Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to trade in your old device? Learn how to prepare your old device for return by properly resetting and removing sensitive information. You'll also find answers to common questions about the trade-in process
1. Preparing your device for trade in
Remove your personal
information and accounts
Begin preparing your device for trade-in by backing up and removing personal information and software locks. Please watch our video guide to learn how to backup your data. Make sure to remove all passwords, security locks, personal cloud backup and restore accounts, SIM and memory cards before sending the device to Samsung. Any accessories sent with the device cannot be returned. Please note that Samsung assumes no responsibility for any personal information you leave on your device when you ship it to us as a trade-in. Be sure to remove these accounts on the following devices:
Android: Google and Samsung
Apple: iCloud and Find My iPhone
Perform a factory reset
Watch our video for step-by step instructions to factory reset your trade-in device. This process removes existing apps and resets the operating system, which will erase all your information. You may also refer to your user manual or the Samsung support page to find factory reset instructions.
2. Packaging, labeling, and
shipping your device
Step 1 - Pack your trade-in
Wrap the device with plenty of packing material such as recycled or reused paper, bubble wrap, or foam.
Step 2 - Place the device in the center of the shipping box
Cushion the device on all sides to prevent shifting that could damage the device in transit. Remove and place the lower half of the shipping label, provided via email, inside the box to ensure your order is processed correctly.
Step 3 - Seal the box
Use clear packing tape to seal all open edges on the shipping box.
Step 4 - Attach your pre-paid shipping label
Your shipping label is attached to your trade-in welcome email. Please tape all four sides of the label with clear packing tape to the outside of the box. Remember to remove or cover any old shipping labels. If you do not have a printer, the FedEx Ship Center can print the label for you.
Step 5 - Drop the box at a FedEx Ship Center
Please take the package to a FedEx Ship Center and hand it to a representative. Do not drop the package in a FedEx box because we will not be able to confirm your shipment. If you cannot send your package using FedEx, you can use an alternative shipment service but must include the bottom half of the pre-paid mailing label inside the package to help up track your order.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to trade in your old device? Learn how to prepare your old device for return by properly resetting and removing sensitive information. You'll also find answers to common questions about the trade-in process below.
1. General Information
• What is the Samsung Trade-In Program?
The Samsung Trade-In Program allows customers to trade in an eligible device and receive an instant trade-in value toward the purchase of a new qualifying Galaxy device.
The instant trade-in credit for trading in a smartphone or a tablet applies only to new Samsung devices – not to certified pre-owned devices. View the Samsung Trade-In Program Terms and Conditions for more information.
• What requirements does my device have to meet in order for me to receive the trade-in value?
Your trade-in device must meet the following eligibility requirements:
a) Your device must power on, hold a charge, and not power off unexpectedly;
b) Your device must have a functioning display with no black spots or dead pixilation of any kind;
c) Your device must have no breaks, cracks, or other defects that go beyond normal wear and tear, including but not limited to:
• Multiple scratches, dents, or dings;
• Water damage; or;
• Corroded charging port, SIM, or battery terminal contacts.
If a cracked-screen promotion is available, your device may have a cracked front screen, but all other conditions apply;
d) Your device must not be on a banned list of any kind;
e) At the time of trade-in, you must be the owner of the device. Leased devices are not eligible.
f) Reactivation Lock, Google Factory Reset Protection, iCloud and Find My iPhone, or any other anti-theft locking software must be disabled on your device;
g) Before sending your device to Samsung, you must perform a factory reset on it and remove all personal information.
h) Your device must be labeled with an FCC ID to show that it is certified for use in the United States under applicable FCC regulations.
The FCC ID number can usually be found printed somewhere on the mobile device. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove the battery pack to find the number. The FCC ID number can also be found in the user manual for each device.
• When I ship back to Samsung the device I’m trading in, should I send the charger, case, or other accessories with the device?
No – you should ship only the device, including S-Pen for Galaxy phones, to Samsung, and if you no longer need them, discard the other accessories following your local trash and recycling regulations. Trade-in value is available only for the device. If you do ship accessories back with the device, we will not return those accessories.
• What if Samsung determines that my device does not meet the minimum conditions or that my device is not eligible for the program?
Samsung will evaluate your device when we receive it, and if we determine that it does not meet the conditions described above, or if it is a device that is not eligible for trade-in under this promotion, then Samsung will value it at $0, and the full instant discount applied at checkout – plus applicable taxes – will be charged to the same payment method used for the original order.
If Samsung determines the device does not meet the minimum conditions, you will have seven days to request your device to be sent back to the original shipping address on file, free of charge, by visiting the My Orders page.
• What is a cracked-screen promotion?
Occasionally, Samsung will accept trade-in eligible devices with cracked screens at a reduced value. The device must still turn on and be factory reset in order to be eligible.
• What device models can I currently trade in?
Click Here for smartphone, watch and tablet models that currently qualify for trade-in. The types and models of devices eligible for trade-in may be updated at any time by Samsung.
