How to use your Smartphone as Android TV Remote wirelessly [Guide]

If you forgot to keep the remote near you while binge watching and don’t want to really stand just to pick up remote for controls like volume up down or skip intro, then you can use your smartphone in such situations. Yes, your smartphone allows you to control your Android TV wirelessly. All you need to do is, sideload a third-party remote app on your smartphone and then connect it with your TV. In case you want to control your Android TV from your smartphone, then here I will tell you how to use your smartphone as Android TV remote.

Google Play Store is filled with a bunch of useful third-party remote apps, but only a few apps are intuitive and useful. And the official Android TV Remote Control is one of the best apps which you can use to control your Android TV.

If you don’t like typing with Android TV remote control, then installing the app will let you quickly type using your smartphone. The app is available on both iOS (including iPhone and iPad) and Android platforms. And the best thing is, it’s freely available for both platforms. You can use the app to control any Android-powered TV, set-top boxes, streaming sticks, and other streaming devices as well.

Now let’s dive in to the steps.

How to use Android TV Remote Control App

There are two different ways by which you can connect your Android TV to the Android TV Remote Control app. Yes, if your smartphone and Android TV is connected to the same Wi-Fi network connection, then you can easily control your TV from your Android smartphone or iPhone. In case your TV is not connected to the Wi-Fi network, then you can pair both device with Bluetooth. Here are the steps you can follow to connect Android TV with your smartphone.

  1. At first, head over to the Google Play Store, then download Android TV Remote Control app.
  2. Then, open the app on your smartphone and accept the terms and conditions.
  3. On the next screen, the app will ask you to grant access of microphone and location.
    How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
  4. Now you can see your Android TV name in the app (if it is connected with the same Wi-Fi network you’re using on your smartphone).
  5. Tap on your Android TV name.
  6. After tapping, a PIN will appear on your Android TV.
    How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
  7. Enter the PIN in the Android TV Remote Control app.
  8. Then, tap on Pair to connect both devices.
  9. That’s it.

Now you can start using your smartphone (Android or iPhone) as Android TV Remote. Once you have successfully paired both devices with each other. You can control your TV with DPAD interface, which looks very similar to a physical TV remote. And allow users to easily navigate the content available on their television using up, down, right, and left arrow options.

How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
DPAD Controller

Apart from the DPAD, users can also use TOUCHPAD to control their television from smartphone. There are some common options available in both controlling menus, such as a back button, home button, play/pause button. You can also tap the mic option to search content with your voice.

How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
TOUCHPAD Controller

If you’re browsing on the web on your Android TV, then you can use the Android TV Remote Control app to easily type the web URLs. Not only this, but it also works with other apps such as Google Play Store, Play Movies, etc.

How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
Typing on Android TV Remote Control app

If your Android TV remote control is not working properly, then it is one of the best ways to control your smart TV. The app also has a section called, Manage Connection, which allow people connecting / disconnecting their smartphone with smart TV.

How to use your smartphone as android tv remote
Manage Connection

Aside from the afore-listed application, in case you are using a Xiaomi smartphone with IR blaster or any other smartphone with IR blaster. It also allow users to control home appliances from their smartphone. In case of Xiaomi, you can use Mi Remote app. Now you can use your smartphone as Android TV remote.

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Haneet Singh

Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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