Are you ready to binge on your favorite television shows? Awesome. Now think of all the remotes living on your coffee table: one for the TV, DVD player, cable, gaming console. That’s quite a collection you’ve got going there. Pare it down a bit by learning how to turn your smartphone or tablet into a TV remote.
1. IR blaster
If your phone has an IR blaster, download a TV-remote app like AnyMote Smart Remote. Not only can it control your TV, but also any device that receives an IR signal—set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players, stereo equipment and even some air-conditioning systems.
2. Manufacturer app
Today’s Smart TVs have accompanying manufacturer apps. Samsung Smart TVs, for example, are compatible with the Samsung TV Remote App. The app allows your device and television to communicate over your Wi-Fi network. Chances are if you have a Smart TV, there’s an app that’ll turn your device into a remote.
3. Get the hardware
If your phone doesn’t have an IR blaster, you’re not out of luck. If you don’t need to go channel surfing, with a device like the Belkin Miracast™ Display Adapter, you can use compatible apps on your mobile device to cast videos, pictures and other content on your TV.
The bottom line is, if you want to know how to turn your smartphone into a TV remote control—and possibly even more—there’s an easy way.