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Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote

Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
3.5 based on 1,188 Votes
Price $9.99

Simple Control provides universal control of home theater and home automation, using Wi-Fi to control thousands of devices like TVs, cable and satellite boxes, receivers, Blu-ray players, lights, thermostats, and many more smart home devices. The Simple Control app includes control of 3 devices. Add a Simple Service subscription to control additional devices, view media guides, and enjoy many more features.
IMPORTANT: Some devices may not be controlled directly via Wi-Fi and require a Simple Blaster adapter for infrared control. Check our website to determine whether any of your devices need a Simple Blaster. Read more...

Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote is a Lifestyle application, developed by and released last

This application has a content advisory rating of 4+ (Application contains no objectionable material ). This application has an average rating of 3.5 based on 1,188 Votes. This version 4.0.5 has an average rating of 4 based on 11 Users.

Your device must have atleast 59.3 MB of space to download and install Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote. This application does not have game center . Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote can be downloaded and install for $9.99 only

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English, American , French , German , Spanish


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Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote
Simple Control - formerly Roomie Remote

Additional Information

Winner of the 2015 CEA Home Technology App of the Year Award!


• IP Control + Auto-Discovery: World class control directly via Wi-Fi for thousands of devices including AppleTV, Fire TV, DISH, Sonos, TiVo, Nest, Kodi, Plex, DirecTV, Roku – automatically discovered on your network.

• Gesture Remote: Intuitive gestures let you control your remote without looking down.

• Virtual Remote: A single remote for all of your devices, automatically optimized with all commands from your original remotes and additional commands to make everything work together.

• Unmatched Compatibility: Over 240,000 commands for IP, Infrared, and even Serial devices.

• iTunes: Includes Airplay control, position scrubbing, album art, volume, and more.

• Sonos: Runs your entire Sonos system. Group/regroup speakers, setup automatic regroupings and control Sonos services.

• Synchronization: Run on as many iPhones/iPads as you like – your configuration will automatically sync in real time.

• Macros+Automation: Sequence precise control over your devices.

• Customization: Remotes can be customized with your own buttons, graphics, and commands.

• IP Receivers: Displays volume, power, and many other aspects of popular receivers from Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, and more. Integration with receiver streaming services.

• IP TV/Projectors: Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, JVC, LG.

• IP Lighting, Thermostats, Cameras: Hue, Insteon, Lutron Radio RA 2, Vera, SmartThings, WeMo, Nest, Dropcam, Logitech, Foscam, and any RTSP camera.

Choose a Simple Service subscription level based on number of devices controlled:

Simple Service

3 Devices — Control up to 3 devices: $1.99/month or $19.99/year

20 Devices – Control up to 20 devices: $2.99/month or $29.99/year

100 Devices – Control up to 100 devices: $4.99/month or $49.99/year

Subscriptions renew via iTunes Account at the selected interval unless auto-renew is disabled 24 hours before end of period. All subscriptions include:

• TV Guides: Personalized listings for 34 countries integrated with your set top to tune channels. Detailed episode, season, and cast information.

• Media Guides: Content guides for Sonos, iTunes, Apple TV, VLC, Kodi, Plex, Kaleidescape

• DVR Guides: DVR control for DISH, TiVo, and DirecTV

• Simple Control for Apple watchOS 2

• Simple Control Widget

• Backup/Restore to Simple Service, Dropbox, or Simple Sync/Hub

• iBeacon Proximity Actions and Room Detection

• Clocks and Time/Timer based activity execution

• One-Click Backup

Requires separate Simple Sync or Simple Hub purchase:

• Simple Sync Control of Mac OS X

• Remote Access

Simple Control includes Room Detection features that optionally allow location updates in the background. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

All in-app purchases from prior releases of the software function as originally defined.

What's New on this version 4.0.5

* Fixes to DISH Joey feedback.
* Fixed movement of Activities and Rooms to be more accurate.
* Fixed auto-detection of Virgin Media TiVo units.
* Brightness is restored before exiting the app.
* Roku 4 channel guide support.
* iPad Pro screen size support.
* Additional fixes.

Roomie Remote is now Simple Control!

