Using Macros To Send Multiple Commands With One Tap
Macros are AnyMote's solution to simplify repetitive actions that you do every day.
- changing to channel 122 ? One tap
- turn on TV, Set Top Box, set to Input HDMI 3? One tap
- turn off everything ? One tap
Most importantly, macros can be used just like any other command. You can assign them to buttons, gestures, widgets, notification, automated tasks & more.
- An AnyMote Home Hub
- 2 AA batteries
- The AnyMote Smart Universal Remote app for iOS or Android
- Your smartphone or tablet paired with AnyMote and remotes set up.
Step 1 - Create a new Macro
Pick a short and representative name - that will avoid confusion later.
For our example, we'll create a macro that turns on both the TV and the Set Top Box, and we'll name it Watch TV
Step 2 - Import the first command of the chain
Tap the add command button, select your TV remote, and then scroll down and pick the Power On button. If you don't have a Power On command, pick the Power Toggle.
Once selected, tap the upper-right side of the screen button to confirm your selection.
Step 3 - Add a delay to prevent conflicts
Tap the add delay option, pick a delay of roughly 1 second, and then save it.
Here's another real-life scenario: when you first power it on, your TV takes a few seconds to start up. That can be up to a minute if it's a Smart TV.
During the boot-up time, the TV will ignore any command you send to it, so you'll want to add a delay of up to a minute between Power On and any other command, like INPUT HDMI 3.
Step 4 - Import the rest of your commands
Feel free to import other commands as well, like Power On for your sound system, or the Input Hdmi 3 for your TV (assuming your STB is connected to HDMI 3 on your TV).
The macro should now look like the first screenshot in step 5 below.
Step 5 - Save and use your macro
Once you're happy with the results, tap the checkmark / save button in the upper right side of the screen to save this macro. Optionally, you can also select a remote onto which the macro should be imported as a regular button.
Examples, tips & tricks
Macros can be a very powerful feature, but you have to take advantage of them. Here are a few examples of macros commonly used with AnyMote:
- Watch TV: turns on the TV and Set Top Box
- BBC Channel: changes to channel 122, by sending commands DIGIT 1, DIGIT 2 and DIGIT 2 again
- Watch Movies: turns on the TV and Apple TV
- Play Music: turns off the TV, turns on the receiver, sends the PLAY command
Tips & tricks for best usage:
- use large-enough delays, but not too big. Usually 0.5s to 1 second works best.
- feel free to get creative. You can even import macros in macros!
- use special commands. For example, once all commands are sent, launch the TV remote.
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