Does the LG G6 Feature an IR Blaster?

LG was the last major OEM to continue including a handy IR blaster on its flagship devices. The G5 might have been a disaster for the company, but some people purchased the handset solely because it had an IR blaster. Sadly, with the G6, LG is not only ditching the removable battery but also the IR blaster.

On previous LG devices like the G5, V10 and G4, one could use the Quick Remote app in conjunction with the IR blaster to quickly control other electronic appliances like TV and fridge near them. Now since the G6 lacks an IR blaster, this is no longer possible.

While the new all-glass design, an almost bezel-less design, and IP68 certification are definitely nice to have, they might have also played a role in LG ditching the IR blaster on the G6. It is also possible that LG decided to do away with the IR blaster simply because it noticed that not too many people are using it on their devices. Or maybe the number of users using the IR blaster on their phones was simply not enough for LG to justify the cost of continuing to include it on their latest flagship.

Whatever the case might be, the LG G6 — just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, and HTC 10 — now no longer features an IR blaster.

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  • Kraken

    Smartphones are getting worse every year…

  • Handy Mann

    I have not given up on my Note 3, yet. I use the IR blaster a lot. Hope it comes back. Very useful feature (with the right apps).

  • Jorell

    Can you please make a phone for dumb people who don’t know their phone’s features and another phone for intelligent people who do? I need the IR blaster.

  • Just got my G6 in the mail today, and was sad to see it didn’t have the IR Blaster! 🙁 I just assumed that like the G5 and the V20 before it (both of which I’ve had), that it was going to be included. Didn’t even think to look. What a f-ing bummer that is