These days, smartphones are not only making calls or browsing the internet, mobile phones can now be used as remote controls.

Once your smartphone has an IR blaster, then it can act as a TV remote control. So basically, smartphones with IR blasters have the ability to communicate with any device that receives commands via IR light beams.

These include many of the common remote-controlled devices in your home, such as TVs, set-top boxes, streaming boxes, home theater systems, air conditioning units, and many more.

The only thing you need to get set up is an app that will allow you to issue the IR commands to your electronic device.

The following android apps work on your smartphone as remote control.

However there’re just few available smartphones with this feature. Some smartphone versions of Samsung, Huawei, LG have got IR blaster.

But wait…

What at all is an IR blaster? What is the use of an IR blaster?

An infrared blaster simply called IR blaster is a device that emulates an infrared remote control to autonomously control a device that is normally controlled only by remote control key presses.

The most common use of an IR blaster is to allow a recording device such as a DVR or VCR to change the channel on an external tuner such as a cable box or satellite receiver.

Now that you’ve got a little understanding of what an IR blaster is, let’s look at devices it comes with.

Android phones you can use as a remote control

The following android devices with IR blasters are all available now. Use these smartphones as a universal remote.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphoneSamsung Galaxy S6 smartphone was launched in March 2015. The phone comes with a 5.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 577 pixels per inch.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 2550mAh non removable battery. It measures 143.40 x 70.50 x 6.80 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 138.00 grams.

Samsung recently cut off updates for Samsung Galaxy S6 family. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy S6 Active have all been removed from the support page entirely.

If you however have other versions of Samsung smartphones, you can use them to control Samsung devices such as TV, Air Conditioner etc… (More on this below).

LG G5

LG G5 smartphone with IR blasterLG G5 smartphone was launched in February 2016. The phone comes with a 5.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 554 pixels per inch.

The LG G5 is powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the LG G5 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The LG G5 runs Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 2800mAh removable battery.

LG V20

lg v20 ir blasterLG V20 smartphone was launched in September 2016. The phone has a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 513 pixels per inch.

The LG V20 is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card.

The cameras OF LG V20 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The LG V20 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3200mAh removable battery.

Huawei Mate 9 Pro

Huawei Mate 9 pro ir blasterHuawei Mate 9 Pro smartphone was launched in November 2016. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels.

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro is powered by 2.5GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non removable battery. The phone supports IR blaster which can be used as a remote control just like other phones listed in this post.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro was the 3rd next smartphone launched by Huawei after the Mate 9 Pro, P10 Plus and Honor 9. The smartphone was launched in October 2017 and comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels at a PPI of 402 pixels per inch.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro runs Android 8.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non removable battery.

Huawei P10 Plus

huawei p10 plusHuawei P10 Plus smartphone was launched in February 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels.

The Huawei P10 Plus is powered by octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

The Huawei P10 Plus packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 12-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Huawei P10 Plus runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3750mAh non removable battery.

The Huawei P10 Plus is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM.

Huawei Honor 9

huawei honor 9 ir blaster

Huawei Honor 9 smartphone was launched in June 2017. The phone comes with a 5.15-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 428 pixels per inch.

The Huawei Honor 9 is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

The Huawei Honor 9 packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Huawei Honor 9 runs Android 7.0.

LeEco Pro 3

LeEco Pro 3 ir blaster

LeEco (formerly LeTV) makes smartphones, entertainment platforms, set-top boxes, and smart TVs. One of their mobile phones, LeEco Le Pro 3 smartphone was launched in September 2016.

The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch.

The LeEco Le Pro 3 is powered by 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded.

LeEco Le Pro 3 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The LeEco Le Pro 3 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 4070mAh non removable battery.

Sharp Z2

Sharp Z2 android phone with ir blaster support

Powered by Mediatek’s Deca-Core Helio X20 mobile processor, Sharp Z2 comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM delivering extreme computing performance with unmatched power efficiency, making every day multitasking a breeze.

The camera has 16 MP AF PDAF main camera 8 MP F1.8 82 degrees wide view angle front camera. It has a fingerprint recognition feature that uses one button for easy unlock and quick photo taking.

Sharp Z2 is powered by 3000mAh battery.

HTC One M9

HTC One M9HTC One M9 smartphone was launched in March 2015. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.

The HTC One M9 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The HTC One M9 packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 4-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The HTC One M9 runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 2840mAh non removable battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with ir blasterXiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone was launched in August 2016. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 4100mAh non removable battery.

5 things you can control with your Galaxy phones

Samsung Galaxy phones have some smart features that make them easily integrate with other Samsung electronic devices. The latest addition, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has an S Pen which can be used to control the device just as a remote control works.

Imagine having electrical appliances with so many remotes to use. It’s too much stress. But with Samsung, you can simply use your Galaxy smartphones as a universal remote to control the sights, sounds and atmosphere at home.

TV

Don’t worry about IR blaster if you’re a lover of Samsung products. With your smartphone, you can use the Samsung TV Remote App to change your channel.

The app is compatible with most Samsung TV models, such as the 40-inch H6300 Smart Full HD TV. Simply connect to the same wireless network as your TV and pair your device.

You can control your TV’s settings, adjust volume, browse channels, set personalized options and enjoy a seamless viewing experience.

Air conditioners

With your galaxy phone, you can turn on your Samsung smart air conditioner by just tapping an app on your phone.

Using the Smart Air Conditioner app you can control your Air Conditioner. Also using the app you can monitor your unit’s energy and it informs when it is due to change filter.

The App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android devices (not only Samsung devices).

The best part is, iPhone users can also use the app (available on App Store) to control a Samsung Air Conditioner.

Printers

Connect your device to the wireless network and print a document by sending a command through your phone.

Audio devices


Samsung Shape Wireless Audio speakers can be used individually or together as part of a multi-room eco- system and all controllable through any smart mobile device.

Use the Shape Multiroom App on your smart phone to create playlists, adjust speaker volumes and send songs to individual speakers to activate multiple play modes.

Washing machines and dryers

You no longer need to do your laundry while being restricted to the confines of your home. With Samsung’s Laundry App, you can operate and track the progress of your laundry on the go with compatible washing machines and dryers, such as the WW9000.

The app can also notify you when the cycle is complete.