We get asked this al the time, “what’s the best remote to use to control KODI?” well that’s a tough one to answer as there are so many great remotes out there right now. It would seem that there is a new one being released every week each claiming to be latest and greatest.
From experience, I have found that one of the best remotes out there is actually the Official KODI remote from the AppStore. I am not a real fan of big clunky keyboards and like the fact that I can control the TV with my phone. I mean after all, your phone is on you at all times so it seems logical to be able to take control of KODI from it. Well after a little digging we’ve come across this fantastic remote on the AppStore called SYBU.
SYBU works similarly to that of the Official KODI Remote but with a few more features and a much more appealing UI.
It’s a free download from the AppStore and once installed you can easily control your KODI device from the comfort of your sofa on your phone or tablet.
One of the many great features of SYBU is that once you’re set up on the network SYBU will actually recognise your installed add-ons and you can actually launch directly into a specific add-on directly from the remote making it easy to swiftly switch between add-ons.
SYBU has a fully functional keyboard, which is essential when controlling KODI as we all know. Here’s a full list of what you can do from the remote screen on your phone or tablet.
QUICK SET UP GUIDE…
FIRST THINGS FIRST, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE KODI DEVICE YOU’RE USING IS SET UP TO ALLOW TO ALLOW CONTROL OF KODI VIA HTTP.
STEP 1 – TURN ON YOUR BOX AND LET IT LOAD TO THE MAIN PAGE.
STEP 2 – PRESS THE DOWN ARROW TO SHOW THE SMART MENU, LOCATE SYSTEM SETTINGS AND CLICK ENTER.
STEP 3 – SCROLL DOWN TO WEBSERVER AND CLICK ENTER TO MOVE TO THE MIDDLE
STEP 4 – MAKE SURE THAT “ALLOW CONTROL OF KODI VIA HTTP” IS ENABLED. ONCE IT IS, YOU CAN EXIT OUT BACK TO MAIN SCREEN.
RIGHT, NOW WE SWITCH TO YOUR PHONE OR TABLET…
**YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT BOTH YOUR KODI BOX AND THE PHONE/TABLET ARE ON THE SAME NETWORK IN ORDER FOR THIS WORK. IT WILL NOT WORK OVER 3G/4G!
STEP 1 – DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM THE APPSTORE.
STEP 2 – OPEN THE APP ON YOUR DEVICE
STEP 3 – ONCE OPEN CLICK DISCOVER HOSTS
STEP 4 – IF YOU’RE BOTH ON THE SAME NETWORK YOU WILL SEE YOUR KODI BOX POP UP ON THIS SCREEN. ALL YOU NEED TO DO NOW IS CLICK IT TO PAIR THE PHONE WITH BOX. ONCE CONNECTED IT WILL BOUNCE YOU TO THE REMOTE AND YOU SHOULD THEN BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE AROUND USING THE REMOTE ON THE PHONE.
One great little feature that SYBU has is that you can actually launch add-ons directly from the remote. So let’s say for example you’re watching a movie and you get bored of watching and decide that you want to watch some sports, well you can simply click the add-on tab on the remote, locate the add-on you want to launch and then KODI will stop the movie and open the new add-on for you. Much quicker than having to do it on a keyboard… Lazy? maybe, but we love it!