The brand new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are arguably the best Android smartphones the world has ever seen at this point, but nothing it perfect and that obviously holds true in this case. Specifically, vocal Android enthusiasts seem to have three main problems with the new flagship handsets: They don’t have user-replaceable batteries, they don’t have expandable storage and they aren’t water- or dust-resistant.
Carrying a portable battery charger or a battery case can help address the first issue, but what happens if and when your battery goes bad? Thankfully, Samsung has finally confirmed how much it will cost to have your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge battery replaced.
First things first: your Galaxy S6 battery is under warranty for one year from the date of purchase. As Samsung confirmed to PCMag, that means the company will swap your battery out for free if its maximum capacity drops below 80% within the first year. Unfortunately though, you’ll still have to pay to ship your phone and its defective battery to Samsung for repairs.
After a year is up, or if your warranty is voided for some reason, Samsung says it will cost $45 to swap out the battery on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge. That price seems very fair, especially when you consider that Apple charges $79 to perform the same service on an iPhone.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are both now available from all major wireless carriers in the United States. Be sure to check out our Galaxy S6 review.