With the app, you can turn your smartphone into TV clicker. (Peel Technologies)

Do you always lose your remote in your seat cushions? With the right phone, the Peel Smart Remote for Android can take care of both of those problems. The app works with smartphones that have an infrared, or IR, blaster in them, such as the Samsung Galaxy line. That lets you control your television with your phone just as you would with a remote. Even better, Peel’s app tells you what’s on right now, so you can tap on any show on your smartphone screen and have the app change the channel for you.

Peel also has a free app for iOS devices, but requires you to buy another device to use your phone as a remote, since iPhones don’t come with a built-in IR blaster. The TV guide feature will, however, still work even if you don’t have a phone that will work as a remote. Free, for Android devices.

Hayley Tsukayama