Introduction

Use this guide to replace the volume buttons on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Using your plastic opening tools, carefully start to pry apart your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 all along the edge. Do this until the back side of the tablet can be removed.
  • Using your plastic opening tools, carefully start to pry apart your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 all along the edge. Do this until the back side of the tablet can be removed.

  • Be careful when inserting the opening tools to avoid damaging the speakers on left and right sides. The picture actually show a dangerous position for the right (small) opening tool.

  • During reassembly, be careful not to insert bottom, left, nor right edges first—doing so can damage the power button, and prevent the front panel from sitting totally flush.

  • If screen is cracked like shown imagine, Place tape on screen to prevent injury.

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Gently remove tape over ribbon cable connectors and set it to the side. Using the opening tools, gently lift the connector latches to disconnect the ribbon cables.
  • Gently remove tape over ribbon cable connectors and set it to the side. Using the opening tools, gently lift the connector latches to disconnect the ribbon cables.

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Using a Philips screwdriver, Remove the (10) Phillips screws securing the battery to the motherboard.
  • Using a Philips screwdriver, Remove the (10) Phillips screws securing the battery to the motherboard.

  • Make sure to keep screws in a secure location for reassembly.

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Pull back the ribbon cables, lift up the original battery, and disconnect the battery by exerting upward pressure from beneath the battery.
  • Pull back the ribbon cables, lift up the original battery, and disconnect the battery by exerting upward pressure from beneath the battery.

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Using the plastic prying tool, gently detach the volume buttons cable from the motherboard by prying its connector upward.
  • Using the plastic prying tool, gently detach the volume buttons cable from the motherboard by prying its connector upward.

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Using the plastic prying tool, Insert it in between the volume buttons and the inner framework and gently slide prying tool to the left, releasing the volumes buttons from the framework.
  • Using the plastic prying tool, Insert it in between the volume buttons and the inner framework and gently slide prying tool to the left, releasing the volumes buttons from the framework.

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Gently remove the faulty buttons and insert new buttons. Be sure to properly attach the buttons to the motherboard via its cable
  • Gently remove the faulty buttons and insert new buttons. Be sure to properly attach the buttons to the motherboard via its cable

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Conclusion

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

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I have the Samsung galaxy tab 3 kids edition, had to do this repair once already (about a year ago, one year into use) and now the buttons have busted again... Going to pry the back off to jiggle the ribbon cable and hopefully get a boot up past the battery charging screen... For a kids product you'd think they'd make the tactile buttons durable... They're crap... I even have the official chunky ugly handle case covering the buttons in a jelly case material... Rubbish! Planning on finding a mod that allows booting from the home button... Or automatic boot from battery charging screen... At least then I'll be life proofed against crappy design... This toy should be relavant until my daughter is at least 9 or something and wants something grown up and that has the latest power kick... She's 2.5 and is peeved she can't watch kung fu panda... And now I'm peeved because of course she's made me put it on the TV.... We watched that film like yesterday... 1st world problems...

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Update:

Decided in the end to install TWRP custom recovery and root, i added a mod to the playlpm file in /system/bin to make the tablet boot when it its plugged in for 20 seconds... Now I'm guarded against needing the power and volume rockers... (Twrp recovery is fully touch friendly)

Manages to get power button working for now... But it's going to fail again... And now at least I won't be permanently locked out until i stick a replacement flex cable in...

Charles Stawell -

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