How to use your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control
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How to use your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control?
For each electronic device such as TV, DVD player or box, you must have a remote control. This can become difficult when you need to store them, or when you have to remind yourself which remote controls which device.
With the advent and development of smartphones, a small revolution has appeared: you have the ability to change your smartphone into a TV remote control. We will explain through this article, how to use your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control. First, let’s talk about the different conditions necessary for the good operation of your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control. Secondly, let’s talk about the very special case of Android TV Remote Control. Finally, we will discuss the use of applications specific to telephone operators and third-party applications.
Preconditions for the operation of your Google Pixel 3a XL as a remote control
Before you start transforming your Google Pixel 3a XL into a TV remote control, you must make sure that your Google Pixel 3a XL fulfills the different requirements for the smooth running of this tutorial. To begin, check in the user manual if your Google Pixel 3a XL has an infrared transmitter.
If you don't have access to your user manual, you can simply download an IR checker. Please note you may need to install this checker on a second phone to test your current mobile though. This is essential because if your Google Pixel 3a XL does not have an infrared transmitter, then your smartphone will not be able to change into a TV remote control. You will find this information in the operating instructions.
Then, depending on the application you choose make sure that your Google Pixel 3a XL is connected to your Wi-Fi and that you have a good connection.
Using the Android TV Remote Control application
Configuring the remote control
To use this application, you must have an Android TV TV. To get started, go to “Play Store” of your Google Pixel 3a XL. Tap the “Android TV Remote Control” search bar.
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You will find among the first results the Google application.
Read carefully ratings and user reviews to ensure that this application meets your requirements.
Once the application is downloaded, make sure that your Google Pixel 3a XL and your Android are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the application on your Google Pixel 3a XL. You should see your Android TV appear on the app.
Select your TV. Your Google Pixel 3a XL and your television are now connected.
A code will be displayed on your television.
Enter this code on your Google Pixel 3a XL and click on “Associate”.
Using the new remote
You have successfully combined your Google Pixel 3a XL as a remote control for your Android TV. Regarding the use of the remote control Android Remote Control, its operation is very simple.
You will find on the application all the necessary information that will allow you to make the best use of your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control. You can use Android TV Remote Control as a TV remote control, a game controller, or to navigate between menus on your TV. It’s over ! You are ready to use your Google Pixel 3a XL as a remote control.
Applications provided directly by your operator
If after contacting your operator, you know that they provide a remote control application, this paragraph is for you. In order to maximize the efficiency of your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control, you can download one of these remote controls that will fit your box perfectly.
Simply type “Remote + the name of your operator” and you will find the TV remote control software. Only a few operators have not developed remote controls.
However, these same operators have sometimes developed applications to transform smartphones into joysticks. Be sure to check out user ratings and ratings to make the best choice.
Using third-party applications
In one of the previous paragraphs, we explained in detail how to use Android TV Remote Control which is the specialized remote control for using Android TVs.
But there are a bunch of other applications that allow your Google Pixel 3a XL to turn into a remote control. Simply go to “Play Store” and then type in the search bar “TV Remote Control”. You will find a wide range of applications, some of which are free and some are payable.
Be careful when choosing your remote control as some applications have been developed specifically for TV brands.
Choosing a universal TV remote control keeps you on the safe side.
The application that could best adapt to devices of different brands is the application “Peel Smart Remote” which is compatible with more than 450 000 electronic devices.
We strongly recommend that you carefully read user notes and opinions about the application you choose.
Through this article, we have provided you with all the information you need to use your Google Pixel 3a XL as a TV remote control. Never forget to carefully read all the available information before downloading an application.
If you have any difficulty handling this, do not hesitate to contact a technology expert or friend who will help you with this problem.