We’ve come a long way from Graham Bell’s telephone. Phones these days are used less to call people and more to do everything else. They are doing things that they shouldn’t be doing (It helps you cook now!!! what’s that about? I feel like I can be a master chef) and everyone has access to technology. The cheap phones are getting better and the better phones are cheaper every day. But among all the things you may know, a smartphone can do a lot more to surprise you. It can be a Universal Remote, no not using an IR blaster it can do stuff without infrared as well, and we will show you just how to turn your android smartphone into a TV Remote Control without IR Blaster!
How to Turn Android Phone Into TV Remote Control
Method 1: External pairing Device instead of IR Blaster
Small devices like Pronto can help Apple users connect to multiple devices using Bluetooth. Pronto is a multi-directional remote same as HarmonyHub the Pronto Substitute for both Android and iPhone which allows connectivity using Bluetooth, WiFi, and IR. You can find more devices like these in Amazon.
Method 2: Apps from Parent company instead of IR Blaster
Companies like Samsung, Sony and LG support controlling their devices from smartphones from their apps, completely ditching the IR blaster technology. Just install their proprietary apps and connect both connecting devices to the same WiFi network and you are done. The major drawback is that the universal remote is lost. You will need a different app for each device you want to connect your smartphone with.
Method 3: Infrared Adapter
As painful as it might be. Infrared is the pioneer in the handsfree remote control tech. But even without inbuilt IR blaster, you can use infrared on your smartphone using an infrared adapter. Roomie Blaster for Apple and iDroid for Android phones are preferred choices.
With tech getting better every day and the recent release of Bluetooth 5.0, we are bound
to see some improvements in this department. Most companies these days make sure they have an app for their hardware and connectivity issues and we can be certain that this will be enforced by more companies in the future making remote’s “mute”.