Apple TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite content on the big screen, but what happens when you want to control your TV remotely with an Android Smartphone? Apple doesn't officially offer a remote application for the Android platform, leaving many to think they are out of luck. We've taken the time to pick through the offerings of the Google Play Store, bringing you six different options for Apple TV remote on Android that actually work.
Different Ways of Controlling Apple TV
Apple TV Android apps have two ways of working, either via your WiFi network or via a phone's built-in IR transmitter. Apps that utilize WiFi don't require any special hardware and are performed by connecting to your Apple TV over your home WiFi network. On the other hand, apps that utilize an IR transmitter require a phone with the correct hardware and control your Apple TV by sending out signals just as a typical remote would.
As of recent, phones that include built-in IR transmitters (also known as IR blasters) include the LG G5, Honor 8, Xiaomi Mi 5, and Huawei Mate 20. Samsung's Android phones have excluded the IR transmitter since the Galaxy S7. Due to most phones not having built-in IR transmitters, the Wi-Fi options presented here will typically work best; however, if your phone does have an IR transmitter built-in. You will have twice the options to control your Apple TV.