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How To Control a Samsung Smart TV With an iPhone or Android Device

Updated Nov. 11, 2022, by Steve Larner, to reflect current Android and iOS/iPhone processes.

Our smartphones can do many amazing things, including replacing a TV remote control. How often have you found yourself searching for the remote, and it was nowhere to be found?

Perhaps it was within your reach, but the batteries gave up just as you were about to turn up the volume. On the other hand, your phone is likely to be close to you when you’re watching TV, so having it as a backup remote comes in handy.

Before you can use your phone to control the Samsung TV, you need to set it up properly. The process is similar for all Android and iOS phones. The appearance is the only difference besides security prompts and actions. Here’s how to use your Android or iOS/iPhone phone to control your Samsung TV.

Control a Samsung TV using Your Samsung Phone

If you have a Samsung Smart TV at home and use a Samsung smartphone, you’ve hit the jackpot regarding device compatibility. However, their app is also available on the Play Store and Apple App Store for those with a different Android phone or an iPhone—more on that below.

Samsung’s app for controlling Smart home devices, including TVs, is called SmartThings, and it is integrated into all Samsung smartphones. You might not have used it before because you didn’t need to, but if you want to control your Samsung TV, you will need to set it up.

Make sure your TV is turned on, and follow these steps for Samsung devices.

  • Install and launch the “ SmartThings” app on your Samsung phone.
  • Tap on the “Devices” icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • To add your Samsung TV, tap the “” symbol in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Select “Scan Nearby” to allow the phone to find the TV.
  • Select your Samsung TV from the devices the phone has found.
  • When you see a PIN on the TV screen, enter the same numbers into your phone.
  • Tap “Done.”
  • Launch the “ SmartThings” app on your Samsung phone.
  • Choose your “Samsung TV” from the stored device list and select “Remote.”

This remote has all the TV remote’s functions and will allow you to control your TV until you find the remote or replace the batteries.

How to Control a Samsung TV With an iPhone

If you have a Samsung Smart TV and an iPhone, you can still connect them and control the TV. The good news is that iOS devices are compatible with the SmartThings app. Here’s how to do it.

  • Download the iOS “ SmartThings” app by Samsung.
  • Launch the newly installed “SmartThings” app on your iPhone.
  • Tap “OK” in the permissions popup to use Bluetooth.
  • Proceed through the intro by tapping “Next” or skip it by selecting “Skip.” It might be a good idea to view the intro.
  • Tap the “Sign in” button at the bottom.
  • Tap “OK” in the permissions popup to find and connect to devices on your local network.
  • Tap “OK” in the permissions popup to allow notifications.
  • Sign in to your “Samsung account” or scroll down and select “Create account.”
  • Tap on the “Devices icon” at the bottom.
  • Select “Add devices.”
  • Tap on “Add device.”
  • Choose to scan a QR code or search for nearby devices by tapping the appropriate “Scan” button.
  • Tap “OK” in the permissions popup to allow access to the microphone.
  • SmartThings now scans for Samsung devices compatible with the app, including the Samsung TV you want to control.
  • The list of found devices appears. Tap on your “Samsung TV” from the list.
  • A PIN gets displayed on the TV screen. Enter that number in your iPhone.
  • Select “Done.”
  • Relaunch the “SmartThings” app.
  • Select your “Samsung TV” from the list of devices.
  • Choose the “Remote” option.

That’s it. You’re good to go. Your iPhone can now control your Samsung TV.

Note: You must ensure your Samsung TV and phone use the same wireless connection.

How to Control a Samsung TV With an Android Phone

Even with an Android phone, using it to control your Samsung TV is straightforward. Smartphones from different brands, like LG, run on Android OS.

This is another situation where the SmartThings app saves the day. You can download the Android version of the app from the Google Play store and use it to connect your Android phone to your Samsung TV.

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Here are all the steps you need to follow.

