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How to use your Android phone as a mouse for Google TV

Hello friends! Do you want to use your smartphone as a wireless Smart TV mouse? Many apps allow you to do this, although according to our own experience. Most of these apps work poorly, ask for a lot of requirements, or include a lot of advertising. But don’t worry. In this post, we will show you how to use your Android phone as a mouse for Google TV. No need to install apps full of ads and micropayments. We have verified that the method below works with Google TV Chromecast and almost any Android TV and can run the ADB server through tcpip port.

Zank Remote Android, Fire TV

Zank Remote Android is an app that allows you to control your Android TV Box or Fire TV using a WiFi connection. With this app, you can use your smartphone as a mouse, keyboard, remote control, or gamepad. You can also transfer files, control music or view your TV screen on your mobile. Zank Remote Android has a free version and a pro version that offers more features, such as an air mouse, media control buttons on the main screen, and floating control mode. Zank Remote-Android is a useful and versatile app to enhance your experience with your Android TV Box or Fire TV.

First of all, make sure your phone and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Download and install on both devices the app “Zank Remote – Android, Fire TV”, you can do this by following the link below:

Google Play | Zank Remote-Android, Fire TV

Enabling Developer Options on your Google TV

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Developer options on Google TV are enabled as follows:

  • Turn on your TV or device with Google TV and on the home screen tap your profile icon located in the top right corner.
  • Go to “Settings“.
  • Go to the “System” option.
  • Select “About”.
  • Press about 7 times in a row the “Android TV OS Build” option until it says you are already a developer.
  • Go back to the System section and scroll down to find Developer Options or Developer Options. Select them and make sure they are enabled.
How to use your Android phone as a mouse for Google TV
How to use your Android phone as a mouse for Google TV

Enable USB Debugging on your TV

With developer mode enabled, go to Settings>System>Developer Options. Finally, enable the “USB debugging” option.

Enable USB Debugging on your TV
Enable USB Debugging on your TV

Enable Display over other apps and Accessibility on your TV

The next step for the Zank remote app to work properly is to enable 2 permissions. Which you will have to enable manually from your Google TV settings. Follow the steps below:

The first one you need to enable is “Allow Display over other apps”. To enable it to go to Settings>Privacy>Special app access>Display over other apps. Then enable the option for “Zank remote”.

Allow Display over other apps
Allow Display over other apps

Finally, enable Accessibility. To enable it to go to Settings>System>Accessibility. Then, in the services section enable the option for “Zank remote”.

Accessibility
Accessibility

Establish the connection between the two devices

Once the TV setup is complete, open the “Zank remote” app on your TV.

open the "Zank remote" app on your TV
Open the “Zank remote” app on your TV

Then open the app on your phone and tap the magnifying glass icon to search by IP address for your TV.

tap the magnifying glass icon use your Android phone as a mouse
tap the magnifying glass icon

After that, select your Google TV to establish the connection.

select your Google TV use your Android phone as a mouse
select your Google TV

Done! Go back to the main interface of the application and move your finger on the screen to move the mouse on the TV. To click, just tap on the screen.
That’s it! In this way, you can now precisely control any Smart TV with your smartphone in mouse mode. Thank you for reading us. Bye!

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