Transform Your Smartphone into a Universal IR Remote Control with ZaZaRemote

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You can plenty of electrical appliances controlled with their own infrared remote control around your house or/and office, and wish you could just control then with one and only remote. There are already universal remote controls for sale, and they may be great for devices in the same room, but not so convenient to control device in multiple rooms. The good news is that you can now transform you phone into a universal infrared remote control thanks to ZaZaRemote app available for Android or iOS, even if your phone does not come with a built-in IR transmitter.

ZaZaRemote with 3.5mm IR Transmitter (Top left), USB OTG IR learning (Top Right) , 3.5mm IR learning (Bottom Right)
ZaZaRemote with 3.5mm IR Transmitter (Top left), USB OTG IR learning dongle (Top right) , 3.5mm IR learning dongle (Bottom right)

There are three accessories available to add IR functionality to your smartphone:

  • An IR transmitter than you can connected into the 3.5m,m audio jack of your smartphone.
  • A USB OTG dongle that’s both an IR transmitter and receiver used to learn the remote control. (40 mm long)
  • An IR transmitter and receiver dongles that connects to the 3.5mm audio jack of your smartphone

The audio jack IR transmitter sells for just $1.09 on tinydeal, and since it cannot learn the IR code of your remote control, you have to relies on the remote control database in ZaZaRemote app that contains between 58,000 to 160,000 remotes depending where you read. The database is user generated, so it evolves everyday.

If you want to play it safe, and make sure it will support your remote, you’ll need to USB OTG or audio jack dongle with IR Learning function, the former is sold for $10 on Aliexpress + 2 or 3 dollars for shipping. I could not find the audio jack dongle on Chinese e-retailers site in English, but it’s available on Taobao for 68 RMB (~$11). Bear in mind that you can to make sure your phone supports USB OTG for the OTG dongle to work. The company also posted a disclaimer saying the audio jack may not work on all smartphones.

ZaZaRemote App ScreenShot (Click to Enlarge)
ZaZaRemote App ScreenShot (Click to Enlarge)

The application allows to control all sort of devices including TVs, set-top boxes, media players, amplifiers, air conditioners, cameras and more… You can also re-arrange the remote button on the screen as your please. If you have one of the dongle with IR learning functionality, you can also submit your device’s remote control to the service using the “Synchronise Configuration” menu of the app.

ZazaRemote is designed and manufactured by a company called Tiqiaa (Shanghai) Information Technology.

Thanks to Onebir for the tip.

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Do all 3 solutions shown above use the ZaZaRemote app software?

As an english alternative to buying the 3.5mm ZaZaRemote from Taobao, seems like you can get it on ebay, although it’s $26.

I wonder if it’s possible to transmit IR signals on the ZaZaRemote hardware, but without the use of their software/database.

For example, can I use open source software (OpenRemote/IRule/IrScrutinizer/IrMaster/AnalysIR/Audacity/etc) to generate the exact pattern and carrier frequency (38khz, 56khz, 60khz, 455khz) I want to transmit?

Although for the higher frequencies, I doubt the audio jack (3-30khz?) will work, and instead will need an ir specific solution (globalcache etc)

Stane1983
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How phone recognizes IR transmitter connected to headphone input? If as non-existing headphones then it’s useless as you cant use your phone and ir remote functionality at the same time.

Tired_
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Tired_

I’ve been looking for exactly this kind of device (HTC One envy, I think). Thanks for the post!

ru4mj12
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ru4mj12

@cnxsoft

I’m trying to think of, aside from a cool factor, when you would need to use your phone for a spi/i2c/gpio interface?

For quick debugging maybe, but how much harder would it be to whip out a laptop with a bus pirate or similar to do any serious debugging..

As for a general interface solution, I imagine most sensor devices will be accessible via bluetooth le, nfc, or wifi..

What would be some good uses for the NXP 3.5mm jack platform?

TonyC
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TonyC

Can anyone advise how to set the zazaremote app to English?? Mine is in Chinese and I have no idea how to change it.
Many thanks.

TonyC
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TonyC

Thanks for the reply. I have installed the app on the iphone (downloaded from the Apple app store) and it has defaulted to Chinese. Because I can’t read it, I cannot find any button or menu to change it. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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John
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John

Zaza remote in English how to.
To get this app to work in English on iPhone, all you have to to is go to settings, general, language & Regions then select English (not English UK). Now your zaza remote will now be in English. Hope the info helps it took me ages to find this out.

Janan
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Janan

anyone knows if zazaremote works with Motorola Moto G?

adrian
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adrian

It works with moto g xt1033 running cm12.1 but, you should not push ir dongle to audio jack untill click, just insert the device, run the app, point ir dongle to another smartphone camera, and hit any button in app, if you do correctly, you should see blink light come out from ir led. And now I can control my benq projector. Sorry for my bad english.

ud
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ud

Do you have and SDK , or is there way to re-program my remote

ori
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ori

Hi it supports my phone ? :
oneplus one : https://oneplus.net/

Pavle
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Pavle

I made my own IR dongle and it’s not working with Zaza remote app.What I have to do to get IR dongle working with Zaza remote app????

tof
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tof

@Pavle: I made my IR dongle too, with two LEDs.
I add to select as device setting: Smart-ZaZa
And in Advanced settings: Audio Reversal to Right, and max volume to 100%.
And then it worked.

