Turn an Android Tablet Into a Universal Remote Control

Tired of dealing with a pile of different remote controls? TVs, cable boxes, DVD and Blu-Ray players, stereo systems, and more: every piece of your home entertainment system has a different remote, but it’s difficult to ever remember which remote belongs to which device. With the following steps, you’ll be able to rid yourself of that problem by turning your Android tablet into a universal remote control.

Step 1
Start by doing your homework. There are numerous Android applications out there designed to harness the remote control powers of your tablet or smartphone, but for the most part, they aren’t the kind of apps you are going to find for free in the Google Play store. Some will cost a small amount of money for the app itself, while others will be free apps. Some of the older apps will require you to purchase actual hardware to send remote signals.

Step 2
Once you’ve started searching for remote control solutions for your Android tablet, you will probably find yourself coming across the same names over and over again. Pick the one that meets your needs.

If you are looking for a free option, consider iRule, which sends signals using Wi-Fi. The most popular option these days, though, is probably the Smart IR Remote app, which is currently rated at 4.6 out of 5 stars on the Google Play store.

Remember that every universal remote app for Android is a bit different, and depending on which you choose, your process for hooking it up with all of your various electronics will differ. Luckily, the highly rated apps out there help to guide you through the process so that you can get a universal remote performance out of your Android tablet with minimal stress and frustration.