Last updated: August 11, 2021

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Welcome to our big Bluetooth remote control test 2021. Here we present all Bluetooth remote controls that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Bluetooth remote control for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a Bluetooth remote control.




The most important facts

  • A Bluetooth remote control allows you to control your mobile devices externally for certain functions, so that you have a clear view of your screen or can even operate it remotely.
  • Bluetooth remotes are mostly designed for smartphones and tablets, but some also work with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as laptops.
  • The most common functions that can be controlled are the camera, the music or video player and various game apps.

The Best Bluetooth Remote Control: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bluetooth remote control

What is a Bluetooth remote control and what are its advantages?

With a Bluetooth remote control you get the possibility to move the control away from the screen of your smartphone or tablet to an external device. This way you can see more of your display, you can control much more precisely thanks to the buttons and (depending on the model) even the analogue stick and, thanks to the connection via Bluetooth, you can also select your device over a distance. In addition to the advantages when playing mobile games, a Bluetooth remote control has other functions: With most models, you can also operate your mobile camera and music player, which makes it much easier to take selfies or group photos and use your smartphone or tablet as a stereo system.

Did you know that the name "Bluetooth" comes from the Danish King Harald Blauzahn? At the time, he created an alliance between Norway and Sweden, thereby establishing a firm connection between the two countries. The logo is also based on him. It is a combination of his initials H and B. However, not in Latin script, but in Germanic runes.

What is the difference between a wireless gamepad and a Bluetooth remote control?

In our case, we are talking about controller-like remote controls that, unlike wireless gamepads, do not connect via radio but via Bluetooth. Thanks to this type of connection, you can easily connect the remote controls to your mobile phone or tablet, which often does not work with normal gamepads, and thus also enjoy analogue sticks and buttons on your handhelds for playing mobile games.

Gamepad Controler

Unlike Bluetooth remote controls, gamepads are more suitable for game console use. They are usually not Bluetooth-enabled. (Photo: quakeboy / pixabay.com)

Is a Bluetooth remote control worth it for me?

Do you like to play games on your mobile phone or tablet? Does it annoy you that your display is plastered with controls and you have to cover half the screen with your fingers to get to everything? Then the purchase of a Bluetooth remote control is definitely worthwhile for you. However, if you are a casual gamer and only use mobile games for a few minutes to bridge waiting times or the like, then a Bluetooth remote control is a nice toy, but won't really be worth it for you.

In addition, the usefulness of the remote control depends on which games you play: for role-playing games, action games, racing games, shooters and jump'n'run games, the use of external controls and especially an analogue stick can increase your gaming pleasure enormously. For games such as Farmarama, you can use the remote control, but the ease of control is not as essential. If you are just looking for a way to control your mobile camera from a distance, then smaller Bluetooth remote controls that are specifically designed for this purpose and simply have a release button are much more worthwhile for you.

What are the alternatives to Bluetooth remote controls?

If the simple designs of Bluetooth remote controls don't appeal to you or are simply not enough for the scope of your favourite game, you can look for gamepads that are also compatible with mobile devices. These usually have a classic controller shape, and thus two analogue sticks and far more buttons than a Bluetooth remote control can offer. However, they also cost quite a bit more.

What does a Bluetooth remote control cost?

You can buy Bluetooth remote controls suitable for gaming for as little as 5 euros. The more expensive models scale up to 25 euros. The price does not always have anything to do with the quality, so you can buy affordable but good devices for around 10 euros.

Schwarze Bluetooth Fernbedienung

Bluetooth remote controls are already available for around 5 euros. Even top models hardly cost more than 25 euros.

Decision: What types of Bluetooth remote controls are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of Bluetooth remote controls:

  • Simple Bluetooth remote controls
  • Bluetooth remote controls with analogue stick

The two Bluetooth remote controls differ primarily in their handling. Depending on the desired use and your own preferences, one or the other remote control can be recommended. For example, not every remote control is suitable for a television or for navigating a game console. In the following section, we will explain the two Bluetooth remote controls and their differences. This will help you decide which one is right for you. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of each type will be clearly compared to make your purchase decision easier.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a simple Bluetooth remote control?

