Samsung is offering free phone cleaning to Galaxy owners in 19 countries, including the U.S.

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What you need to know

  • Samsung will be offering free phone sanitizing services in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • It will clean Galaxy devices from phones down to Galaxy Buds.
  • The service is rolling out in 19 markets and plans to expand to other countries later down the line.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, companies are helping stop the spread by restricting travel and encouraging working from home. In all cases, an emphasis has been placed on personal hygiene to minimize the speed of transmission.

Samsung, in particular, is encouraging users to clean their phones by offering free Galaxy Sanizitzing services in select regions.

SamMobile reports:

The Galaxy Sanitizing Service is being offered for free through official Samsung Service Center and Samsung Experience Stores in select countries currently and the service is being expanded continuously. It simply sanitizes the phone with UV-C light, no harsh cleaning chemicals required. These devices can be used to sanitize Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Watch, and the Galaxy Buds.[...]The Galaxy Sanitizing Service is currently available for free in Samsung Service Centers and Samsung Experience Stores in 19 markets across the globe. They include Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Ukraine, and Vietnam.Samsung will soon expand the service to Australia, Austria, Canada, Czechia, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Samsung's efforts are small, but likely helpful. Your phone is probably a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria seeing as its the thing you probably touch the most.

If you don't have a Samsung phone or would rather stay indoors at the moment, you can check out our tips on how to take care of your own smartphone.

How to properly clean and disinfect your smartphone

Michael Allison
  • Important question is how long will it remain clean?
  • I hope places don't start charging for this, glad Samsung is offering it free but their locations are limited. I assume most people who care about this already have a UV-C sanitizing cabinet at home. I bought one in January to sanitize my devices (phones, tablets, and laptops primarily)
  • This will not prevent you from getting CORONAVIRUS. You are all going to be exposed to it. Just deal with it and move on.
  • Use hand sanitizer! 🤣
  • It's to reduce the risk of getting it, no one said it would guarantee you wouldn't get it at all. You should always be doing what you can reasonably do to reduce risk of transmission.
  • Nobody else touches my phone - what's the point of cleaning it?
  • So you not moving stuff from your butt to your hotdog...
  • As a rule, I wash my hands after using the bathroom, and before eating. So again, why clean my phone?
  • Because you could still get it from somewhere else and then touch your phone? Or do you wear gloves 24/7?
  • So what's more likely to spread illness-- my phone, or going to a mall to get my phone sanitized?