How to open the BlackBerry Z30 battery door

BlackBerry Z30 bottom
By Simon Sage on 26 Oct 2013 07:38 am EDT
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One thing I mentioned in my review is that the battery door on the BlackBerry Z30 is particularly snug. Kevin's finally got his mitts on one, and he bumped into the same problem of popping the door off. As simple as the problem might be, we want to make sure we're helping out every new Z30 owner as much as possible. 

The only real starting point for opening the rear of the BlackBerry Z30 is the opening at the bottom. The instinct is to pry like crazy from there, but I haven't had great results that way. Instead, slide your nail to the left or right once in that opening; it should wedge between the silver frame and the glass fiber weave door. Keep running your nail through that groove, and the battery door should open up easily. I find it's easier going to the right side towards the volume keys, but going to the left will pop up the SIM and SD card cover soon enough, which give you something to work with. 

Yeah, it's a simple problem, but spending five minutes wrestling with a new phone just to get the SIM in can easily sour someone's experience with their new phone - let's try and help 'em out, eh? 

80 comments

danfrancisco

I'll be sure to remember this tip the first time I open the back cover!

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foxfoxcool

This battery door is the worst design on earth. Why. BlackBerry designed such battery door for Z10 which does not have removable battery? Z30 can be many mm thinner if no such door, and save lots of cost of the extra mechanical parts, and the sim card uSD card can be on the side.

Here is why such bad design still gets approval at BlackBerry. It is because a mechanical SVP at BlackBerry has his patent on this carbon fiber door. By approval this garbage for Z30, he can get patent fee to his pocket plus his self satisfaction. On the other hand, all these carbon fiber doors are made in Germany only. This SVP and Thorston are German. And their relatives and family are in Germany. No wonder.

Such corrupted company, how could BlackBerry funs expect better design and products? Even after Fairfax buy BB, these guys will stay (maybe not Thorston who will ust cash out his fifty five million). You will see more garbage products out of BB. I am telling you the truth. When such corruption, politics and dirty money infect a high tech company, innovation is not the goal anymore. As BlackBerry funs, you heart will break. Let's see.

Posted via CB10 with Q10.

foxfoxcool

BTW: the BOM cost of this door is about $20 each piece, yes, $20 for this unnecessary part, just for filling someone's pocket. Also, this adds not only an extra layer of mechanical parts, it adds extra thickness, and the indirect cost is much more than $20.

Posted via CB10 with Q10.

asherwiin

Wow, lots of accusations. Where is the evidence to back up these claims?

Or is if a 'somebody who knows somebody told me' situation.....

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Thunderbuck

Chill the hell out.

First off, it's not a "battery" door anyway, since the Z30 has a fixed battery. This hatch is not designed to be removed on a daily basis.

Second, the material DOES have a distinct look and feel that adds value to the handset and the brand.

Maybe most importantly, the Z30 is designed to take alternate backs, like the Flip Case uses. I'll take a fastening system that favors security over ease of removal in this case, thanks.

Posted from CB10 running on my awesome Z30

Hidjk

Did I win one yet... :o)

Still love my Z10 by the way.
And 10.2 is as they say, Sweet...

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G Wayne

Well if you love your Z10 you will fall head over heels in love with the Z30 it's the best BlackBerry ever

Hidjk

I would love to get one but can't justify the cost. When nothing is wrong with my Z10 and I like it so much.

10.2 on my Z10 is great.

Take care friend.

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djsrt

Dare I say it??

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Hidjk

... I removable battery door with a non removable battery?

:o)

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Dannynutdude

-_- really? "Oh no I don't know how to open a battery door uhhh better check out CrackBerry" i mean srsly who DOESN'T know how to do this.

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Hidjk

Simon is just trying to help out all the new Apple converts since they have not had the pleasure of opening a battery door.

They are only used to pushing buttons...

(don't worry a removable battery door will come on iPhone 6 and they will line up in the streets for it)

:o)

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MarkyZ10

Really? A removable door for the iPhone! What an incredible innovation. Definitely lining up for that one.

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Hidjk

It will be called the iPhone 6b... (b as in better, back, beautiful. Etc)

Just as they lined up for the new 5c with the new and improved plastic case in your choice of color... they will line up for the new and improved removable battery door with the non removable battery.

Don't forget to leave your hard earned money behind as you walk out the door with the samething you already own and have... but with a 6 and a b in the name.

The new iPhone 6b it's beautiful...

:o)

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Siya10

Really?

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knighty2112

Watch for the next exciting instalment;
How to insert your memory card into the Z30! ; )

Whoosh! Z10 in action!

Patrick Pierobon

I am actually glad this is a problem. I would hate to have it constantly pop off later on down the road. I went into a Telus store and played with one. What a solid built phone. Great quality and great in the hands. I couldn't get the back cover off in the store for obvious reasons and that was one thing I was wondering about. So thank you on the review. Keep it up!

Munich669

Still on my Z-10,but good tip for when I get the Z-30.

Ciao....keep moving!!!

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BBnose1

Call it battery door is not correct. It is a back cover actually. Hah

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Thunderbuck

+1

Posted from CB10 running on my awesome Z30

MrJohnyBoy

What if you bite your nails????

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knighty2112

Use a chisel! ; )

Whoosh! Z10 in action!

bennelong

Use a guitar plectrum

Z10 via CB10

fromhereonend

It is so snug I was going to use a screwdriver ;)

Good tip... I find going to the right the most effective too

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Brian Persaud

I love Chinese food

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Hidjk

Your making me hungry...
Stop it. :o)

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canuckbear

Thanks. The next step is to figure out how to get to the actual battery. Its probably just me but when I see a non removable battery I get a little paranoid. These days you have reason to be.

