How to pad a recording using the Xfinity TV Remote app

Unlike when recording a live event using your cable remote, it requires some initiative to extend a recording with the Xfinity TV Remote app for iPhone or Android.

With opening day a mere three days away, and the second weekend of the NCAA tournament under way, there is much in the way of great sporting events to consume in the coming days and weeks.

If you find yourself at work or otherwise away from your Comcast, er, Xfinity cable box and realize you forgot to record a game, fear not: you can set a recording using the Xfinity TV Remote app for iPhone or for Android. I would always recommend adding some extra time to your recording, but the process is a bit more involved with the mobile app.

When you record a live event in the comfort of your home with your cable remote, Xfinity asks if you'd like to extend the recording. The mobile app isn't as helpful. Instead, you have to set a recording and then hunt it down and modify it. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Choose a program from the guide by tapping on it and then tap the Record button.

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Step 2: After the recording is set, tap the More button.

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Step 3: Tap DVR Manager and then tap Scheduled Recordings.

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Step 4: Tap Modify next to the recording you want to extend.

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Step 5: Tap Episode Settings

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Step 6: Tap End Recording and choose how much time you'd like to add.

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Step 7: Return to Episode Settings and tap Done.

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