  • Install “SmartThings” by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. from the Play Store.
  • Open the “ SmartThings” app on your Android phone.
  • Tap on “Sign in” in the top-right section, which opens the login screen in the default browser.
  • For non-Samsung Android phones, you may receive a “browser is incompatible” notice depending on your default browser, such as when using Kiwi Browser. Follow the instructions in the notice. On Android 11, for instance, you navigate to “Apps notifications Advanced Default apps Browser app” to change your default browser.
  • On the sign-in screen that appears in the default web browser, enter your Samsung login credentials. If you need to create an account, tap on “Create account” and follow the instructions.
  • Follow the “Two-Step Verification” process for logging in. Don’t tap on “Extend time” after typing in your verification code; select “Verify” at the bottom instead.
  • The main “SmartThings” screen opens again, except now you are logged in. Select the “Devices” tab located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Make sure your Samsung TV is on. Tap on “Add device” or hit the “” icon then select “Add a device.”
  • Choose to scan for nearby devices by tapping the appropriate “Scan” button.
  • When your Android phone is done scanning, select the name of your Samsung TV on the Android device.
  • When a PIN appears on the TV screen, Enter the PIN on your Android phone that appears on your Samsung TV.
  • Tap “Done.”
  • Your Android phone and Samsung TV are now connected.
  • Open the “SmartThings” app.
  • Select your Samsung TV from the list and choose “Remote.”

Now, you can change the volume and channels and control other features on your TV using your Android phone.

How to Control a TV With a Phone Without Wi-Fi

If your remote control is not working, but you also don’t have access to Wi-Fi, how do you control your TV with your phone? Not all is lost, as there is a chance that your phone has an integrated IR blaster.

This small device, which allows communication with your TV, used to be very common in Android phones, but newer models don’t support it. If you have an iPhone, you might be out of luck entirely. To be quite sure, you can check the manufacturer’s website and try to get the info.

Even if your phone has the IR blaster, you will need to download a universal remote app to your phone, utilizing mobile data. So, make sure that fits into your mobile data plan.

If your smartphone doesn’t have an IR blaster, the only remaining option is to purchase an IR blaster adapter that fits into your phone’s charging port.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to search for an adapter that fits your phone’s model and incorporate that factor into your research. The IR adapters typically cost between 1 and 20 depending on the type, such as 3.5mm (headphone jack) or USB-C.

How to Control TV With Phone Without an IR Blaster

Potential solutions are limited if your phone doesn’t have an IR blaster or if you’re not keen on getting one.

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You can purchase a screen-mirroring device, such as Miracast or Chromecast, but these depend on wireless connectivity. Either way, you will need to invest in an external device to get the functionality you need.

In closing, having a Samsung TV comes with all the benefits of the SmartThings app, designed to allow easy access to Smart home devices. If you’re a Samsung phone user, the SmartThings app is already at your fingertips—no need to download it.

iPhone and other Android phone users need to get the free app first. With a quick setup, your smartphone becomes a Samsung remote, and you can easily navigate all your TV’s features.

Without Wi-Fi, your best chance is your phone having an IR blaster so you can download a universal remote app and control your TV.

Have you ever used the SmartThings app before? Have you used any of the suggestions in this article to control your TV? Let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев section below.

How to use your iPhone as a TV remote

Stop fumbling for a different mobile app every time your TV’s remote goes MIA. The easiest solution is in your iPhone already.

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Maria Diaz is a staff writer based in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area with a passion for home automation and a background in graphic design, photography, and filmmaking. She has a bachelor’s in Mass Communication and experience in journalism.

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Maria Diaz is a staff writer based in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area with a passion for home automation and a background in graphic design, photography, and filmmaking. She has a bachelor’s in Mass Communication and experience in journalism.

  • home automation, home security systems and cameras, Smart home devices and hubs, photography, graphic design and video editing.

Every time the Roku, Fire TV or regular television remote gets lost in between the couch cushions or tossed somewhere by a toddler, I’m looking for the individual manufacturer’s app to control the TV. But, if you’ve got a compatible Smart TV, like a Roku or Fire TV. or an Apple TV 4K. you can ditch extra apps and simply use your iPhone as your new remote.

Before getting started, make sure your television is on and connected to the same network as your iPhone.

When you use your iPhone as a remote control, note that not all televisions will feature all the controls. Depending on the television, you may not be able to turn it on or off, or have access to volume.

Make sure your iPhone and TV or streaming device are on the same network

We have a 2.4 GHz network at our home for all our Smart devices, including all Smart TVs and streaming devices like our Roku TV sticks and Fire TV sticks. Whenever we want to use AirPlay or control the TVs through our phone, it only takes us a handful of seconds to switch networks.

Go to the Control Center

You can find your iPhone’s Control Center by swiping down from the top right of your screen.

Select AirPlay icon or the Remote Control

The remote control button may be in your control center, if you can’t find it, just tap on the AirPlay icon (circles with a triangle at the bottom) at the top right.

Select the television to control

The available televisions will be in your same network and compatible with AirPlay. Select the television you want to control.

If you tapped on the AirPlay icon, your screen will look something like the first image below. Select which television to control.

