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Simple Control - formerly Roomie Universal Remote
3.5 based on 1,213 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 Universal 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 1,213 Votes. This version 4.1.1 has an average rating of 4.5 based on 15 Users.

Your device must have atleast 59.9 MB of space to download and install Simple Control - formerly Roomie Universal Remote. This application does not have game center . Simple Control - formerly Roomie Universal Remote can be downloaded and install for $9.99 only

If you have any problems on in-app purchase, found bugs, questions, comments about this application,
you can visit the official website of Roomie Remote, Inc at http://www.simplecontrol.com

Support Languages

English, American , French , German , Spanish

Categories

Lifestyle , Entertainment ,

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

Additional Information

Winner of the 2015 and 2016 CEA Home Technology App of the Year Award!

Features

• 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 250,000 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

• iBeacon Automatic 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

• Amazon Echo Voice Control

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

What's New on this version 4.1.1

* Amazon Echo Voice Control: Activities, Rooms, Volume, Mute and other aspects can now be controlled via Amazon Echo (Requires Simple Sync or Simple Hub, and Simple Service.)
* ONVIF IP Cameras: Hundreds of new video camera models now supported via RTSP. Tap “Add Device” then Video Camera.
* Sonos groups now offer group buttons for non-primary groups instead of offering an ungroup button for a speaker that wasn't part of your primary group.
* Fixed Sonos auto volume device in another room being confused for a Sonos volume device in the current room and swapping volume in as primary when groups were open.
* Fixed SmartThings Pairing.
* Improvements to AppleTV (2015) IP control.
* Fixed watchOS crash with some Activity configurations.
* Trigger Agent is now always Simple Sync when paired.
* Improvements to Simple Sync pairing.
* Support for switching between different Simple Sync installations.
* Restore from Dropbox no longer clears pairing. Restoring now pushes the restored configuration to your entire sync mesh.
* Fixed minor leaks that caused instability after many days of continuous runtime.

Recent Reviews and Comments


  • This is the one

    It's absolutely the best home control software. I've tried lots!


  • Great!

    Use this all the time. Works perfectly


  • Best Smarthome Automation!!

    Back in 2012, I was bidding to renovate a conference room for one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. In NYC, Crestron is the de facto standard in professional/commercial controls and automation. I had just launched a new tech firm and wanted to put in a better bid than my competitors. I did a lot of research into new automation platforms and found Roomie- now Simple Control! My bid was $30,000 cheaper than my nearest competitor, due to my choice of Roomie over Crestron. (My automation and control line item was around $1300 and that included 2 iPads). Some of my associates, including my agency contact thought I would lose the bid because they felt I wasn’t comparing “apples-to-apples” since they thought Roomie (Simple Control) would be inferior. The truth is, I was nervous! I had never seen the product in use. But all I read about it convinced me, so I took a huge gamble!! I was able to control all of the AV components and a Windows Media Center HTPC, flawlessly!!! In the years since, they NEVER called me due to a failure, EXCEPT when their IT people changed the IP address structure and didn’t update the Roomie (Simple Control) components. So, since 2012, the room has been perfect!! I immediately made Simple Control my platform of choice!! The platform is amazing because it speaks so many protocols and can “ingest” so many other systems that you can control a far wider number of devices than any other system I’m aware of. It can talk WeMo, Insteon, Nest, Lutron, Smart Things, and more!!! I think the people who gave it low ratings don’t truly understand Simple Control. It can be a very consumer friendly universal remote or an esoteric full automation system… and everything in-between! The developers have taken it to a new level and I hope they keep expanding the platform. Crestron, Control 4,Savant, and others… You’ve been warned!!


  • Downgrade

    I had rated this app highly, but with the change from Roomie to Simple Control the app has become, well... complex. So incredibly frustrating using simple service and simple sync. I can no longer recommend this app.


  • The best best best solution! ($$ hardware required).

