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How to Install and Use Your Phone As a TV Remote Control

With increasingly sophisticated technology and increasingly creative gadget manufacturers, you can now control your smart tv with your Android smartphone. In this post, we will discuss easy, step by step tips on how to use your cellphone as a TV remote control.

If the TV remote control fails, you can quickly reach for an Android smartphone. In this post, we will show you how to operate your television with your cell phone.

So that movie nights don't fail due to an empty battery or a broken control button, you can simply turn your smartphone into a TV remote control. All you need is the right app and a smart TV. You can already browse TV programs with a tap of your finger. The following guide shows you how to do this in no time.

At first, first check if the smartphone and TV are registered on the same network. This is the only way to establish a connection between the two later. A conventional TV remote control should also be available during initial setup as a precaution, as it is required for some TV models.
Here's the full guide:
  1. Search for "Universal TV Remote Control" in the Google Play Store.
  2. Select and download the TV Master – Smart TV Remote Control app of the same name.
  3. Once the app is installed, open the app and click "Continue". An ad will then appear, which you close.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap "W-LAN remote control" to get an overview of compatible TV manufacturers.
  5. Select the TV brand you want to control from your phone.
  6. Press the green button and wait for the ad.
  7. After playback, you will receive a list of all TVs from manufacturers available in the area.
  8. Select the model you want. Your smartphone and TV will then be connected.
  9. Now the app will ask you to receive messages on TV. Tap "safe" on the phone.
  10. In practice, a message does not appear on all TVs after that. If a window opens on the TV, allow control via smartphone. To do this, click on the field that corresponds to a regular remote control.
  11. Enter the location of the TV device in the mobile app and go to "Save".
  12. Close the ads that appear and then use your phone as a TV remote control.
In practice, the TV received orders sent quickly and without problems. However, this app doesn't offer greater ease of use than a TV remote control, so it's more of a supplement or emergency solution.

Important: If the smartphone goes into standby mode, the user may have to reconnect to the television.

TV control app direct from the manufacturer

If you have a smart TV from LG or Samsung, you can download the LG ThinQ or SmartThings (Samsung) apps as an alternative. Both apps also enable TV control via smartphone.

The app proves to be especially useful if there are other smart devices from each manufacturer in the household. In this way, washing machines, stoves, etc. can also be added to relevant applications and controlled centrally.