It’s high time, Smart TV manufacturers should provide a mini keyboard with their TV. Because typing is such a terrible experience using navigation key on the remote. Yes, many streaming devices and smart TV provides voice search feature. But, sometimes, voice search doesn’t work the way we want it to. And, for entering username and password to login to Apps, the voice search feature isn’t helpful. So, it’s better to have a keyboard for TV. Well, you don’t need to spend a penny on a Bluetooth or Wired Keyboard. Because the Smartphone in your pocket is capable to do much more things than you think of. Yes, you can use your Smartphone as Smart TV Keyboard and Remote.
You might not aware but, every Smart TV and streaming device have their own App. These apps will let you use your smartphone as a TV Remote and Keyboard. Yes, you won’t need physical remote anymore to control the TV. All you need to make sure is, your Smart TV and smartphones are on the same Wi-Fi network. Here is how you can use your smartphone as a TV Remote and control all your streaming devices and TV.
Use your Smartphone as Smart TV Keyboard and Remote.
1. Android TV. (Remote Control App.)
You might already aware of Android OS, which is Google’s operating system for the smartphone. But did you know, there is a version of Android for Smart TVs?. Well, In my opinion, it is better than having Roku, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV. Because Android TV comes with a built-in Chromecast. And, it does support Play Store, so you can install most of the Android Apps. The latest Android TV OS is based on Android Pie.
And, it puts a focus on discovering content that you can enjoy on your Smart TV. It basically fetches content from services like Netflix, Prime Video, and show you on the home screen. And, If you own a smart TV from Xiaomi, Sony, Panasonic, Lloyd, Philips, or any other Android TV-powered device. Then, Google’s official Android TV Remote Control App will allow you to use your smartphone as a keyboard or remote for your Android TV.
2. Connect your smartphone to the same Wi-Fi network which your Android Smart TV connected.
3. Open App, tap on “Accept & Continue”. The app will now ask for certain permission. (Microphone or Location) Tap on Continue and allow permission.
4. The app will now automatically detect all available Android Smart TV. Select your television or set-top box from the list.
To pair a smartphone with Android TV, you now need to enter the CODE, which will appear on your TV Screen.
5. That’s it, whenever you need to enter text on TV. Automatically your smartphone keyboard will appear.
However, on iOS, you will need to tap on the keyboard icon from the upper right corner.
2. Amazon Fire TV.
If you own a Fire TV Stick streaming device or Fire TV with Amazon’s Fire OS built-in. Then, the ‘Amazon Fire TV’ App is the best way to gain keyboard access on the smartphone. Apart from the keyboard, App will give you complete control over Fire TV Stick. You will able to use the remote and voice search features as well.
2. Open App and login with the same Amazon account that logged in Fire TV Stick or television.
3. Once you complete the login process, you will able to see your Fire TV Stick or TV. Tap on it. (Just make sure both TV and smartphone are on the same Wi-Fi network.)
The app will now ask to enter 4 digit code displayed on Amazon Fire TV. Enter and Continue.
4. That’s it, now you can use your smartphone as Fire TV Remote and Keyboard.
You can see the keyboard icon on the upper right corner. Though, it might automatically appear. If by any chance, you have broken or lost your Fire TV Stick Remote. Then, read my article on, use Fire TV Stick Without Remote.
3. Apple TV.
If you are using Apple TV, then still you can use the keyboard feature as long as you have an iPhone or iPad. You just have to download Apple TV Remote App on your iOS device. With this App, you can navigate touch gestures. And, can quickly enter text, log in details using the iOS keyboard. You can use the App along with the Siri remote. Moreover, you can turn on game mode and can play games using a gyroscope and accelerometer sensor.
Setting up the Apple TV Remote app is pretty easy. Open the App on your iOS or iPadOS device. And, then select your Apple TV when it appears on the screen.
Enter the four-digit code in App, that appears on Apple TV.
Once, you select the text field on Apple TV. A push notification will appear on the phone. Open notification and keyboard will get open.
Note: Make sure iPhone/iPad and Apple TV are on the same WiFi network. And, Bluetooth is enabled on your device.
Like Fire TV Stick, Roku is also one of the best media streaming devices. Roku offers content from various online streaming services. It was developed in collaboration with Netflix. It doesn’t matter, you’re using a streaming stick of Roku, Roku Ultra, or a TV with Roku software. With the Roku app, you can easily input text from your smartphone keyboard.
The connection process is similar to Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. After installing the Roku App, open and follow instructions to reach the main page of the App.
Now, choose “control” and select “Connect”. That’s it, now select your Roku device from the list. Make sure Roku and your smartphone are on the same Wi-Fi network. Once, the Roku streaming device gets paired. Controls will appear, and, by selecting a text box on TV, you can reveal the keyboard in App.
So, that’s how you can use your Smartphone as Smart TV Keyboard and Remote. Yes, there are many streaming devices and TV left to mention. I will keep updating this article.