Samsung's "Galaxy Upcycling At Home" Breathes New Life Into Old Devices

CES2021 Galaxy Upcycling

Do you have old Samsung devices just sitting around collecting dust? Well, a new Samsung program called “Galaxy Upcycling at Home” will help you find something to do with them. As reported by Android Central Samsung unveiled the new program officially at CES 2021 after mentioning it in 2017.

Although the idea is simple it can help those devices stay useful, and avoid turning into new e-waste. The new program will release a software update to Galaxy devices you no longer use. The update will allow you to repurpose that device for other purposes around your home.

Breathe new life into your device with Galaxy Upcycling At Home

For example, Samsung gave the example of using the old device as a childcare tool to listen for a crying baby. This seems like a fairly simple idea to implement instead of recycling the device or dooming it to a landfill somewhere. Samsung gave a couple of other examples. These other examples are pet care solutions such as turning on the lights when it gets dark and your pet is home alone.


The last idea was to use your device for at-home security purposes using Samsung Knox. These are just a few ideas that Samsung gave as examples.

Reuse your device and reduce e-waste

There are no doubt plenty of other things you can use your old device for. Maybe you could use an old Galaxy smartphone as an at-home security camera, or even as a dashcam. You could even simply use the device as a simple gaming device. Android has a lot of really good games that can be played.

Unfortunately, there is currently no ETA for when Upcycling at Home features will be able to use. However, this program definitely has a lot of potentials. Even though a lot of ideas for repurposing an old device are numerous, a lot of customers do not consider them. Samsung unveiling this program shows they are committed to trying to reduce e-waste and more pollution. A lot of companies seem to be going green as of late.


Another, good thing about the program is that it aims to make repurposing products more user-friendly. A lot of customers think that when their device is old that they should discard them. This obviously isn’t the fact and seeing a company the size of Samsung try to reduce unnecessary waste is good. Hopefully, other companies will take a cue from Samsung and introduce something similar.