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How To Use One Remote Control for Samsung Smart TV and Android BoX TV?

Recently I bought an Android TV Box and I connected it with Samsung Smart TV. But when I was trying to use my TV remote control to operate Android TV box, but it was not responding. I don't want to use 2 remote control to operate Samsung Smart TV and Android TV box attached to it with HDMI cable. Of course, I can install a Android Remote App on my mobile and can operate,but I don't want to my mobile phone for it.

Until I face this problem or need, I was not aware of HDMI-CEC control that needs to be enabled on both devices. I googled about it found a solution to operate my Android TV with Samsung Remote Control. This HDMI-CEC Control has different names with various TV brands.
Samsung: Anynet+
AOC: E-link
Hitachi: HDMI-CEC (Thank you, Hitachi!)
LG: SimpLink
Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
Philips: EasyLink
Pioneer: Kuro Link
Runco International: RuncoLink
Sharp: Aquos Link
Sony: BRAVIA Sync
Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
Vizio: CEC

How to enable HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) on Samsung Smart TV:

Go to Menu -> System->Anynet+(HDMI-CEC) - > Turn it on, if it shows off. Just go through the below screen shots to know how to set up completely.

How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Android TV Box:

If you go to System Settings you can see the following screens. Make sure HDMI Auto detection is enabled and CEC is not grayed out on second screen below.

Sometimes HDMI cable that is used to connect both the devices will not support CEC control, try to change HDMI cable and check it. Let me know if you face any other issues I will try to resolve it.

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james abram
January 10, 2017 at 9:12 PM delete

I had the same problem with my mother's TV, it's a hassle to use 2 remote controls for the TV box and the TV itself! I am hoping that my Sharp Philippines Smart TV that will be delivered this month would be good.