Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program was launched in 2021 with the goal of repurposing older Galaxy smartphones as Internet of Things (IoT) devices for the home (via Samsung Newsroom). Instead of letting old phones gather dust in a drawer or add to the growing pile of e-waste, owners can recycle them into useful devices such as an automatic interior light system or a pet monitor. /baby. This way they can get the most out of their phones, while saving the environment. According to SmartThings, the recycle feature is limited to certain models running Android 8.1 and later and was released as of 2018. This includes all S models of Galaxy S9, all Note models of Note9, and all Z series.
To turn phones into smart home devices, you need two simple apps: Galaxy Upcycle and SmartThings. These apps allow you to use the old phone’s built-in light and sound sensors for specific purposes. The light sensor is used to measure ambient light levels, while the sound sensor detects and records five sounds: barking, meowing, baby crying, knocking and breaking glass. Your old phone will send a notification to your current phone whenever it hears such sounds.
Here’s what you need to do to convert your old Samsung phone to one of these sensors.