App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

You know all of these remote controls? Yeah. They can get completely out of hand/lost in couch or elsewhere.

Consider this: I have one for the TV, one for Blu-Ray/DVD player, one for Roku, one for the soundbar – even one for the HD receiver to get local TV transmisions so I can watch Under the Radar Michigan on PBS, on Saturday mornings, like it’s supposed to be watched – live on the air with someone hitting me up to make a donation at the end!

But I digress.

Thankfully there are a growing number of apps that serve as a universal remote to help someone like me get it all together- unless, of course, you lose your phone. But there’s an app for that, too.

Here are five remote control apps, ranging from free to $41:

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screen322x572Peel Smart Remote “revolutionizes” the home entertainment experience by integrating universal device control and live TV content into one simple-to-use application. Peel Smart Remote allows you to controle your TV, set-top box, Blu-Ray/DVD player, Roku, Apple TV, audio system and more using the built-tin IR blaster on your smartphone. Peel Smart Remote also helps you keep track of when shows are on and can send reminders to set a DVR to record, etc.  It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

Zmart Remote is another option to consider – especially if you can’t seem to find an app to use with your devices. Zmart allows for controlling a combo of devices from a list of more than 200,000 – TVs, stereo, Blu-Ray, DVD, DVR, you name it. Zmart claims to cover 95 percent of the brands in the market. It’s easy to program, too. You can use it with iOS and Android devices. The app is free but you do need a small device that plugs into your headphone jack. That costs $18.70 on Amazon currently.

Universal TV Remote Pro for Android transforms your Android-powered device into a powerful universal TV remote. It doesn’t have any requirements for additional hardware – only that your phone have an IR blaster. Controls everything you need with a remote – even VCRs (yes, I still use a VCR ocassionally!). It can be viewed in horizontal and vertical settings, which can come in handy when you’re using a tablet especially.


urc2Power Universal Remote Control is another one for Android with an insane amount of compatibility. In fact, it can work with the normal home entertainment components but also with supported DSLR cameras, home air-conditioning systems, Xbox, and car audio systems remote control capable. Free for Android.

And if you’re super serious about your tech and need a intensely robust app, consider MyURemote for iOS and Android. It features an easy-to-use and intuitive interface. It also has an impressive list of compatible devices and is highly customizable. This app is for those who don’t mind spending a lot of money on their home entertainment – it’s about $41 at Google Play and $36.99 in the App Store.

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