When you tap the remote control button from the control center, it’ll go straight into the remote control options, like the second image below. Select the television you want to control.

Control your television

Your iPhone is now also a remote control for your television or streaming device.

I’ve been trying to make remote boats a thing ever since that Everybody Loves Raymond episode where Frank gets one, and I don’t understand why no one in my house wants to make it happen.

But using our iPhones as remote controls has almost rendered our remote boats unnecessary. Though the iPhone’s remote control has limited options, I can finally stop keeping track of all the different little remotes from our streaming devices that seem to be the perfect size and shape to slip in between the couch cushions.

Can I use my iPhone as a remote for a non-Smart TV?

You can if you add an Apple TV 4K. Otherwise, you’d have to download a separate app to use your iPhone as a remote, like a universal remote app or the Fire TV or Roku TV. Though the newer Fire TV Smart televisions support AirPlay, the Fire TV sticks and cube are not compatible with AirPlay.

Why can’t I see the remote control button on the Control Center?

If you can’t see the remote control option on the Control Center and would like to add it, you can go to Settings, then select Control Center, then add the shortcuts you want to add, including the remote control option.

No Remote. No Problem.

How to Turn Your Smart Phone into a TV Remote in a Flash!

Is it just me, or are TV remotes getting smaller and smaller these days? Meanwhile, it seems cell phones are nearing the size of laptops. If you’re like me (and according to the Pew Research Center, almost 1/3 of you are ), you have at least one type of television streaming device in your home. My fave? I’m a Roku gal, but don’t take my advice as the gospel—most of my coworkers would say I’m a little behind the times when it comes to technology. I also still read paperback books and have a TV antenna, so there’s that.

Other TV streaming options include Amazon TV Firestick, Apple TV, gaming systems like Playstation, and whole host of Smart TVs with built-in streaming platforms. Regardless of your choice though, most of these streaming devices and new TVs come with a remote only slightly larger than a business card. Needless to say, we lose ours at least twice a week. The refrigerator, the bathroom, and stashed in a certain child’s backpack are just a few of our favorite hiding spots. I’m sure the day is coming when my remote finally takes up permanent residence with all the missing socks, never to be seen again.

So, what do you do if you lose your TV remote? Luckily, most new TVs and streaming devices offer mobile apps that let you turn your phone (or tablet) into a remote. Below are three of our team’s TV streaming picks and the associated phone apps to get you started.

TCL Roku Smart TV or Roku Streaming Device

This is Amazon’s #1 selling TV and it’s exactly what I have in my house. It’s an affordable Smart TV with a built-in Roku streaming platform. This TV comes complete with built-in apps like Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Pandora, and more. But, you don’t have to have a Roku TV to use their mobile app; the steps below also work if you have Roku Streaming Device that you plug into your old school TV. So, if you lose the remote.

  • Get the app: The Roku mobile app is free for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices and will turn your phone into a control center for both your Roku TV or streaming player. You can install the app on your Smart phone and/or tablets.
  • Access the remote: Before you open the app, make sure your Roku device/TV and your Smart phone are using the same wireless network. When you launch the Roku mobile app, it will search for other Roku devices on the wireless network, and you’ll need to select the device in your home you want to control.
  • Get to the remote: The Roku mobile is very robust and offers tons of other features besides channel surfing. To go straight to the remote, click on the remote icon at the bottom of your phone’s screen.

Samsung Ultra HD Smart TV

A little further down the list of Amazon’s best-selling TVs is the Samsung Ultra HD Smart TV. This TV also comes complete with built-in apps just like the one above. All you have to do is subscribe to your preferred TV viewing service (cough, cough, did I mention Elevate TV is a great option), and you’re good to go. If you lose the remote.

  • Get the app: Download the Samsung Smart View app, also available for both iOS and Android products, as well as Windows for you PC.
  • Connect the app to your TV: Like above, you’ll need to make sure that the phone or tablet you’re using is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV. Once you open the app, it will scan that network for your Samsung TV. Then, select the TV you want to control and do the same when the prompt appears on your TV.
  • Start surfing: Viola, your phone is now the remote.

Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Fire TVs (like the Toshiba HD Smart LED TV – Fire TV Edition)

Surprise! Amazon offers it’s very own popular streaming service via either a streaming device like the Amazon TV Fire Stick (this is what Elevate recommends for the best experience with Elevate TV) or through a built-in Amazon platform in a Smart TV. In either case, the remote is similar in size to the Roku remote and ridiculously easy to lose too. So, if you lose your Amazon remote.

