In our daily lives, we use a variety of essential household appliances, such as air conditioners, televisions, DVD players, stereo systems, game consoles, and large-screen projectors. Most of these devices come with remote controls. We need different remote controls for different devices. It is difficult to manage all of these remotes and find a suitable place to store them all. Imagine if we had a single, handy remote control to control all of these devices. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
Yes, with today’s technology, we have this capability with smartphones, particularly Samsung phones. The component we use for this purpose is called an “IR blaster.” IR stands for infrared.
Way To Check If Your Phone Has An “IR Blaster”
Some smart mobile phones, including those from Samsung, come with an IR Blaster. Here are some easy ways to check if your phone has one:
- Look for an IR LED on the upper side of your phone. It is similar to the LED on a regular remote control. If you see one, your phone has an IR Blaster.
- Download the app “IR Test”. When you install and open the app, it will confirm whether your phone has an IR Blaster.
- Check your phone’s manual. If your phone comes with an IR Blaster, it will be mentioned in the manual.
- If you cannot find your phone’s manual or have lost it, you can go to the phone’s manufacturer’s website and look for information about the IR Blaster there.
List of Samsung Galaxy Phone With IR Blaster
The following Samsung Galaxy phones have a built-in IR blaster:
- Samsung Galaxy J
- Samsung Galaxy Mega
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy Roun
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The following Samsung phones can use IR with an application like “Peel Smart Remotes”:
- Samsung Galaxy A3
- Samsung Galaxy A5
- Samsung Galaxy A7
The latest Samsung phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, etc., do not have a built-in IR blaster. However, an IR Blaster Adapter can be used to enable IR features on these phones
Alternative for an IR Blaster in Your Mobile Phone
If your mobile phone does not have an IR blaster, you can use an IR adapter to enable the IR feature. Most newer Samsung phones do not have an IR blaster. In fact, most Samsung phones with an IR blaster were released between 2013 and 2015. Therefore, most Samsung phones released after 2015 do not have an IR blaster. Some examples of Samsung phones without an IR blaster include:
- Galaxy A33 5G
- Galaxy A03
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A13
- Samsung S9
- Samsung S10
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
Benefits of Using IR Blaster
Using an IR Blaster instead of a remote controller offers several advantages. First, an IR Blaster remote control is buttonless and battery-free, eliminating the need for battery replacements. Second, it can be used with older devices that do not have Bluetooth or wireless connectivity.
Other benefits include:
- Convenience: Using a mobile phone’s IR Blaster as a universal remote control eliminates the need to manage multiple remote controls.
- Reliability: IR Blaster remote controls are more reliable than traditional remote controls, as they are not subject to button wear and tear or battery failure.
- Full functionality: IR Blaster remote controls can be used to control devices that cannot be controlled with a physical remote, such as CCTV cameras and PCs.
In conclusion, a phone with IR Blaster is a convenient and reliable way to control a variety of devices.
Process To Use IR Blaster
It is possible to use an IR Blaster with apps. You can download the MI Remote app from the Google Play Store and install it to use with your IR Blaster. Some other TV remote apps that can be used with an IR Blaster include: Twin one Universal TV Remote, Smart IR Remote, Unified TV, Sure Universal Remote for TV, Galaxy Universal Remote, IR Plus-Infrared Remote, and Universal Remote Control..
List Of Other IR Blaster In Built Phones
The following is a list of other mobile phones with built-in IR blasters:
- Vivo X80 Pro
- Huawei P50 Pro
- Poco F4 GT
- Xiaomi 12 Pro
- Xiaomi 11T Series
- Redmi Note 11 Pro & Pro Plus
- Redmi K40
- Poco X4 Pro
- Poco M4 Pro
- LG G Flex
- TCL 10 Pro
- Nokia 3200
- Motorola A760
How to Work IR Blaster?
An IR blaster is a device that can replicate the functionality of an infrared-enabled device, such as a remote control. It emits infrared signals that control the device in the same way as the remote control.
Does IR Blaster Do Any Harm To Our Body?
The infrared signal emitted by an IR Blaster is safe and does not pose any health risks, even when used for extended periods of time. Infrared light is a type of non-ionizing radiation, which means that it does not have enough energy to damage DNA or cause cancer. It is the same type of light that is used in remote controls and night vision goggles.
IR Blaster is a new invention in cutting-edge technology. It has made many household tasks easier, hassle-free, and more convenient. We can now use our mobile phones as remote controls for a variety of devices. We eagerly await further advancements in this modern technology.