Are you missing an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?

Are you missing an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?

Samsung giveth, Samsung taketh away - that's the moral of the story with the Galaxy S6 and its successor the Galaxy S7. What the company gave us with the S7 and its sidekick S7 edge is a premium design like the S6, but a waterproof certification for the chassis and a memory slot for storage expansion - two features that the S6 was devoid of.

Samsung taketh, too, as the infrared sensor at the top of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is now gone in the S7 and S7 edge. This IT blaster is convenient to command your house electronics like TVs, home stereo, and even AC units, so eschewing it in the S7 may have irked some users who expected to have it in the latest and greatest Samsung handsets. 

That is why we wanted to ask you whether you are missing an IR blaster on the S7 and S7 edge that may save you from always looking for the remote in the couch cushions, or in the kids' bedroom.

Are you missing an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?

No, I rarely ever use that
34.93%
Yes, I use IR blasters often
65.07%

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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79 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I use it on my S6 to troll restaurant owners by changing the channel. Once I switched it from a football game to erotic song. legend says the manager still has nightmares.

2. FluffyBled unregistered

Why are you still alive D: ? Switching from football games should be illegal :P!

29. sgodsell

Posts: 6653; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If all the appliance OEMs (TV, audio, PVR, ...) used Bluetooth, or WiFi then IR would never be needed again. It is slow, and direct line of sight is needed for IR. Also IoT devices are becoming cheaper all the time. When regular people can purchase something like an ESP8266 for $3, then appliance OEMs have no excuse but to use WiFi or Bluetooth in future appliances.

64. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Amazing how many idiots in these type of forums don't realize any of what you're talking about as being true. Most voting are Trolls and Haters just pretending they've got these phones and that they ever use or even need to use IR Blasters! .....it's hilarious and like some young kid who hasn't got laid yet..... bragging about having a condom he's been carrying around for years for that first occasion. They don't even know what it like and they are the ones telling others what it's like! Fact is in the general population only a fraction of devices users own or even have an IR Blaster equipped phone. In Surveys Samsung themselves put have run...... only 14% of users with IR Blaster equipped phones even use them!!! And that's why they took them out in the first place. Why should 85% of the people who don't use the feature be paying for it in the first place? But.... yeah..... these fools don't care about IR being laggy, slow, outdated, lame, direct line of sight only and with extremely limited range! ....to them it's just another thing to complain about SAMSUNG!!! ahaha....

66. golem1102

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

IR being laggy? what? and you talking about trolls? take a note 4, download peel app and than point your phone and press. if something will lag its your own brain.

67. lll27

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 14, 2016

Do you think Samsung really reduced the price of the phone by $.75 that it costs to add the IR port? Count me in the 14% who didn't buy a GS7 because it didn't have an IR port.

72. izrat69

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

ikr. im so pissed it doesnt have my favorite infrared feature i abused when i was a kid with my older devices. this feature has bonded to me. i remember sending photos and music back in the day with infrared. so cool and so fun. i miss that

69. straightcurve

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 24, 2016

Yet, oddly enough, IR still dominates the interface for TVs and audio devices. Fact is, I found this article while shopping for a new phone. I really want the SGS7 Edge (we have a Gear VR at home), but no IR is putting me off. Fair points about the numbers though. If people don't use a feature, it's hard for manufacturers to justify keeping said feature. IoT needs to hurry the fk up, because IR is still everywhere - and at least some of us idiots use our phones to control it.

78. Kellyfromtn

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2017

Where do I get a ESP8266 for $3? Thanks.

41. MSi_GS70 unregistered

what ??? over 50% missing ..??? who on earth would use it and why ?

70. socrfan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2016

Only if it's real football aka soccer!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

once upon a time, humans can send 500kB ringtones using IR, it only took 5minutes, and they must hold both phone firmly, because slight movement can interupt file transfer.. what a nightmare..

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Believe me, i tried and it always failed. "Try, try again...and you will succeed" quote was far from practical!

65. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

I don't think you know what an IR blaster is.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't have the S7 but I am missing the ir blaster from my M8.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

IR blaster is indeed pointless when it's only applicable on Samsung TV but not their other appliances. My Mi note IR blaster can control not just miTV but also Mi purifier, Mi CCTV, as well as Mi rice cooker.

7. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

The IR blaster is used to control any IR device. I use it on multiple TV's and ACs that are not Samsung.

9. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I thought Samsung had like LG that supports a wide range of appliances and OEMs and then programable for stuff not supported.

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It works on any device. Any TV, AirCon, TV box or even a DVD player from any brand. Get your facts right.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

And where's your fact that any IR blaster that can control purifier? Cctv? And heck the cookers? Try harder when you define the wide range

30. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Any phone with IR blaster does, but its too advanced for u to understand how it works.

34. sissy246

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

REALLY, I think you are nit picking now. When I had the s5 I could control any brand of tv, are AC, are sound bar, are DVD player, the small electric heater non of them are Samsung brand he'll non are even the same brands. Did I ever try it on a purifier, cctv or cookers no, but I am not going to say it wouldn't have worked because I don't know if infrared controlled it might have worked them too.

39. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

You are using Mi brand, may be it was restricted by the OEM

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Then you're using it wrong. It does work with lots of devices and appliances.

33. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"IR blaster is indeed pointless when it's only applicable on Samsung TV but not their other appliances". That's just a hate comment right there

35. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

LOL obviously you don't understand how IR blaster works. I've used my samsung device with IR blaster on a non samsung TV through peel

59. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Actually, almost any Android SmartPhone with an IR blaster can easily accomplish all of the above by using this ZaZaRemote app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tiqiaa.remote&hl=en Cool thing about it is that it's compatible with not only their OTG IR Blaster (which works with ANY Android SmartPhone that supports OTG), but it's also compatible with many Android SmartPhone with a Built-in IR blaster. Plus it has a huge collection of IR codes, see post #58 below.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1534; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yes i do miss the IR. I saw alot of s6 edge plus and note 5 for sale on CL but reluctant to buy and search for s6.

8. Kevro_86

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Why does Samsung keep advertising that the S7 series "has everything", when they made the moronic decision to eliminate such a key feature as the IR Blaster?!?! They will make the claim that "not enough people were using it", which is complete BS seeing how over a half BILLION IR Remote apps have been downloaded on the Play Store! Most of us search for our various remotes several times a week, but how often do we ever have to search for our phones?...practically never! People that have an IR Blaster on their phones and have never used it, should really give it a try. More than likely, you'll really begin to appreciate having the feature. I am currently using a Note 4 Developer Device which I love. I was really hoping to upgrade to Note 6 when it comes out, but the IR Blaster will be a deal-breaker if Samsung insists on leaving it in the dust. I'll go with LG's sequel to the V10. They are at least wise enough to keep valuable features on their flagship devices! The IR Blaster was another thing Samsung could claim that they had on their top phones that iPhone didn't. Not any more. Please Samsung... Bring back the IR Blaster for Note 6!

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The reason IR is not coming back is because all the new TV are usually smart TVs and can anyway be controlled without IR.

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