TV Remote Control by Mobile Phone

With Internet and network connectivity in TVs, we enter into a new era where smartphone or tablet can pass to control your tv. With your gadget, you can select the channel, adjust the volume and use the smartphone keyboard to browse by your favorite videos or even those pages of news for you.

TV Remote Control by Mobile Phone

Controlling Your TV with Your Smartphone

Why is this necessary? Because often, you’re your telephone and the remote control is never around. And more importantly, allows you to use the telephone keypad to enter texts with greater ease with Percomputer.

Not all TVs have remote control support via smartphones, but more and more new TVs come with this technology, and even added to home theater kits and Blu-Ray devices. If you have a TV from 2010, there’s a good chance that you have connectivity to a smartphone or tablet device. If you have a 2011 model, there is a chance even better. Look for your specific TV model on the manufacturer’s website to check.

Manufacturers That Support Remote Control on Your Smartphone or Tablet

Currently, these manufacturers support the remote control for the smartphone or tablet:

  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Sony
  • Panasonic
  • Philips
  • Vizio

How to Configure Your Smartphone or Tablet to Work as TV Remote?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Wireless home network

First of all you need a wireless home network. If you don’t have a wireless router, buy one at your local store. Preferably with the default “n”, which is faster.

Put the TV on the net

Now you need to connect the TV to your home network, wirelessly or via cable. Some televisions need adapters to be able to have access to the internet. Check the manual of your device which is your case.

The cable connection is much easier: just plug the cable from the internet on your tv. Already the Wi-Fi connection requires that you go through some configuration steps. Follow the steps in the network settings menu in the TV menu and find your own wireless network site. Enter the password and you should be ready.

Download the application

Now you need to download the remote control App for your smartphone or tablet. Depending on your TV you need to download a specific application for the mark.

Pair TV and phone/tablet

Before you can start using your remote control you need to pair/synchronise the TV and your device. Open the application and follow the instructions on the screen. Sometimes you need to enter the TV menu and find a configuration option on the remote control.

Limitations When Using the Smartphone or Tablet as Remote Control

There are some limitations, however. The most important of them is the lack of compatibility “wake-on-lan” in most tv sets. Basically, this means that you can’t turn on the TV with the appliance, just navigate and turn off the TV. There are some ways to turn your smartphone/tablet into a universal remote for your home theater system, however.

First, check your device app store to see if there are any applications to your home theater components. If the home theater component connects to the internet, there is a good chance that there is an app available for your smartphone. Many modern audio and video receivers and electronic entertainment has its own applications.

Some televisions need smartphone/tablet has a sensor or transmitter to work as remote control. Check the manual of your TV and your gadget to know if they can be used.

Other Remote Control Options for Your Appliances

If you are not able to get applications for all your components, you may want to consider a universal remote. There are even adaptors for smartphones and tablets that turn your device into a universal remote. Worth researching and trying to find a compatible model for you.

You already use your smartphone as a universal remote control? What do you think of practicality? Share in the comments!