Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know

Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Did you know you can buy an extended Galaxy S9 warranty or Galaxy S9+ warranty directly from Samsung? Giving you additional peace of mind in any situation. Premium Care protects against things like water damage, broken screens, and general device failure. In fact, it covers almost any situation.

A few years ago Samsung sold Protection Plus plans that were similar to Apple Care. However, with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 things are much different, and easier. Now it’s Samsung Premium Care, and you have lots of benefits. Either way, owners will work directly with Samsung for fast replacements, troubleshooting, customer support and much more.

Read: 20 Best Galaxy S9 Cases

In fact, Premium Care offers far more than just replacement devices. You’ll get in-person support or help setting up your Galaxy S9, replacement devices hand-delivered, or same-day repairs at hundreds of locations. Yes, this is an additional charge on top of paying for the phone. It’s also an extended warranty that goes beyond the standard 1-year option from Samsung. Here’s what you need to know.

Instead of paying over $100 for some sort of warranty on the Galaxy S9, Samsung Premium Care is a low monthly fee. One that you can cancel whenever you want, although we recommend keeping it for the Galaxy S9 and those curved glass edges.

From what we understand, those old Protection Plus plans are not available for the Galaxy S9. That said, all buyers still get the traditional 1-year warranty against manufacturer defects and device failure. Then, choose something like Premium Care which is far more useful.

What is Samsung Premium Care?

Samsung Premium Care is optional protection for Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ owners. Free for the first 30 days, then $11.99 a month for as long as you need extended coverage. Yes, it’s another monthly payment similar to carrier insurance, but we strongly recommend it over carrier insurance plans. Here’s a full list of frequently asked questions and answers.

It’s advertised as an extended Galaxy S9 warranty, and that’s because it is. On top of the traditional 1-year coverage, this Premium Care plan has a slew of options that millions of customers will enjoy.

What Does the Galaxy S9 Warranty Cover?

Most users will choose Premium Care for the easy screen repairs, but that’s only a small part of what it has to offer. Not only will Samsung replace your Galaxy S9 no matter what happens, under any circumstance, but they’ll hand deliver it to your house. Not to mention have a HelloTech representative guide you through transfer and setup. This person comes to your house, or anywhere you are to answer any other tech-related questions. It’s your own personal delivery guy and tech support.

Furthermore, Samsung recently announced that they’re partnered with UBREAKIFIX, which has over 300 retail stores in the United States. These shops offer same-day repairs on the Galaxy S9, typically in less than 45 minutes. That means you don’t have to go without a phone. Simply go get the screen fixed for $99, as long as you have Premium Care.

Galaxy S9 Warranty Support Info

Customer support is open 7 days a week (9 AM – 9 PM EST) by calling 1-866-553-3239. For just $11.99 a month, you’ll get everything mentioned above as a Galaxy S9 extended warranty. You even get 1 in-home visit a month (if needed) for tech support. And that’s just the added benefits, not the most important part.

The bottom line, however, is that Premium Care covers any and all situations. If your phone is broken, you drop it, water-damaged or has a cracked screen, they’ll fix it. It doesn’t matter, they’ll replace it. Premium Care members can get up to three Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ replacements per year. However, that does come with a standard $99 deductible. Although it’s cheaper than most insurance plans provided by carriers in the US. It doesn’t look like it covers lost or stolen phones though, so keep that in mind.

So if your phone breaks for absolutely any reason, Samsung will replace or repair it 3 times in a year for $99. Additionally, you can run to a nearby UBREAKIFIX store and get it fixed in under an hour.

How to Buy a Galaxy S9 Warranty?

Again, if your S9 has a mechanical failure and you don’t have Premium Care, you’re still covered by the regular 1-year manufacturer warranty. Keep that in mind. This is just extra coverage for life’s daily hazards, and everything else. If you do want to buy that extra coverage for everything mentioned above, you’ll need to pay for Samsung Premium Care.