A classic Bluetooth remote control is used one-handed. It is therefore perfect if you simply want to operate the screen of your smartphone, tablet or TV. By using it one-handed, you always have the other hand free to control the screen, for example, or simply to hold a drink in the other hand. In addition, the classic Bluetooth remote control can also be used for gaming. Here, however, you should pay attention to whether a game requires certain buttons: The one-handed Bluetooth remote control does not have all the buttons that a controller has, for example. You will have to do without the analogue sticks and D-pads that are usually found on a controller.

Advantages
  • One-handed use
  • Easy to use
  • Good value
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for games

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Bluetooth remote control with an analogue stick?

A Bluetooth remote control with an analogue stick is usually operated with two hands. It is therefore particularly suitable if you want to use your remote control for gaming. The analogue stick offers buttons that a classic Bluetooth remote control does not have and enables precise control and navigation, for example. Otherwise, a Bluetooth remote control with analogue stick can also be used just like a regular Bluetooth remote control to control your smartphone or tablet. However, these remote controls are usually more expensive because the built-in technology is more complex. An ergonomically shaped handle also prevents cramps in your hand.

Advantages
  • Suitable for games
Disadvantages
  • Usually can only be used with two hands
  • Usually more expensive

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Bluetooth remote controls

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate Bluetooth remote controls. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain device is suitable for you or not.

  • Operating system
  • Number of buttons and analogue stick
  • Haptics
  • Range

In the following paragraphs, you can read about the purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Operating system

Before you decide on a Bluetooth remote control, you should be clear about which operating system you want to use it with. For example, not all devices work with both Android and iOS. So if you have an Android tablet but an iPhone, only certain Bluetooth remote controls are suitable for you. In addition, the up-to-dateness of your operating system also plays a role. Many older versions are no longer recognised or supported by the new remote controls. So if your mobile device is already of the older school, better get reassurance that it is really compatible with your new toy.

Number of buttons and analogue stick

Depending on the games you want to use your Bluetooth remote control for, you should definitely check how many buttons you need and whether an analogue stick would be an advantage. Especially with this type of device, the number of buttons varies greatly and not every device is suitable for everything. In any case, think about what you play most often and what requirements your toy has to meet in order to serve you best.

Haptics

Just as flexible as the number of buttons, the feel and design of Bluetooth remote controls come in a wide variety of forms. For example, there are remote controls that can be operated with one hand, so you still have one hand free in case you need to control or activate something on the screen. But devices that can be operated with both hands and look similar to a gamepad are also available on the market. Think about what you like best and what works best for your games.

Beidhändig bedienbare Bluetooth-Fernbedienung

Bluetooth remote controls are available in one-handed and two-handed versions.

Range

The range of the connection may not be too important for games, as you tend to place yourself directly in front of the smaller displays of tablets and smartphones. However, if you want to use the Bluetooth remote control as a shutter for your camera or to control your music player, the distance you can bridge with it plays a big role. Make sure that the range of the device is long enough to reach from one end of the room to the other when you are sitting somewhere else and want to change a song.

Did you know that there are different types of Bluetooth devices with different ranges? As a rule, Bluetooth has a range of 1 to 100 metres. In practice, the distance between the two Bluetooth devices may be between 1 and 10 metres for the connection to work.

Facts worth knowing about Bluetooth remote controls

Why doesn't my remote control work?

The most common reason why your toy is failing you is that it is running out of power. So try changing the battery or recharging the battery. It may also be that the device has done its job. Given the relatively low prices of Bluetooth remote controls, we think that if you use them frequently, you can afford to buy a new one every now and then.

What should I do if my remote control falls into the water?

Once you weren't paying attention at the wrong moment and the toy went into the water? That doesn't always have to be the end of your device. The following steps can help:

  1. Carefully dry the outside of the device. Be careful not to move or turn it too quickly so that the water does not penetrate further.
  2. Carefully remove the batteries from your device and place them on a cloth to dry.
  3. Also dab the inside of the battery compartment. It is important that you really dab and not wipe, so that you do not press the remaining water further into the device.
  4. Place the unit on a cloth, for example on the radiator, and leave it to dry for a few hours.

The heating should not be too hot, otherwise you will damage the technology. If you want to switch to dry blow-drying, always turn down the temperature and make sure that the air current does not blow the liquid further into the appliance. Never expose batteries to heat!

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