• The device I’m trading in is the one I currently use. Can I still trade it in?
Yes! When you complete your order, Samsung will ship you your new Galaxy device, so that you can activate it and transfer your photos, contacts, and other data before you ship your current device back to us.
You can transfer your information from the old device to your new one with Samsung Smart Switch, Samsung Cloud, a data cable, or any of the other methods described in the documentation that accompanies your new device.Please note that you have 15 days from the date you receive your new device to ship your old device to Samsung or your original payment method will be charged for the trade-in credit amount and applicable taxes.
• The device I’m trading in is one that I bought using an equal payment or other financing plan, and I still have payments left on it. Can I still trade it in?
Yes – however, please note that all remaining payments on the device you’re trading in are your responsibility. You may also be subject to additional fees. Check with your current carrier or financial institution for details.
• I lease my device. Can I trade it in?
No – leased devices are not eligible for this Trade-In Program unless you purchase the leased device from your carrier before trading it in. Check with your carrier for details.
2. Trading in Your Device
• Do I need to remove all of the personal information on my trade-in device before I send it?
Yes. Before you send your trade-in device, please remove all personal information and save all data you want to keep in a different storage location, then remove security locks by performing a factory reset.
Before resetting your device, ensure that you log out of your Samsung, Google, and iCloud storage accounts. Failure to remove all software locks and personal data prevents us from accepting your device, and we want your trade-in to be successful.
• Do I need to remove SIM and memory cards from my trade-in device before I send it?
Yes, be sure that you remove all SIM cards and memory cards before shipping the device to Samsung. If you ship these items or any other accessories with your device, we cannot return them.
Please note that Samsung assumes no responsibility for any personal information you leave on your device when you ship it back to Samsung as a trade-in.
• How do I remove all of the personal information on my device before I trade it in?
Refer to the user manual or the Samsung support page to do a factory reset on your current device, prior to shipping it back to Samsung. In addition, make sure that you remove all passwords, locks, SIM cards, and memory cards before sending the device to Samsung. If these items are sent with your device, they will not be returned.
Please note that Samsung assumes no responsibility for any personal information you leave on your device when you ship it back to Samsung as a trade in.
• How do I factory reset an Android phone?
First, log out of your Google account. Open the Settings app on your Android phone and locate the System menu. Tap the Advanced button and select Reset Options (in some cases, Reset Options may be available without having to tap Advanced Options). Tap Reset phone and enter your PIN, unlock pattern, or password to confirm you want to erase everything on your phone. Tap “Erase everything” and allow the phone to complete the reset. When the phone restarts, it will be ready to send as a trade-in.
• How do I factory reset an iPhone?
First, log out of your iCloud/Find My iPhone. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and locate the General menu. Tap General and scroll down to find the Reset item, tap it. You will see several options to reset all or part of the data on your phone, select Erase All Content and Settings. If you have not backed up your phone, please select Backup Then Erase; if you already backed up your personal information, choose Erase Now. When the phone restarts, it will be ready to send as a trade-in.
• When I ship back to Samsung the device I’m trading in, should I send the charger, case, or other accessories with the device?
No – you should ship only the device to Samsung, and if you no longer need them, discard the other accessories following your local trash and recycling regulations. Trade-in value is available only for the device. If you do ship accessories back with the device, we will not return those accessories.
• How should I pack my trade-in device for shipment?
Send your old device to Samsung in either the shipping box your new product arrived in or a box appropriate to the size of the device you are trading in. Place the device in the center of the box, cushioning the device on all sides.
To protect your device during shipment, wrap it with plenty of padding material such as recycled or reused packaging paper, bubble wrap, or packaging foam.
Seal all open edges of the box with packing tape. Be sure to cover or remove previously used shipping labels from the box. Attach the shipping label to the outside of the box, taping all four sides of the label with clear packing tape.
• What if I lost or threw out the free trade-in shipping label?
If you lost or discarded the shipping label, log in to your Samsung Account and reprint the label, which is available on the My Orders page. If you require additional assistance, please visit Customer Support.
• What if I don’t have a printer to create my shipping label?
No worries, you can have your label printed by FedEx. Save a copy of your pre-paid shipping label on your phone, tablet or laptop and take it to the FedEx Ship Center.
• Can I send my trade-in using a different shipper than FedEx?
Yes, you can send your trade-in device by U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or another shipping method, but you will be responsible for the shipping fees. Please note: you must include the bottom half of the pre-paid shipping label we sent you in the package to help us track your order accurately.
• Can I trade in more than one device with the shipping label that was sent to me for my trade in?
No – “one device, one box” is the rule. We cannot offer a trade-in value for anything other than the one trade-in device you agreed to send when placing the order.
You should only ship one device per trade-in label. You will receive a separate label for each trade-in order.
If you placed more than one trade-in order, please log in to your Samsung account and print the label for each from the My Orders page.
