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Use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a Boxee Remote

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Are you a Boxee user looking for a remote control solution? Well, you might not need to look any further than your pocket. The free Boxee Remote App turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a a simple and easy-to-use Boxee remote.

The Boxee Remote App works over WiFi, so there is no need for to buy or install additional hardware on your PC. Plus, you don’t even need to be within the line of sight for it to work.

Using the Boxee Remote App

Download the free Boxee Remote App from the App Store and install it on your iPhone or iPod Touch. See download link below.


Next, make sure you have Boxee running on your PC. Select the Boxee icon to open the App.


The first time you log in you’ll be greeted by an introduction screen that will explain the two modes. Click Continue.


When opened in “Button” mode, you’ll be presented with 4 directional buttons, an “OK” button, and a back arrow button that works like the Esc key does in Boxee.


Button mode performs just as a normal remote. Touching the directional buttons moves your on screen selection right, left, up, and down. Tap the OK button to open or select an item.


To enter “Gesture” mode, tap the Gesture button along the top of the Screen.


Gesture mode works similar to a touch pad or trackball on a laptop. You drag the Boxee icon with your thumb or finger across the screen to move around within Boxee.


The icon will turn red while being dragged or touched. Simply tap the icon to select.


The Settings button allows you to manually add or delete a host computer, or adjust the sensitivity of the controls.



If you need to enter text, such as enter logon credentials for an App, the on screen keyboard will pop up.


While watching a video you’ll have on-screen Stop and Pause buttons along with a volume slider.



The Boxee Remote App is simple and easy to use. As long as you can connect via WiFi, you can use it to control any instance of Boxee running on any computer on your network.

Download the Boxee Remote App

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 03/31/10

Comments (5)

  1. Ben Beckford

    There is an Android app too! Its really good!

  2. alex

    i have this, now is there a way to launch boxee from the iphone? i use my main pc as my media/gaming/work pc and i know you can vnc with the iphone, but is there an app that i cant find that is just an application launcher for the pc?

  3. Kut

    I love using this, makes laying in bed and watching movies and TV shows so much easier. Plus, my monitor is bigger than my TV so it looks better as well. Thanks for the instructions HTG!

  4. DigitalGeekery

    @alex – None that I’m aware of, but that certainly would be a nice feature / app.

  5. Goldie

    @alex you could use touchmouse by logitech to open boxee, then switch to boxee remote to control boxee

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