New Features with Simple Service or Roomie Service:
* watchOS 2 App: Completely reimagined, Simple Control for Apple Watch is a major leap forward for ease of use and quick accessibility for AV Control and Automation (watchOS 2 is required.) Among many new features,the Digital Crown can now be used to control volume.
* Notification Center: The core of the current Virtual Remote is now provided in the iOS Notification Center including the Top Bar, Directional Pad, and a subset of the Play Pad.
* DirecTV DVR Folders: DVR recordings are now organized by program.
* Dropcam Images: Display refreshable still images for all Dropcams.
* Secure Pairing: When paired with Simple Sync (formerly Roomie Agent), configuration synchronization is now secured with explicit approval for new members from existing unlocked members.

New Features with Simple Service:
* Remote Access: All Commands, Activities, and even Feedback to and from your devices now works remotely outside your local network when securely paired with Simple Sync.

New Features:
* iPad Multitasking: Many iOS 9 enhancements including support for iPad Multitasking. Resize automatically to occupy only part of your screen on supported iOS devices.
* Spotlight: Activities are now indexed on your device allowing search and Activity execution from the iOS search page on iOS 9.
* Sonos Favorites: Now accessible via the Sonos Media Guide.

* Dropbox Link: Simple Control now requests only enough permission to access a dedicated app folder located in your Dropbox at Apps > Simple Control. Because older versions requested full access to the Dropbox before Dropbox allowed constrained access, your configuration must be moved to the new location either manually or by making a new Backup. Any link to Dropbox from a prior release must be re-established.
* Plex Pass Compatibility: Latest version of Plex requiring authentication is now supported.
* WeMo Discovery: Belkin WeMo devices updated to the latest firmware are now auto-discovered.
* Full Screen Remote Designs: Editor now provides the ability to customize the entire screen with Mapped Remotes and custom buttons on iPad screens.
* TiVo Multiple Connections: The old TiVo protocol is no longer used with Roamio/Premiere models thus enabling multiple simultaneous connections.
* DIAL Launching: Apps on many TVs and Media Players may now be launched using the DIAL protocol via the +DIAL APP LAUNCH command.

All devices must be upgraded to Simple Control. Roomie Agent must be upgraded to Simple Sync for synchronization. Simple Sync is a free upgrade for existing Roomie Agent customers.

Purchases from prior releases are unchanged and act exactly as originally defined. The new Simple Service provides all of the functionality of the old Roomie Service and 10 Device Packs in one. Using the Restore Purchases button inside the app ensures that any prior purchases are properly reflected.

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Unparalleled home theater control

    Having spent tons of time and money on various lesser solutions, I've settled on Roomie because of its ease of use, huge library of supported devices, and incredible technical support. The icing on the cake is the Apple Watch app that they released. By far it's the most useful app that I've used on the watch so far. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Great Remote Control App

    I have been using Roomie Remote for a while and have always enjoyed the capabilities and functions of the product. Simple Control / Roomie Remote version 4.05 is not reliable and stable yet like version 3.3 but hopefully the next few updates will get us there.

  • Impressed- love the amount of supported devices

    Have used this app for over 3 years now. I LOVE the TV guide. The guides for AppleTV, Sonos ++ makes this app its own category. AppleTV IP Control is amazing. Had a working system very fast and have migrated to mostly IP controlled devices over time but use the adapters for some things and they work well, gesture interface is great and didn't require complex programming. Have spent a lot on remotes over the years and this solution I can maintain, keeps up with changes, and can use throughout my house.

  • Great Home Control

    My family loves Simple Control. The Guides are great! Multi-room Audio Video, lighting, and HVAC control for a fraction of the price of other solutions.

  • Whole home control

    Simple Control is a fraction of the cost of competing systems. The biggest value for me is the guide service. Seeing what is on TV without blocking the picture is very useful. Once you have guides, you can not live without them. I don’t think guides are even an option with most of the big buck systems.

  • Horrible setup documentation and worst support ever!

    very complicated to configure. Documentation provided is awful. There is no telephone support, only email or user forums. Even if your device is on the supported list it may not work. For such an expensive app this is a big ripoff. Now you have been warned... Buyer beware! Updat. Nov2015. eventually got it mostly working. But it frequently looses its mind and I have to spend frustrating hours trying to get it to work again.

