To be able to use your Samsung phone as a compass to detect direction or to navigate, it must have a magnetometer which is also called a digital compass sensor—more on how it works later.
Almost all Samsung’s mid-range phones and flagships come with a compass or magnetic sensor. Some entry-level phones do too. However, below are a few of them going back a few years.
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Samsung Phones with Magnetic Sensor / Magnetometer
I will start with the top 5 devices for different people based on price range and that will be followed by a comprehensive list going back a few years.
My Top Pick
- Samsung A14 and A14 5G
- Samsung A24
- Samsung A34 5G
- Samsung A54 5G
- Samsung S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, S23 FE
- Samsung Z Fold 5
- Samsung Z Flip 5
- Samsung A13 and A13 5G
- Samsung A23 and A23 5G
- Samsung A33 5G
- Samsung A53 5G
- Samsung A73 5G
- Samsung S22, S22+, S22 Ultra
- Samsung Z Fold 4
- Samsung Z Flip 4
- Samsung A21 and A21s
- Samsung A22 and A22 5G
- Samsung A32 and A32 5G
- Samsung A42 5G
- Samsung A52, A52 5G and A52s 5G
- Samsung A72 and A72 5G
- Samsung S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE
- Samsung Z Fold 3
- Samsung Z Flip 3
- Samsung Z Fold 2
- Samsung Z Flip 5G
- Samsung S9 Series
- Samsung S10 Series
- Samsung S20 Series
- Samsung A51 and A51 5G
- Samsung A71 and A71 5G
- Samsung Note 9
- Samsung Note 10 Series
- Samsung Note 20 Series
What is a Magnetometer / Compass Sensor / Magnetic Sensor?
A magnetometer uses a magnetic sensor/element present in it to determine and measure the strength, direction, and orientation of the magnetic field of the earth.
The compass sensor app on your device uses this information or data to display a digital compass.
Technically, a Samsung phone that has a compass sensor also has a magnetic sensor in it, and vice versa.
Is there a Compass on my Samsung Phone?
One way to tell if your Samsung phone has a compass or magnetic sensor is to download a compass app from the Google Play Store and try to use it.
If it works, then your phone has the sensors but if it doesn’t, your phone doesn’t have them.
Alternatively, you can download a sensor app from Play Store and launch it. It will list all the sensors that come with your device.
Most entry-level phones from Samsung such as the Galaxy A10, A11, M02, M02s, A02, A02s, A04, and A04s don’t have magnetometers which in turn means they don’t have a compass and magnetic sensor and cannot be used as a digital compass.
Magnetometer is listed differently on various Samsung phones. It is called a magnetic field sensor in some, a compass sensor in others, and a geomagnetic sensor in some of their latest flagships.
What they all do is determine the magnetic field of the earth which then allows your smartphone to determine where is North and hence can be used as a compass or navigation medium.
As I said earlier, most Samsung phones come with a magnetic compass sensor except the lowest end of their entry-level phones.