Check if a Samsung Charger or Cable Is Original

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This is a tutorial on how to tell if you are using the correct cable to charge your Samsung Galaxy phone. For those of you who own a Samsung Galaxy S 2, S3, S4, S5, S6, or S7, or any of the Samsung Tabs or Notes, you will have probably experienced difficulties at some point in charging or transferring data. In this tutorial, we will quickly go over an easy method to identify whether or not you are using the correct cable to connect your Samsung Galaxy smart phone to a computer or to a charger. If you need help connecting cables or installing Samsung apps for your device, make sure to visit our tutorials on those topics!

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Check if Your Charger is Original

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    The first thing you will look for is the Samsung logo printed on your phone charger. It should be printed in raised ink, straight across, with no printing mistakes or ink runs. It will also not be a sticker.
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    Look at the information printed on the back of the actual phone charger. Once again, it should be clearly printed in raised ink, and not crooked or runny. It should not be a sticker.
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    Remember that raised ink is a heat-sensitive ink that rises up when exposed to heat. It is much more expensive to produce than less expensive stickers or flat print ink. This is why you are looking to confirm that it is raised ink, and not flat ink, or a cheap sticker.
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    Your charger should have no visible seams or material defects. This means it should not look easy to open, and you should not see bits of plastic sticking out on corners or edges.
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    Note that it is important to have the correct USB port charger, as many aftermarket chargers do not charge as quickly and can damage your phone.
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Check if Your USB Cable is Original

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    Your charging cable will have a standard USB end, and a micro USB end (older models will have the larger a USB 2.0 end).
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    When properly connected, the large USB end will smoothly slide into the charger. It should be easy to push in, and fit snugly, without wobbling or being loose. In the event it is loose, either the cable or the charging port has been damaged, or it is fake.
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    The small micro USB end will connect to the phone as shown in the image below, and should also fit snugly, without sliding or moving around. If it does slide or move, you either have a fake cable, or the cable or phone port is damaged.
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    When you plug your Samsung Galaxy charger into a power outlet, you will see a pop-up on your Samsung Galaxy smart phone. This will indicate cable charging. You will also see an indicator of the time until the charging is completed.
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    If you have plugged your Samsung Galaxy smart phone into a modern and authentic Samsung charger, you will receive an image that indicates it is fast charging.
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    Finally, plug your Samsung phone into your computer. If the phone is recognized, then you have an original cable. However, if it is not recognized, you may have a fake cable or phone.
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    Note that this process can be done anywhere, and does not require an internet connection. Simply plug your Samsung phone into any computer running the Samsung Kies or Smart Switch, and if the cable is authentic or if it is an acceptable aftermarket cable, it will work.
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Additional Information

  • There are different types of Samsung Galaxy chargers. The newer and more powerful chargers are slightly larger as can be seen in the image below.
  • These chargers typically ship with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note2, or similar devices with large batteries.
  • Note that both of these chargers are listed as travel adapters which can be seen in the upper-right side of each of the chargers.
  • If connected to a low-quality USB cable, even an adaptive fast charger will not charge as quickly as it will with a good cable.

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