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Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
3.5 based on 1,258 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 - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie) 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 1,258 Votes. This version 4.3.1 has an average rating of 3 based on 3 Users.

Your device must have atleast 60.3 MB of space to download and install Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie). This application does not have game center . Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie) 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 ,

Screenshots

Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)
Simple Control - Universal Remote and Home Automation (formerly Roomie)

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: Honeywell, Hue, Insteon, Lutron, 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 Hub

• iBeacon Proximity Actions

• iBeacon Automatic Room Detection

• Clocks and Time/Timer based activity execution

• One-Click Backup

Requires separate Simple Hub purchase:

• Simple Hub 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 4.3.1

4.3.1:
* Remote Access performance improvements.
* Fixes to recursive activity execution.
* Fixes to very old Yamaha receiver volume handling.
* Various additional fixes.

4.3.0:
* AppleTV IP Control now provides a dedicated gesture panel. Single tap for select, two finger tap for Menu.
* Samsung TV 2016 Model auto-discovery and control (K4300, K5300 and above). Note that for the first time, some Samsung 2016 models can now be powered on via IP using Wake on LAN.
* H.264 Hardware Accelerated Video Decoding can now be disabled in the Edit Device panel if a specific camera is not compatible or you’d prefer to use MJPEG.
* Improved H.264 Video Decoding compatibility, hundreds of models are included in the camera library.
* Many new Vera commands have been added including sensors, house modes, and more.
* Vera Plus auto-discovery added.
* Fixed LG TV WebOS models using POWER OFF in a System Off activity.

Recent Reviews and Comments


  • Stopped working

    Stopped working with my Yamaha RX-V473 receiver after the latest update.


  • AV plus home automation controller

    Great app! I control MCE, Pioneer receiver, Panasonic TV Epson Projector and Plex plus WEMO, Lutron Caseta Pro Bridge and Philips Hue 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. Some reviews from Roomie customers like my self, complained about the changes. I read the information Roomie provided at the time of change to find out I needed to upgrade to Simple Service to run Echo and Remote Access but, because I had other legacy purchases I just needed Simple Service 3 so it was a $3/yr increase and I canceled renewal for RS. I thought it was reasonable for the new features that will come with the Simple Service. One time fees are nice but this service will help future proof my system as Simple makes home automation cooler and easier to use on a mobile platform.


  • Almost $200 wasted

    I got all the add-ones for this remote to be used by my iPhone and ipad as well as my wife's iPhone and ipad. I have spent months with customer service trying to get the remote to work on a consistent basis but to no avail. The hardware that you can buy is awesome but app has never consistently worked. I cannot give this app a good review. Additionally, customer service forced me to remove my negative review of the app in the App Store before they would help me (they called me a "app terrorist" and gave me a paternal dressing down). Kind of shady. After almost 8 months of working the issue (2 sets of hardware, 3 different routers, and 1 new iPhone) I just resigned to the fact that I should have bought a harmony universal remote. Note. I have a pioneer receiver, Panasonic TV, and insignia bluray player. All of these components were found in the roomie store under one of the in-app purchases and still couldn't get the remote to work.


  • Not Working

    I linked my Hue Lights and Samsung SmartThings to it and it simply doesn't control them. It's buggy and requires a paid service, which is not specified. Please, just use the original apps.


  • Great product except monthly fee

    I love it except for that monthly fee.


  • Too much work

    This app is too much work and offers zero technical support. Have written them numerous times with no call back. It does a lot but takes too much time and is certainly not intuitive.


  • Buggy

    The problem with using this app is that is from time to time gets buggy. This current version has rendered my infotainment system unusable, so it's back to the ol RadioShack remote. It no longer works with older Yamaha receivers and is very laggy with appletv.


  • Great possibilities!

    Although there are some quirks there are surprisingly very few, and for the price it's fantastic in my opinion! I'm excited to see the evolution of this system.


  • thanks for letting people know

    just wanted to thank the people in charge for being very professional while screwing your customers over by forcing your simplexremote service. Especially the one who paid for add-ons. Completely absurd you now have to pay for a yearly service to use this app. Even more so there was no warning. Your app is not worth a yearly service!


  • Amazing system

    The program guides are incredibly useful. All our phones and iPads update each other. So easy to use.


  • The big scam

    The concept was great with roomie , when bought it it was allowed to control 3 devices ,y not tell me upfront,most audiophiles have more than 3 devices at least 5 ,y not say 75$ for 5 devices ,and the most absurd of all they want u to do a subscription ,to a remote on a yearly basis,my solution was to dump them and go with irule ,a little more complicated,but it's like the new phone the more u play with it the better it gets. Simple control just lost me as a customer.a subscription for a remote smh.


  • Simple Control

    This is the best remote for anyone who has 10 or more components, it does everything, from TV to processor...it's fantastic.


  • Love the amount of supported devices

    This app is great! I LOVE the TV guide. The guides for AppleTV, Sonos ++ are brilliant. AppleTV IP Control is amazing. I use this app all over my house (tv, blinds, lights, stereo and security cameras). I use adapters where needed but mostly have IP controlled devices. My family loves it too- win win.