    Awesome. Mixed IR control and LAN wifi control. I have Roku, AppleTV attached to TVs. I wanted a solution for single activity control that sets input source, turns on appropriate devices, and allows mixed volume control. Needed to buy $100 worth of wifi IR blaster hardware, and $15 of in-app purchases to get it working but it's awesome and reliable and feature rich. Don't hesitate. Just buy it. I threw away my Logitech Harmony.


  • Widget does not works at all

    Loved the app but the widget is not working. Please update the app


  • 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!


  • 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. Have spent a lot on remotes over the years and this solution I can maintain, keeps up with changes, and can use throughout my home. 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.


  • The Best Fully Functional Remote

    Latest version 4.1.1 with sync v3.2.1 resolves all of my previous issues. It's so nice to have my remotes functioning perfect again since v4 came out. I recommend Simple Control for anyone looking for a full featured remote. Compare it to other remotes and you'll find the cost is small for the ease of use, supported devices, and the quality of the app. I'm so glad I found this app!


  • P.O.S

    To complicated and expensive don't waste your money


  • App Hangs on Update

    With IOS 9.2.1 this app hangs on the update.


  • Cool! Cool! Cool!

    What's up folks , this app is excellent , I've been a customer for 2 years with lots of updates, and now this baby just is my go to remote forever. Pros: Multi device, Home security camera , and TV Guide , Thermostat control and lots more! Con: IP address changes on the Airport Extreme causes a reprogramming of the remote. That's it , only my honest opinion looks great on iPad mini . Buying the add/on a little pricey.


  • Great app and frequent updates...

    Love the app. Needs LIfx light bulbs support. It would also be nice to see integration with ifttt.com. This would really take this app to the next level!


  • Great solution to home control

    Been using this app for years. I've tried many alternatives to controlling home theater, lighting, etc, but Simple wins, hands down. I can't help but think those attacking it are not capable of setting up basic things. It can't set up itself, so does require thought / logic. Great solution.


  • Simple and convenient

    Our whole family benefits from this app. Even our kids can use this. I love it while I am in the kitchen and my 2 year old asks to change a channel. I can do it as I am cooking!


  • Like it

    Took a bit to set up. But now we run everything from our phones and iPad...TVs, Sonos, lights, nest...pretty cool!


  • Used to be a 5 star app

    Ever since it went from Roomie Remote to Simple Control, it is no longer worth the price. I got the unlimited devices for a one time fee, and purchased several IR repeaters. I've been very happy with it until it went to Simple Control. There is no family sharing awareness which makes paying a fee per month for 4 people insane. I've already spent several hundred on hardware and unlimited devices under the previous program, and now I'm supposed to spend $50 a year for each family member? (Yes I have more than 20 devices) Don't look here anymore for your home automation solution.


  • djsjssjsnsm

    this simply doesn't work. it should use Bluetooth.. not wifi.


  • New version works great for me

    Don't know where these negative reviews are coming from, it works great for me. So convenient, as I always have my iPhone with me. New website is great, and the new name is tons better than the old one.


  • Be aware

    First, don't be fooled by the simple title. This is really not a simple process. I have many models of Logitech universals. They have a very comprehensive list of devices and simple does not. You will need to buy their subscription services and probably a wifi blaster. If you subscribe, only do it by the month until you have successfully set this up and it works well with all your activities and equipment. If you join for a year and decide you don't like it all you can do is turn off auto renewal. They still get the remainder of the year. Next. Accessories, wifi blaster etc. if you buy anything from them you cannot return it unless it is in its original box and packaging and unopened. So try to figure out how you will discover if this works without opening the box. By the way, I have a lot of experience with audio and video equipment and I am not a novice at electronics. Good luck


  • Reminds me of Comcast

    Pay more get less. Now my wife and I are looking to get two simple service subscriptions for $30 each $60 together EVERY YEAR!!! Remember this is already after I have spent the exorbitant expense of purchasing the hardware. Garbage


  • 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.


