The Best Android Remote Apps for Vizio TVs

Posted by William Sattelberg on May 21, 2017

One of the benefits to Android as a platform is the ability to choose your phone based on the features offered on each different model. If you don’t like one phone, you can choose another, complete with its own set of features and hardware tools. One of the less-common, but still cool features you can find on some phones: an IR blaster.

If you don’t know what an IR blaster is, you’re probably not alone. But that doesn’t mean you don’t use one everyday—almost any TV remote in your house will use IR to send commands from the remote to the television itself. It’s why you can pair your television with a universal remote so easily, and it’s why your remote has to be pointed at the television to send signals.

One great thing about IR blasters—they’re pretty cheap to throw into hardware. Plenty of platforms use them, including game consoles like the Wii U, for controlling televisions from atypical devices. Even better—some phones have the same capability, which means you can install applications from the Play Store to control your television or Blu-Ray player without the need for a remote. It means you can even control televisions at bars or restaurants, though you should do that at your own risk.

Of course, not every Android phone has an IR blaster built into the device; it’s a feature that’s seemingly fallen out of style over the last three years as other features, including wireless charging and waterproof devices, have begun to flood the market. Wikipedia has put together a great list of devices with an IR blaster, so you’ll want to head over to their site to check out the full list. Some newer and popular selections from the full list: LG’s G5 and V20 from last year, Huawei’s Honor 8, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Active from 2015, and the HTC One M9. Unfortunately, newer flagships from these companies, including the Galaxy S7 and S8, the LG G6, and the HTC U11 don’t feature the same IR blasting capabilities as their older counterparts.

Most of these phones with IR blasters come with included remote applications for Android, allowing for you to control televisions and other IR-supported platforms out of the box. If you find those apps lacking, or your want your remote app to look a bit more like the base remote for your television, take a look at our guide below. We’ll be looking at a couple apps that mirror Vizio’s remote controls, complete with the ability to launch the applications built into your Vizio television set. We’ll also be looking at a couple examples of apps designed to be a bit more universal, but still great for your Vizio set.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some remote apps for your phone!

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