Samsung Galaxy Tab Battery Replacement

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Replace the battery in your Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Use this guide to replace the battery.

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Edit Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a metal spudger to pry the two plastic tabs near the dock connector off the rear case.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 4.1 mm Tri-Wing screws near the adjacent edges of the dock connector.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The following steps will require you to disengage several clips (highlighted in red) around the perimeter of the rear case. The clips are delicate and fragile; proceed with caution.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Disclaimer: The Galaxy Tab we acquired already had a shattered front glass panel. However, the procedure outlined in this guide is identical for both intact/shattered front panels.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool near the bottom left edge of the rear case.

  • Use your plastic opening tool to gently create a small gap between the front panel and the rear panel near the bottom left edge.

  • Run the plastic opening tool along the left side of the perimeter to create a bigger gap between the front panel and the rear panel.

  • Insert two guitar picks into the small gap created by the plastic opening tool.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the dock connector and wedge it underneath the front panel/motherboard assembly.

  • Thrust the plastic opening tool downwards to create a gap near the lower left corner of the front panel assembly.

  • Insert a guitar pick into the newly created gap near the lower left edge of the Galaxy Tab.

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  • Be careful when approaching the top left corner of the Galaxy Tab. Be sure to follow the next step carefully.

  • When separating the front panel from the top left corner of the Galaxy Tab, be careful not to rip the microphone ribbon cable (highlighted in red in the first picture). It is extremely thin and easy to tear.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the gap next to the left side of the guitar pick.

  • Make sure to wedge it underneath the inner framework to gain the most leverage when releasing the clips.

  • Simultaneously lift upwards and run the plastic opening tool along the top left corner of the Galaxy Tab to free the Front Panel Assembly from the retaining clips.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the left side of the front panel assembly to separate it from its housing within the rear panel.

  • Do not completely lift the front panel assembly, as it is still restrained to the rear panel by clips around the top, bottom, and right sides. Doing so may cause severe damage.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat edge of an opening tool between the front panel and rear panel near the dock connector.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the bottom right corner out of its housing in the rear panel.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the front panel assembly from the rear panel.

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Edit Step 10 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the battery to the motherboard.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of a plastic opening tool to pry the battery connector straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab device page.

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Early-release Asian models of the Galaxy Tab may have battery problems 6 months to a year after heavy usage - the battery life from 50 to 70 % charge suddenly drops to zero after a mysterious temperature spike to 65 to 70 degree Celcius (battery temperature).

One of the fixes, aside from throwing the Tab at your telco and demanding a replacement, is to open it up and disconnect the battery, then put it back together again.

This procedure is actually quite easy to do - if you aren't going to resell your Tab and can tolerate some cosmetic damage to the soft plastic casing, then you can field-strip the Tab and put it back together in just a few minutes thanks to the lack of screws. Everything snaps together intuitively.

The Asian Galaxy Tab appears to have minor differences from the specimen photographed in this article. I bought mine in Singapore and it appears to be able to come apart at the front and the back (you can access the battery by just pulling away the back cover - no screws). It doesn't have the vulnerable mic connector and display connector as indicated by some teardown articles. Everything is flush to the chassis and indestructible... even if you pry it apart with a screwdriver and substitute guitar picks with paper clips .. .don't try it at home :)

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