Samsung TV Remote App For iPhone & iPad

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Samsung TV Remote App

Explore the revolutionary world of remote control with the Samsung TV Remote App. Tired of dealing with that unsightly and cumbersome plastic remote for your Samsung TV? It’s time for a change. Say goodbye to losing it in the sofa crevice or seeing it shatter upon hitting the floor. Embrace the solution you’ve been waiting for – an innovative iOS remote app, available for free today on the Apple App Store.

Did you end up here, but are actually interested in how to cast to Samsung TV from Android? Then do not hesitate to check out Samsung TV Screen Mirroring, a free casting app for Android phones & tablets!

Are you interested in an LG TV remote app? Be sure to check out LG TV Remote Control Plus +, a free remote app that will change the way you interact with your TV!

Table of Contents

What Is A Samsung TV Remote App?

Video Tutorial: How To Use It?

How To Replace Your Samsung TV Remote?

Type With iPhone Keyboard On TV

How To Start Using Samsung Remote App In One Minute?

What Are The Benefits?

Video Tutorial: Netflix Remote App

What Does This Samsung TV Remote Replacement Cost?

What Do I Need To Use It?

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ControlMeister TV remote app

Our users frequently ask us for a great free remote control app for Samsung Smart TVs that could serve as a replacement for yet another blocky piece of plastic. We recommend ControlMeister for Samsung TV.

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ControlMeister universal remote app for Samsung Smart TVs offers full remote functionality. Easily control your channels, volume, menus, Samsung apps and navigation. The best news of all is that you can download the app completely for free on the iTunes App Store!

This is a free app with a lot of free features like Trackpad, Keyboard and all other basic needs equal to that of the factory remote. It’s been developed by MeisterApps, a company whose portfolio contains multiple successful products that merge iOS devices with TVs.

We believe it’s a perfect Samsung TV remote replacement. You probably don’t – at least not yet! Read on, if you’d like to be convinced.

TV remote history

By the way, did you know that the very first TV remote looked like a flashlight and a gun put together? It was called Zenith Flash-Matic and was introduced all the way back in 1955.

Just a year later, Zenith introduced Space Command – a rectangular box with buttons – and it seems like the design has stuck around ever since.

This is just to add one more reason as to why we think remotes are a bit obsolete and why even the most renowned brands like Samsung might need a substitute!

Now let’s go into the reasons why ControlMeister is the Samsung TV remote replacement you’re looking for!

Samsung TV Remote Control App for iPhone & iPad

While Samsung is renowned for the incredible quality of their products, from smartphones and Smart TVs, to washing machines and vacuum cleaners, the same can’t be said about their TV remotes. 

It’s absolutely necessary to have a remote control for your TV. Samsung knows that. Yet still, their remotes are not interchangeable. While there are some units such as the BN59-01199F that can operate several TVs, most are compatible with a single model. 

Then there is One Remote, as well as the more latest Solar Power – Samsung’s all-in-one remote control devices. But the thing is – they’re very expensive! Between 2 and 5 times more expensive than a lifetime subscription for ControlMeister (€ 26,99!).

Still, at that price point, they suffer the same disadvantages as even the cheapest remote – they can get lost or damaged quite easily. More on that later!

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Another thing with Samsung remotes is that the newer ones are usually compatible only with models made after 2016 (and that’s not a given!). Any earlier than that and you’ll have to scour the Internet looking for something that will work with your unit.

Not all remotes are freely available via SamsungParts – some are discontinued or not in stock – and you may have to buy it from non-official channels.

On the other hand, ControlMeister works with all Samsung TVs made after 2012 – that’s a lot of research hours taken out of your hands. And, it’s pretty much plug-and-play (well, more like connect-and-play).

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Samsung TV Remote Replacement

There’s a lot of bad things that can happen to your TV remote. They’re all equally annoying. Let’s list some:

  1. Losing your TV remote in the crack of a sofa.
  2. Your dog eating your remote.
  3. You losing it, and finding it the day your new one comes in.
  4. Spilling a drink on it and damaging it beyond repair.
  5. Batteries running out the moment you want to watch your favourite show.

Oh, and can we talk about when you cozy up on the sofa with the snacks and a blanket to watch a movie and the remote is just a couple centimetres out of your reach?

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On the other hand, what about the iPhone? When you were looking for your remote in the depths of your sofa, spilling your drink on it, then watching your dog devour it, your smartphone was in your pocket all along!

And well, it can do all of the things your Samsung TV remote can. That is, given you have the ControlMeister app installed, of course! But the point is, you don’t really need a remote if you have an iPhone.

On top of that, an iPhone with a remote control app is a bit too sturdy to be eaten, waterproof enough to survive a soda attack, has a displayable battery status and if you lose it – you can just call it!

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Type with iPhone keyboard on Samsung TV

We wanted to start this with a ‘have you ever?’ type of sentence, but it’s pretty much pointless. We know you’ve been in this scenario. What scenario, you may ask? The tragedy of typing with a Samsung TV remote, of course!

You know exactly what we mean, don’t you? It’s like trying to send a text message with one of those vintage mobile phones, but somehow 10 times worse.

