Removing the Back Cover of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

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How to Remove the Back Cover of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

How to remove the back cover of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Samsung's fancy new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 smartphones look nice and all. Then again, that closed design comes with some disadvantages for power users, like the ability to install a fresh new power source after long social media or video watching sessions, for example (and I'm not talking about plugging in an external battery). One of the great things about Samsung's older or non-flagship phone, for example, is that you can easily swap batteries and cards. These include models such as the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, which will be the subject of this smartphone tutorial.

I actually happen to own a Vibrant so I’ve done this a gagillion, nay, a fafillion times. In short, yes, I know what I’m doing even though I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. (For folks looking for instructions on how to remove the back cover of a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate from AT&T, check out my Galaxy S Captivate back cover tutorial instead.)

The Vibrant has one of the easier back covers to remove on a phone. First, emulate a bungee jumper by turning the phone down side up.

See that skinny slot in the middle? Insert one of your well-manicured nails in there — I’m talking about your fingers and not your toes, of course — and pull outward to pry it open. Go ahead, don't be shy. To quote a certain overmarketed sneaker company, "Just do it."

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How to Remove the Micro SD Memory Card of a T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant

How to remove the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant MicroSD memory card. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Voila! Your Vibrant is now as naked as that streaker who violated my pure, innocent eyes at the Karft Fight Hunger Bowl. Guess it’s easier to fight hunger after you just lost your appetite...

But I digress. If you’re like me, your main reason to removing the Vibrant’s back cover is to likely access your Micro SD memory card. Just use your nails on the raised bump of the card and pull it out.

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How to Remove the Battery of a T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant

How to remove the battery of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

I actually bring two spare batteries with me in trips so the ability to swap batteries on a Vibrant is important for me. You’ll also need to take the battery out to access the SIM card.

To remove the Vibrant’s battery once you’ve got the back cover taken out, you simply need to use your nails to pull out from that slot toward the bottom of the device as shown in the photo above.

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How to Remove the SIM Card of a T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant

How to remove the SIM card of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Once the battery is out, all you need to do is slide the SIM card out and you’re as done as Leif Garrett’s singing career.

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Replacing the Back Cover of a T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant

How put back the cover of a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

To put the back cover back, simple align the slots into place and push down till you hear clicks. However you like to do it is fine but I usually start from the top and work my way down in snapping the edges back into place.

Congratulations. You are now a pro at removing and putting back your Galaxy S Vibrant’s cover.

Jason Hidalgo is About.com’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too.

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