  • Get the app: Download and open the Fire TV app on your phone or other mobile device. Get it for you Android devices here and Apple devices here.
  • Pick your device: Just like the first two, you’ll need to make sure you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your Amazon Fire device. Once you open the app, select the TV or Firestick you want to control and follow the prompts.
  • Enjoy: Use your phone to control the navigation and menu options on your Fire TV or device.

The good news is the cliché is true: There’s an app for that, at least when it comes to your TV remote. The list above includes just three major players in the Smart TV and TV streaming market, but these days most streaming devices have alternative apps for people just like me (and maybe you too). So, if you’re always asking, “Where’s the remote?” or finding it hidden in places like the pantry next to the cereal box, at least you know there’s a backup. Happy streaming—with or without a remote!

What to Do When You Lose Your Samsung Smart TV Remote?

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Losing your Samsung TV remote can be annoying, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several backups you can have in place in case you lose your remote.

If you lose a Samsung Smart TV remote, you can control your TV by using:

The best thing to do is to make sure you have at least one of these options set up before you lose your Samsung TV remote.

Another slight drawback to most of these methods is that your Samsung TV also needs to have a Wi-Fi connection.

Use the Buttons on the Samsung TV

While it seems a bit cumbersome, this is probably the easiest way to operate your Samsung TV if you lose the remote. You won’t have to worry about buying a new remote or being connected to Wi-Fi.

You won’t have much access, and you will have to get up and move around a bit, but with the buttons on a Samsung TV, you can:

  • Turn the TV on and off
  • Change the channels
  • Adjust the volume
  • Change the input

Depending on your model, you might have a different button for each option. Some models, like the Samsung Curved Smart TV, will have one button under the Samsung logo on the TV that you will use to navigate these settings.

This is especially helpful if you change the input source to use that remote to control your Samsung TV.

Download the SmartThings App

The SmartThings app is not only a replacement for your remote; it can also control other Smart devices in your home, such as your appliances and Smart home assistants.

You can download the app for free on the App Store if you have an iPhone. You can download the app for free through the Google Play store if you have an Android device.

From there, you can connect your phone to your Samsung TV:

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  • Turn on your Samsung Smart TV.
  • Tap the plus sign icon in the SmartThings app and then select Device.
  • Where it says, “By device type,” select your Samsung Smart TV.
  • In this order, select TV, Start, and Next.
  • Choose your TV and press “done.”

Ideally, this would be done before you lose your remote, especially if you’re having difficulties pairing your TV with the app.

The SmartThings app is essential for any Samsung device, and you need it to use your Samsung TV with a Smart home assistant.

Connect Your TV to Your Smart Home Assistant

Google Home and Alexa are two of the most popular Smart home assistants on today’s market and are compatible with your Samsung Smart TV. You can command your Smart home assistant to change the channel and carry out other functions.

Samsung Smart TV and Google Home

To connect your Samsung Smart TV to your Google Home, you will need to:

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  • Download the SmartThings and Google Home apps.
  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Tap Settings, Assistant, and Home Control.
  • Select the plus sign icon and select SmartThings.

Now, you can enter your Samsung TV credentials and tap “Authorize.” If at any point you have trouble, we have more detailed steps here.

You should try out some of the best commands for Samsung TVs and Google Home to make sure it’s all working okay!

Samsung Smart TV and Alexa

To connect your Samsung Smart TV to your Alexa, you will need to:

  • Connect your TV to the SmartThings app.
  • Download the Alexa app and log in.
  • Go to Menu, then Skills Games.
  • Enable SmartThings.
  • Click Discover Devices, select your TV, and press “Done.”

If you’re having trouble pairing SmartThings and Alexa, don’t worry, we’ve got things to do to fix any issue.

Use Bixby with your Samsung TV

The Bixby virtual assistant is a fantastic addition to Samsung TVs that started in 2018. You’ll have to use your remote to get Bixby set up, but once it’s set up, you won’t have to worry about where your remote is.

Make sure your Samsung TV is connected to the internet, and you’re logged into your Samsung account on the TV. From there:

This will make sure Bixby can be started with a wake word instead of having to press a button on the remote. If it’s not picking up your voice, you can adjust the voice sensitivity by

From there, you can choose the voice sensitivity to be higher so it picks up your voice.

If you’re having difficulties getting Bixby on your Samsung TV, we have some quick troubleshooting steps.

