How to use Android phone as TV remote

At Google I/O on Monday, one announcement followed another, including a major redesign of Android 12, Google's operating system, which, according to Statista, is used by over 72 percent of the world's phone users. Notifications, for example, will be redesigned, and there will be new privacy features such as a dashboard and improved integration with Google's Chrome OS platform.

Google is offering Android customers additional control over devices within its own Android TV ecosystem as part of the bundle. In particular, Android will soon include a built-in TV remote software that will allow you to operate TVs with just your phone. (Android 12 isn't required to utilise it.)

With over 80 million Android TV OS devices on the market, it's understandable that Google would want to enhance the overall experience with such a useful feature. You won't have to worry the next time you misplace your remote control; simply launch the new remote app and keep streaming. 

What's the best way to get the new Android TV remote?

For smartphones running Android 11 and higher, the Android remote feature will be available. That includes the recently announced Android 12, which is currently only available via the public Android 12 beta. The remote function will not be available until later this year, according to Google.

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How will my phone function as a television remote?

According to the launch, the Android TV remote app looks a lot like the Apple TV remote app for iPhone and iPad.

A blank space at the top of the interface serves as a gesture pad, allowing you to slide and touch your way around Android TV. The on-screen controls can be used to switch between apps, pick a show, or return to the home screen. The software appears to have controls for controlling volume and power.

It will also be able to write usernames and passwords or search for shows using your phone's keyboard. It will save time and problems for everyone.

What Android phones are supported?

For the new Android remote to operate with your TV, you'll need particular hardware, but if you have a newer Android phone and an Android TV OS device, you should be good. So far, here's what we know.

  • When the app is released, it will be incorporated into devices running Android 11 and higher.
  • The remote tool will be supported by almost all Android TV OS devices.

That is all there is to it. As long as you have a phone with the TV remote app and a TV that runs the Android TV OS, you're good to go. It's worth noting that your Android TV OS device will require the installation of a system service called "a_tv_remote_service."

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