Because you lost it, because it was broken, because ehe remote has no batteries and you don’t have at home. Whatever the reason, you can configure your mobile phone and television to control them without using the usual remote control. It is a useful and very simple option if you do not want to invest in a new one and yours has been damaged.
What should we look at?
The main thing that we have to take into account is the brand of the TV. It will depend on the brand that we have to use one or another specialized application. In general, most brands of smart TVs have their own or specialized app, although there are also universal ones that you can install.
Usually, when we have used this type of service on old televisions, we had to take into account that our mobile phone had an infrared sensor. And not everyone has. Now some applications work like this for remote control but it is not usual. It is common for them to do so through WiFi connection and you should notice, in any case, that both the mobile phone or the tablet that you are going to use as a remote control and the television andThey are connected to the same network. If you have two different networks at home, make sure it is the same on both devices.
It will depend on the model and brand of the TV but normally you can go to Settings> Network settings> WiFi connections and here you can find yours and enter the password. Once you also do it on the phone it will be easy to pair them.
Android TV remote control
If your TV has Android TV, you can connect it with the Android TV Remote Control application. You need to have an Android phone or tablet with a model equal to or greater than Android 4.3 and download the application from the Google Play Store. It is an official Google application and keep in mind that it will only work if the operating system of your smart TV is Android. If it is your own, such as Samsung or LG, this application will not help you at all. In addition, both devices (the control and the controlled) must be connected to the same WiFi network.
Follow these steps:
- Download the app
- Connect your phone and Android TV to the same WiFi network
- Open the downloaded app
- Press the name of your Android TV
- A pin code will appear on the TV screen
- Write the PIN code on the mobile phone
- Confirm with the button “Sync up”
Samsung has the possibility to control their latest Smart TVs with their mobile an official app. Both devices, as in other cases on this list, must be connected to the same wireless network and you will save yourself getting up on the remote. You can not only control Samsung TV but any other brand device make it work with the tag Works with Smarthings And we find televisions, air conditioners, washers and dryers, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, alarm sensors, cameras, bells, plugs, thermostats, lights and a large number of home automation devices that you can have at home in the same application.
As for televisions, it is usual for it to be compatible with 2016 and later models, but you can look at the compatibility on the SmartThings website to find if yours is on the list. You can also check if it is compatible any household appliance that you have and want to link to the same app.
Once you have the app and your television, just turn on both and log in with a Samsung account. When you have created the profile in the SmartThings application, compatible devices will appear to control them. You can change the channel, increase or decrease the volume or turn it off if you have forgotten to do so. OR you can synchronize the Smart TV with the mobile phone to start a movie on one device and follow it on another, for example.
LG also has its own and exclusive application, LG Tv Plus that is compatible with any television with the webOS operating system and that you can use the Smartphone as a remote control. As in the previous ones, you must have both devices connected to the same wireless network or to the same router if they are connected by cable. And from the TV you must go to the options menu and activate “LG Connect application” from the settings.
- Download the application in Google Play Store or App Store
- Open the application on your mobile
- Tap the “Full Function Mode”
- A screen will appear to search for television
- Tap on “search” and check the WiFi connection
- The list of detected TVs will appear
- Tap on the one you want to connect to if you have several
- You will see that there is a PIN code on the TV screen
- Enter the PIN in the LG TV Plus application
- Automatically television and mobile will be automatically linked
- You can change the volume or channel, mute it, etc.
One of the advantages of this app for LG televisions is that it not only allows you to browse channels in the conventional way, but the interface has a section for webOS applications where you can open them directly from the mobile. You will control the “Smart” part from the phone with the possibility of opening any app that has been installed or installing new ones. Also LG TV Plus has a screen designed as a touchpadIt will work as a cursor to move around the screen depending on whether you need to access one menu or another.
Is available in any TV with LG webOS and remember that you have to activate the control menu in advance from the TV settings. You can usually find it on the gear button of the remote although you can see how to do it from the LG help page.
Sony SideView TV
Sony smart TVs also have their own television remote control app, Sony’s SideView Tv, for phones and tablets. It is available for Android and it is free. Until October 2019, the app was also compatible with Apple iOS tablets and mobiles, but you can only download it with the Google operating system. It is compatible with any mobile with Android 5.0 or later. And you can control “Household devices” not just TVs but everything related to image and sound at home:
- Bravia TV
- Blu-ray Disc & trade; / DVD player
- Blu-ray Disc & trade; / DVD home theater systems
- Networked media players
- Sony Internet TV
- AV receiver
You can check the compatible TVs and models from the Sony website. Once you have it installed, it will be enough to synchronize it with your television and you will be able to change the channel, navigate through the menus, lower or increase the volume, silence the television or turn it off.
