVs have the capability to connect to your Internet connection through your WiFi. This allows your TV to access programming from Netflix, YouTube, and Crave (etc). Connecting that smart TV to your WiFi allows you to also control your smart TV over the same WiFi. Downloading the proper remote control app will make it very easy to control your smart TV with your smartphone. Some of these apps will require you to use an IR blaster which could be already installed on your phone, or you can buy an IR plug that fits into your earphone jack.

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Where to locate ip address to connect app to TV?

Not sure where to get ip address from in order to connect universal remote on my phone. Remote for TV has been replaced cam you please help me

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