Although we want to get everywhere the "smart" world, the reality is that still at home we have a handful of remote controls that still use infrared technology. If you have a compatible phone, we will give you a good list of apps to convert the mobile into a universal remote control for the TV and everything you have on hand.
It may not be something that makes you decide if you buy a mobile with or without infrared, but it is something that we always have in our hands and that comes in handy when we do not want to look for the control of the television.
Which phones have an infrared sensor and can they be used as a universal and TV remote?
Well, the truth is that more than you could imagine. Especially there are three brands that integrate it in many of its models: Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor. Only in recent times, some of the models that we can highlight are the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, Mate 10 and Mate 20 Pro, P20 Pro and P10 Plus from Huawei, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (and the Lite), the Honor 10 and Honor 9, among others.
Apps to replace the native ones that work as a TV remote
Yes, almost all phones, if not all, those that come with the infrared emitter also have an application native to make them work. In the case of Huawei, for example, it is called "Intelligent Controller" and it looks like this.
But you may not like it or it may not be as customizable as you would like , so here is a list of recommended apps to use and take advantage of the phone as universal remote control for both the TV and any other.
Sure Universal Remote
They claim that it is compatible with more of one million devices, being the remote control for any product by infrared and, in addition if the device allows it, through WiFi.
SURE Universal Remote (Free, Google Play) →
My Remote Controller
If you do not have a Xiaomi mobile, you can also use your app in other brands that have an infrared port. It is simple, but with the character that the Chinese company gives to its products: simplicity and effectiveness.
My Remote controller – for TV, STB, AC and more (Free, Google Play) →
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Compatible with about 400,000 devices, in addition to its functions as a remote control for TV offers, where compatible, with TV guide functions to see what we can put on TV.
Peel Smart Remote (Free, Google Play) →
It has a name as simple as its function. We can keep the "controls" of all the TVs in the house and share them with other users through different means with a single link.
TV (Infrared) (Free, Google Play) →
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