Not a lot of Android smartphones come with an IR blaster these days. For those that do come with it, these are the five best TV remote apps for Android. While technically you can use any smartphone to control another smart TV if they are connected to the same wireless network, but not a lot of people own a smart TV yet. So, for those of us who have the standard high definition TV in their den, these apps can prove invaluable when you simply cannot find the remote and the game is on.
A lot of modern flagships have dropped the infrared blaster and it’s a shame. Opting for a closed waterproof design, they simply don’t see the point including an IR blaster on their flagships. I’ve only seen midrange smartphones come with it and frankly speaking, I would rather have all the options in the flagship rather than a midrange device. Huawei Honor 8 is one of the few amazing looking midrange smartphones that come with an IR blaster. So, if your smartphone doesn’t have an IR component, most of the apps on the list won’t work well with your phone.
Note: The 5 Best TV Remote Apps for Android were tested on a Huawei Honor 8 smartphone. I borrowed the smartphone because my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t come with an IR blaster. The apps worked perfectly fine and there were no problems faced during the testing. The apps aren’t in any particular order simply because they cater to different audiences or a particular company.
Easy Universal TV Remote
Easy Universal TV Remote is one of the oldest TV remote apps out there. However, it is a bit hard to set up, that I personally think is the reason behind its low rating. I tested the remote with a Samsung TV and it worked fine.
A point to be noted here is that my TV is not a smart one, so that might be the reason of the smooth operation. I have heard from friends that this app works perfectly on their TVs as well. The interface is fine, once you calibrate your particular device to work with the remote.
However changing rooms is a bit different. This is perhaps the only app that supports thousands of different TVs in one package, so it is one of the best ones to try out first.Show Downloads
Peel Smart Remote
This is one of the best and well-designed TV remote apps for Android. It aims to be the only TV remote as well as a guide that you will ever need. To be honest, the app does come close in unifying TV guides and remotes into a well-packed app.
You’ll be able to reliably control not only your TV but also all the devices attached to it. For example, if you are using a DVD or Blu-ray player, this app will work with it as well.
Switching between devices is also streamlined so that you don’t have to worry about constant changes. The app is also very simple to use and works with whatever TV you have. The only downside of this app is that it is not available in all the regions. However, USA, Canada and most of Europe is supported, though.Show Downloads
SURE Universal TV Remote
This is the new kid on the block and it comes with a lot of features that are not available on any other remote control app. For me, this is the best app on the best TV remote apps for Android list; simply because of its simplistic interface as well as great functionality.
It has won a lot of different awards and there is a good reason behind it, it is a very reliable remote app that simply works with a lot of different appliances. Sure, TVs are supported well on this app but, if you need something more, this is the app you should get. The only reason why I’m listing it on third-place is because it is not a dedicated TV remote control app.Show Downloads
AnyMote Universal Remote +WiFi
If you’re in the market for a very customizable TV remote app for your Android, this is the app you should get. With more than 900,000 supported devices AnyMote aims to please a lot of people and it does succeed in that mission. I haven’t had a single problem while using this great app over the course of almost 2 years.
The highly customizable interface combined with a great widget allows the app to do almost anything you need. That’s not all though, you will also able to combine different remotes on one screen so, you don’t have to switch between multiple devices on the go. Want to control your TV and the Blu-ray player from one remote? You can do this with this great app.Show Downloads
LG TV Remote
As the name suggests, LG TV remote is solely for televisions made by LG. While they are not as popular as Samsung or Sony, LG TVs are actually quite great. So, if you happen to own LG TV and want to control it with an Android device, this is the app you should get.
The biggest selling point of this app is that it’s made by LG and does not contain any kind of ads. It also doubles as a touchpad to control the pointer on the TV screen; that is if you have a smart TV. Making your smartphone touchscreen and a trackpad is a great idea for ease of use. This app is last because it is only for LG TVs.Show Downloads
These were some of the best TV remote apps for Android. It is highly rewarding to see how much apps have improved over the years. Back in 2012, when I first tested these apps they were not as fleshed out as they are today, especially AnyMote was a big surprise to me. I actually went back and checked my original analysis of the app and compared the screenshots, while the interface has the same color, the app has improved on numerous fronts.
So did any of these apps worked for you? If they did, talk to us about your experience and if they didn’t tell us what was the problem. I would love to hear feedback from you guys.