How to use your Android phone as a remote control

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Using your phone as a remote control when you are watching television is something really comfortable, since, even at home, we tend to have our mobile phone more at hand than our television remote control. That is why we teach you how to use it for this purpose.

A few years ago many of the phones had an infrared sensor, with which it was very easy to use your television as a remote control. But it seems that over the years the trend is to remove things from devices, so now there are many phones that no longer carry the infrared sensor.

But that does not mean that you cannot do the same without having the sensor. We show you how. Android gives us more possibilities to manage the TV with apps like Kodi or with applications that serve as a remote control.

For infrared phones

If your phone has an infrared sensor, you can use certain apps that would not work otherwise, these are possibly the best.

AnyMote – Smart Remote Control

AnyMote It is an app that works universally, with many brands of televisions, so if you have infrared you should not have problems to control your TV from a distance.

You can also use it to control your XBOX or other consoles. Not as a controller to play games, but to control the console if you are using it as a multimedia center.

android remote control anymote

AnyMote Universal Remote + WiFi Smart Home Control
AnyMote Universal Remote + WiFi Smart Home Control

My Remote Controller

If you have a Xiaomi it is possible that it has an infrared sensor, even quite new phones like the Xiaomi Mi A2 they have this sensor. AND My Remote Controller It is the default application of the Xiaomi, which are already installed on these devices, but you can install it on your device from the Play Store if you like this app.

You can control televisions, air conditioners, fans, projectors, photo or video cameras, etc.

android remote control mi remote

Mi Remote controller - for TV, STB, AC and more
Mi Remote controller - for TV, STB, AC and more

For non-infrared phones

If your phone doesn’t have infrared, don’t worry, there are options so you can still use it. We present you some options.

The official app of your TV brand

Each brand of televisions usually has its own app to control its television, some like Samsung or LG have several apps depending on the model (yes, something quite uncomfortable, to be honest) but you can find which one your television needs and use it.

We leave you the links to some of them.

Philips TVRemote App
Philips TVRemote App


LG TV Plus (will be discontinued)
LG TV Plus (will be discontinued)


Video & TV SideView: Remote
Video & TV SideView: Remote


Panasonic TV Remote 2
Panasonic TV Remote 2


Samsung Smart View [Service will end in October]
Samsung Smart View [Service will end in October]

SURE Universal Remote

And finally, if you don’t want to complicate yourself, your phone doesn’t work with your TV app or you just don’t like it (there are some pretty bad ones), it’s best to use SURE Universal Remote, an application compatible with millions of devices (or so they say), including a part of your TV or Smart TV; the decoder, the air conditioner, streaming devices like Apple TV or Chromecast, Blu-Ray or DVD and even LED lights or robot vacuum cleaners. Come on, complete, complete.

android tv remote control sure

SURE Universal Remote
SURE Universal Remote

Which one did you like the most?