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How to use your Android device as an Apple TV Remote

If you own an Apple TV but don’t have an iPhone you might have noticed that Apple doesn’t have a Remote app similar to the one it has available for iOS on Android, which means that it is almost impossible to set up your Android device as a remote controller for the Apple TV, but there is a solution. Lets take a look at an unofficial workaround which does allow you to use your Android device (both tablet and smartphone) as a remote.

  1. Required: Jailbroken Apple TV and a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or above that has an infrared (IR) blaster (almost all Samsung devices have this and the HTC One’s)
  2. Go to the following page, download and install the App
  3. Once the app is installed, open it up
  4. Navigate to Settings > General > Remotes on your Apple TV
  5. Click on the “unpair Apple TV Remote” this will allow any other universal remote to work.
  6. Get your Android device out and you should have no trouble using the app navigation keys to navigate on your Apple TV.

The App also supports a keyboard which means that if on your Apple TV you are required to write anything, the keyboard will appear automatically.