Over the years, Peel Remote app has deteriorated from one of the top universal remote apps to the one the most notorious Android apps. Yet, a few device manufacturers have the audacity to place it, as a pre-loaded app. In the early days, when the concept of “universal remote in Android phone” was still fresh, Peel Smart Remote app gained up immense popularity among the tech enthusiasts.
Initially launched in 2009, the Android app gained 25 million users in only in few years. Furthermore, the collaborations with smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, quickly turned it one of the most downloaded smart remote apps, with a user base of 70 million.
But now it seems like the golden days of Universal Remote App are over. The app has been strongly criticized for blasting users with lock screen ads and overlays. Although, the company tossed an option in the settings menu to switch it off. The half-hearted step still doesn’t resolve many problems with the Peel Remote App and we will talk about the same later in the article.
What exactly Peel Smart Remote is?
It is a universal smart remote app that primarily turns your smartphone into an all-in-one remote, i.e., allowing you to control appliances like Television, Air-Conditioner, Setup boxes and even gadgets like Roku, and few smart devices as well.
The remote app uses the inbuilt IR blaster, available only in a few smartphones, which then turns your smartphone into a universal remote. Alternatively, WiFI can also be used to control a few supported devices.
Few features of the Peel Smart Remote App:
The graphical interface makes the application easy to navigate through the different sections. Especially, switching between channels and guides is seamless.
The TV guide helps you choose between different genre shows and episodes. You can look for “what’s trending” and “recently watched.” The guide showcase information about the following shows and even offers you personalized recommendations.
Remotes available in the app feature all the buttons, similar to a physical remote, thus making it easy to change channels at an instant. You can also have a custom remote and add your own channels.
The app also allows you to directly cast YouTube content for live streaming devices like Roku and Chromecast.
The voice assistant within the app can help you control the basic functions of your television, like “Turn on TV” or “increase volume by 10.” But this only works with a few televisions.
Adding a device in Peel remote app
- Select on the TV brand or tap on other devices if you need to add other appliances like AC or Home theatre
- Point your phone towards the gadget and tap on the power button to test if it’s turning on.
- Once you set up the buttons, you can now freely use your Android Remote for controlling your TV or any other device.
Once you have set up a single device, you can also add more devices to the same location. Just tap on to the Plus button just below your WiFi name.
Adding a device in Peel Remote using WiFI
Peel remote even works for devices which don’t have IR technology, through WiFi.
So when you launch the app, it will come with a pop up initializing the WiFi device setup. As of now, there are only a few devices which can be controlled via WiFi.
Note: For this to work, the phone and the gadget should be on the same network
Why Is Peel Smart Remote App under fire? Can I Remove it?
Well, to tell the truth, Peel Remote has been scrutinized for more than a year because of the company desperate measure to gain revenue. In 2017, the app introduced a malign ad practice of unethical lock screen ads and overlays.
The application started placing ads over lock screen without any consent. As a result, people got frustrated because they always saw an ad whenever they unlocked their phone. Shockingly, the app doesn’t provide any option to turn it off.
The nagging update made users even more furious when the app decided not to leave their phones. Smartphones, which come pre-installed with peel remote app, don’t let users remove this bloatware manually. The only option available is to disable it, but somehow the app manages to resurface.
Let’s see if we can fix that. Here is how you can remove the Peel Smart Remote App:
- Go to App setting in your Android smartphone settings menu.
- Look for “Peel Remote app” in the App Manager.
- If the “Uninstall” button is available, select it to delete Peel remote app from your device.
- But if Uninstall button is missing, select “Disable” button to disable the app.
The disable function will remove the app from the app drawer.
But many users have reported that the app resurfaces again and again. So if it persists to come back then try below steps –
- Go over to the Peel Remote App on Playstore
- Tap on the vertical three-dot button on the top right.
- Disable the automatic update for the app by not selecting the ‘Enable auto update’ checkbox.
Peel Remote might be infamous for cheap tricks of holding users but it doesn’t change the fact that the app does a great job at providing a Universal Smart Remote amid the stress of finding physical remotes all over the house. So, the final choice is yours.