Chromecast dongles do not require remote controls, but that was changed with Chromecast with Google TV. This device has an interface that you can navigate with the supplied remote. But if you lost the remote control, it can be controlled with a smartphone app.
If you do not have the remote control or would rather use your phone, there are a couple of options. First of all, as the name suggests, Chromecast with Google TV is a Chromecast device. You can “cast”; videos and music to it from your phone or tablet.
Chromecast with Google TV is also an Android TV device at its core, which means it can be controlled by a “remote” app on your phone or tablet. These allow you to navigate around the TV’s apps and menus.
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Google itself has an official Android TV remote app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. This is a pretty good basic remote control, but there is a third party app that is even better. We’ll show you how to use both.
Control Chromecast with Google TV with Google’s Remote App
Next, you need to authorize the app for your location to connect to Chromecast with Google TV. Press “Continue” and then allow the requested permission.
You will now see a list of available devices to control. Tap your Chromecast with Google TV.
A code appears on your TV. Enter that code in the app and then select “Pair”.
The remote app will now be connected. You can tap around the D-pad and use the Back and Home keys just like a real remote control. There is a keyboard icon in the upper right corner for entering text on the TV as well.
The physical volume buttons on your phone or tablet act as the volume buttons on the remote control when the app is open.
Unfortunately, the touchpad in the Chromecast menu does not work with Google TV.
Control Chromecast with Google TV with Android TV remote control
“Remote Android TV” from Innovation lab takes things to the next level. It contains an on / off button and volume controls directly on the screen. However, this app is only available for Android devices.
Download Android TV from the Google Play Store. At the first launch, you will be asked to let the app record audio. Press “Allow” to continue.
Then select your Google TV Chromecast from the device list.
A code appears on your TV. Enter that code in the app and press “Pair”.
That’s all. You can use the D-pad, Back and Home buttons, control the volume, turn the device on / off and enter text using the keyboard. Some buttons, such as the “P +” and “P-” buttons, do not apply to Chromecast with Google TV.
The “Touchpad” and “Applications” tabs of the menu are not supported by Chromecast with Google TV.
The physical remote control will usually be easier to use, but these apps can come in handy if you lose the remote control, do not want to stand up to find it, or just prefer to use your phone.