  • Ads on a $10 app?

    No thanks. If you want to make a new version that's ad supported to add new features to, either give previous purchasers an ad removal option, or make a new app for that. Don't take away the app we paid for. Plus, you've got an employee writing a 5 star review to try to bring the average up, and they aren't even subtle about it, which is pure dishonesty. Peace out, Roomie, or whatever crap you want to call yourself.

  • Still having issues with v4

    It used to work flawlessly for me, but now I'm having random weird issues every time I use the app. Extremely annoying when I migrated all of my home theater control to the app.... Still having issues with buttons randomly not successfully sending commands to equipment, several remotes won't open, etc. Why break simple things that were flawless in v3??

  • Hidden hardware costs

    I bought the app and tried it out before buying any hardware. It connected to my Raspberry Pi 2 running OpenELEC just fine. So then I thought it would be nice to turn on the TV using the app with the Blaster. I paid $100 for the Blaster and when setting it up found that you have to sign up for a monthly or yearly fee to use the Blaster. Real cute.

  • Great app and frequent updates...

    Love the app. TS great and works for almost everything I need. The few things I'd like to see support added for is tvOS on the new Apple TV and Lifx light bulbs. It would also be nice to see integration This would really take this app to the next level!

  • Love is fading FAST

    I bought this app over 2 years ago. This is by far the most expensive app I've ever purchased. I spent over 150 dollars ( including hardware). It was worth EVERY penny. The flexibility, expandability, and ease of use blew away every universal remote. HOWEVER with the release of 4.0, I see that you have "started to charge for breathing air". Features like linking to Dropbox now needs a subscription REALLY!!!!! I still love this app, but if you continue on the path you have chosen, I will have to cut my losses and find another app. *UPDATE*. Simple Control have heard my complaints and made it right..This what a quality app does. 5 stars!!! The love is back

  • Nice app, bad pricing approach

    App is nice, I like having both scripting and access to virtual remotes that mimic the real ones. However, forcing users to sign up for simple service at $20 or more per year just to increase from 3 to 4 devices is just not worth it. Bring back device packs and I'll be first in line to purchase.

  • This is my second review of this app.

    I've reviewed the previous version of this app and could not have been more impressed with it. Last month roomie remote became simple control. I highly recommend you take a look at their website before purchasing this app. Roomie had a great forum and costumer support. After the switch over I can't even get an answer to why my old apps will not update and simple sync will not find my devices. Roomie remote was one of the best controllers I had seen the consistently look for what the users wanted and prioritized the addition of features by what the community wanted to see. Simple sync seems to be prioritizing development of whatever they can update and charge a new subscription for. I'm very disappointed to see this change and will be looking for a different solution even if I've got to start over and shell out more $$$. It SIMPLY doesn't work!!!

  • Amazing remote

    I've been using roomie for years and it just keep getting better. Love the updates.

  • Home control made easy

    I have been using the previous version of this app Roomie and now Simple Control for the last year. Every revision of the app has been a great improvement making it even more useful for my home theater system. Equally important is the home automation control is fantastic. I now control lighting, thermostats, and pool controls with it. It was easy to set up and use without needing a programing degree.

  • Keeps getting better

    They make small progress with each release, this is now truly the best app of its class. Not without some hiccups, but two steps forward one step back. Does exactly what it says.. all negative reviewers either can't read, or expect magical butterflies to appear for free

  • Stay Away

    This is a total rip off. I paid $10 expecting to receive a fully functional remote only to find out I have to pay more to make the thing fully functional. This is a scam. DO NOT TRUST positive reviews. New versions strip all capability that I had before. This is crap and a rip off.

  • Daylight robbery

    Obviously the number of new people buying the app has started to decline so to make up for it extortionate annual subscription fees are now being charged! I’m already looking for an alternative so should you.

  • What??????

    i have roomie since first version and payed a lot of money for the app, infrared AND hometeather packs. Ever new update you cut functions for older users! Also its an abuse pay to use the Watch app! Terrible Roomie... Unfortunately!

