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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a worn-out or dead battery in your Galaxy Buds Live. The photos for this guide were taken with the left earbud, but the procedure is the same for both buds.

Galaxy Buds Live are rated IPX2 for ingress-resistance, meaning they are splash resistant. After this repair, they may lose their water protection.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 1, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • If possible, discharge your Galaxy Buds Live before replacing the battery.

    • Place the tip of an opening pick between the plastic cases on the curved inside of the earbud.

    • Insert the pick at a steep angle.

  2. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Loosen the case: step 2, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Loosen the case: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Keep the opening pick at a steep angle and slide it along the top to loosen the case.

    • Take your time and do your best not to deform the plastic.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the case: step 3, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the case: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the case.

  4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Disconnect the main connector: step 4, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Disconnect the main connector: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up and disconnect the main connector.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 5, image 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 5, image 2 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the motherboard: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to gently lift up the motherboard.

    • Remove the motherboard.

  6. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Unscrew the plastic frame: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 3.4 mm-long screw which is securing the plastic frame.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the plastic frame: step 7, image 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the plastic frame: step 7, image 2 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the plastic frame: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger or your fingers to remove the plastic frame by pulling it upwards.

  8. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Clear the battery: step 8, image 1 of 2 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Clear the battery: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to slightly lift up the speaker driver obscuring the battery.

    • The driver is held in place with light adhesive. Work carefully and don't tug on anything too hard.

  9. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 9, image 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 9, image 2 of 3 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • The battery is held in place by a mild adhesive.

    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger underneath the battery.

    • Use constant, steady pressure to pry the battery up.

  10. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Battery Replacement, Remove the battery: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reinstall a damaged battery, as doing so is a potential safety hazard.

Conclusion

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

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery: Charge it to 100% and keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Then use your device until it shuts off due to low battery. Finally, charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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