The remote allows you to turn it on/off, it allows you to move in four directions, it allows you to check the battery level on the device, it allows you to change cleaning modes (deep or spot), it allows you to schedule your cleaning (day and duration). It’s nice to have the remote but you still have to go rescue it sometimes (ie. getting stuck on a rug). I hope it helps.... been pretty happy with this one, clean lines after picking up. It does really well with fur.