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AnimalPak200

There was a forum post a few weeks ago showing a picture of the back cover with two 'stress marks' along the middle cross section because they tried to just pry it open from the bottom instead of easing it as described above. So... Be careful!!!

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AnotherBillJ

Once again, Crackberry is there with a solution BEFORE most people get the phone.
It's little reasons like this that I like this site.

Keep up the great work! :)

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sdiedericks

THX Simon! Any idea where I can pick up additional/spare battery doors? Opening up the battery door through force, causes the little plastic hooks to break - so your post is most valuable!

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Hidjk

The motto for the Z30 is.

Open it once, close it for life...

(Put your cards in and close it that's all you need to do a one shot deal)

:o)

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Siya10

THIS ARTICLE IS JUST FOR THOSE WHO NEEDS AND USE THE HUB ICON

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djraz_official

LOL

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Jim Banks2

The thing that caught my attention about this article was the title "battery door".

I thought it didn't have a removable battery.

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Earl_3

I would most likely use a dime or any other coin.

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wincyUt

That's how I open mine when I want to interchange the covers. Thanks for the tip for those are having problems.

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Double_J75

This would have been helpful to know when I bought my z30. It was a bitch to open!

Thanks for sharing though.

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blackstorm1911

LMAO @ the fact this is a Article.

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djraz_official

Agreed + infinity

Only a fool thinks they know me.

dcsappernh

CrackBerry strikes again with immensely useful information. I thought the battery was immovable, so puzzled why its a battery door?

niss63

Not removable is likely what you meant to say, since the battery can easily be moved.

Sarcasm should be approached with great care, lest chinks are found in one's own armor.

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djraz_official

OMG. Opening the door is the easiest thing in the world. Now what happens if you don't have nails. Tough luck, crackberry offered no love to you :D

Only a fool thinks they know me.

kupfernigk

You make a little tool from the SIM card carrier.

farskija

Wow! Mind blown

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cdnrower

Being a Z30 owner, I agree that the snug back cover can a wee bit of a pain but good to know once I get my SIM and my SD card in that they will stay there. :) One thing to note is that both slots are spring action and located in the side so I guess a snug back cover is needed. I've had to reopen once to get my SIM put back snuggly in its slot.

Posted using CB10 with my Z30 :)

Insync

I think we should call it the back cover. Through trial and error I got to this method that works fine.

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djraz_official

I have an even easier and faster method. Drop the phone on the ground, the cover will pop right off. Hey I said easier and faster. I never said it was a better and safer way. If you damage your phone that's entirely on you! Don't come crawling back crying.

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Kimberella

Great, thanks.
:attempts thread hijack:
Removing that Q10 back cover is like WHOA! Anyone else having this problem?

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imcurved

The battery door of the Z10 is also not the best battery door that BlackBerry has put out. I prefer one with a latch like the one of the 8900.

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martinjdub

I had a few minutes of wtf...then I pretended it was my Z10 and presto!

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skilas

I admit, this door is pretty snug. This article is more of a tip at an easier way to open it, than "how to open". And I don't mind that.

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lsd2011

I'm having problems with my Q10 battery door which makes me leaving my spare battery in the shelf :(

sk8er_tor

The Q10 is different. You just push it down with both thumbs, it should come off easily. Same as the 9800/9810.

sjawelsh

Thanks Simon,
They did it at the store when they loaded the Sim and Media cards initially.
I didn't have a reason to open it up, but actually was trying the other day, just for something to do, and I didn't want to force it so I didn't. Always appreciate the little tips and tricks to make the experience better.

Douken

Why didn't he mentioned that guy on the forums that cracked his door while leveraging only from where you open it only instead of nailing his way around.

You are now in my Bingo Book

Saulii

I use my guitar pick... just saying!!

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Basti19001

The removable back is great if you need to relace scratched back after drop if needed.

sklotz2000

Funny, I open my Z10 the exact same way.

Xandrex_BSCF

Exactly. Fastest way for the Z10 too.

QtHelex

...and I thought we have here a video how it looks if you remove the few screws from the back. Would it be possible to provide? :)

henrickrw

Thanks.. my Z30 is on its way..!!!

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adonesc

Looks that if I do gather enough scratch somehow to get a Z30, I'll u to either buy it at full price from Telus or Rogers, unlock the damn thing and then take it to Fido...this really sucks ass!

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Wireless Gadget

why didn't BlackBerry come up with a battery door opener tool like a screwdriver tool of some sort and make it out of plastic.

d_anthony999

now that's a super idea!!!

bjohnston7

Video please.

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stevenjamesclark

The back cover on my Q10 was a nightmare to get off.

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sk8er_tor

Opening the Q10 is super simple. Just hold the phone with both hands, screen facing down, power button towards your chest. Use both thumbs to push down on the batter cover. Comes off very easily. Same as the 9800.

MozThaGreat

This should have been a zero gap construction phone. No reason for it not to have been. Would have been a very nice plus, especially considering the price.

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masende

Totally unrelated but I'm desperate. Z30 running 10.2 has dumped my BlackBerry id & it's greyed out, I cannot edit the field. Hence I can't buy/download any apps from BlackBerry world. Can anyone help..

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d_anthony999

I am having a hell of a time trying to get the back off from the leather flip case on my Z30...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

jackwaldon

argh! I got excited and put a little crack in the door.

snics

An even Easyer way:

Just slide your nail under the mute button on the side of the Z30.
Slide up and down and the Battery Cover comes off easily.
This is much easyer then sliding your nail left and right at the bottom.

Enjoy,

villagechris

+1 This was, by far, the easiest way to open the Z30 back cover. Thanks, snics.

ikalinin

wow.. worked like a charm!! :D