Control your Samsung Smart TV with Unofficial Samsung Remote for Windows Phone

Unofficial Samsung Remote is an app that does exactly what the title suggests. The Windows Phone app enables users to control their Samsung Smart TV sets to take advantage of the television's advanced functionality that may not be available with the standard remote.

As well as changing channels, adjusting volume levels, navigating around the Smart Hub and inputing data into fields using the keyboard, the app boasts a number of features that's going to make any Samsung television owner drool.

It's noted on the app's Store listing that it supports the following Samsung televisions:

  • LED 6500 series or higher (model code starts with 'U')
  • LCD 650 series or higher (model code starts with 'L')
  • PDP 6500 series or higher (model code starts with 'P')

Unfortunately there is a downside to the app (though it's reportedly down to the television itself, and not how the app is coded). The app cannot turn the TV on as its wireless remote server is only running when it's already powered on. Furthermore, this is not a licensed, endorsed or approved Samsung solution, so be sure to use at one's own risk.

The latest version (1.6) upgrades the app to fully support Windows Phone 8 hardware, as well as the implementation to make holding down volume up / down keys to register continuous manipulation of the volume.

You can download Unofficial Samsung Remote from the Windows Phone Store for $0.99 (£0.79). It's available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.5.

QR: Unofficial Samsung Remote

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Burn it! Burn it with fire!
  • Cool, my dad will find this very much in handy. Thanks for the tip, Rich.
  • The app cannot the TV? Edit: Fixed now. :)
  • Damn... Knew I should have gotten a Samsung on black Friday -_-
  • Doesn't work for me. It finds the TV and all, but not responding to any click of the button.
  • Same here. Connected to TV, but nothing clicked registers..
  • Me 3
  • Me as well. It connects. TV asks for authorization, but nothing works. I have a 7500 series Smart TV.
  • I have been notified by the developer (Chris P.) that an update for WP8 support has been submitted.
  • awesome I got a Samsung smart tv gonna try it out
  • i need one of these for my LG smart TV to bad its also google tv so it might never happen
  • Two interesting things happened for me.
    #1) It worked with my wife's Lumia 800, but did NOT with my Lumia 920
    #2) My Sammy C8000 saw my Lumia 920 as RM-820.  Innnnnnnteeeeresting.
  • That's what a 920 is called. Go see your About in the phone settings.
    My TV works with my Samsung Focus, but not with Lumia 920.
  • Two more interesting things.
    1: This app is not new, it has been out for well over a year, I've been using it to control my UE6530 perfectly.
    2: As Visual360 says, under WP8, it connects to TV fine but the buttons do nothing. (Lumia 920)(Please update your app to fix this Mr Nice Developer sir)
    The RM820 and 821 are the actual model numbers for the Lumia 920. Just like the European HTC Titan was actually called the X310e.  OEM's have generic names for their devices before the marketing people get hold of them. As far as I know the 820 is the US version of the Lumia 920 and the 821 is everywhere else.
  • I already emailed the developer earlier today.
  • Cool, what about an App for Philips TVs... officially ;) ?
  • There is already one in Store.
  • Did the same for Sony: Give it a try :). Not yet in the marketplace.
  • Working with me on ES8000 but I unfortunately there is no touchpad