It’s free for the first 30 days, then you can call Samsung and set up a payment plan for Premium Care. You can pay for as long as you want, and cancel at any time. To get started paying $11.99 a month or to ask questions, call 1-866-371-9501. Or, download the Shop Samsung App, and get it there.

Premium Care is an excellent option for most Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners. It guarantees fast and accurate service right from Samsung themselves. Or, same-day repairs from a certified store with original Samsung parts.  The personal in-home delivery of a new device is a nice touch, too.

However, another option is the SquareTrade Galaxy S9 warranty that is only $89 per year. SquareTrade has three different options to choose from as well. Don’t forget to read the fine print to know exactly what to expect with both Samsung Premium Care or a different service like SquareTrade. Some of the smaller details are in replacements, as mentioned below. There is also mention of a “deductible, if applicable” for repairs, so keep that in mind.

Other Details

Speaking of fine print, we wanted to quote something from Samsung’s Premium Care. Just so potential buyers know what to expect. You can get three repairs per year, with a deductible, and you might get a refurbished phone as your replacement. Which, honestly, is fine with me. Here’s a quote from Samsung’s fine print.

Samsung replacements can come in three different forms: a new, repaired, or refurbished product. Or issue a cash credit equal to the value of the replacement product, and last but not least provide a settlement equal to the value of the replacement product, not to exceed the maximum replacement value of the original product less any applicable deductible.”

In closing, Samsung’s Premium Care plan is a great option to keep your Galaxy S9 safe. It’s basically an extended Galaxy S9 warranty. Perfect for anyone that’s accident-prone, or breaks a lot of phones. It covers the device for as long as you make monthly payments, only costs $12 so it’s pretty affordable, and is the best route considering it comes directly from Samsung. It sounds a lot better than a carrier insurance plan.

Be careful with your new device. And, in the case of an accident, you’ll want to have a backup plan as we’ve detailed above. Before you go consider buying a case for the Galaxy S9+. Then, check out the slideshow below detailing the 9 best screen protectors.

9 Best Galaxy S9+ Screen Protectors

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

First off, we're recommending the Caseology Tempered Glass Screen protector kit for the Galaxy S9+. While they make great cases, the reason this made our list is because of the easy installation tray.

No one likes putting on screen protectors, and half the time we mess up anyways. With Caseology, you'll get a super simple easy installation tray that perfectly aligns the glass protector for you. Pull off the protective film, line it up, and drop it in place. Then use the included squeegee to get rid of any bubbles.

Each Caseology glass works great with cases, which means the edges are just a tiny bit short so your case doesn't pull it up and ruin your screen protector. They're using 9H reinforced glass with anti-fingerprint coatings, rounded edges to prevent chipping, and it's pretty affordable too. Don't forget Samsung sells official accessories as well. 

Buy it Now on Amazon for $15.99

Samsung Galaxy S9 Warranty: What You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The official PUBG Mobile app is here, allowing you to get your Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds fun on iPhone and Android. The PUBG app joins Fortnite Mobile, Rules of Survival and a whole host of other PUBG Alternatives on mobile.

This is what gamers and parents need to know about the official PUBG Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. This guide walks you through what you need to know about playing PUBG on Android or iPhone, what you need to know about in app purchases and PUBG tips to help you get a Chicken Dinner.

What is PUBG Mobile?

PUBG Mobile is a third person shooter where you loot weapons and gear and fight to be the last person alive.
PUBG Mobile is a third person shooter where you loot weapons and gear and fight to be the last person alive.

PUBG Mobile is the official Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds app for iPhone, iPad and Android. It is a battle royale style game where you drop from a plane to an island and pick up weapons and gear so you can fight to be the last person alive. PUBG gained popularity on PC, came to Xbox One late last year and is now on mobile. This is a third person shooter game on mobile, but we could see a first person mode arrive.

Games last as long as you survive. This could be 5 minutes, or it could take half an hour to finish a game. The first few games you will play against bots, which take it easy on you, so you can expect them to take a lot longer than later matches against other players.

Is PUBG Mobile Safe For Kids?

