Need to control Kodi remotely, but not happy with the default remote control option? Lots of alternatives for controlling Kodi remotely out there. Take a look at the solutions available so you can find the best Kodi remote for you.
* 8 ways to control Kodi remotely
The Kodi remote you are using is one of the standard types listed below. But what exactly is it, and which method should you switch to?
- MCE Remote Control: Windows Media Center Edition-compatible devices (Windows 7 version) can be used on Kodi.
- Wireless and Bluetooth remotes: Various wireless and Bluetooth remote controllers are available to run with Kodi.
- CEC-compatible remotes: With a growing number of HDTVs, this type of remote can actually control Kodi!
Game controller: Whether you’re running Kodi using your game console or not, you can use the controller if it’s compatible.
- Smartphone or tablet: These will typically be used through an app, although Kodi can display the remote interface over HTTP.
- Home automation control system: Voice-controlled home automation solutions can be used to control Kodi.
Voice control: Several applications have been developed that provide voice navigation capabilities for Kodi.
- Keyboard: Finally, you have the option of a traditional keyboard.
Check out these Kodi remote control alternatives below!
8 best ways to control Kodi remotely
- 1. MCE remote control
- 2. Wireless and Bluetooth remote control
- 3. CEC-compatible remote
- 4. Game controller
- 5. Smart phone or tablet
- 6. Home automation control system
- 7. Voice control application
- 8. Keyboard
1. MCE remote control
If you are looking for a dedicated, low-cost option, the MCE-compatible remote is the first choice you should consider.
Usually, the MCE remote will come with a USB infrared receiver. Also, full functionality is included in this “all-in-one” remote, so if you have an MCE remote for your TV, you’ll find it working with Kodi.
2. Wireless and Bluetooth remote control
Many media centers come with wireless remote control (RF) or Bluetooth or at least have the option to use them. If the device you have Kodi installed on has a remote control, then you can use this device.
Remote controls – such as the Rii Backlit Air Mouse 2.4G MX3 Pro – are ideal for navigating menus, selecting media to watch, etc. Sadly, the text input feature is quite slow, even with the desk keys on the screen, but this is a very small weakness compared to the convenience of such a good remote control option. Lately, however, this remote control option often comes with a built-in keyboard.
Meanwhile, if those devices are not included or supported, find out if there is an empty USB port. If yes, you can connect to wireless remote control or Bluetooth via separate dongle.
3. CEC-compatible remote control
Now, this might surprise you. If your HDTV has an HDMI-CEC function (or simply CEC or something else), you can use your TV’s remote to control Kodi.
You’ll need to go through the TV’s documentation here, to find out where to enable that. Note that different manufacturers have named this technology based on the acronym “Consumer Electronics Control”. A Google search for your TV model name and the phrase “+ CEC” will be a helpful option.
For many, this would be the most convenient option for controlling Kodi remotely. It keeps control of your media center with the same device you use for your TV. Fewer remote controls make your life simpler.
4. Game controller
It doesn’t really matter which game controller you are using. If there is a USB cable, it will almost certainly work with Kodi. Your controller can be an old Xbox or Xbox 360 controller, a PS3 or PS4 controller, or even a Nintendo Wii controller. It could even be a controller for a retro gaming device.
Once connected, you may need to do some configuration. In Kodi, go in Settings & System Settings and choose Input & Configure attached controllers. Here you will find the control mapping window. Click Select to start, then press each button (or move the thumbstick) as it is highlighted on the screen. Soon you will be able to configure the controller to work with Kodi. Note that if you confuse something, you can Reset and repeat the above procedure.
5. Smart phone or tablet
Looking for something a little more convenient? There’s an official Kodi remote app available for Android and iOS. With this app, you have complete control over your media center. (The option of remote control via this mobile app is also available for Windows 10 Mobile and Ubuntu Touch). With the touch screen remote, you can enter text even easier, as it’s done through your phone’s keypad.
Even if you’re not using the official Kodi remote app (there may be compatibility issues), third-party options are available. And if you’re still having problems, there’s also a web interface that you can use instead. Although slower than an app (image a web page reloads every time you tap it), the web interface is still a convenient option if you can’t use the option of installing apps.
- Download Kore Official Remote for Android.
- Download Official Kodi Remote for iOS.
6. Home automation control system
Several professional products have been manufactured with Kodi functionality. However, they are not exclusive to Kodi. Instead, these systems have the ability to control other technologies around the house.
Kodi developers have been working for years to integrate these technologies with Kodi and are often used in conjunction with a dedicated mobile app. Devices from Allonis, Total Control, Control 4, iRidium Mobile and Crestron all fall into this category.
Detailed information and updated list of system providers can be found on the Kodi wiki page (https://kodi.wiki/view/Control_Systems).
7. Voice control application
Several voice control options are also available to control Kodi remotely. These are currently offered as third-party mobile apps, although there is a possibility that home automation will introduce private voice commands in the future.
Instead of having to constantly use your thumb to control Kodi, a voice control app will let you guide Kodi on what to do. Would you like to launch YouTube? That doesn’t matter. Just ask! Apps like Yatse and Unified Remote on Android are particularly helpful at doing this, so let’s look at them first. For iOS, consider Blue Remote for Kodi.
- Tải xuống Yatse: Kodi Remote Control and Cast cho Android.
- Download Unified Remote for Android.
- Download Blue Remote for Kodi on iOS.
Note: At the time of writing, if you have Kodi installed on an Amazon Fire Stick, the Voice Remote won’t be compatible with Kodi.
Last but not least, you can just use the keyboard to remote control your Kodi. You can use a typical USB keyboard, with a cable that spans the floor. This is also an option, but it’s not ideal. Other keyboards are also available.
Consider some wireless keyboards that work through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
After all, it’s very difficult to use Kodi without entering text. You can’t search without a keyboard or install (legal) third-party add-ons. Sure, the on-screen keyboard is enough, but it’s still better if there’s one.
Perhaps you want a keyboard and mouse combination, with a built-in touchpad, or a handheld keyboard the size of a standard remote. Regardless of your preferences for size and connectivity, the keyboard is definitely on your favorites list.
With so many Kodi remote control options available and compatible with the majority of Kodi systems, it won’t take long to find the one that’s right for you. It is definitely one of the options listed above. So make sure you configure Kodi to use the remote!
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