  • Subscription model kills this

    Would you pay a monthly subscription fee for your thermostat? How about your garage door opener? Then why is this necessary for a remote control. I invested into getting Roomie Remote setup in my house, and evangelized it. Now as Simple Control its just another product taxed with a subscription model. Sad.


  • Great IP support — terrible value

    Tons of equipment is supported, with incredible detail. I particularly like the network control so I don’t need any IR blasters, etc. It works great. But you are are limited to 3 devices and then you have to start forking over money monthly or yearly. If you only have an AV Receiver, TV, and one other device, you are fine. Add a bluray player, Xbox, etc. you may need to buy (forever) the service. Another subscription is just what I do not need, so I’m done with Roomie. Sad.


  • I feel nickel and dimed

    I bought this app when it was reasonably priced. They introduced a reasonable yearly service fee of $16.99 to support more devices and to give you TV listings. I bought the $99 IR blaster, and I was reasonably happy. Each year brought new features, and as a result more and increased fees. I saw some potential to integrate my mac into the fray as well with Roomie agent ($29), which has soon after become simple sync rendering the Roomie Agent application useless and cost me another $49 to replace. They renamed themselves to Simple Control. My yearly subscription continued, so now I have Roomie Services subscription at $16.99 (not to be confused with Simple Services which actually replaces it), I have a mac OS X Simple Sync app ($49) which doesn’t do anything that I can see since any really beneficial application of this app is only seen if I spend another $29.99 per year so that I can access the features it unlocks. All in all I have now spent over $200 and I have a bunch of disjointed and EXTREMELY difficult to configure services that don’t do everything they claim to do because I haven’t been able to bring myself to spend another $29.99 to enable them. This product is a moving target with the prices continuously going up with each new feature tagging on an even bigger price tag. Support is VERY curt and condescending. The idea was really good, but I can no longer support a company that continues to increase the cost and treats me badly.


  • 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 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. Great App and a great value.


  • It works.

    ...now for the love of God, please stop asking me to rate this app.


  • Ruined Watch Functionality

    4.0 has obliterated usefulness on Apple Watch. Almost all of the functions have been removed. Indigo does not work with watch. Please bring back previous watch version.


  • Hands Down Best Controller!

    I am tired of more ugly remote controls. This solved that problem. A Harmony (and others) remote is just another ugly remote. You need to have a basic understanding of IR and IP control to make this work for all your gear, but once it's set up it works amazingly well. Love that if I tweak something on my iPhone, it automatically updates the setting on my iPad and my wife's iPhone. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. I use it for my home theater room, whole house Sonos, HVAC and security cameras. They also continually update and improve the app.


  • Complicated

    Asked for my money back. Needs a lot of setup, and I didn't understand how to use the app.


  • Great in theory

    I should have read a little closer you only get 3 devices then you have to pay a yearly fee if you want any additional devices. When controlling a theater system it takes more than just 3 devices. So buyer beware don't make the same mistake I made


  • You have to be a Rocket Scientist to use this!!!

    Completely nonintuitive very hard to set up and a complete waste of money. Positive reviews are probably from people that were paid to give positive feedback


  • Great app!

    Thanks for this app. With this app, I can control different devices from within the same app...


  • Too complex to setup

    Didn't find most of my devices on wifi. Did find Samsung tv's, but the didn't work to control them at all. I want something that just works, and I don't have to putz around trying to configure it. I don't have time or energy for that. I want my money back!


  • Great App due to Great service

    This app and the associated hardware is quite the challenge to setup. However; with the outstanding technical assistance, one can get this up and running. The hardest aspect is with the command lines and getting the needed parameters to setup custom activities. This is where their service excels! Jon from Simple Control was fast, friendly and precise with the guidance I needed. So bottom line, this app and hardware are excellent and I am amazed at the number of compatible devices you can control. Ordered the hub and look forward to having Alexa control my A/V equipment!


  • The Best Fully Functional Remote

    Great work on the latest v4.2 update. Very smooth update with many improvements and additional features. Simple Control is the standard for what a remote control should be. Easy to program and supports just about any device you can imagine.


  • Best Home Theater App, period.

    I have been a Harmony user for well over a decade. I've wanted to switch to another solution since the iPhone opened up its APIs... I've even tinkered with my own bespoke apps to talk to my devices over IP. Then along came Roomie. The first couple of versions just didn't pull me in, but a few weeks ago I took the 3.0 plunge... I got the converter so I could control my one IR holdout, and wow, wow, wow. Fan-freaking-tastic. I only wish I had several rooms I needed to control because I would be all over using Roomie to do this. I have all the devices in my media closet using Roomie, along with my Hues and Nest. If you're frustrated by the cost, then you're not thinking about this right. A decent universal remote is a few hundred dollars. Roomie, the IAP, and converter are still a fraction of the cost of anything you'd go grab at your local retailer.


  • Pronto Replacement

    I originally had a Pronto. My wife disliked the price but came to love how easy it was to work. After it died I looked for something economical that would come close to doing what the Pronto would do. This remote has met the challenge. There are a few things I think could be better but overall it is a good remote.