PUBG Mobile is rates 17+ and it’s rated that for good reason. The purpose of the game is to find other players and kill them. The violence is not super graphic, and blood shows up as a blue-ish green mist instead of red, but the purpose of the game is still to kill other players. Apple rates it 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence” and Google Play rates PUBG Mobile Teen for Violence and Blood.

PUBG Mobile In App Purchases

There are no PUBG Mobile in app purchases yet, but you can expect something to appear down the road.
There are no PUBG Mobile in app purchases yet, but you can expect something to appear down the road.

PUBG Mobile is free to download and free to play. There are no PUBG in app purchases yet. There is a good chance that the game will get in-app purchases at some point in the near future to allow you to buy crates that unlock cosmetic items. It would make sense to see this added as the player base grows. Since there are no ads, the game will need to make money through in-app purchases at some point.

PUBG Mobile Controls

Enable gyroscope for an edge.
Enable gyroscope for an edge.

The PUBG Mobile controls are all on screen, but you can turn on a gyroscope control in the settings to add some motion control as you play or only when you are using a scope.

The on screen controls work well, and your player will loot health items, ammo for weapons you are carrying and accessories automatically. This simplifies the game dramatically. You play against bots for the first game or so, which will help you learn the controls.

PUBG Mobile Controller Support

There is no official PUBG Mobile controller support for iPhone or Android. That’s frustrating for many players. There is a workaround on Android, but you are out of luck on the iPhone.

To use a controller on Android with PUBG Mobile you need to jump through a lot of hoops. This will allow you to play PUBG Mobile with a PS3 or PS4 controller. You need an OTG cable, and the Sixaxis app. This also only works on a Rooted Android device, further limiting the number of devices it will work with.

PUBG Mobile Missions & Events

You earn BattlePoints as you play, but you can also earn them by completing missions and taking part in events. You can access these on the lobby screen, which allows you to see what you need to try to do in each of the games.

Simply logging in each day will unlock new gear and help you earn BP that you can spend on crates to unlock new gear.

PUBG Mobile Tips & Tricks

Use these PUBG Mobile tips and tricks to win.
Use these PUBG Mobile tips and tricks to win.

The first few games are against bots who will shoot so you can get an idea where they are and then stop so you can find them and shoot them. Use these matches to learn the controls, the maps and learn how weapons work.

  • Use Auto Sprint – When you are running forward you can move your finger up to turn on Auto mode. Do this when you are in a fight so you can keep moving while you aim.
  • Use the Gyroscope – You can use the phone’s gyroscope for looking at all times or just when using the scope. Experiment and pick the option that works best for you.
  • Customize Controls – Go into the setting and pick a new controller setting if you have trouble with the default.
  • Change Sensitivity – One of the best ways to improve your game is to change the sensitivity of scopes and general aiming.
  • Mind the Circle – When possible go to the shortest edge of the circle, so that fewer players will be coming up behind you.
  • Learn the PUBG Map – Use to see the PUBG Map and where loot spawns so you can learn more about the game.

You can also check out our PUBG tips and tricks, which you can apply to how you loot, how you fight and where you go in the game.

18 Best iPhone X Cases

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

The x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X case is amazing. This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk. 

We love the look of this case in Ballistic Nylon and Black Carbon on the iPhone X. These cases not only offer a cool look, but the back is actually textured like the material listed. The Ballistic Nylon case has a soft, but grippy feel to the back just like you'd expect from looking at it. The Black Carbon feels like textured carbon fiber and looks awesome. 

We didn't mean to, but we did drop our iPhone X in this case and our doorbell camera caught it on video. The case iPhone survived without any problems. 

x-doria designed this case to protect your phone from drops up to 10 feet on concrete and there is . sound channel to direct the speaker towards you instead of straight out the bottom. The raised edge keeps the screen safe when setting the pone face down on a table. 

$34.99 at x-doria

PUBG Mobile: 7 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is a big upgrade, but it should only take you a few minutes to download and install on your phone provided you’ve prepared yourself, and your device, for the transition.

