Not a lot of Android smartphones come with an IR blaster these days. For those that do come with it, these are the six best TV remote apps for Android that can work on various Android TV.
While technically, you can use any smartphone to control another smart TV if they are connected to the same wireless network, however, not a lot of people, albeit the number is increasing, 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 came 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.
5 Best Universal Remote for Android
SURE – Smart Home and TV Universal Remote
Sure Universal TV Remote or formerly called as SureMote came out a little bit later than the others but is already one of the best universal remote available for most Android devices. It utilizes Android phone’s built-in infrared blaster to control multiple home devices including DVD players, AV receivers, and consoles.
The app comes with a lot of features that are not available on any other remote control app, and in my opinion, this is the best app among the best TV remote apps for Android; simply because of its simplistic interface as well as great functionality.
It has won a lot of different awards and recognition, including the overall Grand Award and Gold Award in Advertising and Marketing at the prestigious Asia Smartphone Apps Contest 2016 in Hong Kong as well as being the first smartphone remote control app that is integrated with Amazon Alexa.
There is a pretty good reason behind it, of course. It is a very reliable remote app that simply works with a lot of different appliances and devices. Sure, TVs are supported well on this app but, if you need something more, this is the app that you ought to get.
AnyMote Universal Remote + WiFi Smart Home Control
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 for several 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 be 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 Blu-ray player from one remote? You can do so with this great app.
LG TV Remote by LG Electronics, Inc.
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.
Universal TV Remote by WaveSpark
As with most of the highly-rated universal remotes out there, IR Universal TV Remote is exclusive only to phones that have an IR blaster. But, the app’s usability is not only limited to televisions and air conditioners. Turn your phone as a remote control for projectors, DVD players, fans, lights, and more. Such a thing is not a problem with IR Universal TV Remote.
On top of that, the app also works best with television that uses an antenna as the app conveniently finds the best direction to point the antenna for better viewing quality. A more in-depth review of this app can be found here.
Universal TV Remote by Twinone
Twinone makes it to this list of the best TV remote apps for Android simply because it gets the job done using the smartphone’s built-in IR transmitter in controlling televisions and cable boxes It comes with only the basic remote functions which makes it a straightforward app, and only requires at least an Android 4.4 or better to use it.
Softonic even recommends it for kids because of its user-friendly interface design.
These are some of the best TV remote apps for Android. It is highly rewarding to see how much apps have improved over the years. In 2012, when these apps were first tested, they were not as fleshed out as they are today, especially AnyMote which came as a big surprise. The app has improved on numerous fronts albeit having the same interface.
So did any of these apps worked for you? If so, do let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear feedback from you guys.