Mobile Phones Android Back Off: The LG G Flex 2 Back Cover Tutorial By Jason Hidalgo Writer Jason Hidalgo is an award-winning technology and business journalist whose writing has also appeared in Engadget, USA Today, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. our editorial process Jason Hidalgo Updated January 08, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email 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 of 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? 01 of 04 The LG G Flex 2 Back Cover LG 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. 02 of 04 Remove the LG G Flex 2's Back Cover Lifewire / 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. 03 of 04 Change the SIM Card on the LG G Flex 2 Lifewire / Jason Hidalgo Voila, now your LG G Flex 2 is bare. 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. 04 of 04 Insert a MicroSD Card Into the LG G Flex 2 Lifewire / 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.