Motorola Droid Teardown



Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

Member-Contributed Guide

Member-Contributed Guide

An awesome member of our community made this guide. It is not managed by iFixit staff.

Dr.Wreck has finally worked up the courage to tear apart his Brand New Motorola Droid! What's inside?! Keep it locked to PhoneWreck to see the details as they arrive!

This user-contributed teardown is in response to iFixit's Droid bounty offer.

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  • Thar she blows! Keep it locked on iFixit and PhoneWreck to see all of the details as they become available!

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  • The first step is to remove the backcover and Battery

  • Here you'll see two screws

    • Use your T6 to remove both the Black and Silver Screws.

  • There are more screws but they are non-conveniently hidden. Finding these was the hardest part!

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  • Non-conveniently, Motorola has made the chassis screws hard to find...

    • Two are located underneath the plastic piece at the top of the device.

    • Use a pin or very fine stiff wedge to lift this away from the double sided tape to reveal two more T6 screws.

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  • Finding the rest of the fasteners is a royal pain...

    • Did you think to look under the lens cover and google label? Probably not... you should! There's a T5 under there!

      • Try not to mind Dr. Wreck's massive toe thumbs...

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  • You're not done yet! You still need to dig for fasteners at the bottom of the device!

    • Luckily there are really *not* easy to find. See that gold grill underneath the battery cover? Yeah... peel that away.

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  • With these screws removed, you can pry away the back part of the chassis.

    • Use a wedge and work it carefully around the outside of the frame.

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  • There it is!

    • Use the T5 to remove the last silver PCB screw.

    • Pull off the flex cables that fast the top of the logic board to the screen portion.

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  • Now you can flip out the PCB.

    • Remove the flex off of the bottom of the PCB to free it.

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  • Lastly, pry away the black frame that surrounds the keyboad of the device. This will unveil the sliding mechanism.

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  • We removed the Cans (not a recommended step!!!) to see what IC's were on the board.

    • Check out the Block Diagram for full details!

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Headphones were tugging or yanked enough to wear out the connection, and I found these instructions invaluable. It was enough for me to get the back panel off.

The back panel has the headphone jack (visible in your last image). I stretched the spring connectors out to give more pressure, but the real problem were the pads on the flex connector -- a couple of them had holes worn in them. I applied a light coat (a dab, followed by a touch from the desoldering braid) of solder to the pads, reassembled the unit, and it works like a charm. I hope this helps anybody who has a flaky headphone connection.

Ridicalis, · Reply

Torx size is a T5 NOT A T6!!!

acemn232, · Reply

have 1 screw

Andrew Young, · Reply

The OMAP 3430 is made by Texas Instruments and not Qualcomm. You can't see the manufacturer, since the memory is a POP (Package on Package) configuration.

gbraad, · Reply

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