Buy a New Remote

If you don’t want to use your phone to control your TV, you can buy a replacement remote online. You can choose from:

  • The standard replacement remote: This will be the same one that you took out of the box. After inserting its batteries, it should work with your TV right away. This remote will work with all Samsung Smart TVs.
  • The OMAIC Universal Samsung Smart TV remote: This all-in-one remote allows you to change the volume, channel, and other settings. It can also change channels in.03 seconds.
  • Voice-command remote:This remote serves as a replacement and allows you to make commands using your voice.

Before purchasing a new remote control, make sure that it is compatible with your TV. Once you have it, we have the universal remote codes for Samsung TV remotes for you.

Use a Streaming Device’s Remote

Even though it’s not your Samsung TV’s remote if you have a streaming device hooked up to your Samsung TV, chances are there’s a remote with it that you can use to control your Samsung TV.

Some streaming devices with remotes you can use to control your Samsung TV are:

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Roku
  • Fire TV Cube and Firestick (Make sure it’s hooked up with Alexa too!)
  • Chromecast with Google TV
  • NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
  • DirecTV Stream (or similar)

Some of these streaming devices can also be paired with SmartThings too.

Use a USB Mouse and Keyboard or Gamepad

Chances are, you might have an extra USB mouse and keyboard around your house. While Samsung hasn’t stated any official products that are compatible, if you are buying a mouse and keyboard to use with your TV, you should make sure they’re compatible.

The most popular compatible keyboard for Samsung TVs is the Samsung Official Smart Keyboard Trio 500.

Several gamepads are compatible with Samsung TVs as well, including the

If your USB mouse and keyboard or gamepad are wired, all you have to do is plug them into your Samsung TV, turn the TV on, and it should work.

If you have a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard or gamepad, you’ll have to put them into pairing mode and then:

For 2023 Models, 2022 B Series, 2019-2021 A, R, and T Models

  • Open your Samsung TV’s settings
  • Select “All Settings”
  • Choose “Connection” and then “Network”
  • Tap “Input Device Manager”
  • Select “Bluetooth Device List”
  • Find your device, select it, and pair it

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  • Open your Samsung TV’s settings
  • Select “System”
  • Then “Input Device Manager”
  • Finally “Add Bluetooth Keyboard and Gamepad”

For 2015 J Models

  • Open your Samsung TV’s settings
  • Select “System”
  • Then choose “Device Manager”
  • Finally “Bluetooth Gamepad Settings”

How to Find a Samsung TV Remote

While it’s straightforward, you can do some things to find your Samsung TV remote, but while panicking and looking, you might not think to go through this checklist:

  • Retrace your steps, even if you went into the fridge for a snack, check the fridge and cabinets
  • Check the couch cushions
  • Shake out the blankets
  • Check behind and next to the furniture

Hopefully, you’ve found your remote and can do some things to be able to track your remote. The best ways to track your remote are

What to Do if Your Samsung Smart TV Remote Doesn’t Work

If you find your remote or purchase a replacement, it may not always work as intended. Samsung guarantees all of its products, so if a factory defect prevents your remote from working, you could file a warranty claim and get a replacement.

However, before doing so, consider how the following measures could fix your problem:

  • Replace the batteries. Your Samsung remote will require two AA batteries. If you have a Samsung Solar remote, make sure that the battery is charged by sunlight or USB-C.
  • Make sure that nothing is blocking the connection between your TV and the remote.
  • Reset the remote.
  • Make sure that you are within range of the TV while using the remote.
  • Check and make sure there is no corrosion in the battery compartment.

FAQ for When You Lose Your Samsung TV Remote

Can you reset a Samsung Smart TV without a remote?

Doing a soft reset on a Samsung TV without a remote is very simple. You just need to turn the TV off and unplug it for 60 seconds. After that, plug it back in, and it’s reset.

If you need to factory reset your Samsung TV without a remote, we’ve got a great video for you:

Can you connect a Samsung Smart TV to Wi-Fi without a remote?

Since many options listed require you to be connected to Wi-Fi to work, can you connect the Samsung TV to Wi-Fi without a remote?

You can connect a Samsung Smart TV to the internet without a remote by:

  • Plugging an ethernet cable into the back of the TV and your router
  • Using a USB mouse, keyboard, or gamepad

Can you change the settings on a Samsung Smart TV without a remote?

If you are using a keyboard and mouse, you can navigate and change the settings on a Samsung TV by tapping the Windows key on the keyboard.

You can also change a Samsung TV’s settings if you are using Bixby on your TV, just say your wake word and the setting you’d like to adjust.

You cannot change a Samsung TV’s settings with the SmartThings app, Google Home, Alexa, or streaming devices.

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