Why isn’t Samsung including earphones and a charger plug in the box?

Galaxy S21+ 5G and box

The Galaxy S21 series does not have earphones or a charger plug in the box because Samsung wants to minimise the impact our products have on the environment.

More and more Galaxy users are making sustainable choices in their daily lives to promote better recycling habits. To support our Galaxy community in this journey, we are transitioning to the removal of earphones and charger plugs starting with the Galaxy S21 series.

Samsung believes the removal of earphones and charger plugs from our in-box device packaging can help address the growing e-waste problem and unnecessary duplication of these items.

Existing Galaxy users are encouraged to continue using their current earphones and charging plug, while new users will need to purchase this separately. Samsung chargers are now available at new lower prices.


Please note: For the best battery performance and durability, it is important to use high efficiency chargers that are also genuine Samsung products.

The Galaxy S21 comes with a USB Type-C data cable

A USB Type-C data cable to attach the smartphone to the charger plug is included in the package.

USB-C is the most common type of charger for smartphones and other mobile devices, allowing for high speed data transfer and power flow, and it charges your phone more quickly. The USB-C cable is also reversible, can be plugged in either way round and used across Samsung Galaxy devices, so that new models of smartphones are still compatible with older chargers.

Will Samsung exclude the earphones and charger plug from smartphone packages in the future?

Samsung is working on the global transition of the removal of the earphones and charger plug from all Galaxy smartphones following the Galaxy S21 series. To ensure Galaxy consumers have the tools to reuse older charger plugs, the Galaxy S21 and other Galaxy smartphones will still include a cable (USB-C to USB-C cable) in the packaging to attach the smartphone to the charger plug.

Thank you. Glad we were able to help. Your feedback helps us provide better support