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Remote control app

Many of the devices you have at home have a remote control through which you can remotely manage the various functions. The thing is very useful, it does not rain on this, but the fact of where to look for the right remote control every time and, above all, the fact of always seeing them scattered around the house does not make you happy. Precisely for these reasons, you were thinking about the opportunity to replace them – at least in part – with some remote control app.

You had a good idea! By downloading special applications on your smartphone (or on your tablet), you can in fact transform it into a handyman remote control through which you can change the channel on the TV, adjust the volume of the stereo, the temperature of the air conditioning and more. However, some distinction must be made regarding the compatibility with the various devices and the characteristics that smartphones and tablets must have to make use of the solutions in question.

If you want to learn more and, above all, want some advice on the best remote control apps to use for the devices you have at home, read on: you will find all the information you need right below.


Preliminary information

Before going into the heart of the article and seeing how some of them work remote control app, I have to provide you with some important ones preliminary information relating to the functioning of the same.

First, you need to know that the apps in question can work in two different ways: via ai support infrared rays (IR) integrated on some Android smartphones (on iPhone the IR support is not present on any model) or via Wifi, as long as you want to control an already Smart device, which must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone or tablet (e.g. a Smart TV).

There are also devices, such as the Broadlink RM, which cost a few tens of euros and which allow you to control via smartphone or tablet (with specific applications) all appliances – even non-Smart ones – which require the use of infrared remote controls. In this case, in fact, it is the device in question that acts as an IR remote control and thus acts as a “bridge” between the app and the device to be controlled.

Having clarified these fundamental aspects, we can actually consider the various apps that allow you to use your mobile device as a universal remote control.

I will focus on those that work directly with the infrared of Android devices and with Smart devices already equipped with Wi-Fi support. For further information on the use of intermediary devices such as Broadlink RM, I invite you to consult my tutorial (in which I gave you a practical example on how they work).

App for TV remote controls

If you are looking for app for TV remote controls, here are some that may be right for you. Many of these also allow you to control decoders, air conditioners and other infrared-based equipment (provided you are using a compatible Android device).

SURE (Android / iOS)

The first among the remote control app I want to advise you to try is SURE, which is free and is available for both Android (also on alternative stores, for devices without the Play Store) and for iOS. It uses both infrared technology and Wi-Fi to turn your smartphone into a remote control and control televisions and various other devices, including digital terrestrial and satellite decoders and air conditioners. It is quite simple to use and also has a well-maintained interface. In short, try it now and you will see that you will not regret it!

To use it, download, install and start the application on your device. Then press the button (+) Add device (below) on its main screen and indicates, based on what you have, if you want to control the reference device using the infrared receiver (Traditional device (IR)) or if it is a device connected via a wireless network (Smart device (WiFi)).

Then he presses the button OK, then on the one related to the correct category (eg. TV) attached to the screen you see appear; select the brand of your device and complete the setup by following the simple instructions on the screen.

You will find yourself in front of the SURE screen, through which you can finally manage your device with all the various virtual buttons. For example, in the case of the TV, you can go back and forth between the channels using the appropriate buttons on the right, you can adjust the volume, set the mute, access the TV settings, etc.

If, on the other hand, you are interested in customizing the functions of the virtual remote control, tap on the icon three vertical dots located in the upper right part of the screen and choose the item Settings in the menu you see appear. From the same menu you can also move the various buttons available to the desired position, you can cancel the association with the current arrangement, you can rename it and you can view any information relating to it.

AnyMote (Android / iOS / iPadOS)

Another suitable solution that I want to recommend is AnyMote. This is an application that can be used both on Android (if you have a device without Google services, you can also find it on alternative stores) and on iOS, which allows you to manage an unlimited number of set top boxes, DVD players, air conditioners. , amplifiers and various other devices, including TVs, also offering the possibility of combining various remote controls with each other, all in a simple way and through a very pleasant user interface. The download is free, but you need to buy the paid version, which costs 7.99 euros, to eliminate advertising.

After installing and starting AnyMote on your device, tap the button I agree (below) and wait a few moments for the app to locate any devices compatible with your device’s infrared transmitter. If your smartphone does not have one, you will be asked to search for devices to be controlled via Wi-Fi or via the AnyMote Home receiver.

If the device you want to control is not automatically detected by the application, add it yourself manually, looking in the appropriate list, indicating the type of device to check (eg. TV) and entering the requested information.

Once the device has been added, you can control it using the remote control that will be proposed to you on the screen, as if you were using the original controller. You will therefore find all the buttons useful for managing the reference device (e.g. the volume controls in the case of the TV, those to play and stop the music in the case of the speakers, those to put Play and Pause in the case of DVD players, etc.).

By pressing the button with the three lines horizontally, located at the top left, you can access the app options and add additional devices to manage, switch between devices, select a different theme and manage AnyMote options.

Other remote control apps

The apps I have already talked about did not satisfy you and are you looking for alternatives? Then try to take a look at these other remote control apps. I sincerely hope you can find a tool that suits your needs. Of course, in case you have a device without the Play Store, try to see if these are present on an alternative store.