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Sprint Product Ambassadors: Use your HTC One (M8) as a remote

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Journeyman

Ever want to put the volume up or change the channel on the television, but the remote control is just an inch too far? Fear not, fellow lazies! The HTC One is here to save the day.

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Whether you left the remote in the kitchen or you just cannot find it between the cushions, chances are you will have your phone on you. Admit it: you and your phone are inseparable. You probably get separation anxiety just thinking about leaving your phone at home. Well, that attachment will pay off with the all new HTC One M8. Here are the steps needed in order to use your phone as a remote:

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. Tap > to select the Room you want to create a remote for.
  3. Tap > Start.
  4. Select the devices you want to control with your remote, and then tap Next.Note: The TV option can't be deselected.
  5. Select the brand of your TV, and then tap Next.
  6. Make sure your TV is off, and then tap Next.
  7. Point HTC One towards the TV and tap the blinking button on the screen.
  8. Tap Yes if HTC One was able to turn on your TV, and then follow the onscreen instructions to continue setting up the other devices.
    • If the TV didn't turn on, tap No. HTC One will try another remote control profile.
    • If a matching remote control profile isn't found, you'll need to manually set up the remote control.

Please note that some cases actually block the transmitter that allows your phone to be used as a remote, so before going to HTC for a warrantty replacement, you may want to try it without the case if it is not working. More steps for customization and troubleshooting (along with the original step by step guide) can be found here.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. sprintemployee