After a bit of a wait, the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is finally rolling out. The update is currently limited to models in Europe, but it’s expected to expand to North America and other regions by the end of the month. Samsung Canada says it plans to start pushing the update on March 28th.

Like the Galaxy S8 Oreo update, the Galaxy Note 8’s Android Oreo update is a substantial upgrade with a long list of features, enhancements, fixes, and security patches. Given what’s on board, most Galaxy Note 8 users will want to make the move from Nougat to Oreo soon after the update arrives.

When you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8, you’ll want to set aside some free time to monitor the download and installation. Moving from one version of Android to another can cause issues so you’ll want to watch the process like a hawk.

We can’t tell you exactly how much time you’ll need to set aside to complete the process because it varies from person-to-person, device-to-device. We we can do though is help you figure out how much time to set aside when your Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update arrives.

If you’re already prepared for the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade the installation process could take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you haven’t, it could take a lot longer.

Backup (Optional)1-30 Minutes
Oreo Download3-15 Minutes
Oreo Update5-10 Minutes
Total Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Time10 Minutes to 1 Hour

Prepare for Android Oreo

Before you start the installation process, make sure you prepare yourself and your device for Android Oreo. A little prep work goes a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.

If you don’t know where to start, please take a look at our guide to the pre-installation process. It’ll walk you through everything we think you should do before you install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8.

If you don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to prep work, at the very least you should make sure your data is backed up. Data loss issues are rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

These steps might take some of you a few minutes max. However, those of you who haven’t been keeping up or taking care of the device might need 30 minutes or more to prepare.

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Download Time

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update is currently limited to users in France and we expect the exact size of the download to differ region-to-region and carrier-to-carrier. Here’s what we know so far.

The Android Oreo update Samsung’s pushing out to Galaxy Note 8 users is a little over 1GB, same as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update.

If you connect your Galaxy Note 8 to a fast Wi-Fi connection, the Android Oreo update should download in less than three minutes.

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Installation Time

If you’re running the latest version of Android for your Galaxy Note 8, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to get Android Oreo and Experience 9.0 up and running on your device.

If you aren’t running the latest version, you might be forced to download the security and bug fix updates you skipped along the way. This will obviously prolong the process.

If you don’t want to deal with this, we highly recommend getting your Galaxy Note 8 up-to-date before your Android Oreo update arrives.


Once the installation is complete, make sure you check your important data (photos, videos, etc). Again, data loss is rare, but you’ll want to make sure everything made it through.

After the installation process finishes up you might need to spend some time logging back into your various accounts and services.

Dig through your applications and services to ensure that you’re still logged in. This could take awhile if you’ve got a ton of apps on your phone.

Next we recommend testing your core apps and services to make sure they’re working properly. If you notice something wrong with an app, check the appropriate store for an update.

Samsung’s rolled out Android Oreo support updates for its apps and those should help. If they don’t, get in touch with the developer (be it Samsung or a third-party developer) and report the issue.

Keep an eye out for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something, report it to Samsung and/or your carrier. If you do run into an issue with your new software, take a look at our list of fixes for common Galaxy Note 8 problems.

4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy Note 8 Oreo & 6 Reasons You Should

Install Oreo to Improve Your Security

Install Oreo to Improve Your Security

If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device. 

Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8's Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung. 

The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates bring Samsung's March security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.

If you're curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung's website

If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.  

Samsung's version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.

The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.

Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.

If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. 

Here’s How Long the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Takes is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Keep your Galaxy S9 charged on the go with one of these fast car chargers. Did you know the Galaxy S9 can recharge just as fast in the car as it does at home? As long as you buy a certified fast car charger. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know and a list of the best car chargers for the Galaxy S9.

Read: 15 Common Galaxy S9 Problems & How to Fix Them

Buying the right charger will make a big difference in terms of how fast your phone recharges. Whether you’re trying to fix bad Galaxy S9 battery life or just want a faster charge, this is one of the easiest methods. Buying any random car charger isn’t going to work. Instead, you’ll want to choose one from a reputable brand. Some on our list are as cheap as $10, while others from Samsung cost a little more but ensure the best and safest experience.

