Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Learn More

Here’s how you’ll be able to check whether a Galaxy Note 7 is safe

The exploding batteries and subsequent recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has opened up an industrial-sized vat of worms for those still thinking about buying the phone.

We can envisage scenarios where people are sold unsafe models in the primary and secondary markets, which could lead to more unsavory incidents like the one in Florida earlier this week.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall FAQ

With that perhaps in mind, Samsung is creating an easy way to tell whether the Note 7 is a new model or the product of a potentially unsafe batch.

In Australia at least, the firm will roll out a database on September 13 allowing users to type in their phone’s unique IMEI number for a quick verdict.

Samsung Australia also says (via Android Central) replacement models will feature a small white ’S’ sticker on the box. There’ll also be black square that sits next to the phone’s IMEI number printed on the box as illustrated below.


Whether Samsung follows similar tactics in other regions remains to be seen, but this seems to be a pretty efficient way to handle things.

In the UK rexchanges will begin on September 19.

Watch The Refresh: The best tech gossip and reviews every week

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor