Android TV Boxes are incredibly versatile. This is why they have been the choice of millions of people as their main entertainment device. One of the biggest differences between an Android phone or tablet and an Android TV Box is that you cannot touch the screen, type, click on certain things, and scroll in certain apps.
This is where the use of Air mouse comes into play. An Air mouse gives you the ability to use a cursor that is controlled by the remote’s movement. This allows you to navigate almost any Android application and do things that you cannot do with a regular remote. Some Air mouse comes with a keyboard, backlighting, and a microphone for voice control.
Tip – For a precise movement of the cursor, some people find it helpful to rest their elbow or wrist on their leg or the couch. This can help you make extremely accurate movements.
How to set up your Air mouse
You will receive an Air mouse and a USB dongle. The USB dongle is small, so make sure you don’t throw it away. Your Air mouse WILL NOT work without it!
Add Batteries to the Air mouse
Turn the Air mouse to the keyboard side so that you can read the letters on the keyboard. The right side of the Air mouse is the battery compartment. Press down on the center of the compartment and slide the cover to the right. Now add batteries and attach the cover to the Air mouse.
Air Mouse Buttons
The Home button will bring you back in your android TV box home screen from anywhere in any app. This can save time from backing out of apps. Just press the home button, and you are ready to jump into another app.
The Back Button works just like the back button on your phone. Want to jump back one spot in an app, click it once. Want to back out of an app with breakneck speed? Press the back button multiple times.
All apps do not use the Menu button. But in some apps, the menu button will show you options that aren’t generally displayed on the screen. Most apps do not use this button, but it is handy to have for apps that do.
Not all Air mouse remotes will offer to the backlight, but many do. This backlight feature helps you to see all of the buttons in a dark environment. To turn on the backlighting, press the button once. The lights will turn off after about 30 seconds. They will light back up once you press any button.
To turn off the backlighting, press the backlighting button. If you turn on the backlighting feature and flip the Air mouse remote to the other side to type something, the other side of the remote will light up and vice versa. So you can seamlessly use both sides of the remote with backlighting.
Latest Air mouse remote offers four programmable / learning buttons. These buttons can be used to replicate buttons used on your other remotes. You can program one to turn on your TV, turn on your sound bar, change the source on your TV, or turn up the volume on your TV.
How to Program the Programmable Buttons?
- Each button needs to be programmed on its own
- Press and hold the TV button for about 5 seconds
- Aim the front of both remotes towards each other
- Press and hold the button you want the Air mouse to learn on the other remote
- If the Air mouse learned the button the LED light would stay on
- Press the button on the Air mouse that you want to assign this function.
- Press the TV button once to lock in your selection
- Test to see if it has learned this function. If not, repeat.
- If you are following these steps correctly and still have not learned in 3 or 4 tries, you most likely have a remote that uses a different signal format.
The backspace button acts the same way as the backspace or deletes button on a normal keyboard.
The Enter button is usually used when you finish typing in something like a password or login information within an app, but can also be used as an OK or select button.
The Caps button can be used to switch from lowercase letters to uppercase letters. This can be used in emails or passwords.
The ALT button is the one that generally trips people up. The Alt button adds a second layer of functionality to the keyboard. On each button is a number or symbol in blue. Pressing the Alt button will allow you to type the blue symbol or name. This essentially makes one-button into two buttons.