Turn Your Smartphone into a TV Remote Using IR Blaster

The TV remote control is one of the most misplaced items in the house, and it can get tiring coming from somewhere to search for it. It is never an easy thing, especially when you have children at home who might have thought that it is a toy or siblings who are always arguing on who should hold the remote control and decide which channel to watch. But did you know that you don’t have to search tirelessly for a missing control or put up with an endless quarrel about TV channel? Turning your smartphone into a remote control can give you full control of your home television. Here’s how to do it using infrared blaster.

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First thing first, make sure that your device has an IR blaster. Many of today’s smartphones, such as Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9+, LG G5, and ZTE Nubia Z7, have this with feature. If you are not sure, you can check out Wikipedia’s list of devices with IR blaster. This feature is important because it is the same infrared technology that your TV remote control uses in order to communicate with your television.

Next, download a TV remote app like LG TV Remote or Anymote Universal Remote +WiFi. These apps will allow you to control not only your TV but also any other devices that receives IR signal such as projector, DVD and Blu-ray players, stereo equipment, and even ACs.

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Finally, open your TV remote control app, follow the directions for setting up your smartphone remote, and you’re off to go.

Most of today’s smart televisions have accompanying TV remote app provided by manufacturers. This app allows your smartphone to communicate with your television over W-Fi networks, which means that you might not need an IR blaster.

Anyway, the bottom line is, if you’re tired of constantly looking TV remote, there’s a solution.

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