Pavle
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Pavle

@tof
I tested Zaza remote app on LG L9 and it’s working, but it is not working on Huawei y530???WHY???

Pavle
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Pavle

@tof
I set Smart-Zaza and 100% and Audio Reversal to Right

Zaza remote app on LG L9 and it’s working, but it is not working on Huawei y530???WHY???

Pavle
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Pavle

What is difference between USB OTG Zaza remote and 3.5mm audio jack Zaza remote????
What is better????

Pavle
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Pavle

@Pavle
I set Smart-Zaza and 100% and Audio Reversal to Right
Zaza remote app on LG L9 and it’s working, but it is not working on Huawei y530???WHY???

Pavle
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Pavle

@cnxsoft
What Zaza remote do you recommend me: 3.5mm audio or USB OTG?????

Pavle
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Pavle

I am trying to buy 3.5mm audio Zaza remote but I cannot find it on amazon and ebay.

Pavle
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Pavle
Pavle
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Pavle

@cnxsoft
I don’t want that I want this: 3.5mm IR learning dongle (Bottom right) on the picture above

Pavle
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Pavle

@cnxsoft
Do you know where I can find this : 3.5mm IR learning dongle (Bottom right) on the picture above

Pavle
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Pavle

@Pavle
Do you know how can I make my own made IR dongle to work on Huawei y530???

MUTHU
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MUTHU

Not support Moto G

OK
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OK

@Pavle

besides the price, no difference.

Pavle
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Pavle

Is S3 Neo I9301I supported by Zaza remote app??

Maxa
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Maxa

@Pavle
Yes. I have excatly same phone and is working fine.

Pavle
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Pavle

I tried to put put zaza otg but android just says usb connector connected and zaza doesnt detect it.How to fix this???

Pavle
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Pavle

Are you using zaza otg???

Pavle
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Pavle

How to use Zaza OTG on S3 Neo I9301I ????

haruun
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haruun

Please am using lg d500 but the zaza remote can not function on it please I need help

Ettercap
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Ettercap

Someone needs to make another app that functions with the usb otg and 3.5mm headphone version because zazaremote is all kinds of sketchy it’s permissions are ridiculous, so basically I’ve bought an adapter I can’t even use with my phone due to security issues would easily pay 3.99-4.99 for an alternative app that didn’t require so many permissions, I mean why does it need to use your camera or record audio or read your contacts or be able to turn on your Hotspot I really don’t even want it to connect to the internet.

Sahib
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Sahib

Franek :
The IR learning is available ex on http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Universal-Andriod-mobile-phone-remote-control-3-5mm-audio-output-for-all-infrared-equipments-TV-air/1564415672.html

@Franek
i have same device how can i record diy
when i click on diy it says connect device with usb cable to pc nut it doesnt have any other port than audio jack
my app recognize it as smart-zaza is it correct or i should change
thanks in advance

Chem
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Chem

A number of phones already have IR (Samsung S4/5/6), and Zaza seems to work alright. I found Peel to be a better app for IR codesets and language. Though, I don’t think it has a learning feature

Sharath B K
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HEllo guys can anybody tell me how to add codes to the ZAZA remote app. I dont have the learnng device is it possible to manually edit and add codes to the ZAZA remote app ?

Roshan
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Roshan

can u tell me about zazaremote app .i cannot find this app soo please tell me where this app .plzz i m use htc desire 620 g soo can i use zazaremote app for my device.

kaichou
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kaichou

hi guys, is it possible to learn codes through the zazaremote, then export and use with other devices? like redmi note 2 that does have an IR transmitter, but not a receiver.
does they work with zazaremote app only or can they be used with anymote as well?

Pavle
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Pavle

You can make IR remote for android with 2 IR Leds and stereo audio jack: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Infrared-transmitter-for-iPhone-iPod/
And you must set volume to the max on android and inside Zaza remote app: uncheck auto recognoze device,select SMART ZAZA and in advanced settings set Zaza max volume to 100%

rcdorrius
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rcdorrius

Hi all, I’ve tried on my Nexus 5 MarshMallow unrooted the 3.5 Audio jack IR Remote and it works ok using Zazaremote app. Later I got the USB OTG universal IR Remote. zazaremote app. recognized the device but not functional. It works only recording (DIY) from other remote.

Please help if anyone have tried this device on Nexus 5 successfully.

Thanks.

Rhendy
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Rhendy

Hi i have made ir infrared dongle with audio jack 3.5 and using zazaremote app for samsung note 2 but not working. Anyone can help me?