In the earlier days, set-top boxes were only seen for TVs using DTH services. Using multiple remotes, one for TV and one for the set-top box has become the norm in Indian households as of late. This step came after the digitalization of cable TV was made compulsory by the government of India. Using the Mi remote App from your phone will do away with the need to use two remote. Let’s see how.

Features of MI Remote

The main advantage of using the MI remote is to avoid the hassle of having to use two physical TV remotes at the same time. The term MI remote refers to any mobile devices with IR blasters on which the MI remote control app is installed. The app is free to download for all. It also features details about show and movie timings. The app is multifunctional in that it supports not only TV but also air conditioners, DVD layers, projectors, A/V receiver, camera, etc.

Another advantage of using this app is that it not only supports MI TVs but also Onida, Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp, Videocon, Panasonic, Sharp, Micromax, etc. The requirement for the app to work is that your phone should be equipped with IR blasters. MI has its TVs and set-top boxes and they too can be operated using apps installed in phones of other brands.

The phones that support this app include MI’s own Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 5A, Huawei Honor 3/6/6plus, HTC one series, Samsung S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 3, Note 4, etc.

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Steps to Activate MI remote

  • Download the Mi Remote Control App from below:

    MI app

  • After installing the app, you will have to open the MI remote control app and pair your existing remotes of the TV and set-top box in it.

                                             MI remote UI

  • To pair the set-top box remote and the TV remote to your app, follow the steps below
  • Click on the TV power button on your set-top box remote.  It can be found adjacent to the set-top box power button. Then you will have to select the TV from the list that appears.

  • You will be able to add more than one TV and set-top box on your app. In case you added more than one TV, the TV that you select will be assigned to the set-top box. The same scenario applies to the case where you add more than one set-top boxes in the app. You will be able to activate the selected TV to the set-top box using the TV remote. To do this, click on the set-top box icon located at the top right corner and choose the desired set-top box that you want to pair with the TV.


  • While selecting your TV from a list of brand names on your list, you will be able to speed up this process by using the search tab. After the process is complete, you will be able to test if the app works. After checking whether the buttons work, click on Yes. If it doesn’t work, then click the arrow provided to the side.

  • You will also be able to give a name to the remote.

  • Finally, click on ‘Paired’ at the bottom to complete the process.
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