  • Declining quality

    Poor look and feel in release 4. New app icons out of sync with remote control of supported devices. One bid one small. Updates are being pushed unexpectedly without notice to unprepared families at inconvenient times. Very inconsiderate to current users. Apparently not much thought given to the fact that this app is used by entire families and not just geeks. Tom.

  • AV plus home automation controller

    Great app! I control MCE, Pioneer receiver, Panasonic TV Epson Projector and Plex plus WEMO lights all in one app. Lights go off with the play button and on with the stop. Not all my devices are IP controlled but with their Roomie/Simple Blaster I can control the IR devices with the app as well. Powerful app for the price.

  • Still only one star - now updated app won't let me use IR device I bought from Roomie

    Glad to see this app has more 1 star reviews than any other rating; hope the get banned from selling their scam via the App Store Remote constantly needs attention. Crashes, reverts to older configurations. When the module they sell you fails they send you to global Caché. Still waiting to hear how my module will get replaced under warranty. Dishonest, unresponsive and lazy after I've given them hundreds of dollars...still don't have a replacement for the junk they sold me in October 2014. Buy your components direct. Scam Service Subscription - don't waste money on this solution

  • Better, but still a little pricey with issues

    This is a great app, but I think Roomie has gotten a little greedy and increased the pricing too much over the last 18 months. They also don't have a good method to handle in app purchases and family sharing, so you can't share you expensive in app subscription with members of your family sharing. Roomie did provide a hokey work-a-round, but it is hokey. Frankly, there are so many in app purchase options now, I'm not sure what is required or needed anymore….

  • Amazing app, great service (expensive for new users)

    If you are an old user with an unlimited license like I am, the app is still a very good value. If you’re not, I think Roomie has gotten far too greedy on this version. The prices for 100 devices at $50 / year will push people back to physical remotes. The app is good but not that good. With that said… as a review for those with unlimited licensing….*** The new version of the app offers some great update One that I’m REALLY enjoying is the new widget in the notification center that allows instant access to whatever device you’re watching at the time. It’s incredibly convenient. Also awesome is the ability to search for actions in spotlight in iOS and directly invoke actions through search. Instead of going into the app and navigating down the specific action you want, you can now search for “Watch DirecTV” in Spotlight and invoke it without ever opening Roomie. In addition to all this, Roomie is a real app with a real support team. Tickets are regularly responded to in hours, even in off hours, which is atypical in the iOS world of apps.

  • Don't fix something if it's not broken

    I originally gave this app 5 stars before this update...What's with all the device icons being off center ?...why did they have to move all the device pictures to the left ? Were they bored ? It's like someone sat down and said what should we do to mess up the perfect app

  • In App Subscription

    I love the roomie app, but now need to pay $20 a year to use my remote that I've had functioning for several years seems ridiculous.

  • doesn't come cheap

    this was a five star review until they decided to try and double dip on their existing customers. For Shame. No more business for you. Not to mention, this update is terrible. the UI designer - well, never mind, clearly there is no UI designer. what a disaster... don't waste your money.

  • I feel tricked

    I've downloaded the "trial" version of Roomie (for DirecTV or similar name) and tested the application. I was limited to one device but overall it was ok (the UI is very difficult to understand, not intuitive AT ALL) so after I tested a couple of button with my sustem I decided to buy the thing to add my pther devices....the bought app doesn't work in the same way as the trial, so all the time invested to understand the app was wasted. On top of that when adding my fourth device I wasn't allowed because this version I "bought' is ONLY for three devices!!!! What a rip-off! This is just RIDICULOUS.oh! Not to mention that if you want to add an again.

  • Vera system doesn't work

    With the new update my Vera lighting control system stopped working, now I can't turn on or off my lights, I can't lock or unlock my door, I can't turn on my fans, this update is a disaster, and my clients has the same problem. You guys have to fix this mess asap.

  • Huge Step Back

    In an effort to make money, long time users are on the verge of being punished due to a move towards a subscription model. Also the new app leaves a lot broken and customer support seems to just ask the same repetitive questions, over and over, despite providing them with answers and screenshots multiple times. After being a Roomie user for nearly 5 years, I'm moving on and looking for alternatives.

