Galaxy S8 - Replacing the back cover

  • Galaxy S8
  • 8 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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The back cover is cracked or scratched.

In this guide, we show you how to replace the defective back cover of your Galaxy S8. This repair can help if your back cover is broken or cracked, or you want a new color.

Required tools

  • Flat Picks

    Flat Picks

    You need a very flat tool such as a flat pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Opening your smartphone can be a very delicate operation, especially if the glue is very persistent. The blade of the flexible but sturdy iFlex measures just 0.15 mm, so it fits in even the smallest gaps, such as between the screen and the frame. The practical iFlex is made of stainless steel and sits comfortably in the hand. This makes it the perfect assistant for every smartphone repair.

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €7.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Getting started with the repair of your Galaxy S8

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8 steps
  1. Switching off your device

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    1. Shut down your Galaxy S8 by pressing the power button until you see the option "Switch off".
    2. Now you can confirm the shut down of the mobile phone. Start the next step as soon as the screen stays black.
  2. Removing the back cover

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    Now you have to release the back cover of the Galaxy S8. As this is glued, you will need a heat gun or a regular hairdryer. The heat will loosen the glue, so that you can remove the back cover more easily. In addition, you'll need a flat, flexible tool like the iPlastix or iFlex as well as several picks to remove the back cover all around.

    1. Heat the back cover all around with a hair dryer to loosen the glue. Do not put the hair dryer too far away, you will need it again and again in between. Place a suction cup on the bottom of the back cover.
    2. Pull the suction cup on the key ring upwards and try to press a flat tool like the iPlastix or iFlex between the back glass and the frame at the same time. You can always use the hair dryer to help you do this, so that the heat will loosen the glue at this point.

    The iPlastix is made of plastic, which protects the frame from scratches. However, the tool is very soft and therefore difficult to insert.

    The backcover is made of glass and will break easily. For this reason, be very careful when removing the back cover. If necessary, use the hair dryer and the flat tool again and again. This step may take you more time than you think - even experts need up to half an hour to remove the back cover. So take some time to complete this step to make sure you don't break anything.

    1. Once you have managed to insert the flat tool between the back glass and the frame, you now insert a plectrum into the gap. This way the gap remains open and you can take out your tool again.
    2. Repeat this along the entire edge. Pull the tool through the gap to loosen the glue bit by bit.
    3. In between you can always reach for a hair dryer. Re-heat the area you are working on. In this way, you will gradually insert the other picks.

    On the lower side the backcover is more strongly glued than on the other places.

    1. The fingerprint sensor is connected with a cable under the camera. Therefore, lift the back cover very slightly once you have loosened it everywhere.
  3. Disconnecting the fingerprint sensor

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      1. After loosening the back cover and carefully lifting it up, disconnect the fingerprint sensor from the spudger.
      2. Now the back cover is completely detached - you can lift it off and put it aside.


      1. Removing the fingerprint sensor

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        Carefully run the steel spatula around the edges of the fingerprint sensor to unglue it.

        Once it is completely unglued, you can take out the sensor easily.

        If the sensor is hard to remove, use a heat gun to soften the glue.

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      3. Prepare the new Backcover

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        1. On your new backcover there are new adhesive areas which are protected with a foil.
        2. First remove all remaining glue on the frame of the Galaxy S8. You can use a plastic spudger to scrape off the glue.
        3. With cleaning alcohol you can carefully remove all glue residues.
        4. Then remove all protective foils.

        In the following pictures you can't see a new backcover, because the backside of our device was still intact and therefore we didn't replace it. But the procedure remains the same.

      4. Inserting the fingerprint sensor

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        1. The new backcover has new adhesive pads. Therefore, remove all adhesive residue that has remained on the fingerprint sensor.
        2. Put fingerprint sensor back into its position on the back cover.
        3. Slightly press down the sensor so the glue bonds better.
      5. Attaching the back cover

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        1. Place the back in the original place.
        2. Connect the fingerprint sensor again.
        3. Now press the back cover on the whole surface so that the adhesive surface can re-attach.

        So that the original glue lasts better, you can warm up your phone again with a hair dryer. If you then clamp the Galaxy S8 or weigh it down with some books, you can further optimise the result.

      6. Inserting the SIM and microSD card tray

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        1. Now you have to put the SIM card holder back into your Galaxy S8. The slide must be aligned correctly.
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