IR (Infrared) blaster is a technology embedded in smartphones that allows them to be used as a remote control for other electronic devices such as a Tv and Air conditioner. The first Samsung device launched with this feature was the Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2013 and in this write-up are the other Samsung phones with IR Blaster.
However, it was only a matter of time before Samsung stopped shipping their phones with this technology. If one of your main purposes for buying a smartphone is to be used as a remote control, you might want to look elsewhere.
Smartphone manufacturers that still ships IR blaster with virtually all their smartphone are Xiaomi. Unfortunately, their phones are not officially available in the United States.
Samsung Phones with IR Blaster
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
What Was the Last Samsung Phone with IR blaster?
Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy Note Edge, and S6 Edge, are the last devices to feature infrared port or technology. It is worth noting that all these devices have been discontinued or are no longer being supported by Samsung in terms of updates.
Does Samsung Galaxy have IR Blaster?
Yes, Samsung flagships launched between 2013 and 2015 starting with the S4 and ending with the S6 series except for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Can I Install IR Blaster on my Samsung phone?
No, it is hardware, not software. To use your Samsung phone as a remote control, it must come with an infrared port. It is only then; that you can install a remote-control app from the google play store to use the feature.
Does Samsung S20 Have IR Blaster?
No, the Galaxy S20 series which includes S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, and S20 FE does not come with Infrared.
How Do I Know if My Phone has IR Blaster
Download IR Test from Google Play Store
Once installed, launch the app
It will run a test and, in a few seconds, you will know if your phone has infrared support or not.
As you can see, most of the Samsung phones with IR blaster have been discontinued and Samsung hasn’t released a phone with the technology since the Galaxy S6 in 2015.
And there is no indication that they will reconsider this decision now or anytime in the future. So, as I said earlier, if your priority is to use your smartphone as a remote control, you should consider a Xiaomi phone which by the way isn’t available in the US.
You will have to import them from a nearby country or one where it is officially available such as the United Kingdom (UK).