Knowledge Base | Android Cell Phone Safety Guidelines & RF Exposure Information

Find Your Safe Distance

When it comes to Android and iPhone cell phone manufacturers and the safety of their products, the FCC helps regulate acceptable safe distances for cellular phones based on a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) measurement standard of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg) as the maximum safe exposure limit for people using smartphones here in the United States.
What many smartphone users are unaware of is that the cell phones we carry conform to these FCC SAR standards as long as the cell phone is kept at a certain distance away from the body or you have a protective EMF barrier between your body and your phone. Holding your phone directly against your body would be considered at a 0mm measurement of distance. To meet the FCC SAR safety standards, the phone manufacturers require the phones be held anywhere from 5mm (0.5cm) to as much as 15mm (1.5cm) away from your body.

What does 5mm, 10mm or 15mm distance away from the body actually look like in terms of the clothing layers we normally wear?

Different Android devices have varying “safe” distances and it can be difficult and confusing to find this information from the manufacturers or in your cell phone user manual.

To help find where your personal Android cell phone fits in the “safe distance” category and list of RF safety factors for SAR and body placement, here’s information and a list of major cell phone manufacturer website pages where you can check your make & model phone SAR values and safe body distances.

Android Cell Phone RF Exposure Information by Make & Model:

To find the SAR value for your cell phone, you will need to know your phone’s make and model number before going to the manufacturer’s website:

If you have a cell phone with a removable battery:

  1. Take of the cover & remove the battery from the backside.
  2. You can find the Model Number on the label underneath.
nokia cell phone model number label

With some phones you can find the model number in the Settings menu and About phone information area:

samsung cell phone model number info

(in alphabetical order)

If you aren’t an Android phone user and want to find out this information for your iPhone, please see our more detailed and specific iPhone safe distance page: iPhone Safety Guidelines & RF Exposure Information

~ Last Updated: September 22, 2020

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