In this guide, we will explain how to use your Android phone or tablet as a remote control. Control your Android TV, NVIDIA Shield and more with Android instead of buying an expensive universal remote. This also works with WiFi, so you don’t need a device with an Infrared Blaster.
There are many remote control apps for Android, but the best option comes directly from Google. You can easily navigate your experience using the Android TV Remote app. This app even has a D-Pad perfect for gaming on your big screen TV.
Android TV devices come in all different shapes and sizes. This guide works with Sharp AQUOS, Sony Bravia, Mi Box, NVIDIA Shield, Nexus Player and more. Here is more information and a Full list of Android TV devices. If you want to control your Android TV with a phone or tablet, here’s how.
Using Your Android Phone as a Remote Control for Android TV
Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that this only works on devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or newer. Almost every device in the last 2-3 years should have compatible software.
Once you’re done pairing your phone or tablet with Android TV, we’re done. You’ll see a directional pad with the usual Back and Home buttons, followed by a pause/play icon for quick access. This lets you navigate through menus and apps on your Android TV, find Netflix, or click Microphone at the top to make a voice call.
How to Use the Remote Control
Using the remote control is quite simple. At first, you will see up, down, left, right arrows with a “select” button in the middle. This is what you use to control your Android TV device with a smartphone or tablet. At any time you can click the home page to go back or tap play/pause to resume the last video you watched.
Tap Microphone at the top to make a call with your voice, or tap the keyboard icon at the top right to type a call.
But another option is to use a touchpad instead of directional arrows. Tap the 3-line menu button in the top left and select Touchpad. You can now slide your fingers on a large pad to navigate. Tap anywhere on the screen to select. The touchpad also works great for gaming and emulates the touchscreen on your phone, but for Android TV games.
Additionally, on some devices, the Android TV remote app fully controls video playback for fast forward and rewind. Instead of just pause/play type options. Download Google’s app and enjoy your Android TV today. While you’re here, check out these 10 great Shield Android TV games.