• What happens to my device once I send it back to Samsung?
You will receive an email from Samsung when your device is received and a summary of the device condition approximately five business days later. As long as the device meets the criteria for acceptance, you do not need to do anything else.
• What if I change my mind about the trade-in before I ship it to Samsung?
If you decide after you make your purchase that you do not want to trade in your old device, keep it, and we will charge your payment account for the trade-in credit applied to your new purchase.
Approximately 15 days after the date you receive your new device, we will charge you for the full retail price of the Galaxy device you purchased, plus applicable taxes. We will charge the same payment method as your initial order. If you do not have sufficient credit available on the account you used when you placed your order, Samsung will contact you. You must provide an alternate payment method.
• My trade-in device was not accepted or I did not send it to Samsung. Why was I charged more than the instant credit I received for my trade-in device?
If your trade-in device was not accepted or you did not send it to Samsung, you will be charged for the full amount of the instant trade-in value, plus applicable taxes.
• What happens if I send my trade-in and return the new device?
We’re sure you’ll love your new Galaxy Smartphone or tablet, but our standard Return Policy applies — just in case. If you received a free promotional gift with your new device, you must return the gift as well as the device to receive credit for your return and a full refund.
In the case of purchases made at a Samsung Galaxy Studio, you must return the Galaxy device purchased as part of this Trade-In Program within 30 days to the store from where it was purchased. Please review the terms of our Return Policy.
Please note that if you return your New Samsung Device after you send your old device, you will not receive any refund or other value for the Trade-In Device credit deducted from the purchase price of your New Samsung Device.
3. Trade-in Return
• My device did not qualify for the trade-in, but I would like to get it back if possible. Can I have my device returned?
Yes, since the trade-in device did not meet the criteria for acceptance, you have the option to have it sent back to the original shipping address on file. Visit your My Orders page to request your device be returned. The full instant discount applied at checkout – plus applicable taxes – will be charged to the same payment account used for your new purchase.
• My device qualified for the trade-in, but I would like to get it back if possible. Can I get my device back?
No, when you ship your old device to us, and it passes our trade-in review, you transfer ownership to Samsung. We cannot return any trade-in device accepted by the program.
• Can I get my trade-in device back if I decide to return my new Samsung device?
By shipping your trade-in device to Samsung, you agree to transfer title and ownership of the device to Samsung.
In the instance that Samsung has not yet evaluated and processed your trade-in device at the time you initiate a return of your new device, as a courtesy it will automatically be returned to the address on file once we receive and process your return.
• Will I still get any trade-in value if I request to get my old trade-in device back?
No – the instant trade-in credit provided at checkout is a payment to you for your old device. After returning your trade-in to you, Samsung will charge your payment account for the full trade-in value received during your purchase, plus applicable taxes.
• How will I track the trade-in device that is being sent back to me?
Samsung will send you an email with a tracking number for the ground return shipment three to five business days after hand-off to our shipping partner.
• What if I have other questions?
We’re here to help! If you require additional assistance, please visit Samsung Customer Service. We’ll be happy to assist you with any further questions you may have.
Carrier Trade-in FAQs
• What is the difference between Samsung instant credit and carrier bill credit?
The "Samsung Instant credit" trade-in program allows customers to trade in an eligible device and receive an instant trade-in value toward the purchase of a new qualifying Galaxy device.
The "Carrier Bill credit" trade-in promotion allows customers to trade in your eligible device in form of Bill credits, applied in monthly installments on your billing statements.
The Bill credit applies to your carrier account within 1-3 bill cycles after the carrier accepts your trade-in device.
• If I buy a phone with carrier trade-in promotion, what do I do with my trade-in device?
Once you complete the order with an eligible trade-in promotion, you will receive an email with the trade-in instructions.
• Can I combine Samsung instant trade-in discount with carrier trade-in discounts?
Instant Trade-in discount and Carrier Bill credits program are different promotions and cannot be combined.
• I bought carrier locked phone. Do I send my old trade-in phone to the carrier?
Once you complete the order with an eligible carrier trade-in promotion, you will receive an email with the instructions.
• Will the carrier send me a shipping label for my trade-in?
Yes, you will receive an email with trade-in instructions and prepaid shipping label.
• Is trade-in shipping free?
Yes, you will receive an email with instructions for prepaid shipping label.
• Will the bill credit show up on my first bill?
Once your trade-in device has been processed and meet eligibility requirements, you'll start receiving the trade-in bill credits on your carrier account.
Note: Promo bill credits can take 1-3 billing periods to appear.
• If I decide to return my new carrier phone, can I get my old phone back?
Device trade-ins are final. After you accept the trade-in credit and send your device to your carrier, you can't get the device back.
• What happens to my carrier trade-in bill credit if I don't send my old trade-in device back?
If you don't send us your old phone, you will still receive the device you purchased. * However, * you'll miss out on the bill credit trade-in value and promotional offer.