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While it’s true that Android TV boxes come with their own set of remote controls, they are usually limited with the likes of usual stop/play and volume buttons. Fortunately, you can do so much more remotely by simply installing a remote control app on your smartphone or other mobile devices.

That being said, here are the best Android TV box remote control apps we recommend.

 Unified Remote

Here’s an app that proudly claims itself as “the one-and-only remote for your computer”. It basically allows you to control not just your Windows PC but also MacOS and even Linux computer using either WiFi or Bluetooth connection.

The free version comes with 18 free remotes or over 90 preloaded remotes if you opt for the premium package. While the latter, of course, allows you to control various applications such as Amazon Prime Video, voice commands, custom IR & NFC actions as well as the file manager and media players.

Smart IR Remote - Anymote

This Bluetooth-enabled Android remote app offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to control your Android TV and also other smart devices like air-conditioning units, DSLRs and video projectors. The app is also fully customisable and even supports over 900,000 devices.

Other highlights include the ability to create your own smart remote. By using the floating widget as well as macros & automation, this allows for executing certain commands such as incoming phone calls and adjusting TV volumes. You can also backup your preloaded remotes or restore any of your previously-saved configurations if you use another device.

 Mi Remote

  • Best IR Android TV box remote control app
  • Price: Free

Mi Remote may have been developed by Xiaomi but the good news is, this free-to-use remote app isn’t restricted to Xiaomi phones. It can work on almost any Android smartphone brands that come with a built-in IR blaster. You can use it to control various IR-enabled devices such as TV, set-top boxes and DVD players.

Peel Smart Remote and TV Guide

  • Best Android TV box remote control app for home appliances
  • Price: Free

More than just an app that controls TV channels, Peel Smart Remote lives up to its name as a universal remote control that is able to support over 50 home appliances brands such as air conditioners, fans and lights. The app is also easy to use, thanks to its well-designed interface and works well on both WiFi and IR-enabled devices.

True to its smart-remote capabilities, the app even allows you to group several applications altogether. For instance, you can turn off your TV and switch off the lights in the living room simultaneously using just a single control without the needs of doing them separately.

SURE - Smart Home and TV Universal Remote

Controlling entertainment system is what SURE does best and it’s easy to set up as well, thanks to its clean interface. It allows you to control most home theatre systems as well as other related devices like TVs, media streamers and Blu-ray/DVD players.

Some of the key features to look out for includes SURE’s own built-in media player for streaming audio/video files and browsing photos as well as a voice command setup. You can also copy files from shared folders between a local network to your mobile device and vice versa.

Google Home

  • Best Android TV box remote control app for Google devices
  • Price: Free

The name of the app says it all. Specially created for those who own Google devices, it allows you to control the likes of Google Home smart speaker, Chromecast as well as Google Nexus & Pixel smartphones. Highlights include speaker configurations, volume adjustments, playing audio/videos and even the ability to control several applications at once with a single tap.

Android TV Remote Control

Don’t be fooled by its generic-looking interface. The overall simplicity of this app is what makes the Android TV Remote Control easy to navigate. It has essential features like D-pad, voice control and text search via virtual keyboard. Moreover, it works on almost all Android TVs and best of all, the app is also available for free for iPhone users as well.

FamiSafe Parental Control

Worry about your kids getting hooked up with too much TV or internet? With FamiSafe Parental Control, it allows you to control and keep track of what your kids are browsing or watching. There are plenty of things you can do here, namely blocking apps, filtering potentially harmful web contents and even setting time limits on device usage.

AnyMote Universal Remote + WiFi Smart Home Control

Anymote is a universal remote app that supports both IR and WiFi-enabled devices, making it convenient enough for the majority of smartphone users. It packs with nifty features like creating various commands via macros, app customisations and controlling different kinds of TVs and media players.

And if you opt for the paid version, you have the freedom to add unlimited remotes for different devices and able to backup or restore preloaded/saved apps in case of an emergency.

TeamViewer Host

  • Best Android TV box remote control app for managing files
  • Price: Free

One of the nifty features that made the TeamViewer worth downloading is the ability to 

remotely access and control other devices ranging from Android TV to a computer, tablet or smartphone. This is especially useful if your device(s) unattended while you are out someplace else.

Highlights include real-time screen sharing, file transfer from one device to another as well as a secured 256-bit AES encryption for peace of mind.

Universal TV Remote by Twinone

  • Best user-friendly Android TV box remote control app
  • Price: Free

Using a remote app to control the likes of Android TV and other devices isn’t just about the convenience. Ease of use is equally important as well and this is where the Universal TV Remote by Twinone excels the most. The app interface is clean and simple, complete with eye-catching colour coordination for respective virtual buttons.

If that’s not enough, you can also change colours for the buttons to match your personal criteria. This app supports most set-top boxes and branded TVs such as Samsung, LG, Philips and Sony.

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