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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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

every phone has this :/

35. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

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

37. AliGee

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 12, 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...

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

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

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

29. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

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

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

4. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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

5. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

lol samsungarena everyphone can do that lol LOL

6. BobLawblaw unregistered

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..

8. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's easy.

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

its not that easy

14. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 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

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 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 ;-)

24. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

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

36. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

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

33. torr310

Posts: 1692; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You need to replace it to avoid explosion.

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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

15. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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

20. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 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)?

22. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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

27. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

12. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

32. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

18. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Nice. now all i need is a screwdriver!

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