How to turn your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control

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How to turn your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control

Your remote may not work anymore, or you simply want to transform your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control so you do not have as many devices on your coffee table.

Do not worry, it is possible to turn your Sony Xperia XZ as a remote control, and we will show you through this article how to do so. We will first discuss how to use the third-party applications available on the Google Play Store.

Then we will focus on the main TV providers having their own TV systems, offering sometimes their own applications for your Sony Xperia XZ. Finally, we will discuss the case of the Android application called ‘Android TV Remote Control’, specific to Android TV, usable on your Sony Xperia XZ. All this assumes you have a working infrared sensor and transmitter on your Sony Xperia XZ, except for the Android TV method using its own Wi-Fi network.

Applications to switch your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control

Many applications allow you to switch your Sony Xperia XZ to a TV remote control. Warning, some operators may not have placed an infrared sensor on their TV box, and so most of these applications could not work with these systems.

We refer you to the second paragraph of this article to pass your Sony Xperia XZ in remote control under such systems.

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For other normal boxes and televisions, your Sony Xperia XZ may do the trick very well. Simply type "remote control" on the Play Store of your Sony Xperia XZ and you will see a large selection of apps allowing it.

Look closely at the comments of users to choose the right applications for your Sony Xperia XZ. In particular, an application like ‘Peel Smart Remote’ allows you to use the infrared of your Sony Xperia XZ to navigate between the channels of your TV. Once this application is downloaded, you just have to open it, choose your country and your TV provider.

Let yourself be guided through the menu to transform your Sony Xperia XZ into a TV remote control. Generally, we recommend that you restart your TV to make your new remote work.

Do not use two remote controls at the same time as this may affect your Sony Xperia XZ as a remote control to behave normally.

Also, do not move your Sony Xperia XZ too far from your TV to keep an optimal signal. In case of difficulties, do not hesitate to ask an expert, or a friend who knows about it, for more information.

Some TV brands or older TVs may not accept your Sony Xperia XZ as a remote control. The best way to know is to test your Sony Xperia XZ as a remote control on these devices.

Main TV providers working with your Sony Xperia XZ as a remote control

Some TV providers may not have an infrared receiver on their box or system handling TV. In this case, the best is to go through the Wi-Fi to remotely control your TV via your Sony Xperia XZ. You just have to find the application dedicated to your operator in the Play Store of your Sony Xperia XZ by entering the name of your operator then ‘TV remote control’. You will then come across a selection of applications allowing you to turn your Sony Xperia XZ as a TV remote control for your box. Do not hesitate to take only the best rated and well commented applications.

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Use Android TV Remote Control to turn your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control

A flagship application to transform your Sony Xperia XZ into a remote control is to use the ‘Android TV Remote Control’ application.

This option is available only on a limited number of televisions however, because you need Android TV on your television.

If you do not have Android TV installed on your TV, we recommend read the other chapters of this article.

Normally not installed on your Sony Xperia XZ, you should be able to easily get Android TV Remote Control on the Play Store by typing that name into the search bar.

Once installed, just open this application and check that the Android TV and your Sony Xperia XZ are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the application on your Sony Xperia XZ and you should see ‘Android TV’ appear.

To associate your phone and your TV, simply enter the code that appears on the TV. Here you have a remote control for your Android TV via your Sony Xperia XZ!