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Simply use your smartphone as a remote control for the TV

Misplaced the remote control again or simply not at hand? atechbook explains how you can easily control your TV with your smartphone!

Smartphones have become all-rounders and are taking over more and more tasks – even controlling the TV if desired. This works with almost all TV and smartphone devices of recent years. This makes misplaced remote controls or dead batteries a thing of the past. atechbook introduces you to the two most common methods for more convenience at home.

Smartphone as remote control for various devices

The possibilities of a smartphone remote control are not limited to the TV. Meanwhile, manufacturers of peripheral devices such as receivers or streaming devices also offer suitable apps for smartphone control. This allows you to control not only your TV, but also your Sky receiver, your game console, or your Amazon Fire TV stick. However, a large number of other devices now also offer this option. Simply Google for a suitable smartphone app that works with your device or search for it directly in the app stores.

Best controlled via WLAN

The most common way to control the TV with a smartphone is via a WLAN connection. To do this, you need a WLAN-enabled TV, such as a smart TV. You then install the appropriate app to operate it. You can choose between apps that have been specially adapted to your TV or apps that can control multiple devices multifunctionally.

For Samsung and LG TVs, for example, there is the “Samsung TV Touch Remote” or the “LG Smart TV Remote”. Both remote control apps come directly from the manufacturers and work smoothly.

In contrast, universal apps like Sure have a constantly updating device list. The advantage is obvious: In the best case, you can control several devices in the living room with only one app. On the other hand, you have to make some compromises in terms of operation, since the software is not optimized for the respective TVs.

Infrared control as an alternative

As with the classic remote control, you can also control the TV from your smartphone via infrared. This also works in combination with a smartphone app. In this way, even non-WLAN-capable, older TVs can be operated. For this variant, however, you need a smartphone with a built-in infrared transmitter. Since these are increasingly rare in current smartphones, there are now suitable gadgets from third-party manufacturers. For example, you can find infrared adapters for smartphones on the Internet for as little as 10 Euros. These usually dock onto your phone’s charging port, and a suitable app is usually recommended directly when you buy them.