  • Complete wast of money

    How do I get a refund? App does not work and is extremely difficult to configure. Don’t buy.


  • Can Control Everything

    My old universal remote broke a few weeks ago and after looking around for a replacement I decided to try this app. After setting up my home theater with new Apple TV receiver, matrix and projector, realized I could also control my Nest devices and security cameras! My wife and kids were able to figure it out pretty quickly and now use it from their devices so (less) fighting over remote which is why that broke in the first place. Way cheaper than the other options I was considering and this feels more like the future anyway. Works great in split screen from my iPad pro.


  • Amazing. Sync works fine!

    Some reviews suggested sync is broken. If using Dropbox it now limits permission to a single folder and u have to move your backup files or recreate the backup/sync from. Scratch. Minor inconvenience imo for better security and such an amazing feature set. I've been using this app in some capacity for 3 years +. Still the best. Worth the small premium $. Most customization I have seen. Might take little work to really explore all features. Take the time. It's worth it. Amazing is all I can say. Thank you.


  • Control Made Simple

    Love this product. My whole family uses it and I appreciate that it’s a smart system that we can use to control loT devices, cameras++, Before my kids could never remember what remote they had to pick up, what buttons to push and with the design options of Simple Control it’s now so easy. Just get the configuration down to your liking and it’s all in one. Love being able to use it for ROKU, Apple TV, my drop cams, etc. The guides! Love those too. Thanks Simple Control- keep up the good work!


  • Mostly works, poorly supported

    4.0.7 breaks SimpleService and SimpleSync. I have tried to help the vendor resolve the issues (I’ve found a couple of work-arounds) but support is non-existent. The products generally work if you mess with them long enough to get them working. The developer is glad to take your money but doesn’t respond to messages sent through their website or support email seeking help with bugs. They will, however, remove your (polite) posts from their online forum seeking help from the community to resolve an issue as “off topic” (odd reason, since it was a configuration question posted in the configuration and setup forum).


  • More webservice based home control

    The integration of multiple device into a unified UI is great. The fact that it relies on a subscription-based external web service for much of its functionality means I will delete it. There is no reason home control systems should rely on external web services. That would be completely unacceptable in an industrial control system and should be equally unacceptable at home.


  • Don't waste your money, bad co. bad customer service

    I have used Roomie Remote, now SimpleControl, since fall of 2012. I tried to post some bugs and improvements and my posts were removed and questions ignored. (Google: "Don't criticize Roomie Remote" and read other's complaints on AVS Forums Roomie area). I have been using it anyway (it has worked ok) since, as I paid too much money money for it not to. They recently changed names to SimpleControl and basically screwed all the previous users who already paid for it by changing the license that we had and making us "upgrade" the app without consent. I can no longer use my overpriced remote on the devices I was using it on before without paying them more money. I now have limited devices whereas before I had unlimited devices. Dishonest business practices and bad customer service. Do not waste your time or money.


  • Must purchase for each apple device

    Difficult to program and if you purchase on your iphone you have to pay to use the app on the iPad, or you can only control 3 devices. Disappointed and would like my money back.


  • Difficult to Set Up,Use

    After reading all theowing reviews about the app, I decided to go full bore and get everything required to set up a single remote setup for multiple devices. Paid over $60 for this privilege. That was over 3 years ago. I still don't have a working setup. Support for certain devices is very spotty and incomplete or buggy and the support is arbitrary. If you like dealing with people that must be stroked to get a response, this is for you. The paradigm for setup and use is very confusing, and there is no real documentation for this. If you are expecting a well designed usable product, stay away. The concept is a glorious one, but execution leaves a lot to be desired.


  • Abandoned previous users!

    It appears that this company has abandoned users of previous versions of the app with no notice. Did an in-app update subscription of the guide service and it doesn't work. Went to the previously helpful web site/forum and it's gone! Existing login to the user forum doesn't work. All this with absolutely no notice to users. The new website refers to their new home control hub but I can't find it available anywhere online.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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….


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