How to Use Your Samsung Galaxy S4 as a TV Remote

Like most of the newest halo phones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has an infrared port so you can use it as a TV remote. With its built-in WatchOn application, the Galaxy S4 can browse channels and see what’s on, search Netflix for streaming titles or query Samsung’s Media Hub to find movies and TV shows you can buy. But before you can use the WatchOn app, you’ll have to set it up.

To set up WatchOn on the Galaxy S4:

  1. Open the WatchON app and select your country.


  2. Enter your zip code and select your content provider.


  3. If you want to personalize your TV selection, tap Personalize. If not, select Skip.


  4. If you chose personalize, select the genres of TV shows and movies you watch and press Next.


  5. Choose the Sports you are interested in and press Next.


  6. Set your age and gender, if you want, and tap the Done button at the top of the screen.


To Set up WatchOn as your TV Remote:

  1. Open the WatchOn app and tap the remote icon in the top right corner of the screen and press the Set Up Now button.
  2. Select your television brand from the provided list.

  3. Press the onscreen Power button to test whether the remote code works for your TV. If it works, press the Yes, This Code Works button. If not, press the No, Test Next Code button.


  4. Select the source you receive channels from, either your set-top box or TV.
  5. If you use your set-top box, choose the source from the provided list. Note, you may have to configure your set-top box to receive RF signals.

  6. Tap the channel button to see if the WatchOn code works with your set-top box.


  7. If the code works, press the Yes, This Code Works button. If it doesn’t press No, Test Next Code. You can now use your S4 to control both your TV and set-top box.

To control your TV using WatchOn:

  1. Press the remote icon in the top right corner of the screen.


  2. If you want to control your TV, press the TV tab at the top of the screen. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up a list of additional controls.

  3. If you want to control your set-top box, tap the appropriately labeled tab at the top of the screen. Like the TV tab, swipe up from the top of the screen.


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. luke Says:

    Hi is there a way to get a widget for thisapp on the homescreen?

  2. Rupesh Says:

    my new s4 watch on application not workin after configur my av recicver of yamaha.
    when i click on watch on app it opens blank

  3. goh song yong Says:

    How to reselect tv brands at watch on?

  4. Tonia Says:

    This is so cool!!!!

  5. melissa Says:

    How do I change the tv I want to control?

  6. Amy Says:

    This works great on my tv. However I have a HP laptop that came with a little IR remote (has IR sensor inbuilt in laptop) and was wondering are there any apps that allow me to use my samsung s4 as IR remote for my laptop too?

  7. glena Says:

    with my samsung galaxy s4 I set remote contro for my new Sony bluray model DBP-S5200 and now my blue won’t work as I have 2 Sony Blurays it. How do I get them to work or turn off the remote control device in my phone

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