Philips TV Remote
Philips has been compatible with its Smart TVs since 2014 with the TVRemote application that allows synchronizing television and mobile and tablet to use it as a remote control with the usual functions and other more comfortable ones such as accessing apps or sending multimedia files. It is available for iOS and Android for free and you must ensure that the devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
Once you have the WiFi network configured, start the application to detect which TV is nearby and thus be able to start with the remote control. It is simple and comfortable and you will not have to be aware of the remote control that is often lost at home. Beyond channels or volume you can switch betweens applications on the Smart TV, access the control or menus or view the programming and add reminders.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
If you have the Amazon Fire TV Stick at home, you can not only convert a normal television into a Smart TV, but you can also control it from your mobile phone. The device has a free app for iOS and Android compatible with mobile phones and also with tablets from both brands. As in the previous case, the requirement is that both the smartphone or the tablet and the television are connected to the same WiFi network. For example, at home. Once you have it you will have to follow some simple steps from the application and from the TV device.
- Open the Amazon Fire TV app on your phone or tablet
- Sign in with your Amazon data, username and password
- The app will automatically detect the Amazon Fire TV Stick you have
- Choose the one you want to use in case you have more than one at home
- Tap on the device in the app of your mobile or tablet
- A four-digit code will appear on the TV
- Copy the four digit code
- Write the code in the application space
- The Amazon Fire TV device has been connected with the mobile phone
From here you can navigate the menus, pause or play the series on Netflix or Amazon Prime TV or increase or decrease the volume of everything you do online.
Xiaomi Mi Remote: Universal
The Xiaomi application is also one of the best options to control everything around you. Not only can you control the Smart TV from your mobile phone, but it is also intended for remote control of other devices at home such as air conditioning or fans, speakers, etc. It works with an infrared sensor as long as the TV and the mobile have this type of connection, although it also allows option to control it by WiFi so you won’t have any compatibility problem. Although it is a Xiaomi application you can use it with other TV manufacturers so it is almost a must on any phone.
Just install it for free from the Google Play Store, accept the permissions and click on “Add remote control”.
- Tap on “Add remote control”
- Choose the type of device you want to add
- Tap on the brand of the TV or Smart TV
- Turn on the television and check mark “On”
- Point the remote control at the TV and press the button
- Make sure the television responds
- It will stay configured
- You can add it to the main screen
From the app you can change the channels, increase or decrease the volume or even activate timers, switch to HDMI or put the teletext, although the functions will depend on what it has your Smart TV model. It has no ads and is probably the more complete and practical. Once you have added your main television you can tap on “+” and add more paired devices. You can add shortcuts to the mobile screen if you want to have a quick icon to turn the TV on or off without having to search for the app among all of them. It is compatible with Mi TV or Xiaomi TV Box, with televisions, decoders, air conditioning, fans, Smart boxes, DVD players, projectors or even cameras … All from the same application.
From iOS and universal
If you have an iPhone or iPad you can also control television from your mobile easily. It is enough that the telephone and television are on the same WiFi network and one of the advantages of the Universal TV Remote Control application is that you do not have to do any type of configuration, but it will detect the device automatically. The interface is identical to a physical control with options for volume control, program controls or menus to change between settings, teletext colors and options and playback control: pause, play, stop …
This application can be downloaded from the App Store and is free. The advantage is that you can use it with any brand and it is compatible with LG, Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Telefunken, Grunding, Samsung, Hitachi, etc. It is not an official application but it can be useful if you have several brands at home and want to have them all in one.
Other universal applications
If you do not have any of these brands, there are applications that work as a remote control and that are universal for all types of models and that we find for free on Google Play or the App Store. The best multi-brand option is Xiaomi but it is not the only one. Some work with an infrared sensor so make sure that your phone or tablet supports this technology.
SURE Universal Remote
SURE Universal Remote is an application that allows you to control not only the Smart TV but also any other infrared device that you have at home. It is compatible with televisions of all kinds of brands and with Smart TVs from LG and Samsung. It also allows you to control Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast and other devices such as iRobot vacuum cleaners, for example.
To configure it you will need select the brand of the televisionr and access the control to change channels, mute, increase or decrease the volume or even “cast” from the mobile, sending multimedia content to the television easily.
Remote control for TV
Its own name indicates it and it will be the first you see on Google Play, Remote control for TV. The interface is basic like a conventional controller and works on mobiles and tablets in case your usual physical controller breaks down. You can control the Smart TV from the mobile or a TV that is not smart. It is compatible with Samsung, LG, Panasonic, or Sony and claims to be compatible with more than 200,000 home theater devices. It is the most basic and simple interface you will find and will allow you access to all the basics: channels, volume, menu.