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Galaxy S6 has a removable back and replaceable battery, as per the manual, just don't try it at home

Galaxy S6 has a removable back and replaceable battery, as per the manual, just don't try it at home
Samsung sealed the battery compartment of the new S6 flagship for the first time in its flagship line history, in order to make the thin metal-and-glass fusion that comprises the Galaxy S6 chassis. This unibody construction eventually allowed it to use the so-called premium materials for the casing, i.e. anything that is not plastic, but there is a catch.

Obviously, now you can't just pry off the rear cover, and swap the battery at will, like you used to be able to with all Galaxy S flagships so far, but one thing caught our attention while examining the Galaxy S6 user manual that was outed last week. Towards the end, Samsung has placed a section titled "Removing the battery (non-removable type)."

While this might sound paradoxical, there is actually a way to replace the dead battery in your Galaxy S6, though it includes removing the rear half of the chassis, which is apparently the easy part, since then you have to unscrew and remove the circuit board, then unplug the battery pack connector, before you place in the new one. Not exactly as straightforward as swapping a spare you carry in your pocket, but it's nice to know that if the battery proves defective for some reason, you will be able to take the S6 to the nearest repair center, and have it replaced fairly quickly.

source: Samsung

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posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:37 4

1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


every phone has this :/

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 13:18 2

35. KyleRiemen (Posts: 110; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)


No, most of them are glued. I guess i could live with this solution, but still want my microSD slot.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 15:47 1

37. AliGee (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Nov 2014)


I strongly agreed with you... My Note 3 has been good to me so far, waiting for the Note 5 but I hope they don't screw it up. Luv my SD...

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:37 16

2. Zomer (Posts: 242; Member since: 31 May 2013)


If you look at it this way, every battery is replaceable.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:51 6

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Except the HTC One, yes; almost all batteries are replaceable( not removable)

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 08:15 1

29. joe1blue (Posts: 168; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


It would be nice if you could get the microSd card in this way.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:37 4

3. Planterz (Posts: 1996; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Well, at least there's that. Beats the HTC Ones' when it comes to repairability, which get a sold 1 out of 10 from ifixit.com. Hopefully no excessive glue amounts are involved.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:38

4. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


So that's it, you might opt for cheaper repair service.
Now, use usb OTG for your music videos etc haha
problems solved LOL

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:41 2

5. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


lol samsungarena
everyphone can do that lol
LOL

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:49 5

6. BobLawblaw (Posts: 268; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Some people on this site are just plain thick. Have a think before you type. I'd like to see you try this on any HTC one or any Xperia z series phone..

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:56

8. Zomer (Posts: 242; Member since: 31 May 2013)


It's easy.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:59 2

10. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


its not that easy

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:18 1

14. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Sony+Xperia+Z+Battery+Replacement/22483
you dont even need a screwdriver to remove the Z's battery

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:47 2

17. tech2 (Posts: 3323; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Although it does need a blow dryer, a blade and a suction cup. Also, drying up the glue using a blow dryer is a risky affair.

Samsung's way is much more easier, faster and less chances of you damaging your phone.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:14 1

19. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


yes, but more chance of you lossing one/some of the screws and then you're screwed :3
btw how do you think Samsung remove the glass back cover of the s6?
not with a suction cup and a thin picker?
i dont think so

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:21 2

21. RoboticEngi (Posts: 545; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


If you are loosing screws, you really shouldnt do stuff like this to begin with ;-) As the manual say, its info for pro's ;-)

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 06:34 1

24. Genza (Posts: 537; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


You also need a blade, suction cup and blow dryer to open up GS6 back cover + screw drver for the battery.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 13:20 1

36. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


However, it voids the warranty. I don't know many mainstream consumers willing to chance this.

John B.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 11:38 1

33. torr310 (Posts: 769; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


You need to replace it to avoid explosion.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:59 3

9. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


great to know means i can easily repair it myself if something happens to the battery, unlike my current phone the htc one m8.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:02 1

11. RoboticEngi (Posts: 545; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Much easier than for example HTC one, iphones or Xperia Z's....

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:19 2

15. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Sony+Xperia+Z+Battery+Replacement/22483
the Zs don't even need screwdriver

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:46

16. RoboticEngi (Posts: 545; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


No, but i would rather have a screwdriver than start playing with hairdryers and adhesive......Makes it easier to disassemble and reassemble...

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:20

20. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


how can you remove the glass back of the S6 if you dont use a suction cup and/or a blowdryer to melt the adhesive?
do you think that it can just magically pop out when you remove the sim card tray (as in the manual)?

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:25

22. RoboticEngi (Posts: 545; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


No ofcourse not. Nothing does. But not everything needs to be glued together......

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 06:43

27. Genza (Posts: 537; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


You will need the same tools to open up Xperia Z to be able to open GS6 back cover + screw driver for the battery.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:08 3

12. thunderc8 (Posts: 78; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


I could live without removing and replacing the battery, but i cant live without sd card.
Been there with HTC One X 32gb and ill never do the same mistake again.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:12 1

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


same , i still have a 32GB One x around , but shifted to a xperia z2 this time

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 11:23

32. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hm, but 64gn or 128gb both not offered by the htc one x
Also your sd card is 600% slower than. The included mem
You also have free 100gb+ cloud for the none needed files

The sd card is going to be removed from all phone on the move to the new mem type so best to move away now and get with 2015 tech then in 1 or 2 years and paying the same price from others

Also the s6 and edge only use up 6gb of the included hd for the os

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:49

18. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Nice. now all i need is a screwdriver!

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:40

23. drunkenjay (Posts: 856; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


doesnt seem that hard to me but then again by the time the battery dies, i always have a new phone.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 06:36

25. sintruder (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


The HTC one's battery is also easily replaceable. I watched a YouTube video where they removed the HTC one's back plate easily and then you just need to remove the motherboard just like on the s6. Gonna try it soon if my battery dies.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 06:36

26. Nikash (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Mar 2015)


Ahahah go on Galaxy Fans say and get hyper "we have removeable battery and case" my arsssss aha with screw driver now :p

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 08:10

28. Simona (unregistered)


Yeah they will be claiming now storage hole in the phone for screwdriver :D

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 08:43

30. tokuzumi (Posts: 877; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I was wondering how involved repairing the phone would be. Looks like the phone will remain easy to repair.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 09:44

31. alouden (unregistered)


Technically, if I drop my phone, then yes, I can replace the battery....

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 13:13

34. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


What kind of lame news is this from Samsung? Apparently, the phone calls from me, my friends and probably countless others on the omission of removable batteries must have spiked some thought into Samsung's mind. Samsung went completely out of its way to post a reference on how to remove it and then it has claims it will void the warranty. This is not what we meant by removable. Removable is different than repairable.

Admit to the mistake. You spent good money on ads claiming you offer removable battery only to build your new ones without it.

I'll give you a chance to explain this Samsung.

John B.

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