The IR blaster (an infrared remote control) is one of the most under-appreciated features available on mobile phones. Although IR blaster is useful for all kinds of little things. It can be used as a remote control for basically anything with an IR receiver. This includes TVs, air conditioners, cameras, some thermostats, and many others.
Here are the best 6 TV remote apps for Android!
Price: Free / $6.99
AnyMote is one of the great TV remote apps that can support over 900,000 devices. It’s useful not just for TVs, it also supports air conditioners, DSLR cameras, and virtually any device with an IR blaster. This remote is easy to read and use with buttons for things like Netflix, Hulu, and even Kodi if your TV supports those things.
Price: Free / Hardware costs money
Google Home is an amazing remote app that can control Google Home and Google Chromecast devices. It’s quite simple. You just have to do is pick a show, movie, song, image, etc. You then cast it to your screen. It can’t change the channel or volume. However, you can change the volume on your phone and that has the same effect. This is free to use although, Google Home and Chromecast devices do cost money.
Price: Free / $3.99
Unified Remote is a unique remote app, useful for controlling your computer. It is particularly appealing if you have HTPC (home theater PC) set-ups. It supports PC, Mac, and Linux also. It comes with a keyboard and a mouse greater control which is also great for Raspberry Pi devices, Arduino Yun devices, and more. In the free version, you’ll have a little over a dozen remotes with almost all the features whereas the paid version comes with everything, NFC support, 90 remotes, NFC support, Android Wear support, and more.
The official Roku app is great for Roku owners, which allows you to control pretty much everything on the Roku. You simply have to use your TV remote for volume control. This remote has fast forward, rewind, play/pause, and navigation buttons. If you have a Roku you don’t need a full-fledged remote app anyway and this is free.
Twinone Universal TV Remote
Twinone Universal Remote is also a free TV remote apps. With a simple design, it is easy to use. It works for most TVs and set-top boxes. The only annoying thing is the advertising, which is unavoidable. The paid version might accommodate that in the future. This app is available on certain devices. Otherwise, it’s a good option.
TV manufacturer apps
Price: Free (usually)
Most TV manufacturers offer remote apps for their smart TVs, which usually have all kinds of functionality. This you can connect to your smart TV over WiFi. This allows you to change the channel or the volume. It’ll also allow you to select apps on the TV. Samsung and LG are doing a great job with their apps especially. Most of them offer free remote apps to download. You can try them out without financial risk. Simply search for your manufacturer in the Google Play Store to find the others.