  • Cost effective and powerful

    I control my entire house with simple control and for the cost I'm very satisfied. This is not a turn key product, you need to be relatively tech savvy to set up an entire system. Be prepared to do some research and spend a reasonable amount getting everything set the way you like it. I see lots of people complain about the cost structure etc, I understand the frustration but this solution is exponentially less than other commercial products. Simple sync is a must to complete the package, especially if you have multiple users or devices. The key miss here is the conditional programming isn't very robust, Its pretty dumbed down for simplicity which ends up making it tedious and somewhat limited. I'd also like to see more flexibility to individualize the UI but end of the day this ensures the experience is relatively intuitive. I'd love to see an optional out of application program to program the system.

  • Great app for years now

    At first I was no to impressed with the name change, but this app has always been responsive and compatible. Having had several hardware remotes in the past that cost $400-$500 dollars just for hardware, then a couple more hundred dollars to have them programmed. This app does more than those devices and anyone can program it. Keep up the good work Roomie!!!

  • New version ruined

    I totally agree with all who feel this app is ruined with the latest version. Loved 3.3, this one is almost unusable.

  • Update Failure

    Roomie was a great app that has been destroyed by Simple. Media feedback no longer works, auto scaling makes icons unreadable, fewer button image choices ruined feedback functions like power toggle and Simple forces existing users to re-buy services. Simply a bust.

  • What have you done

    Once upon a time there was an app called Roomie Remote that worked nearly flawlessly. So they changed the name and now it's almost too frustrating to use. Almost every command red bars on blaster. Nothing works right. Don't waste your time and money until they fix it.

  • Broke

    Literally just bought this product 4 days ago. Paid $16.99 for 1 year of support. Bought 10-pack of additional devices for $19.99, plus the $9.99 base install license. Also bought the OS-X license. Paid roughly $50, for 4 days of use. App developer "re-branded" the product, now none of my remotes work. Basically stole $50 from me. Do NOT buy this.

  • New version has issues

    The new monetizing system aside, this app has some issues that need to be addressed, mainly with the Apple Watch version. The PC version of the software costs $50 and does not add enough.

  • Simply Confusing.

    I like gadgets and don’t mind complex setup but this is not simple, especially in an era of really simple to use apps. This is actually one of the worst and unintuitive setup processes I’ve been through in recent memory. The interface could use an upgrade. 90’s style graphics, no consistency whatsoever and just feels messy. App interface elements don’t make any sense, nor do they give expected results. When was the last time you pressed an icon displayed as three bars in the upper right of your screen to find that it actually brings you back to the previous screen you came from? Why not try an arrow pointing left and located upper left? I was also a Roomie to Simple Control user and experienced the same hiccups as other reviewers. Devices were lost, purchases didn’t transfer, had trouble creating an account. A week later and two hot fix releases in, things seem to be a bit better, but why release something that doesn’t work? This isn’t all bad. The guides look cool (an in-app purchase of course) and the remotes do function. I have IP only devices, so my experience is not with the IR blasters. Though I really like and want to use a remote on my phone, I just can’t get into it. If you can deal with the user interface labyrinth, opening the app, backing out of 3 screens to find the right room, access the individual remotes, then find the controls you need which could be on another screen, this app is for you. If not, spend 1/8 of the time picking up and using your AV remotes.

  • Great Product, but now its very expensive

    They fixed all problems with licensing... This app is back to being the best. It is most reliable app to control A/V components. Go for it.. It is far better than Logitech..

  • Awful update

    Before the update I was able to change channel on my apple watch by pressing what number channel I want, now they took it out to simplify it. What a headache going through the TV guide moving one channel at a time to select what you want to watch. Imagine I was on channel 3 and want to watch channel 720, now I have to hit the arrow down button 717 time to get to channel 720, if you call that simplify lol. Please add back the number button to the Apple watch.

  • Regressed product...

