How to set up and use WatchON along with the IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy S 4


Just like the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 features an IR blaster along with a companion app to see what’s on TV and get recommendations. Samsung’s version is called WatchON and doesn’t appear to be as robust as HTC TV, but it gets the job done. WatchON lets you control your TV as well as a cable or satellite box through the IR blaster at the top of Galaxy S 4. You will need to go through an initial setup, but soon after, you will be able see your TV guide on your GS4 and get recommendations based on your interests. Just tap on a show or sporting event to get more information and once more to change the channel to that particular program. We put together this hands on video showing you how to set it up as well as some of the features from the WatchON app. Skip on past the break to see how it works, and don’t forget to check out our other Galaxy S 4 guides.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Sanjay

    My app, which clicking on Show, try to change TV Channel rather then DirecTV box channel. Don’t know how to setup correctly.

  • NakedFaerie

    keep going with the app as you CAN have AV receivers and a lot of other devices.
    I’ve set up my TV, bluray player, AV receiver, Apple TV, WDTV, but I cant get my Strong settop box to work. :(

  • wavespark

    Search google play for “IR Universal Remote” by wavespark. Its a free Infrared universal remote application that lets you control your tv and other devices like your xbox360.

  • yellowbimmer

    I use apps watch on but i can use for on and off the tv,when i touch watch now nothing showing on tv,can somebody solve my problem

  • Julio Gonz

    Do these ir blasters work outside the u.s.? Do they require a samsung account?

  • Alicia

    does anybody know how to add a dvr so u can use it on ur app?

  • menace

    Works great but I can only use it on one tv. Which kinda sucks. I have 5 tvs but only can control 1

    • SlyJay

      You can add more TV’s. You have to select the option to add another room. You can only program one TV per room.

  • Shadow

    Can i connect my ps3 to this app