How to Use Your HTC One as a Remote Control

One of the coolest features of the HTC One is hidden right inside the power button. There’s an IR blaster in there that lets you control your TV and cable box from across the room. Plus, with HTC’s Sense TV app (powered by Peel), you can easily see what’s on using a slick interface and tap one of your favorite shows to start watching. You can also use the app to control your TV’s volume, record shows and more.

Here’s how to get started.

Setup Sense TV

  1. Open the Sense TV app, labeled TV and select your location. In our case, we choose United States of America. Hit next. 

  2. Enter your zip code

  3. Select your TV service provider and confirm whether you get channel 001


  4. Choose any on-demand services to which you subscribe. 


  5. Tap on the hearts corresponding to your favorite shows. This will tell Sense TV which programs to display when you load the app. 


  6. Select Start on the Set up HTC Remote page.  

  7. Enter a name for your remote profile, such as home or living room. 


  8. Select which components you would like to control, whether it’s your TV, cable box or home theater.

  9. Tap on the TV brand for the set you would like to control. Make sure your TV is turned off and tap Next


  10. Tap on the Turn on TV button while your HTC One is pointed towards your TV. Hit Yes if the test was successful.


  11.  With the TV turned on, tap Next to start setting up the cable box remote.

  12. Try the Channel+, Menu, Cursor key and OK commands and tap OK if they work.


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Using the Sense TV Remote app

Now that you’ve got the Sense TV app set up, you’ve got to learn the basics of how to use it, including how to search what’s currently on, what’s up next, checking your DVR and changing your video Input settings.

To see what’s on:

  1. Open the Sense App and tap the Recommended tab at the top of the screen to bring down a drop down menu and choose the type of programming you want to watch, including Movies, TV Programs, Sports, Social or a general Channel Guide.

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Controlling the Remote

  1. To access the app’s remote feature, tap the remote icon along the top navigation bar. This will take you to a basic remote setup with navigation, Volume, Channel, Menu, Mute, My DVR and Exit keys.
  2. To use the numeric pad, tap the middle icon in the lower navigation bar.

  3. Press the Play/ Pause iconto access the app’s DVR controls. 

  4. If you need to change your TV’s input method, tap the Power icon at the top of the screen to open the Power & Input menu.

  5. Press the Input button for the device you want to control and select Change input. From here you will be able to switch between possible input channels ranging from VGA to HDMI and more.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. jordan Says:

    I’ve just recently bought a ONE. I’m from India. I’m not able to setup the app as my country is not listed. I just want to use the phone as nothing more than just a remote. Is this possible? need help. Thanks

  2. Jef Says:


    Yes, you still can. Just choose any country and follow the steps in configuring the remote control function of your phone. I’m from the Philippines & I just chose Hongkong (If I remember right) and configured my home theater and a couple of tvs. Hope this helps

  3. Troy Says:

    can I program more than just my tv into the remote app. on my phone

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