Even though the mobile infrared port is practically only present in Xiaomi and Huawei phones many people don’t know what is it and how to use it. even having it present in the. Today we will review how we can take advantage of this tool.
Before the arrival of Bluetooth technology, we almost used infrared for every type of remote control.
Where is the mobile infrared port located?
Those phones that have this technology usually have this infrared port at the top. You will usually find it on the top edge. If your phone is finished with a bright color you will notice the port in that area.
How to check if the mobile infrared port is active and working?
If you are not completely sure that your phone has an infrared port, you can check it easily. To do this we can enter the engineer mode and check the operation by activating an individual functionality test.
This means that instead of testing all the hardware of the phone only one of the components will be tested, in this case, the infrared port. Click on the test and when you see the green “Pass” message, the port is working properly. This feature is available on both Xiaomi and Huawei phones, and you can access it by entering specific codes on the numeric keypad of the phone. Those codes are:
If you have a Xiaomi phone enter: *#*#6484#*#*#*
If it is a Huawei phone, just enter: *#*#2846 579#*#*#*
How to configure the mobile infrared port on a Xiaomi phone?
In order to use the infrared port on a Xiaomi phone, it is necessary to use the system application integrated into MIUI. “My remote” app gives us access to all the options to control a device. All we need to do is the following:
- Open “My Remote”.
- Click on the button “Activate remote control”.
- Or click on the “+” icon.
Now choose the type of device, brand, and model, the app will automatically configure itself.
How to configure the mobile infrared port on a Huawei phone?
The process is similar, only in this case we use the app that comes preinstalled with EMUI. Just follow these steps:
- Open the “Smart Controller” app.
- Click on the “+” icon
Here we just have to choose the device we want to control from the list.
What can you use the mobile infrared port for?
Thanks to this technology, it is possible to interact with compatible devices and give them commands.
In order to use the infrared port, you need an app that is compatible. Although each of the mobile manufacturers has its own app, as you have seen in the case of Xiaomi and Huawei, to be able to control the devices. There are more complete options in the Play Store, which gives us support for a greater number of devices.
You can recover files from old mobile phones
The basic cell phone of two decades ago, the classic Nokia for example had an infrared port. We could send files wirelessly between different phones before Bluetooth thanks to this technology.
So you could use this technology to retrieve photos and other documents from those basic phones, as long as your new phone can receive those contents. Of course, it is a very slow transmission method.
You can control the TV
With this infrared technology, we can control the TV, at least its basic functions, such as changing channels, controlling the volume, or turning it on and off. It is undoubtedly the most common use of infrared technology.
You can control the air conditioning
This tool also allows us to control the air conditioning. Normally these infrared remote controls usually have a limited life, but thanks to these ports on the smartphone we can control the temperature.
You can control the stereo system
It is also possible to control the volume of our stereo system, especially the traditional mini-chains and compatible Hi-Fi equipment. We can switch between different sound sources, control playback, volume as well as turn the device on and off.
This is undoubtedly the great advantage of this port, the possibility of giving a new life to devices that we could no longer use because their remote controls did not work.
By collecting the configuration data from online databases that are usually updated periodically, it is not hard to find a configuration mode for the port that suits the device you want to control, whatever type it is.