Remotely Control Kodi (XBMC) with Yatse using Port Forwarding

Yatse on Moto 360 Android Wear watch

If you use Kodi (formerly XBMC) with the Yatse Android app, you know how many awesome features you get that make everything feel so seamless and integrated.  But, just out of the box, you only get those features if you are connected to your home wifi.

This guide will show you how to get all that home theater connectivity on your Android phone from anywhere in the world.

Get Android Notifications on your TV

Yatse Notification Plugin

So you’re right in the middle of binge-watching your new favorite show and someone is texting you important information but you left your phone in the other room.  It’s happened to all of us.  But it doesn’t have to.  What if you can get Android notifications on your TV?  Here’s how.

How to Make XBMC/Kodi Pause When Your Phone Rings

Yatse Call Plugin

Do you ever miss phone calls because you couldn’t hear it ring over the sound of your favorite TV show?  Or, have you found yourself frantically searching for the remote to pause the TV so you can answer a phone call?

Well, if you use XBMC/Kodi to watch TV (like I do), there’s an easy way to make your show automatically pause when you phone starts ringing.

How to Control XBMC from Tasker

Control XBMC from Tasker

Trying to figure out how to tie together all of the separate pieces of your home automation system? One nice link to have is to control XBMC from Tasker (the Android automation app). Why? (you might ask?) Well, if Tasker can make your XBMC media center play and pause (or other various actions), then that opens up a whole world of possibilities of events that can trigger that Tasker profile.

Yatse: The Best Kodi Remote App on Android

Yatse XBMC Remote App for Android

I’ve used other XBMC remote apps on my Android phone, and I used to primarily use the official one. I thought since it was official, it was probably the best one. Finally, around the time Frodo (v12.0) was in beta, I noticed the remote stopped working. So, I researched it and found that it was not compatible with the new protocols. So, I searched for a replacement. Yatse seemed to be the most favored and recommended choice, so I tried it.