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

Edited by Frank Fazio, acharjya, Nuance, Doug Collins and 8 others

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

App 1: Smart IR Remote - AnyMote

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:

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  • 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
Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

App 2: ASmart Remote IR

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:

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  • 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

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:

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Hitachi
  • Insignia
  • JVC
  • Magnavox
  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • Sanyo
  • Vizio
  • Philips
  • Toshiba
  • Sharp
  • Hisense

App 4: Easy Universal TV Remote

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

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  1. 1
    Download & Install App.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Go to Settings.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Select between IR port, IR Blaster or WiFi
    .
    If you want to use the WiFi option, just enter the IP address.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  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.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

App 5: Universal TV Remote Control

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

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

App 7: Super TV Remote Control

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

App 8: Remote Control Universal TV

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.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Connect Your TV
    .
    Your TV needs to be on the same WiFi your Android is connected to.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Run App.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Select TV Model
    .
    The app creator is adding new TVs as the come out.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Questions and Answers

I've downloaded a 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 a 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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Is Mobilgear a 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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

How to use my cell as a remote for my Phillips DVD player?

My DVD's remote broke down, I want to use my cell as a remote control, please sir how can I use my cell as a remote

There are a few ways you can control your Philips DVD player with your smartphone. I have details and methods on the following page: Control a Philips DVD with Your Smartphone

I have an S3. I want to control an LG TV 49lf540t?

I have a Samsung S3. I want to use an infrared remote to control an LG TV 49lf540t, which app must I download

There are a number of remote control apps you can download for the LG 49lf540t. You will run into a problem with the download because you are on an older Samsung S3. The majority of these apps that are made for the Samsung Android start compatibility at the Samsung S4. If you would like, you can still try to download the following apps to try, but your phone may be just too old. Try ASmart Remote IR, IR Universal Remote WiFi or the Easy Universal TV Remote first. Then you can move into the others.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Problem with Airkool A/C, I lost my remote and there's only an on button inside?

Hello, I have an Airkool A/C and lost my remote and now it's blazing hot inside, I checked and there's only an on-off button inside the internal unit, it turns on but not the cooling, how can I make it just work?!

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Try this Universal AC Remote App and see if Airkool works with it. Otherwise, you will have to order a new remote. They have them on Amazon and eBay. There is also a YouTube Tutorial on programming a TV remote to work with an A/C unit which is worth a try.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Ii have a freeway TV device and don't have WiFi or irblaster can I still use my cell as a remote for my envision TV?

I don't a have an it blaster in my cell and I dnt have WiFi is there an app I can use to control my TV. Is the an app for universal TV remotes when I dnt have it blaster or WiFi connection. I have tried: It's says I need it blaster or if I for any to work. I think it was caused by: Cause my Samsung I don't equip with it blaster and I dnt have a WiFi connection

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

Getting very frustrated, I have an Emerson TV, blue ray, fire stick, fs remote, internet... No other remote, I can't seem to get anywhere?

As stated above, I have an Emerson TV, Samsung blue ray, fire stick and remote, internet, yet nothing is happening, I can't even choose a language without remote. . . . As stated above, I

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

Activating Smart Controls on TV without internet. When I Try, it says I must down load conditions, and except?

Hi Frank. I just Installed a Samsung Smart TV, and a older Pioneer Stereo system, CD, and DVD in our camper in the mountains. I don't have internet there, and may be a while before getting. I'm having Problems using my Samsung Note 5 as a Hotspot to activate account on the TV. It connects to the internet, and seems to be plenty fast, but evidently to slow to complete download. TV won't let me use a lot of the smart features till the download, and agreement is fulfilled through Samsung. I would actually like to use the TV remote to Control these components. Any Advice ? Thanks in advance for your time, Dave. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. According to the instructions I read, A Note 3 will work with the IR Blaster, but the Note 5 wasn't listed as being compatible for the IR Blaster App. And I really don't won't my phone to be the only remote that operates the TV, and other components anyway, if I can get around it.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Home Theater

Recent edits by: Bltglw, Jay, Maria

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 43,644 times.

x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No