Skip to main content

Introduction

Use this guide to replace the worn-out battery in your Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Before disassembling your Note8, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions. Do not heat your phone. If needed, you can use a dropper or syringe to inject isopropyl alcohol (90+%) around the edges of the back cover to weaken the adhesive. Swollen batteries can be very dangerous, so wear eye protection and exercise due caution, or take it to a professional if you're not sure how to proceed.

Opening the Note8 will damage the waterproof sealing on the device. If you do not replace the adhesive, your phone will function normally, but will lose its water-protection.

This guide involves removing the rear glass cover; you will need replacement adhesive to reattach the back cover when you’re done.

  1. Switch off your phone.
    • Switch off your phone.

    • Prepare an iOpener for softening the adhesive on the back of the Note8.

    • Apply the iOpener on the back of the Note8 along the side with the power button.

  2. Use a suction handle to lift the back cover and an opening pick to get in the gap. Since the back cover is also slightly curved at the edges you want to insert the opening pick at a lower angle from underneath. Start at the middle of the side and cut the adhesive while pulling up with the suction handle.
    • Use a suction handle to lift the back cover and an opening pick to get in the gap.

    • Since the back cover is also slightly curved at the edges you want to insert the opening pick at a lower angle from underneath.

    • Start at the middle of the side and cut the adhesive while pulling up with the suction handle.

    • Be careful not to lever the opening pick too much to avoid breaking the back cover. Rather pull with the suction handle and use the pick for cutting the adhesive.

    • Move the pick towards the bottom corner and leave it there to keep the adhesive from resealing to the case.

    • Use another pick and move it to the top corner.

    • If it's getting harder to move the pick you might need to reheat the iOpener and apply it to the back cover again.

  3. Again take another opening pick and carefully move it around the corner and along the top edge. Reheat with an iOpener if necessary. Leave the pick at the top right corner to keep the adhesive from resealing.
    • Again take another opening pick and carefully move it around the corner and along the top edge.

    • Reheat with an iOpener if necessary.

    • Leave the pick at the top right corner to keep the adhesive from resealing.

  4. Rotate the device and start to separate the adhesive at the bottom with another opening pick. Leave the pick at the bottom right corner to keep the adhesive from resealing. Leave the pick at the bottom right corner to keep the adhesive from resealing.
    • Rotate the device and start to separate the adhesive at the bottom with another opening pick.

    • Leave the pick at the bottom right corner to keep the adhesive from resealing.

  5. When the adhesive has been separated on all three sides properly you will be able to slowly lift the back cover. Don't force it open. Use an iOpener to again soften the adhesive if the back cover won't come off or starts to bend. Pay attention to the fingerprint sensor connector when flipping the back cover open. You might need to disconnect it as described in the next step.
    • When the adhesive has been separated on all three sides properly you will be able to slowly lift the back cover.

    • Don't force it open. Use an iOpener to again soften the adhesive if the back cover won't come off or starts to bend.

    • Pay attention to the fingerprint sensor connector when flipping the back cover open. You might need to disconnect it as described in the next step.

    I broke the back camera cover for the NUT 8 and then I bought a commercial cover and installed it but the quality of the picture became very bad and my question is, do you know where to get the original cover at a reasonable price?

    Loord Mohammad - Reply

  6. Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the fingerprint sensor.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the fingerprint sensor.

    • The connector might already have come off when flipping the back cover open.

  7. Remove the back cover.
    • Remove the back cover.

    • To prepare for the reassembly remove any remaining adhesive from the phone, and clean the glued areas with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

    How do you swap the fingerprint sensor

    Lukus Carr - Reply

    You can use a tweezer to swap the fingerprint sensor, you might be careful when doing the step 6, additionally, a tweezer will be helpful when reassemble the fingerprint sensor. please note that your new back cover needs to have the fingerprint adhesive on. most of the product did not have. i have get a LUVSS brand from amazon which came with all OEM adhesive and full set tools, even a B6000 glue, best option to go for replacing the note 8 back glass

    ggmall - Reply

  8. Remove the ten Phillips #00 screws.
    • Remove the ten Phillips #00 screws.

  9. Use an opening pick at the top edge to get between the NFC antenna and charging coil assembly and the case. Lever the top of the assembly out of the case.
    • Use an opening pick at the top edge to get between the NFC antenna and charging coil assembly and the case.

    • Lever the top of the assembly out of the case.

  10. Carefully pull up the complete charging coil and NFC antenna assembly.
    • Carefully pull up the complete charging coil and NFC antenna assembly.

    • The bottom left part of the assembly is slightly glued down to the frame.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector.

  12. Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the display for at least two minutes to loosen the adhesive beneath the battery. Reheat and reapply the iOpener as needed.
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the display for at least two minutes to loosen the adhesive beneath the battery. Reheat and reapply the iOpener as needed.

    • Alternatively or when the battery is blown up, you can apply some isopropyl alcohol under each corner of the battery and allow it to penetrate for several minutes to help weaken the adhesive.

  13. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the battery from the top right corner. You will be prying against the case directly above the mainboard. Pry carefully to avoid damaging any close components.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the battery from the top right corner.

    • You will be prying against the case directly above the mainboard. Pry carefully to avoid damaging any close components.

    • You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener repeatedly to further soften the adhesive. The adhesive is tough and it may take a few tries to get the spudger started under the battery.

    • Use the spudger to pry up the battery until you can insert an opening pick to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

    • Try your best not to deform the battery during this process. Soft-shell lithium-ion batteries can leak dangerous chemicals, catch fire, or even explode if damaged. Do not use excessive force or pry at the battery with metal tools.

    I really think this is much less risky if you just take out the motherboard. There is much less risk to heat the other components when you are loosening the battery adhesive and you can be more rough when getting the battery out. Especially (but not exclusively) if you are changing the screen anyway. Should be after step 29.

    Additionally, I went at the battery from the side with a credit card and prying out the battery evenly across the length of the battery. I was even able to make a ‘ridge-peek’ from the card and screen and heat it from above while pushing down on the card and prying at eh same time. I got it out without any battery deformation. I would get one of those flat credit card shaped tools if I did it again because the credit card deformed and I had to keep flipping it.

    tobinmckenna - Reply

  14. Use the flat end of the spudger to pry up the top left corner of the battery where the flex cable is located. Slide the spudger along the side of the battery to break apart remaining adhesive. When prying keep to the areas marked orange. Avoid the red area in the middle which is the back of the display.
    • Use the flat end of the spudger to pry up the top left corner of the battery where the flex cable is located.

    • Slide the spudger along the side of the battery to break apart remaining adhesive.

    • When prying keep to the areas marked orange. Avoid the red area in the middle which is the back of the display.

  15. Lift the battery out of the case.
    • Lift the battery out of the case.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • Remove any remaining adhesive from the phone, and clean the glued areas with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

Conclusion

Secure the new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. In order to position it correctly, apply the new adhesive into the phone at the places where the old adhesive was located, not directly onto the battery. Press the new battery firmly into place for 5-10 seconds.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order, replacing the adhesive where needed.

If possible, turn on your phone and test your repair before closing and sealing up the phone.

For best results, when your repair is complete, calibrate your newly-installed battery.

17 other people completed this guide.

Tobias Isakeit

Member since: 03/31/2014

56,501 Reputation

120 Guides authored

Team

iFixit Member of iFixit

Community

107 Members

9,549 Guides authored

One Comment

Awesome fix. Do you have anything for the front glass replacements by chance? I want to do both at the same time

Rick Moore - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 67

Past 7 Days: 418

Past 30 Days: 1,918

All Time: 23,528