Controlling your TV used to be easy—you simply had to tell your kid to press a button. But today’s Smart TV’s are packed with smart apps, WiFi, and the less-common but still cool thing known as IR receivers—and all demanding the complex controls —there was no way the little guy could keep up.
The simplest solution is to use your phone as a universal remote. With the apps like Peel —and, in some cases, an additional small piece of hardware—you can control all your TV features from one device that’s nearly always in your hands. Here’s how.
The simplest way to control your Smart TV from your phone is to use infrared.
Nowadays, most of the smartphones currently littering your coffee table are likely to have a built-in IR blaster that can communicate directly with your TV, along with the manufacturer’s bundled remote control app. While these apps are worth trying out. However, a better bet is to download a third-party remote-control app called Peel.
If you don’t want the overhead adding hardware, you can rely on Wi-Fi and the smart apps to get the job done. The good news is that smart apps are quite often free; you don’t need line-of-sight to your components to use them as they work over your Wi-Fi network.
Every major TV manufacturer offers some kind of app to control its TVs. But these don’t just give the channel and volume controls of your remote; they’re also stock full of additional features like gesture functions, QWERTY keyboards, full settings menus, for interfacing with your TV more quickly and easily.
If you find yourself in need of special TV features that cannot be reached through your remote – or are looking for a solution that still works from the bed — turn your smartphone into a remote control or universal remote.
Here is a step-by-step guide of how to use Wi-Fi to control your TV using your Android smartphone:
- Wi-Fi: First of all you need a wireless home network.
- TV on a network: Now you need to connect your TV to the Wi-Fi – either wirelessly or via cable.
- If you intend to connect the TV with cable, setup is easy. You just have to plug in the Ethernet cable and you are ready.
- Wi-Fi needs you to go through several setup steps. Few TVs come with integrated Wi-Fi so you need a Wi-Fi dongle – often from your TV company. Once you have it you require to go through the network setup menu steps in the TV menu and find your own local wireless network. Enter the password and you should be ready.
- Download App: Now you need to download a smart remote app like Peel for your Android smartphone.
- Pair TV and phone: Before you can start using your smartphone you need to connect the TV and the phone. Open the App and follow the instructions on the screen.
- You are now ready to control your TV with your Android smartphone.
Losing the TV remote or draining up its batteries and buying new ones has always been bothersome. Now, it has become easy enough to operate a television without a remote.