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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement

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  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Back Panel: paso 1, imagen 1 de 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Back Panel: paso 1, imagen 2 de 2
    • Have the front of the device facing you.

    • Begin near one of the curved edges of the device (see photo two for visual example).

    • Place a plastic opening tool between the front and back panels.

    • If a plastic opening tool doesn’t work, using a metal spudger may work, but it may damage the plastic on the device.

    • Remember to remove the micro SD card (if present) before you begin.

    AWESOME!! I was trying to open it from the “NOT OK” place and you saved me to broken the screen… thanks!!

    David Leiva - Contestar

    No problem, enjoy.

    Roger L. Ortiz -

    Felt it was easier for me to do it from the middles out.

    Tanin Garcia - Contestar

    Well then you are messing up the digitizer part, which sucks to replace on your own because it will never be stable again, ghost touches with fake digitizer with fake 3m double sided tape that doesn’t stick..

    Roger L. Ortiz -

    Important: the display is sourrounded with a plastic frame. You need to get beween this frame an the backcover (not directly at glass edge as I tried it first and almost broke the glass). Get a closeup picture of it to clarify.

    Oliver Dawid - Contestar

    wer lesen kann, ist klar im Vorteil - ich hab die SD-Karte drin gelassen. Hat aber funktioniert…

    Thomas Wolter - Contestar

    Don’t use a very small flathead screwdriver as a spudger. Just shattered the screen :(

    nikvoss - Contestar

    Yes, shattered the screen. To the garbage, it goes. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This a repair better suited for a professional repair! Thanks for helping me make the decision to get another one!

    vancega - Contestar

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    • Once the plastic opening tool is fully inserted, wedge it around the device’s edges to separate the panels.

    • Lift the back panel off of the device.

    • The back panel will make a clicking noise while being lifted off of the device.

  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Disconnecting the battery: paso 3, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the adhesive film and flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF battery connector.

    • Slide the orange battery ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

    BEWARE!!! later on Samsung tablets the tab holding the main cable (marked “MAIN”) breaks as soon as you attempt to lift the tab to remove the ribbon! I reckon Samsung designed this breakabloe tab to not only avoid the warranty, but the render the tablet useless!

    graham chapman - Contestar

    Happened to me also, in order to replace that broken tab, do you think it will be necessary to replace the motherboard? I highly doubt we can find the parts to fix (replace) the flip-tab.

    jeanuhlik -

    I also had this problem, the connector broke, even if i was very careful, i still can use the tablet, i pushed the “main” cable in place and used a little bit of hotmelt glue to hold it in place.

    Yannick - Contestar

    I tried using aluminum foil to make the connection but it didn’t help at all, how did you attach it with the glue gun???

    jeanuhlik - Contestar

    LOOK what I found!!! its the replacement for the connector we broke!!!

    jeanuhlik - Contestar

    i just wonder how u gonna solder this tiny thingie

    Mike Muley -

    I wish I had read this thread before I removed the cable and broke the connector. Unfortunately I have not been able to reattach the cable and my tablet is dead.

    If there is no way to remove this cable, why is this fix even posted here? I find this exceptionally uncool!

    Derek N. Eder - Contestar

    Whoever broke the connector was trying to open it the wrong way. I have oil spilled in mine after I replaced my screen and digitizer together if you only replace the screen it is more difficult. I say changing both together is simpler. And I will share a pic either way I just might mess up MY connector. To be continued

    909 - Contestar

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    • Remove the adhesive film, lift the retaining tab and withdraw the white speaker ribbon.

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    • Lift the retaining tab and withdraw the black LCD ribbon.

    It's possible to replace only the lcd cable connector? Ist das möglich nur das Flachbandkabel zu tauschen?

    Lima - Contestar

  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Battery removal: paso 6, imagen 1 de 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Battery removal: paso 6, imagen 2 de 2
    • Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the ten 4 mm screws around the battery.

    • Slide a plastic opening tool under the bottom of the battery close to the speakers and lift up.

    • The large rectangular white and black piece is the entire battery. Be careful not to puncture it.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Motherboard: paso 7, imagen 1 de 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Motherboard: paso 7, imagen 2 de 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Motherboard: paso 7, imagen 3 de 3
    • Flip up the two ZIF connectors on the motherboard using the plastic opening tool.

    • Slide the orange ribbon cables out of the ZIF connectors.

    • Remove the front-facing camera.

    This step omits the disconnection of the battery from the motherboard , which is shown disconnected in this picture but was connected in the previous step

    Christopher Ford - Contestar

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We added the relevant battery disconnection steps—hope this helps!

    Kristen Gismondi - Contestar

    If the model you are working on is the T585 you will need to carefully pry up the blue antennae cable and disconnect the sim card slot from the motherboard.

    Brendon Gould - Contestar

  8. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement: paso 8, imagen 1 de 1
    • Disconnect the headphone jack from the motherboard.

    • Use a Phillips # 000 to remove six 4mm screws.

    die ganze Platine musste ich gar nicht ausbauen. Ich konnte die Kopfhörerbuchse vorsichtig mit einem kleinen flachen Schrubendreher lösen.

