How To Turn An iPhone or iPad Into A Universal Remote Control Blumoo Universal Remote Control vs Simple Control vs iRule
Edited by Frank Fazio
App 1: Blumoo Universal Remote Control
Blumoo Universal Remote Control is one powerhouse of an app, able to control devices without you pointing directly at them. It offers a database of over 225,000 devices and can control gaming consoles, soundbars, CD players, DVRs, receivers and amplifiers, and more. There is also a macro function that will allow you to save multi-step functions. If you have the Apple Watch, you can use it with this app and control devices with the press of a button on your wrist.
App 2: Simple Control
With Simple Control (formally Roomie), you can control thousands of devices via WiFi. The auto discover function will find devices such as TiVo, AppleTV, Fire TV, DirectTV, DISH, Sonos, Nest, Kodi, Plex, and Roku. Without looking at your remote, you can still control your devices by using hand gestures. Simple Control will also allow you to run your entire Sonos system and access the entire 250,000 command database for all the devices in your home theater. This app, once downloaded, can command 3 devices until you purchase the subscription which will allow more to be added.
App 3: iRule
iRule won the CES award in 2014 with good reason. This free app not only controls all your home theater gear, but it will also control your lights, shades, blinds, network cameras, security systems and more. Using the drag and drop modules, you can control systems like Sonos, Onkyo and Denon.