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Samsung finally replaces Galaxy Note 7 - Here's how to tell if your new phone is safe

Samsung finally replaces Galaxy Note 7 - Here's how to tell if your new phone is safe

If you're one of the 2.5 million people who bought a Galaxy Note7 phone, I hope you've gotten your replacement phone already. If not, you're literally playing with fire.

In case you haven't heard, Samsung has recalled 2.5 million Galaxy Note7 smartphones. This recall was in response to multiple reported incidents where batteries overheated and the smartphones caught fire.

Samsung has issued this fix, but it's still a good idea to make sure your phone isn't going to blow up in your pocket.

As part of the massive recall, the Note7 can be replaced with a newer Note7 now that they are available or can be swapped out for a J Series, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. You also get a $25 gift card or in-store credit for your troubles. All you need to do is contact the retail outlet where you purchased your phone or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

Just in case there's any confusion as to whether or not you have a phone that's safe to use, Samsung has made it easy to tell you're in the clear. Approved and safe phones will now have a green battery icon in three places: the status bar, the display screen and the power off screen.

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You can also check the battery itself. Newer, approved batteries will have a black square in the top right-hand corner of the battery's label.

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Samsung is urging customers to take advantage of its voluntary recall for the smartphone. If you already own the Galaxy Note 7, turning it in for exchange is your safest option.

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