Back Off: The LG G Flex 2 Back Cover Tutorial

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Back Off: The LG G Flex 2 Back Cover Tutorial

LG G Flex 2 Cover Tutorial
Removing the back cover of the LG G Flex 2 to access the SIM and microSD card is easier than you think. LG

As a gadget geek, I like having as much control as possible for many of my devices. This includes the ability to easily swap things with my phone.

For power users who want easy access to things like the battery, SIM and microSD card, for example, having a removable back cover is nice to have. For the longest time, it was actually a key advantage to owning the top-of-the-line Android phones. As more high-profile Android phones such as the HTC One M8 and now the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge opt for more stylish unibody designs, however, folks looking for smartphones with removable backs have fewer options. Alas, iPhone, what have you wrought?

One new Android phone that continues to offer a replaceable back cover is the LG G Flex 2. In addition to the self-healing cover gimmick introduced by its predecessor, the original LG G Flex, the G Flex 2 also retains the ability to take off that cover with some caveats. Sadly, the battery is not easily replaceable, but you can still easily swap the SIM and microSD card. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad, right? Now onward to our quick tutorial on how to remove the LG G Flex 2 back cover. For folks still rocking the previous version, you can also check out my LG G Flex back cover tutorial. For my thoughts on the LG G Flex 2 itself, check out my LG G Flex 2 phone review.

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How to Remove the LG G Flex 2's Back Cover

Taking off the rear cover of the LG G Flex 2
Look for the notch on the side of the LG G Flex 2 and loosen the cover by pulling outward with it. Jason Hidalgo

At first glance, the curvy LG G Flex 2 seems to sport slick and smooth edges with no gaps. Give it a closer look, however, and you’ll notice that one of these edges is not like the other, with apologies to Sesame Street. While viewing the smartphone from the front, turn it sideways so you can check out the lower right hand-side of the G Flex 2’s edge. See that little notch? Eureka, baby. That little groove is the figurative key to taking out the back cover. Just lodge one of your well-manicured and hopefully well-nourished nails into that notch for some much needed leverage. Once you’ve got a firm hold, just start pulling out the cover. Eventually, you’ll get that part of the cover loose and opened up. Just start working your way around the phone to further loosen the cover up. Eventually, the entire back cover will pop out. 

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How to Change the SIM Card on the LG G Flex 2

Swapping SIM card on LG G Flex 2
Once the back cover is off, you can access the SIM tray of the LG G Flex 2. Jason Hidalgo

Voila, now your LG G Flex 2 is as naked as a newborn baby. Now what? Well, take your wandering voyeuristic eyes and look at the top right area of the sexy, curvalicious smartphone’s exposed backside. See that silver-colored metal slot? Congratulations, you’ve found the place where all LG G Flex 2 SIM cards reside. To make sure that your SIM card is inserted the right way, you need to first make sure that the card’s contact points are facing down prior to insertion. Also, check out the illustrated guide on the metal slot itself. See how the diagonal edge should be at the bottom? Once you’ve got the direction of your SIM card sorted out, go ahead and push it into the slot. Your SIM card should now be ready to go.

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How to Insert a MicroSD Card Into the LG G Flex 2

Finding the microSD slot in the LG G Flex 2
How to find the memory card slot of the LG G Flex 2. Jason Hidalgo

While viewing the symbols on that metal slot for your SIM card, you’ve likely noticed one more illustration. That’s right, you can insert a microSD memory card, too. While the SIM card goes at the bottom part of the slot, the microSD memory card is designed to go on top of the metal slot. Just like the SIM card, pay attention to the drawing of the microSD on the metal slot. Once again, make sure your contact points are at the bottom. If your microSD card has a ridge for pulling it out more easily, you’ll want to make sure that is positioned on the back part as you insert and not the front. Once you’ve got it aligned properly, push it into the opening. This might take a bit more finagling compared to the SIM card but you know you’ve done it right when it starts sliding inward. Once you’re done, just replace the back cover and you’re good to go.

Looking for more cover or SIM card tutorials? Check out our tips for a bunch of other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, HTC One M8 plus several other smartphones.