    I am a huge roomie fan and log time user of the product (multiple homes and devices). However simple control, the latest upgrade to roomie is not an upgrade. It is beta software from a Interface perspective and the watch app is barely functional. As a serious home automation enthusiast I want consistency and I don't feel like I got that with this release. Please don't release a product again that is not ready for prime time. Now if I could only roll back.

  • Refund Old Subscriptions

    Why did you make the new subscription process so horribly confusing? It shouldn't be a "legacy in-app upgrade". It should have just translated nicely over to the new Simple Service. Other than the new name, the app hasn't seen many improvements to the layout engine or overall feature set.

  • Paid for the year got 1/3 of that

    App changes names, and I lose my year long paid subscription and other extras because of this ? Don't bother with app, those who pay now might be in the same spot in the near future (before their subscription runs out) when the Company changes the app from Simple Control to Simply Screwed

  • Good A/V Controller... But they need to fire some people running the company...

    This product goes back and forth from 5 stars when it first came out, to 1 star when they "upgraded" it to a subscription basis and made everyone pay again, to 3 stars when they addressed some of those concerns and offered some functionality back to those who originally bought this as a one-time purchase, to 2 stars in its recent incarnation where they removed the text with icons capability and partially destroyed what was a working interface and in addition made the bone-headed move to toss years of branding and a fairly positive user impression out the window and replace it for a very generic rebrand & redesign. They have good programmers, but terrible leadership & planning.

  • Pretty bad rebranding

    Update: 4.0.2 Webpages still don't load (even the roomie store), cmon guys hlaf of my automation is based on my own custom stuff. Also better not charge me for "legacy roomie service", if you do i will freak out to a whole new level because that means you knew you would catch people that have it enabled but didn't care to turn it off so you can double dip.... Original 4.0.0 It's one thing to rebrand but it's yet another to try and change so much about an app. Webpages don't load anymore, I get a full screen white page where I can't exit. My Wemo devices respond in test mode but won't in all of my saved macros. Also since I can't go back to an older version And my entire entertainment system is based on this I'm pretty well screwed...... Thanks soooo much!!! How about a heads up next time. Lastly you took my roomie service money this month then in the app tell me that it's not good enough and I need now pay for simple control service..... Also while you are at it, every mint I have to go into the settings and re-check for purchased services, your app seriously should be smart enough to do that. Also macro command delays are completely ignored by URLs but why?! Also some devices attach to a specific iPhone when you use it the first time, the problem is my tablet in the other room that dedicated to roomie randomly decides to test my receiver which then locks my other devices out of it, that tablet has all the options for checking for changes turned off.

  • Good App - Punishes Paying Users

    App has always been good, new features are nice (thou WatchOS2 app does not work well anymore). Problem is the new update punishes users who already paid for a yearly subscription. If you already paid for yearly service (Roomie Service) the only way to get the new features is to get another new subscription plan (Simple Service) (for $20/yr), thus needing to pay for two yearly subscription plans at the same time. According to support a upgrade path is in the works but may take weeks. Thus asking the question, why do this new subscription system if you did not have the upgrade path ready for your current paying customers. Thus all they care about is more money and those who paid already pretty much saying, "Thank you for being loyal, we do not care about you as you already paid us. So pay more."

  • New version works great for me

    Don't know where these neg reviews are coming from, my update was seamless. Love the new slide over feature on my iPad, wish I had an Air 2 so I could use split view.

  • Just a web page.

    All it does is load a web page, previous version was an overpriced app, now it's an overpriced link to a site.

  • Excellent Product

    Ive been with Roomie for almost year and yes it had some flaws that needed to be tested and tried. This is a great on both my iphone and ipad, Patience with programing but once completed your entertainment system is a pleasure to work with. The Cable guide and Dropcam with Nest is a super sleek add on activity that can be displayed on the remote interface. I have it setup in the Man Cave and when the guys come over its so easy to control everything I love it. The support team has always been there for me and they even called me to make sure it was up and running.

  • Good remote control, but expensive

    The program is good, but the cost is high, you'll need at least $20/year, and $100 it blaster. I bought to program because it advertised insteon support. But it has never worked. When I asked support, they told me it was insteon's fault that it didn't work. But that doesn't stop them from advertising support .

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