Motorola Droid 2 LCD Replacement

Replace a broken LCD to bring new life to your dying Droid 2.

Use this guide to replace your Droid 2's LCD.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Slide the battery cover toward the bottom edge of the phone.

  • Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the Droid 2 from the edge closest to the bottom of the phone.

  • Remove the battery from the Droid 2.

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Edit Step 3 Rear Case  ¶ 

  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the silver ribbon below the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon off the phone.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.

  • The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the camera bezel stuck to the rear case.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry downwards to release the plastic tab holding the rear case to the motherboard screw.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.

  • Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • With the spudger still inserted between the rear case and front case, slide the spudger along the right edge of the device, moving toward the bottom, prying as you go.

  • Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Continue prying the rear case from the front case along the left side, moving from bottom to top.

  • Lift the rear case up out of the phone.

  • At this point, the button covers on the side of the phone are free and may fall out if you tip the phone upside down.

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Edit Step 11 Speaker  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the speaker/antenna assembly up and out of the phone.

  • If you are re-assembling your phone, insert any power, camera, or volume buttons that may have fallen out at this point.

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Edit Step 12 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the antenna cable connectors from their respective sockets on the motherboard and the speaker/antenna board.

  • De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Peel the black rubber sheet covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the power button/volume button connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to remove the small black plastic piece stuck to the battery connector.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.

  • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid 2, minding the keypad connector that is still attached.

  • Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the Droid 2.

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Edit Step 19 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the camera button/vibrator connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the speaker board with a spudger.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Remove the large sticker stuck to the inner face of the battery compartment.

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone open.

  • Lift up the edge of the black plastic rim that includes the speaker board from the side closest to the keypad.

  • Continue lifting the side of the rim until it is almost vertical, and wiggle it free from the back of the LCD assembly.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the EMI shield by releasing the clips shown with the tip of a spudger.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 2.5 mm T3 Torx screws along the outer edge of the slider panel.

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone until a sixth screw is visible, as shown.

  • Remove the newly revealed 2.5 mm T3 Torx screw.

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Continue sliding the phone in the same direction, past its "closed" position, until four more screws are revealed.

  • Remove the four 2.5 mm T3 Torx screws along the outer edge of the slider.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Return the phone to its normal "closed" position.

  • Peel the display ribbon up from the keypad's metal backing.

  • The ribbon cannot be completely removed yet, because it is attached to the back of the LCD.

  • At this point take extra caution as to not tear the ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the back and front case of the display assembly, and peel the two ribbon cables off the two adhesive pads along the back case of the display assembly.

  • The location of the pads on the back case is shown. The top left corner of the case is the corner of the phone shown in the first picture.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the board that contains the ambient light sensor and display data cable connector out of the screen housing.

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the speaker out of the screen housing.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Peel off the black tape to reveal the front panel connector.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Remove the front panel ribbon cable from the ZIF connector on the board that is attached to the display ribbon.

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Flip the phone over and remove the front panel.

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Edit Step 33 LCD  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone open.

  • While feeding the display ribbon cable through the slot in the metal keypad backing, slowly continue to slide the phone open past its normal allowed point.

  • Continue feeding the display ribbon cable through and sliding the phone until the LCD assembly is separated from the keypad.

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Lift the back cover off the display assembly, feeding the ribbon cable through the slit as you go.

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Peel away the black tape to reveal the display data cable connector.

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Edit Step 36  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool or fingernail to flip up the black lever on the ZIF connector.

  • Pull the orange display data cable from the ZIF connector.

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Edit Step 37  ¶ 

  • Peel the display ribbon cable from the back of the LCD. The ribbon cable is attached with adhesive, so work slowly to avoid damaging it.

  • Remove the display ribbon from the back of the LCD.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Motorola Droid 2 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

the torx size on the A955 and the A956 that i own is T-2 and T-5 NOT T-3

mot nyt, · Reply

Thank you very much for this tutorial. It saved me from buying a new phone! It was scary once the phone was completely disected to think that it had to somehow go back together, but I just followed the steps in reverse. I used t4 for the larger screws as t5 did not seem to fit, but it worked out great. Thanks again.

ibbman1, · Reply

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