Friday, 5 July 2013

XBMC Raspberry Pi remote control using a smart phone

This is a really cool trick, and isn't as difficult as you might think. It also allows you to ditch the keyboard and mouse which makes it possible to have a really discreet installation on your TV with no trailing wires or external hardware (apart from the Raspberry Pi itself of course). Go to "System" and them select "Settings"

Then select "Services"...

...and then choose "Webserver" and check that the "Allow control of XBMC via HTTP" option is selected (i'e' it has a red dot beside it).

Then go back to the home menu and select "System" and then "System Info"

This will display the "Summary information" screen. Make a note of the IP address (in my case

That's all that is required in the way of setup on your Raspberry Pi!

Now go to the App Store on your smart phone and search for and install the XBMC app. There is an app available for both iPhone and Android. The following screenshots were taken from my iPhone, but the setup process should be similar for Android users. When you launch the app on your smart phone you'll see the following screen.Select "Add Host"...

...and then enter the details for your Raspberry Pi. All you need to enter is Description, IP address, Username (pi) and Password (raspberry) and then select "Save".

On the following screen select the "XBMC Raspberry Pi" entry....

...and then choose "Remote Control.

 You should now have a virtual remote control on your smart phone which you can use to control your Raspberry Pi media centre.

That's it! You can now power down your Raspberry Pi and unplug the USB hub along with the keyboard and mouse and when you power your Raspberry Pi up again you can control it from your smart phone.


  1. This is a great walkthrough. Used it for my Android tablet. Screenshots were very helpful. Very well done. Thank you kindly for taking the time to out together.

  2. I would be happy to see, if you can feature some articles on how to remotely control the inbuilt OMX Player.


  3. I can' get this to work when I use a wired connection on my Raspberry Pi? Any Ideas?

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  5. great instructions. works also with windows phone app :)

  6. mine will not go green the dot is red and it looks like is looking to connect but nothing :(

  7. if your having trouble getting it to work try putting a log in name no need for a password just make sure you have a log in name should work after that

  8. Do I need an internet connection to control the XBMC by my iphone?

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