The 6 Best Apple TV Remote Apps for Android

There are lots of imposters but these actually get the job done

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.

Las Vegas, USA - January 06, 2014: A photo of the Apple TV interface being displayed on a LCD television screen. Apple TV is a digital media player developed and sold by Apple Inc.
LPETTET / Getty Images

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.

01
of 06

AnyMote Universal Remote: The Best Solution for Everyone

AnyMote Universal Remote

The AnyMote Universal Remote is our #1 pick for users looking to control their Apple TV via their Android device. Free to download and use with a single device, AnyMote worked more consistently than any of the other options on our list. Additionally, the interface is easy to navigate and provides large buttons for easy device control. While we recommend using the application to control your TV via WiFi, it also includes support for devices with IR blasters. That being said, IR blaster support is oddly limited, not being able to control Huawei, Vizio, or Sony phones, in addition to the Galaxy S7.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • Customizable remote layout

  • Google Now integration

  • Easy to navigate interface

  • Built-in IR blaster support

What We Don't Like

  • Not compatible with all IR blaster smartphones

Pricing — Free, Otherwise $6.99 for Pro Version

02
of 06

CiderTV: A Custom Solution for Apple TV

CiderTV

CiderTV is an excellent application for controlling your AppleTV from an Android device. We particularly liked that CiderTV was purely focused on AppleTV, making it one of the easiest applications to set up. We also enjoyed the app's swipe controls which feel more like Apple's latest native Apple TV remote. In its free state, CiderTV can control a single Apple TV, with a Pro subscription needed for more devices. Advertisements are present and also may only be removed with a Pro subscription. As with some other Android apps, we did find that CiderTV occasionally had problems communicating with our TV, but we still hold it in high regard as our second recommendation due to its ease of use.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • Custom interface for Apple TV

  • Easy to navigate and control

  • Intuitive swipe-gesture interface

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't offer IR-blaster support

Pricing — Free, Otherwise $4.99 for Pro Version

03
of 06

SURE: A Smart Remote with Extras

SURE Remote

The SURE Smart Home and TV Universal Remote app is the perfect option for Android users that demand a mountain of functionality. SURE is designed to work with over 1 million different devices, including Apple TV. Fire the application up, and add in all your home devices to get started. Or, go old school and control devices with an IR-blaster on any supported smartphones or tablets. Once set up, SURE really begins to shine with its extra features that we enjoyed including the ability for voice control and a media player. SURE is also very security conscious, telling you precisely why it needs access to different systems on your phone. If you demand uncompromised functionality, then the SURE Remote app is here to please.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • Intuitive interface for controlling devices

  • Over 1 million different supported devices

  • Voice control and built-in media player

  • Offers legacy IR-blaster support

What We Don't Like

  • Interface isn't as focused on Apple TV as some users may want

Pricing — Free, Otherwise $6.99 for Pro Version

04
of 06

Peel Smart Remote: Control with Television Extras

Peel Smart Remote

Peel Smart Remote combines both a universe remote experience and an interactive-visual TV guide within its bounds. While we felt that the Peel Smart Remote app had one of the more overwhelming interfaces, we did appreciate its additional offerings. Perfect for anyone who uses an Apple TV paired with a television subscription, opening Peel gives you first glance at what is playing on network and cable television. Only once you click the tiny remote icon will you be brought to control your Apple TV. There are other easier to use applications than Peel, but if you're looking to keep a close eye on your TV-guide and control your Apple TV, there is no better solution.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • Visual TV guide experience

  • High reliability when compared to other Apple TV remotes

  • Able to remind you when your favorite shows are available

What We Don't Like

  • Advertisements and lock screen widget are intrusive

  • Interface doesn't place focus on the Apple TV remote

  • Different app variations can be confusing for users

Pricing - Free

05
of 06

AIR Remote: The Best IR-Blaster Solution

AIR Remote: The Best IR-Blaster Solution

The AIR Remote app is the first application in our list to control Apple TV using a phone's built-in IR blaster. As with other IR-blaster applications, AIR Remote is limited to only working with devices that include an IR-blaster. However, if your Android tablet or smartphones does include an IR-blaster, then AIR Remote is the best pick for you. Featuring an extremely easy to use interface, users merely launch the app and begin controlling their Apple TV — no need for pairing. AIR Remote also allows users to switch between the control method they prefer, either a button-based controller or swipe gestures.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • IR-blaster is extremely easy to use

  • Interface is one of the best for Apple TV remotes

  • Choose between buttons or gesture interface

  • Ad-free version is only a few dollars

What We Don't Like

  • Requires an IR-blaster to function

  • IR requires line of sight with Apple TV

Pricing — Free, Otherwise $3.49 for Pro Version

06
of 06

TV (Apple) Remote Control: An Alternative IR Solution

TV (Apple) Remote Control

If the previous option isn't your cup of tea, we suggest checking out the TV Remote Control app for your Android device. Requiring an IR-blaster, setup is as easy as just opening the application on your device and clicking a button. The interface is modeled after an actual 3rd-generation Apple TV remote which some users may enjoy, but others might find gimmicky and unattractive. We do wish there was a paid version of this application as it contains advertisements, and we pine for an option to disable or remove them. Otherwise, it makes an excellent Apple TV remote app for your Android smartphone or tablet.

What We Like

  • Free to download and install

  • IR-blaster is extremely easy to use

  • Interface is familiar for Apple TV owners

What We Don't Like

  • Requires an IR-blaster to function

  • IR requires line of sight with Apple TV

  • No option for removing the in-app advertisements

  • Interface design can feel cheap

Pricing — Free