    Thomas Wolter - Contestar

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    • Lodge the plastic opening tool under and lift the motherboard out of the tablet.

    • Be careful not to snag any connectors.

    • Remove the metal bracket that was underneath the charging port and set aside.

    Replacing the broken screen, I stupidly unhooked the LCD with a metal screwdriver. It makes the sound of coming on but no picture. Is that the motherboard?

    MARGARET - Contestar

    I replaced screen once before and had no problem except using a screwdriver this time.

    MARGARET - Contestar

    I have tab a charging and show on screen but not starting at all motherboard water damage I clean all there any way make it start by motherboard with out power button

    waleed nawzad - Contestar

    TIP: Before next step (or sooner), cover cracked/broken glass with transparent tape to avoid (I didn't) or minimize small shards of glass falling into work area and onto your clothing.

    Bruce Grant - Contestar

  10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement, Charging Port: paso 10, imagen 1 de 1
    • Place desoldering braid on one of four holes at top back of motherboard.

    • Place soldering iron on top of the desoldering braid on the gray part of hole to lift solder. If confused here’s a reference.

    • If desoldering braid gets covered with solder and won’t lift anymore, just use a new part of the solder wick.

    • If you're struggling to desolder the charging port, use a heat gun to warm up the entire board. There are a set of tiny square contacts under the charging port that can move around while heating the area. They must be put back if they move.

    • Soldering iron will be very hot and can both burn your hand and possibly damage the device. Lay the motherboard down and do not hold the board while you solder (despite the image.)

    Please be sure not to hold the soldering iron by the hot end as shown in the picture

    Michael Wilkosz - Contestar

  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Charging Port Replacement: paso 11, imagen 1 de 1
    • Follow same steps on other three holes.

    • Lift small gray metal piece from the motherboard.


To reassemble your device, place a new metal piece where old one was and solder it to the motherboard in the four holes on the opposite side of the motherboard.

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It is impossible to unmount the old damaged USB-Interface this way. Beside the four solder-points ist is also soldered to 5 extremely small points on the motherboards opposite side. These are SMD-mounted contacts and in my case trying to unsolder them damaged the motherbords layout.

Lutz Christoph - Contestar

I was able to desolder it with a hot air rework station + soldering iron without damaging the pcb then using a wick cut at an angle + the heat gun to clean the mounting holes you must clean then fully so the new part will mount flush.

Also take care with resoldering the new connector not to bridge the pins on the usb port.

cusbrar2 - Contestar

what is the model of USB connector here? I would like to buy in advance before opening

Алексей Хейдоров - Contestar

These instructions are really incomplete. In addition to the 4 through-hole points mentioned, there are also 2 large ground pads under the connector, and 7 tiny surface-mount pins on the back. Removing this port pretty much requires low-temp (chip-quick) solder or a hot-air rework station. Soldering it back on with only an iron proved quite difficult - hot-air rework station highly recommended. This took me about an hour, and I’ve been soldering (hobby mostly) for the better part of 30 years.

Also, there’s no reason to remove the battery to change the charging port. The motherboard can be removed without removing the battery. And really, the cameras should be disconnected too, rather than leaving them dangling by their ribbon cables.

Nathan Lewis - Contestar

Where can you buy the exact replacement USB port

yafecker - Contestar

Please tell us what region you’re in and someone might be able to help with a relevant suggestion.

Philip Le Riche -

Sucessfully completed. More Flex cables to disconnect, but thats straightforward. Replacement part from ebay. Unsolder and soldering are complicated even with professionell hot air station, microscope etc. But now it works

fox_alpha_fox - Contestar

Just a quick question. Does the USB port have to be fully removed? If the unit is not charging isn’t it more likely that one of the solder connections is simply broken?



andrewscline - Contestar

What type of solder should be used to re-affix the new charging port?

Jim Barber - Contestar

Lead-free solder paste. Small amounts are sold in syringes, eBay is a good source

Chris Halliwell -

The circuit board will need some heat prior to using a hot-air solder station. You will need to remove both cameras before subjecting to a pre-heat. Pre-heat to between 150 and 200c then apply enough heat to reflow the solder joints. A pair of tweezers will help remove the old USB socket. Once removed desolder the throu-holes and clean the surface mount pads. Apply small amounts of solder paste on the solder pads and fill the trou-holes, before placing the new USB socket . The PCB will need pre-heating again before finally using the hot-air solder gun to flow the solder joints. Check SMD pads and throu-holes have all flowed properly.

Chris Halliwell - Contestar

Chris Halliwell knows what they are doing. If you don't have a hot air station, decent soldering station and surface mount soldering experience plus the sundries ie solder paste, good tweezers, good lighting, magnify glass as a minimum then don't even try.

Surface Mount soldering around temperature sensitive components is a risky game unless you are aware of the processes involved. Even then it only takes a few extra degrees in temperature to melt and fry surrounding part's.

rj young - Contestar

This i see is not for the faint of heart.

Lew Buckles - Contestar

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