  • Keeps getting better

    They make small incremental progress with each release, by now this is one of the greatest apps in the space. Not without the occasional hiccup and some design issues. This app does exactly what it promises... the negative reviews probably haven't read, there is some hardware required for your IR components.


  • 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.


  • SimpleControl is a home run in AV control apps.

    The perfect app for my system. SimpleControl has an enormous database of devices. The support is great and the app just works as it should.


  • Don't waste your money & time

    Looked up what devices I had would work with this and it said that all my devices would work. Some did connect others did not. All my equipment is less then a year old and all of it is compatible. The setup is horrible and after days of trying to connect my AV receiver I'm giving up. Very poor directions & is not user friendly at all.


  • Need refund please

    Hi I'm sure this app is really great. But unfortunately it just does not work for me and I please like a refund.


  • Best remote I've ever had!

    Finally a reliable solution for all my devices. Once you get the hang of it, is the best application in combination with a blaster (wifi). Strongly recommended!


  • Peeps

    Junk don't work don't waste your money on this app I sent an email for help and got no reply I even asked for my money back and no reply don't waste your money this is a terrible app would have given it a zero if you can't understand this app and are looking for help you're going to be in the dark just like I was they take your money and that's it and you'll never hear from them again


  • Best Remote Overall hands down

    The Simple Control remote app is a superior remote in nearly every way to any of the Logitech products or other universal remotes out there. I would strongly suggest that if you're going to buy the "Simple Service" so you can control more than three devices, that you NOT purchase it through the in-app purchase that's available in this "Simple Control" app. I bought mine right through their website. Long story short the in-app purchase was messed up by apple and I requested a refund. I contacted the Simple Control support, WHICH IS TOP NOTCH (thanks WILL), and they suggested I try to purchase the Simple Service option from their online store. THIS WORKED LIKE A CHARM! Nearly all new A/V products are supporting wireless network connections, which makes this App, with IP commands that much better. It will control my home theater by simply opening the App and selecting "Home Theater" and pressing the "ON" button. The Sharp AQUOS Q+ Smart TV, Marantz 5010 A/V receiver, and either Blu-Ray player, HD Cable or Apple TV 4th generation all turn on with that one press of a button. I've configured it to select the video source with another "one button" select. Now, I want to tell you that you will be required to spend some time setting this remote up for all your devices. It will control all of your devices on your wireless network through IP commands right away. For devices that use the IR remote controls (a little older equipment), you will need to purchase additional equipment such as IR "blasters/repeaters" AND a subscription to the "SIMPLE SERVICE" product offered as an In-App purchase. I subscribed to the 20 device "simple service" for thirty bucks a year. So for the first year, this FULL functionality whole home controller cost me forty bucks. A Logitech Harmony higher end remote is three hundred bucks, yet still lacks functionality and simplicity of the Simple Control app. My comparison is like comparing the graceful appearance and simple to use architecture of an Apple computer, to that of a PC running Windows Vista. Simple Control is the Apple Mac product of Remote control. Logitech is the Windows Vista PC.


  • Still the best for what I need!

    Love the interface and the huge compatibility catalog. My only wish is for support for a simple remote with real buttons in addition to the app. E.g. The Apple TV remote or something like it for play/pause and a couple of programmable buttons. That's of course just my personal preference. Other than that keep up the good work.


  • I just makes sense - and works!

    This is exactly what I need. I don't need any more hardware in my house and I can't imagine paying for something that will become dated and need to be replaced in the not too distant future. I LOVE the TV guide on my lap vs on the screen. Great product.


  • Best remote app

    This is by far the best remote app out there. It is worth every penny even with all the add ons. I would highly recommend this app.


  • Developer has sold me features and then made them subscription only - and is hostile when contacted

    Title says it all. This app used to let me use its widget as I unlocked that functionality. Now, that's part of a subscription based service, and it doesn't work. Developer meets constructive criticism with a ban stick, and is generally rude and difficult to deal with. (Found out while politely asking about why some echo integration is better than others. Quite shocked as normally these people want you to continue to buy their products, and I've never been spoke to like that without provocation. Buyer beware


  • No no no

    Will not find my cable box and you must buy service to use on your Apple Watch. Not worth the time and money. Same!


  • Awesome!

    Love the app and the support!


  • Features and functionality decrease since Simple Control takeover

    Since the change from Roomie to Simple Control, I have no mute button and the appearance of all the icons/options for watching TV, listening to music, etc. are very small and not visually appealing like they were previously. I was told this would be fixed in the next update. That was over 6 months ago.....Dear Simple Control, listen to your customers and fix this app!!!


  • Very Capable

    This app supports so many devices and is very capable. I stopped using my universal remote and use this instead.


  • THE only way to automate a home

    I have used Simple Control since the beginning. Anyone considering a $100k automation system should think again. This app combined with IP control is by far the cutting edge way to go.


  • Awesome app

    I never touch my remotes anymore... One touch brings everything up for what every I need... TV, AppleTV, Music.... Sets the temp and sets the lights to the right mood.


  • 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.


  • Won't work on Apple Watch.

    Even though you spend $10 on this product is still not work on your Apple Watch and less you buy a monthly subscription.


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