Introduction

In this guide, you will learn how to replace the battery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Having a bad or broken battery can be frustrating. There are a couple prerequisites we need to get out of the way first!

Place the bottom of the tablet towards you. Remove the two 4.1 mm screws near the charge port with a Tri-Wing screwdriver.
  • Place the bottom of the tablet towards you.

  • Remove the two 4.1 mm screws near the charge port with a Tri-Wing screwdriver.

Access denied! The screws near the port are covered by buttons. I wedged a pointed screw and hammered "gently" until they popped out. Problem solved!

Daniella - Reply

My model doesn't have any screws!

Barry - Reply

What can I do if my model DOESN'T HAVE ANY SCREWS? It has a loose LCD cable so SOME of my colours are all mixed up. This is really frustrating so please help

Janine Coetzee - Reply

I have SG Tab Pro 10.1

There are no screws..... now what?

iloveto travel - Reply

Great instructions! Easy to follow.

skritzberger - Reply

My model has no screws.

Faith Odutola - Reply

My model has no screws and doesn't look like the one pictured here. It's a model SM-T580.

Elsa Kramer - Reply

Be careful removing the two screw plugs by the 30 pin connector. They are easy to scratch. I couldn’t get the plugs out with my tool kit and finally removed them with the point of an exacto knife.

Behind the two plugs are sticky pads that will need to be handled carefully and saved for reassembly.

If you order a tool kit online, be sure it has a Y1 tri-wing screwdriver. The one in my kit was not Y1 and would not remove the screws.

I had to order a new screwdriver.

George Tomlinson - Reply

I don't see any screws I have a galaxy tab 4

Tammylynn Gmarter - Reply

Start in the middle of the left side and insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly. Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the left and top edge to pry the rear panel away from the rest of the device. Place opening picks along the side you have already pried open to keep the back panel detached from the rest of the device.
  • Start in the middle of the left side and insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly.

  • Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the left and top edge to pry the rear panel away from the rest of the device.

  • Place opening picks along the side you have already pried open to keep the back panel detached from the rest of the device.

  • Be sure to work carefully, as prying too firmly can crack the screen.

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Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel. Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel. Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel.
  • Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel.

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Flip up the retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that secure the three large ribbon cables. Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard. Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.
  • Flip up the retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that secure the three large ribbon cables.

  • Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.

Looking at the ZIF connectors in step 4....mine isn't charging. I suspect the problem lies in the jack for the USB/power cable. Would I be correct in thinking it's a matter of following to this point, then replacing the internal cable?

gzapiec - Reply

I took the cable all the way off and can't get on what to

Tammylynn Gmarter - Reply

Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery. Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery.
  • Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery.

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Lift the edge of the battery up with your finger or a spudger. Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up. Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up.
  • Lift the edge of the battery up with your finger or a spudger.

  • Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up.

Very simple, clever and effective presentation of opening rear cover.Thanks very much for simplicity. The way presented is user friendly.

Video presentation is mostly in dark ambient, it is useless. Once moore thank you very much.

Ljubo Baricevic - Reply

The battery connector lifts up, not back. A plastic tool lifting under the five wires from the battery right at the base of the connector helps.

petermui - Reply

then what where do you buy a battery

Janie montemayor - Reply

ok after its all apart where do i buy the battery

Janie montemayor - Reply

@janiemontemayor Sorry about that—the link for the replacement battery was out of date. It's fixed now! Try the link at the top of this guide.

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Conclusion

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

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Those 3 plastic bands with connectors at the end are a really poor design and a drag to put back on correctly : there's a little white line drawn on each one that needs to be aligned with a line drawn on the socket itself. This means you really have to push them back in (with a little platic tool for example). If not you can have a non functioning screen or no touch detection.

zen - Reply

What if your stupid aunt is trying to open it and you can open it but she said that you broke it? What can I do about it. Ppl. HM

Isabella - Reply

What would be the correct battery that is suitable for the Tab proT520? I can't find any reference to this particular models battery..

Tomjonkins - Reply

Nice tutorials, thank you! I want to ask you about exactly battery. Where is it better to order it/ I mean, if i order it online? I live in Europe and know some stores of hardware, such as hardware.nu and so on but also i know such stores as Amazon and eBay also Aliexpress..Tell me where is quaity is the best?

Scott Waschlerner - Reply

I have a tab 10.1 but there are no screws on the outside.

Ultra Fox - Reply

Is it possible to swap the original battery for one with more capacity? I love my Tab 4 10.1, but since I'm using it with a bluetooth keyboard the battery is draining too fast...

Rob - Reply

I was told that the cost of a replacement battery would equal the cost of a new tablet. Apparently not. Frustrating is a very accurate description as to my feelings towrd this issue. Fully charged to dead in under an hour.Overrheatted chargers, the unit just stopping. Many things.. I'll be in touch after the New Year.

billjkays1954 - Reply

I was told the same thing at Best Buy. Would be as expensive as a new one. Guess they are not well versed on actual practical matters of the Galaxy tab 10. Orrrrr. They just want to sell you a new one!

gregandgeribo - Reply

I have a Tab A 10.1 but my back panel doesn't look like the one in the tutorial. Are there any alternative tutorials/panels? Mine only has one black ribbon and a skinny white one next to it. ???

yvettemichele - Reply

Same man. My problem is the tablet is 100000% working but the screen is PLAIN black. Like all black. I was being a dumb arse by getting mad at a game and smashed my head at the tab. After that it paused for a split sec and then the screen just when black. I am too young to order any plastic prying tools online. I even managed to open youtube and play a random video. I also get notifs from my subs. The edges on the tab are different from most tabs. Can anyone tell me some house hold items i can use to pry open the edges? Thank you.

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I also have a 10.1 and there are not screws , just smooth round silver end caps of some sort.

Sue McFeron - Reply

You have to remove the caps, then remove the stickers underneath the caps. I used an exacto knife to remove them. Be careful though.

Christopher Rodriguez - Reply

guitar picks work great

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