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How to control your TV with your phone if it doesn't have a built-in IR blaster

How to control your TV with your phone if it doesn't have a built-in IR blaster
After being forgotten for a long time, the infrared sensor is seeing somewhat of a resurgence in mobile phones, with a bunch of handsets now coming with their own IR blasters, letting you easily control your TV, set-top box, home stereo, or even AC unit, from the comfort of your phone. 

Those come with adjacent apps that have tons of TV makes and models preinstalled already, so there is a chance you can start annoying your sister by lowering the volume of that Bieber song right after you unpack your new handset. Some of those, like the apps on Samsung or LG phones, even let you manage more exotic gear, like your air conditioner, for example. What about phones or tablets that don't come from the factory with infrared sensors in them, though? Here are a few of your options:

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posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:30 4

1. TheNeighbor (Posts: 88; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Pretty much enjoying the benefits of having the Note 3 to remote the airconditioning, TV and projector where I live and work.

They are useful.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:04

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3866; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes sir...

+1

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:33 4

2. ThePython (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 May 2013)


How about using a TV remote?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:15 1

8. sarb009 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


How about using just one remote (phone) instead of using various remotes for TV, ac, setup box etc etc ?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:49 4

10. Sauce (unregistered)


I'd rather use the actual remote my 80 inch T.V. came with. More options. Simpler. Less annoying. Physical buttons.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:37 4

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...with physical buttons...I can use most of the remote without looking at it.

Cant really do that with a touch screen.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:04 1

13. ThePython (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 May 2013)


@sarb009 you got your answer.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:51 3

11. Omarc07 (Posts: 238; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Same here I prefer using the remote.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:39 1

3. shuaibhere (Posts: 1300; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Just buy a compact remote for $5....

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:39 1

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1300; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"so there is a
chance you can start annoying your
sister by lowering the volume of that
Bieber song"

Best part of article...lol...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:41

5. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


How to control your TV with your phone if it doesn't have a built-in IR blaster?
mmm, buy a new phone with IR blaster...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:11 1

7. tasior (Posts: 193; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


That's why I like Sony. They don't particularly boast about it, but their TVs can be operated by any Android device, with their app. They communicate via wifi...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 16:42 1

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 673; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm not particularly a big fan of Sony, but you would think that all modern TVs would be able to do this already.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:03

9. walnuttt (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


jeez, I'd rather buy a phone that has built in IR Blaster than using these paid devices that will cost you extra dollars and on the other hand it is annoying using those. Just my opinion.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:30 1

14. maxmppower (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


IR Blaster is one of the coolest features for phones nowadays. Half the time I can't find my remote, but damn if I can't find my phone.

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