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How To Control Your TV with the HTC One

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While it isn’t one of the HTC One’s most notable features, being able to control your television set quickly becomes useful for HTC One owners who tend to lose the remote often, or who want to dispense with clunky universal remotes altogether. Here’s how to control your TV with the HTC One.

You’ll need to be in the same room as the television set with your HTC One before you begin the setup process.

Adding a New Remote

Unlock your HTC One.

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Open your application drawer using the app drawer icon on the bottom of your HTC’s Home Screen.

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Scroll down until you see the TV application. It’s this app that allows your HTC One to act as a universal remote.

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Tap the miniature remote icon on the top bar of the application.

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Tap Start.

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Add the location or name of the device you’d like to control. Tap next.

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Select the devices you would like to control with your HTC, in our case, we’re only looking to control our television set. Tap next.

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Select the brand of television or set-top box you would like to control. Tap next.

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Point the device towards your television set and tap next.

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Tap the Turn on TV button on your device. If that works for your television tap Yes on the bottom right hand side of your screen.

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Tap Menu. If that too works, tap Yes on the right bottom hand side of your screen again.

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Tap done.

Adding Support for Your Cable Service

Unlock your HTC One.

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Open your application drawer using the app drawer icon on the bottom of your HTC’s Home Screen.

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Scroll down until you see the TV application. It’s this app that allows your HTC One to act as a universal remote. Tap next.

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Inside the television app, the Settings icon can be seen at the top right of the application. Tap Settings.

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Tap Provider information.

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Select the country that you are currently in. Then tap next.

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Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your postal zip code. Tap next.

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Select your cable or satellite provider. Tap next.

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If you have any video services you are subscribed to, simply select it from the menu and tap next. In our example, we’re subscribers of Hulu Plus. Tap Finish.

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Your HTC One will ask you for permission to collect data about your television watching habits anonymously. If you aren’t comfortable with that, tap Cancel. If you are comfortable with that and would like to continue the setup process, tap Ok.

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The HTC One TV app will now automatically populate with all the television shows that are available on your on-demand services and the cable or satellite service that you added during this part of the tutorial. You can tap on any of these programs and have the television app automatically change the channel on your television or cable box.

You’ve successfully enabled your HTC One to control your television, now you’ll never have to find your remote when you need it. Remember, once you open the television application, it’s always available quickly from your HTC One’s Notification shade. Simply touch your screen or swipe down from the top of your device to quickly change channels.

Travis Pope is a Reporter-at-large for GottaBeMobile. He's currently enjoying a romp in the dangerous quicksand that is Microsoft's Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox ecosystem.

3 Comments

  1. WhizGidget

    08/31/2013 at 1:13 pm

    It doesn’t quite work perfectly for cable boxes (like DishNetwork… I don’t have the ability to skip ahead or back to get through commercials, unless I just let it freely scan through). I wish I could control my DVD player from it… any tips for that?

  2. Ben Rogers

    09/01/2013 at 10:42 am

    I want to be able to walk in a sports bar and control the tv that is already turned on. Is that possible?

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