TV remote apps for Android


The IR blaster is one of the most under-appreciated features on mobile phones. It's also starting to become a rarer feature on mobile phones. It has a lot of uses. One of those is to control your TV. There are a variety of apps that are capable of it. However, there are also a ton of TV brands. That can make it hard to find a good pairing. Here, we round up the best TV remote apps for Android and at least one of these should work for you.

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Google Home
Google Home
Price: Free (hardware costs money)
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Google Home is definitely among the best remote apps. Its primary function is to control Google Home and Google Chromecast devices. That means you'll need one of those to make this work. Otherwise, it's fairly simple. All you need to do is pick a show, movie, song, image, or whatever. You then cast it to your screen. It can't do things like change the channel. It also can't change the volume. However, you can change the volume on your phone and that has the same effect. It'll only get better as time goes. The app is free. However, Google Home and Chromecast devices do cost money.

Roku
Roku
Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
The official Roku app is excellent for Roku owners. The app allows you to control pretty much everything on the Roku. All you'd need your actual TV remote for is volume. The remote with the Roku app comes with fast forward, rewind, play/pause, and navigation buttons. It also comes with a voice search. It's not what you'd think of when it comes to TV remote apps. However, those with a Roku don't really need a full fledged remote app anyway. The app is also free.
Roku
Smart IR Remote - Anymote
Smart IR Remote - Anymote
Price: Free / $6.99
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Smart IR Remote is one of the better TV remote apps. It boasts support for over 900,000 devices with more added on a frequent basis. It's also not just for TVs. It includes support for DSLR cameras, air conditioners, and virtually any tech that has an IR blaster. The remote itself is simple and easy to read. There are also buttons for things like Netflix, Hulu, and even Kodi if your TV supports those things. It's a tad expensive at $6.99. It does work really well, though.

SURE Univeral Smart TV Remote Control
SURE Univeral Smart TV Remote Control
Price: Free / Up to $4.99
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Sure Universal Smart TV Remote Control is definitely verbose. It's also one of the great TV remote apps. It works on a whole bunch of TVs. Like Anymote, it also supports other devices with an IR blaster. It has the added bonus of DLNA and WiFi support for casting photos and videos. There is even support for Amazon Alexa. We thought that was rather forward thinking. It also means that Google Home isn't the only app here with support for a personal assistant app. It's a tad rough around the edges. However, you can try it before you buy it.

Twinone Universal TV Remote
Twinone Universal TV Remote
Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Twinone Universal Remote is one of the better free TV remote apps. It features a simple design. You should have no problems using it once you set it up. It should also work for most TVs and set-top boxes. There is even support for some devices that don't fit into those categories. Right now, the only bad part is the advertising. Twinone doesn't provide a way to get rid of them. We'd like to possibly see a paid version in the future to accommodate that. Otherwise, this one isn't half bad.
Twinone Universal TV Remote
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Unified Remote
Unified Remote
Price: Free / $3.99
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Unified Remote is one of the more unique remote apps. It's useful for controlling one's computer. This is advantageous for those who have HTPC (home theater PC) set-ups. There is support for PC, Mac, and Linux. It also comes with a keyboard and a mouse for better input control. It's also great for Raspberry Pi devices, Arduino Yun devices, and more. The free version has a little over a dozen remotes along with most of the features. The paid version comes with everything, including 90 remotes, NFC support, Android Wear support, and more.

Xbox
Xbox
Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
The Xbox app is a perfectly good remote app. It allows you to access many parts of Xbox Live. That includes messages, achievements, the news feed, and more. There is also a remote built-in. You can use it to navigate the interface, open apps, and more. It'll give you quick access to play/pause, rewind, fast forward, back, and other buttons that you'd usually need a controller to access. Many people use their Xbox as an all-in-one entertainment package. Those people can use this app to make it a little easier.