Just like the LG G2 last year and a few phones from other manufacturers, the all new LG G3 is packed full of features. One of which is using your new smartphone as a remote control. The LG G3 is extremely powerful and can do a lot of things, and here we’ll show you how to set it up to control your entire TV and living room experience.
The new LG G3 has tons of extremely impressive specs and features, like the 13 megapixel laser auto-focus camera, but taking great photos isn’t all it can do. If you want to control your TV they’ve enabled a few easy ways for you to do so.
Like most traditional TV remotes, there is an IR blaster on the top of the LG G3 for sending all the signals. This will let you control your HDTV, cable box and other home theater equipment with ease. The included app works wonderfully, rather than a 3rd party download like Samsung’s offering, so lets check it out.
The LG G2 and a few of LG’s other recent smartphones and tablets all have this feature, but it’s getting better and better with each update. Not only can you setup your LG G3 as a remote, but you can make custom options for each room based on the equipment you have, as well as a quick access panel right in the notification pulldown bar to always have it at your disposal while you’re lounging on the couch.
It’s extremely easy to setup and use, so read on for a few simply instructions, screenshots, and our how to video below.
In order to use your LG G3 as a remote control you’ll want to start by opening the built-in “Quick Remote” app, which is likely on the 3rd page of apps unless you’ve downloaded a lot of content. We’ll show you everything below.
Go to Apps -> Quick Remote -> Pick a room -> Tap on + -> Add a remote control. From here you’ll see the same as we’re showing below, which lets you choose between a TV, Cable Box, Audio equipment (like my Mcintosh receiver) or even a universal remote option. Set which room you’d like to use, and get started.
The app will then let you choose the TV brand of choice, or let you search if you have some off-brand like Insignia. Then once you’ve selected your TV of choice it will start with powering on the device. You’ll get on-screen instructions for everything, and it will cycle through codes until one works. Not all TV’s use the same code. Then you’ll do the same thing for mute, and possibly for input selection, and you’re done. Once you are all finished you’re set, and can control your TV with ease.
The same steps can be followed for your Cable Box from DirecTV, Cox, or Comcast, or anyone else for that matter. Without trying to explain it all too much, just give our quick how to video below a watch and you’ll be up and running in no time.
One of our favorite features from the LG G2 carried over to the LG G3, and was copied by Samsung with the Galaxy S5 and the Peel remote, and this is adding a quick access to the remote right in the notification bar. As shown in the video above pull down the notification bar and hit the “Quick Remote” circle in the sea of icons, and you’ll have an easy way to access your remote with a single swipe.
This may not be available on default so pull down the notification bar and where WiFi, Bluetooth, and other options are, slide to the far right. Select Edit, scroll down and make sure Quick Remote is checked. Then slide it to the area you’d like. I have mine as #3 on the list so it’s always one tap away.
That’s it. You’re all set. This is an awesome way to make sure you are always in control of the TV, even when someone else loses the remote. We’ve all been there, and LG is here to the rescue.