The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have two features that might annoy certain fans: a battery that can’t be replaced by the user and no support for microSD storage expansion. Well, the former is not quite true – the battery can be replaced by the user but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy process, as the phone’s manual revealed recently.
If the manual wasn’t convincing enough, then you should absolutely check out the first Galaxy S6 teardown, performed by MyFixGuide, which shows how difficult it actually is to reach the battery and replace it yourself.
The entire process of dismantling the Galaxy S6 starts with heating up the back cover with a heat gun for two or three minutes, and that’s probably where you should consider stopping and sending your Galaxy S6 to a proper repair shop to replace any damaged internal components, or to swap the battery.
Assuming you move past that point, it looks like you’re going to have to remove various parts to get to the battery, including the middle frame that’s held in place by screws, the NFC chip, and the motherboard – it’s not clear whether you can pull out the battery without also taking out the motherboard, though upcoming teardowns from iFixit should provide answers.
Naturally, the Galaxy S6 isn’t the only device with a battery that is hard to replace – the same goes for any well-built phone that doesn’t have a removable back, including the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9. But former owners of Galaxy S devices who might be used to carrying spare batteries around should know that won’t be a real option for the Galaxy S6.
Images showing the Galaxy S6’s battery and motherboard follow below, with the entire teardown available at the source link.