Samsung announced the global recall of its latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 7, last Friday, which was just a few weeks since the device was released in some parts of the world. The main reason behind the recall was safety after it was found out that the batteries the handsets were housing were prone to catching fire and even exploding.

With the alarming threat the handset is posing to its owners, information on how to know if the Galaxy Note 7 one is holding is defective has surfaced online. According to GSM Arena, a good way to spot a device that is likely to explode is to look for the bar code label on the device’s box and check for the presence of a big blue “S” and a small black box near the handset color indication.

bar code Illustration of label Photo: GSM Arena

The mobile news website pointed out that the big blue “S” could be an indication that the device is “Safe” and does not contain the faulty battery that prompted the South Korean brand to announce its recent recall.

For owners who do not have the device’s box, there is still a way for them to find out if their Galaxy Note 7 is unlikely to explode. Samsung is reportedly putting up an online database next week, specifically on Sept. 13,  where users can look for their handset’s IMEI and know if the one they have should be returned for replacement.

If it’s really impossible for a user to know if his or her Galaxy Note 7 is affected by the recall or not, Samsung’s call centers are already on standby to provide personal assistance on how to know if the device one is holding is safe.

It is very important for users to check if their Samsung smartphone is defective or not as previous reports have shown that there have been instances wherein the Note 7 caught fire and even exploded while charging.

Furthermore, as what we reported on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that oversees and regulates air travel has already issued a warning to inform Note 7 owners not to bring their devices on their flights.

"In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage," the federal agency said in an official statement.