How to Find Out if I Have an Infrared Device

By Krista Martin

Infrared is a useful technology that allows you to send and receive data with other devices that have infrared capability. Infrared refers to invisible light that is used to transmit wireless information. Cell phones, remote controls and computers are often built with infrared capability. Although most cell phones and computers built today will have infrared technology, you can determine whether your device has infrared by browsing through the device or setting folders.

Step 1

Click "Start" and "Control Panel" on your computer.

Step 2

Click "Printers and Other Hardware" and select "System" from the left panel.

Step 3

Click on the "Hardware" tab and select "Device Manager".

Step 4

Double-click "Infrared Devices." If your computer has infrared capability, you will see the infrared device in this folder.

Step 5

Go to your phone and select "Options" or "Settings". This will vary from phone to phone, but if you have infrared capability, you will see the option to activate or enable your infrared device in one of these folders.