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Samsung Galaxy S6 battery is removable after all, user manual reveals

By April Taylor , Mar 09, 2015 10:59 AM EDT

The battery of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 is apparently removable after all, according to the user manual, but it will require a bit more work.

Samsung recently took the stage at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 and unveiled its latest devices, introducing the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both smartphones come with high-end specs and features all around and boast notable changes compared to the previous flagship, including in terms of design.

The previous Samsung Galaxy S5, as others before it, has received plenty of criticism for its design, especially for Samsung's love of plastic. The stakes were high for the new flagship smartphone and Samsung wanted to do something different for the design of the new Galaxy S6.

While Samsung flagships so far have come with removable batteries and microSD card support for additional memory, the latest smartphone has notable changes. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 finally ditched the plastic body for a metal frame and a glass back, but has no microSD card slot, and a non-removable battery - at least in theory.

According to the user manual (PDF), it appears that the battery is removable after all, albeit with a bit of hassle. To remove the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S6, users have to remove the SIM tray, remove the battery cover, and then remove all the screws to take out the circuit board and get to the battery.

It's not really a very complicated process, but if you've never touched a screwdriver in your life you'd better leave this task to professionals. Moreover, the phone's back cover is made of glass, and unexperienced users risk shattering or cracking the glass cover in their attempt to remove it. Samsung included the guide to removing the battery in the phone's user manual so that technicians know how to replace the battery if it's faulty, not so users can remove it as they wish.

Nevertheless, it's good to know that you can also remove the battery all by yourself with fairly little hassle if you don't want to pay a professional technician to do it for you. We don't recommend doing it yourself, however.

The microSD issue, meanwhile, remains unchanged. The Samsung Galaxy S6's battery may be removable after all, but there's still no way to add external storage to the device.

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