iPhone Remote: Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Control With Your iPhone

There are several iPhone remote control apps that allow you to control a variety of devices and software. Appliances range from your smart tv: Apple TV, Xfinity TV, Samsung TV. So, you definitely can control your TV with your iPhone. Here are some other things for which you can use your iPhone as a remote control. Also, there’s a list of popular remotes for various services at the end of the article.

Apple TV

iPhone Remote Control App - Use iPhone As Remote For Apple TV

How To Control Apple TV with Remote App For iPhone

It goes without saying that you can use your iPhone as an “Apple remote” for your Apple TV. To do this, you need to download Apple’s Remote app from the App Store. So long as you are within WiFi range, you can browse through all the content on your Apple TV right from your iPhone or iPad.

As an example, pressing the home button on the iPhone takes you to the TV’s home screen. Furthermore, you can play/pause a video, fast forward, rewind and practically everything the default remote does and more. Best of all, this is a free app. Hence, you have nothing to lose.


With your iOS device, you can listen to your favorite tracks on your  Mac/PC by controlling your music/media through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. However, not only can you play/pause/rewind/shuffle music, you can also do things like check the tracks in a playlist or create a Genius playlist.

Smart TVs

Samsung, Sony, LG and many Smart TV manufacturers have tv remote apps for iOS devices. Especially the iPhone. Tired of losing the remote control for your set-top box? Use your iPhone. The iPhone remote works over WiFi so you can control your TV from anywhere. See the list further below or search the Apple Store for your favorite.

iPhone PowerPoint Remote

Did you know that you can also control PowerPoint with an iPhone? You can use apps like the PowerPoint clicker app to do this. It saves you the trouble of having to carry around an extra gadget.

Home Stereo Remote Apps

iTunes Remote
Price: Free
Controls: iTunes libraries on Mac and OC
Download at iTunes

Price: Free
Controls: Windows Media Center
Replaced With MonkeyMote – Download On App Store
Notes: PC only; hasn’t been updated in years so may have been abandoned by the developer

Songbird Remote
Price: Free for a limited time
Controls: Songbird Player, an iTunes alternative
Download at iTunes – Alternative
Note: Requires Songbird desktop application and remote extension

VLC Remote
Price: Free
Controls: VLC Media Player
Download at iTunes

Set-Top Box & Smart TV Remotes

Amazon Fire TV Remote
Price: Free
Controls: Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
Download at iTunes
Note: Supports all of Amazon’s video and app options, plus voice search, on the Fire TV box and Fire TV streaming stick

Apple TV Remote
Price: Free
Controls: 2nd gen. Apple TV and newer
Download at iTunes

myTifi remote for Samsung TV
Price: Free, with in-app purchases
Controls: Samsung Smart TVs
Download at iTunes
Note: Offers all standard Samsung TV controls for Smart TV models from 2010-present; includes an Apple Watch app and iCloud syncing across devices

Peel Smart Remote
Price: Free app; paid hardware
Controls: over 400,000 TVs, set-top boxes, audio systems, game consoles, and more
Download at iTunes – No Longer Available

Price: Free
Controls: Roku set-top boxes
Download at iTunes

Xfinity TV Remote
Price: Free
Controls: Comcast set-top boxes
Download at iTunes 

iPhone Remote Control App For Mac

Price: $1.99
Controls: iTunes, Front Row, Keynote, QuickTime, iPhoto
Download at iTunes – No Longer Available
Note: Only works on a Mac; hasn’t been updated in years so may have been abandoned by the developer

Price: $ 2.99
Controls: iTunes, Front Row, DVDs, Keynote, Finder, video
Download at iTunes

Official Kodi Remote
Price: Free
Controls: Kodi Media Center, XBMC versions 11-14
Download at iTunes

Price: Free, with in-app purchases
Controls: Plex Media Server
Download at iTunes

Price: $0.99, with in-app purchases
Controls: macOS, Plex, XBMC
Download at iTunes

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