How to Make a Smart Home Sensor Out of an Old Samsung Phone
Over the years, Samsung has slowly grown in popularity to become one of the most sought-after Android phone companies. According to Statista, the South Korean-based corporation will provide 275 million smartphones worldwide in 2021 alone. As of the third quarter of 2022, Samsung accounted for 21.2% of all smartphones delivered worldwide.
These stats alone demonstrate how popular Samsung is throughout the globe, but although many people are purchasing newer releases of the brand, it also means that older models are being phased out. Some of these older phones are passed down, while others are thrown away. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Samsung launched the Galaxy Upcycling at Home Program to avoid the latter. Samsung smartphone users may use this application to convert their obsolete phones into something more useful: a smart home device.
The Galaxy Upcycling at Home Program, established by Samsung in 2021, aims to recycle obsolete Galaxy smartphones into the Internet of Things (IoT) devices for the home (via Samsung Newsroom). Rather than letting outdated phones collect dust in a drawer or contribute to the ever-growing mound of electronic garbage, owners may upcycle them into useful gadgets like an automated interior lighting system or a pet/baby monitor. They can get the most out of their phones while also helping the environment. According to SmartThings, the upcycling capability is only available on certain models that run Android 8.1 or later and were introduced after 2018. All S models from the Galaxy S9, all Note models from the Note9, and all Z models are included.