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PSA: Don’t rely on that Note 7 IMEI checker that’s making the rounds
The link to an online IMEI checker for the Galaxy Note 7 was published on XDA-Developers and then picked up by several websites. But, while that Note 7 IMEI checker is indeed an internal Samsung website, it’s not an official tool you should use.
Samsung previously announced it would put up an online IMEI checker for Note 7 owners to see if they need to return and replace their phones. Samsung said this website would go live as soon as the first replacements units begin shipping to customers, which is yet to happen.
Samsung has not made any official statements regarding the IMEI checker that has been “leaked” on XDA.
Moreover, visiting the address now redirects you to Samsung’s general support page, though it’s still possible to see it if you stop the redirect at the right moment.
Looking at the comments from XDA-Developers users, the checker told some users that their devices are safe, even if Samsung is adamant that all Note 7 currently on the market must be returned, and the fact that shipments of new devices haven’t started yet.
One user even entered an IMEI from a Galaxy S7 Edge and the system told him he needs to return it:
If you already entered your Note 7 IMEI number and the checker told you that your device is safe, you must still have it replaced, for your safety and for those around you.
When Samsung announces the official IMEI checking tool for the Note 7, the company will publicize it far and wide. Until then, put safety first and get your device replaced.