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Over the years, televisions evolved and became smart. Now, there are varieties of television that can do more than your expectations. And with evolving televisions, their remote controls have also changed and improved. One can use their voice to enter the commands on the remote control. This technological genius is not limited to that; you can use your smartphone to control your TV. Whether you use an Android or iOS smartphone, you’d be able to control everything directly from your phone without even looking at your TV remote control.

To try this feature, download either of the following apps on your smartphone:

Apple TV Remote

This app offers the best of Siri remote control, and you can use it on your iPad or iPhone. Through touch gestures, you can navigate your Apple TV. And, using the keyboard, you can enter text, email address, and passwords. Ask Siri to complete your minor tasks, like volume control, play/pause music, change the channel, etc. Use Game Mode for simplified gaming control. Please note that Siri can only function on Apple TV 4th-generation. However, this app supports Apple TV (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation). With iOS 10.3 or later, and tvOS 10.2 or later, you can view captions, lyrics, playlist, chapters, etc.

Amazon Fire TV Remote

The free Amazon Fire TV mobile app is available on iOS, Android, and Fire OS. It focuses on enhancing your Fire TV experience with simple navigation, a keyboard for easy text entry, and quick access to your favorite apps and games. It offers playback controls, combinations of touchpad controls, and it requires a multicast-enabled router to function. Gamers can use the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller for a better experience. On the app, you will find all your Fire TV apps for a quick launch.

Android TV Remote Control

Google launched the Android TV Remote Control app as its official app that can be used on Android and iOS to control Android TV. To use this app for controlling any Android TV device, you have to make sure that everything is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone. If you’ve connected your Android TV with an ethernet connection, use Bluetooth on the devices to establish a connection. This app offers both D-pad and touchpad controls. Using your voice, you can search and check anything on your TV (only if your TV supports voice search).

Unified TV

It is a multi-functional app that can be connected with TV, set-top box, game console, and more. It includes handcrafted IR remote controls for more than 80 popular devices. You can use it with Insignia, Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung TVs, Canal Digital, Comcast, DirectTV, Vodafone, Verizon set-top boxes, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS2 game controls; and other multiple receivers, media players, and projectors. You can add shortcuts to launch anything quickly and control NFC. It enables you to handle vibration, check server connection, transmit infrared for IR remote control, and more.

Roku

Roku app can be used on any smartphone to control the Roku device. It allows you to stream movies, shows, etc. with the Roku channel. You get the benefit of privately listening to anything using a headphone. It features voice control (currently available in English in the US, UK, and Canada only) and a keyboard for searching your favorite actor, director, TV show, movie, and more. You can also cast photos, videos, and music on your TV. On the app, you have the option to add and launch channels on your TV. 

RCA Universal Remote Control

It is a multi-purpose remote controlling app that can be connected with any TV, set-top box, projector, receiver, DVD, and home theatre. It requires a built-in IR blaster for configuration. This app supports multiple configure devices, and you can find the complete list of devices under the Saved Devices section. It supports all the functions similar to the company-built remotes. Only Android users have access to this app. These were some of the best TV remote controlling apps of all the apps available on the App Store and Play Store. Please note that all of these are available for free. If they don’t support your TV or smartphone, check the software version you’re using on both devices and if it is compatible with the app.

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