How to Open a Samsung Remote


Samsung produces a wide variety of electronics, including a few remote designs that they supply with their televisions. Despite being nearly identical, there are a large number of unique remote models with minor modifications made to best fit the intended device.

The majority of remotes, including ones made by Samsung, have an easily removable panel over the battery housing. Some can slide to reveal the batteries, while others have a tab or button that releases them. Sliding panels will likely have a direction indicator and some texture to grip.

Each Samsung remote has a designation that begins with “BN59” and is followed by a small string of five numbers with a letter at the very end. For example, BN59-01357B is the designation for one of the solar cell remotes not featured elsewhere in the article.

When searching for compatible replacements or troubleshooting information, the model numbers can be handy, so write yours down. Given the large number of models, exhaustive lists for each style will not be included in this article.

How to open the electronic portion of a Samsung remote

A TV remote might be sealed shut with an adhesive, held together by screws, or made with construction that fits together without extra help. A screwdriver can remove the screws, and any sturdy and thin object can separate the adhesive.

Modern television remotes pack a ton of electronics into a small space, so the average person won’t be able to do their own remote repairs. While stronger than a sliding panel or latch, the sealing methods can usually be undone with a small screwdriver.

Note that opening the remote this way will likely validate any warranty on the device, so do not open one up unless you are ready to write it off as a loss.

How to open a curved Samsung remote

Nearly the entire back of any of Samsung’s vaguely banana-shaped smart remote models will slide away to reveal the battery compartment. An arrow indicates the direction that you should push the back to remove it.

Samsung has a large number of different models using this same design, including the BN59-01330 line.

Most panels are much shorter than the ones on this style of remote, so it may be more prone to functionality issues. The difficulty will rear its head more when putting the panel back on than taking it off, but any problems on the long track might make opening it take more effort.

How to open a flat Samsung remote

Samsung’s current line of flat remotes has a thin panel on the bottom that covers the battery housing. An indentation gives a solid grip point that you can use to slide the panel towards the back.

Samsung’s standard remotes come in a couple of different sizes and a large host of models, but they all feature the same simple battery housing panel.

How to open a Samsung oval remote

The flat and oval line of Samsung remotes have a latch that secures the battery panel in place on the underside. Press the latch and pull it up to remove it from the remote.

This line of Samsung remotes resembles a thin slice of bread. Since its oval shape curves down, a sliding panel would be slightly more inconvenient with the necessary shifts in the direction of force. The latch does the job without a fuss, but be careful not to snap off the plastic.

Models with this shape include the BN59-01181D, BN59-01182D, and BN59-01185A.

How to open a remote with a stuck sliding battery panel

Double-check that you are following the indicated opening direction. Apply some pressure to the main portion of the remote when pushing the battery housing panel. Cleaning the gap between the panel and the remote may reduce friction and make opening it easier.

Remote manufacturers may not put a direction indicator on the panel, and some engineers  try to hide the gaps between the panel and remote for a sleek look. Even on those with an indicator, the arrow may wear off over time. 

To add a helpful counterforce, push the main portion of the battery in the opposite direction of the panel. You don’t have to be too rough, but the extra force might be the final nudge of physics needed to dislodge the panel.

Remotes exist in lived-in spaces that might affect them. For example, if a sticky beverage spills near a remote, it can form bonds between the narrow gaps of the battery panel and the remote. It’s easy to miss the mess, even if you open the panel and clean both parts.

A cotton swab soaked in some isopropyl rubbing alcohol can wash away a fair number of the potential adhesives keeping the panel stuck. A toothpick is a great option for tougher gunk, but any thin object will do in a pinch. Just be mindful of damaging yourself or the remote with sharper items.

Once you have the panel removed, put the batteries aside and clean both sections of the remote with a rag soaked in rubbing alcohol or another cleaner that’s safe for electronics. Use another towel to dry the remote, then give it a few minutes to air out. This won’t fix any structural damage, but it might just make opening and closing the battery panel easier.

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