The constant backtracking, the ABC instead to QWERTY, the typos that take ages to correct – our thumbs and brains hurt just thinking about that!

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The thing is, you don’t have to be doing that. One option is getting a Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to a Smart TV. But that’s yet another piece of equipment you have to order, pay for, wait for and then get it to work.

Instead, you can download our free Samsung TV remote replacement app. It has a nifty mechanic that allows you to type just like you would normally do when texting, or looking something up on the Internet. Nothing more to it – just pure convenience. 

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Easy & Quick Installation

All you have to do to get started with ControlMeister is:

  1. Grab your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Open the App Store and type in ‘ControlMeister’
  3. Download and install the app
  4. Turn on the app and pair it with your TV.

Make sure your iOS device and your Samsung Smart TV are connected to the same WiFi – otherwise it won’t work!

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Functionalities & Benefits

You can only enjoy a TV remote for as long as you don’t break, lose or damage it. And let’s be honest, some of them are quite fragile and made out of cheap plastic.

iPhones and iPads, on the other hand, while certainly not without flaws, can get quite sturdy. You can purchase additional accessories such as protective glass or a hard case that will prolong its longevity.

And well, people generally tend to look out for their smartphones more than their TV remotes – they’re quite expensive and repair costs are oftentimes as much as a new device.

It just makes sense to have a Samsung TV remote replacement installed on an iPhone. It’s likely to stay with you for longer. And well, it will all be confined into a single device that you will most likely have on you most of the time anyway!

Can I download a Samsung TV remote app for free?

Yes, ControlMeister is a free Samsung TV remote app. But to fully enjoy all of the features, we recommend you try out the Pro version. Discover it for paid-version for FREE for seven days.

The app has 3 paid plans:

  • Monthly: € 3,49 – flexible plan if you want to try the app out.
  • Yearly at € 14,99 – the best deal – our most popular plan.
  • Lifetime at €26,99 – pay once and use the app indefinitely.

Let’s go into a bit more detail about the lifetime plan: 

A Lifetime plan means you will have indefinite access to the Pro version of ControlMeister. That pretty much means owning a remote replacement to any Samsung TV for as long as Samsung keeps on making TVs and Apple keeps keeps on making iPhones. 

Tip: Discover the Family Sharing plan for ControlMeister. That way your family, group of friends or roommates can use the app at the same time. 

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Can I use a trackpad to navigate Samsung TV?

When you navigate your Smart TV with a traditional remote, you will basically click away on a clumsy device that never quite fits your hand.

It’s pretty unnatural and inconvenient. Especially when you switch from using a touch screen on an iPhone, or a trackpad on your laptop for the entire day.

Why not use a trackpad to go around your Smart TV? Get yourself that comfort in a form of a free ControlMeister app!

Can you use your phone as a Netflix remote?

Are you enticed to try ControlMeister out? If your answer is ‘yes’ – amazing! We really hope you enjoy it!

Guide to Samsung TV Remote App Requirements

There are three things you have to keep in mind when it comes to using our app.

Will I still need my old Samsung TV remote?

Sounds a bit strange, but yeah… you do. The way Samsung TVs work with third-party apps like ControlMeister is that they have to allow for an external program to operate together with it.

When you connect your Samsung TV remote replacement to your TV, a notification will pop-up at the top of your screen. It will ask you whether you want to allow for the app to gain access to the TV. Click ‘Allow’ and you’re done!

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Turn Samsung TV on & off

A huge limitation of Samsung TVs is that they can’t be turned on by a remote replacement. For that, you will need your original remote.

One way to bypass that is to use the power button on your TV. Most models will have it somewhere in the back. So, turning your Samsung TV is absolutely doable whether remote, or remote replacement-less, but it will require you to do a little legwork. By that we mean literally getting up, walking up to your TV and pressing the button.

You can, on the other hand, turn the TV off using ControlMeister.

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Can I still have ControlMeister if I get a new iPhone?

Yes! Any app you download from the App Store will be tied to your AppleID. That means whenever you upgrade your iPhone and log in with your existing AppleID, you will have access to all your previously owned apps.

You can facilitate that by doing an iCloud backup and then restoring it when setting up your new device. Alternatively, you can go to the App Store on your new iPhone or iPad and download ControlMeister once again.

Same WiFi connection

For any sort of third-party app-Samsung TV merge, whether it’s remote control replacement, or screen mirroring, both devices have to be connected to the same wireless network. It’s the same with ControlMeister. Do make sure you have both connected to the same WiFi.

Sometimes it also helps to clear the cache of your Samsung TV. Please visit our FAQ page for more information and troubleshooting.

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ControlMeister is a Samsung TV remote replacement app. It’s convenient to use thanks to the keyboard and trackpad. You almost cannot lose it, because it’s tied to your iPhone or iPad.

It connects easily and works with all Samsung TVs made after 2012. And if you get a new iOS device, you can just install ControlMeister again!

All those benefits and functionalities make ControlMeister a remarkable remote control application for Samsung TVs.

We hope we were able to convince you to try it out!


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