There have always been apps that allow you to control your TV from an iPhone or iPad, but in my experience those apps don’t work very well or have limited functionality – even the official TV manufacturer apps. Now I have tested. “TV Remote,” not a new app, but has been updated today with support for two major TV brands: LG and Samsung.
TV Remote was created by Adam Foot, the same developer of the Shift Keyboard for Apple Watch that I reviewed App is very intuitive and brings all the main buttons together on one screen so you don’t have to learn how to use it.
The first time you open it, the app will identify all connected TVs on your Wi-Fi network for quick pairing. All you have to do is select your TV from the list and then authorize the app as a remote control. If you want to add more than one TV to use with the TV Remote app, you can do so.
With a few seconds, your TV will pair with the app and you can control it from your device. There are navigation buttons for exploring the user interface and the menus, volume and channel controls as well as shortcuts for media playback, mute and access to the home screen. Tapping the three-dot button brings up even more options like subtitle and channel list and sleep timer.
In my experience the application works as expected. I have a Samsung QLED TV and its official remote app is pretty bad, as there is a considerable delay between tapping the iPhone buttons and the TV responding to commands. Remote app, everything works almost instantly, and I don’t have to wait a few seconds for the app to identify my TV, which always happens with the Samsung app for some unknown reason.
Besides LG and Samsung TVs, the app also works with other Smart TV models from Hitachi, Toshiba, Sharp and more. TV Remote costs $ 3.99 on the App Store, but has no in-app purchases or subscriptions.