How Quick Charging Works

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 uses a technology called adaptive fast charging. Similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge. With this, instead of taking 3 hours to recharge phones can fill up in around 80-90 minutes. Additionally, it enables the Galaxy S9 to go from 0-50% in just 25 minutes.

When the battery is very low, the charger will deliver more power than usual so it charges very quickly. It does this safely, at the right voltage recommended by Samsung. Then, after 20-30 minutes it goes back to regular speeds to preserve the life of the battery cells. It’s still fast, just not as fast. Otherwise, your battery would degrade over time and no longer hold a full charge. That’s why the first half of the charge cycle is faster than the second half.

However, without an adaptive or quick charge certified charger, your Galaxy S9 will take between 2-3 hours to recharge. See the benefit? This means that old car charger you bought at a gas station or have used for years isn’t going to work. Well, it works, it’s just not going to charge very fast.

In closing, Samsung provides one fast wall charger in the box, and you’ll want those same super-fast speeds in your car or while traveling. With that in mind, we’ve round-up a list of the best fast car chargers for the Galaxy S9 in our slideshow below.

Samsung Adaptive Fast Car Charger ($16)

Samsung Adaptive Fast Car Charger ($16)

Our first recommendation is Samsung's very own "adaptive fast" car charger. 

This has precise power output levels perfect for the Galaxy S9 or S9+ and is nearly identical to the wall plug that came in the box with your phone. Better yet, Samsung's fast car charger has two USB ports, allowing owners to plug in more than one device at a time and get a quick recharge.

This ensures a safe, fast and efficient charging experience while you're traveling. Keep in mind that only one of the two ports is "fast charge capable" although the second one still uses a decent 2.0 amps of output power.

Samsung provides both a USB Type-C and a micro USB cable in the box.

Buy it Now from Samsung for $39.99 or on Amazon for $16

Best Car Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Apple TV Alternatives for 2018

Best Apple TV Alternatives for 2018 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Apple TV is one of the most popular streaming devices for Apple users, but it’s not the only option. Here are the best Apple TV alternatives that you can buy in 2018 to stream live TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, rent movies and more.

One of the best parts about buying an Apple TV alternative is that you can save a lot of money. These options start at $35 and go up to $179, allowing you to upgrade all the TVs in your home to streaming capabilities for less than the cost of one Apple TV.

You will give up on the Apple integration for your iTunes movie purchases, AirPlay and not all of these options support voice control — but you still get the key features that you need from a great streaming device.

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick – $39.99
  • Roku Streaming Stick – $49.99
  • Google ChromeCast 2nd Gen – $35
  • Roku Ultra – $99.99
  • Nvidia Shield TV – $179
  • Apple TV 4K – $179

We also suggest checking out the newest Apple TV 4K if you are looking at buying an Apple TV this year. It’s not much more expensive than the older model, and it includes 4K and HDR support.

Amazon Fire TV Stick - $39.99

Amazon Fire TV Stick - $39.99
$39.99 from Amazon

The Amazon Fire Stick is the best cheap streaming stick that you can buy. It's a fraction of the cost of the Apple TV, allows you to stream TV, movies from Amazon, Netflix, HBO and other services. 

With the Fire Stick you can watch all of these services even though it is Amazon branded. You cannot play games on it and you cannot AirPlay your phone's screen to it, but it is perfect for many users and it's easy to use. 

This is the streaming stick my parents use and that my in-laws are going to get soon. Between an easy to use remote control and the voice control feature it is the best cheap Apple TV alternative that you can buy. 

This is a versatile system that you can use to watch Live TV with DIRECTVNow, Sling TV and other services. You can also watch football live, and check in on other sports and channels. 

One of the best things about this, and the next few options is that the stick is very small and it plugs right into the HDMI port on your TV. This is perfect for a wall mounted TV where you don't want a box sitting on something nearby. 

Best Apple TV Alternatives for 2018 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.