Introduction

One of the more daunting features of the phone to access, this guide will walk you step by step to a successful replacement, repair, or removal of these buttons.

First locate the two switches located on the lower backside of the phone. Simultaneously, push the two switches forward causing the back to "pop" off. The back cover should be fully detached from the phone.
  • First locate the two switches located on the lower backside of the phone.

  • Simultaneously, push the two switches forward causing the back to "pop" off.

  • The back cover should be fully detached from the phone.

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Once the cover has been removed, the battery should be immediately visible.
  • Once the cover has been removed, the battery should be immediately visible.

  • The battery is situated in the top half of the phone.

  • Using either your finger or the spudger/prying tool, remove the battery from the back of the device.

  • Your battery has a specific orientation to it. Make sure the bronze/gold colored leads are aligned with the bronze/gold colored strips on your battery before reassembling.

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Once the battery has been removed, locate the SIM card. The SIM card is typically located in the center of the phone, secured by a metal tray.
  • Once the battery has been removed, locate the SIM card. The SIM card is typically located in the center of the phone, secured by a metal tray.

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Once you have located the SIM card, carefully remove it by sliding it upwards out of the metal tray. No tools are needed, just those fancy fingers.
  • Once you have located the SIM card, carefully remove it by sliding it upwards out of the metal tray. No tools are needed, just those fancy fingers.

  • Your SIM card has a specific orientation to it when it is replaced. Make sure the bronze/gold colored leads are aligned with the bronze/gold colored strips in the SIM card tray before reassembling.

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Gently force the spudger tool underneath the plastic flap that protects the camera lens. With the spudger tool underneath the flap, remove the plastic cover by lifting it away from the phone.
  • Gently force the spudger tool underneath the plastic flap that protects the camera lens.

  • With the spudger tool underneath the flap, remove the plastic cover by lifting it away from the phone.

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Place the spudger tool underneath the front plastic flap. Once in place, use the spudger tool to lift and remove the plastic cover.
  • Place the spudger tool underneath the front plastic flap.

  • Once in place, use the spudger tool to lift and remove the plastic cover.

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Locate both bronze colored Torx T6 3 mm screws. Unscrew the bronze screws with a Torx T6 screwdriver.
  • Locate both bronze colored Torx T6 3 mm screws.

  • Unscrew the bronze screws with a Torx T6 screwdriver.

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Locate and unscrew the 4 Torx T6 3 mm silver screws on the back of the phone. Unscrew the 4 screws with a T-6 Torx Head Screwdriver.
  • Locate and unscrew the 4 Torx T6 3 mm silver screws on the back of the phone.

  • Unscrew the 4 screws with a T-6 Torx Head Screwdriver.

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Separate the back, plastic panel from the front panel by prying the spudger between the two and sliding it across on both sides. Take hold of both halves of the phone and separate.
  • Separate the back, plastic panel from the front panel by prying the spudger between the two and sliding it across on both sides.

  • Take hold of both halves of the phone and separate.

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Locate the back speaker on the back panel of the phone.
  • Locate the back speaker on the back panel of the phone.

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Place the spudger tool underneath the back speaker component. Lightly force the back speaker off of the panel by lifting the spudger tool. When removing speakers, replacing or re-inserting them may result in looseness. This means that during re-assembly they may fall out or shift. An adhesive may be necessary to keep the speaker in place.
  • Place the spudger tool underneath the back speaker component.

  • Lightly force the back speaker off of the panel by lifting the spudger tool.

  • When removing speakers, replacing or re-inserting them may result in looseness. This means that during re-assembly they may fall out or shift. An adhesive may be necessary to keep the speaker in place.

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Locate the red tabbed pin strip connected to the logic/motherboard. The red tabbed pin strip should be located on the right hand side of the back of the phone. Using a spudger tool, disconnect the red tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done by inserting the spudger tool under the side of the tab and gently pulling upwards towards you.
  • Locate the red tabbed pin strip connected to the logic/motherboard. The red tabbed pin strip should be located on the right hand side of the back of the phone.

  • Using a spudger tool, disconnect the red tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done by inserting the spudger tool under the side of the tab and gently pulling upwards towards you.

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After removing the red tabbed pin strip, locate the the yellow tabbed pin strip. This should be directly under the red tabbed pin strip. Disconnect the yellow tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done using the same technique used to disconnect the red tabbed pin strip. Disconnect the yellow tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done using the same technique used to disconnect the red tabbed pin strip.
  • After removing the red tabbed pin strip, locate the the yellow tabbed pin strip. This should be directly under the red tabbed pin strip.

  • Disconnect the yellow tabbed pin strip from the logic/motherboard. This can be done using the same technique used to disconnect the red tabbed pin strip.

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Now that the red and yellow pinned tabs have been disconnected, disconnect the antenna cable located at the top right of the phone. The cable can be disconnected using the spudger tool.
  • Now that the red and yellow pinned tabs have been disconnected, disconnect the antenna cable located at the top right of the phone.

  • The cable can be disconnected using the spudger tool.

  • Insert the spudger under the side of the antenna connection. Gently pull upwards to disconnect the cable.

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Locate the second antenna connection. It can be found toward the middle/bottom right of the phone close to where the red and yellow tabbed pin strips were. Remove the antenna connection. This can be done using the same method done in the top antenna removal step. The antenna cable will still not be entirely disconnected from the logic/motherboard. To remove it entirely, loosen the bottom metal cable grip that pins down the cable.
  • Locate the second antenna connection. It can be found toward the middle/bottom right of the phone close to where the red and yellow tabbed pin strips were.

  • Remove the antenna connection. This can be done using the same method done in the top antenna removal step.

  • The antenna cable will still not be entirely disconnected from the logic/motherboard. To remove it entirely, loosen the bottom metal cable grip that pins down the cable.

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Now that all components holding the logic/motherboard down have been removed or disconnected, the board should be free to be removed. The board can be removed by gripping the top right edge of it with your fingers and pulling it out gently. The board can be removed by gripping the top right edge of it with your fingers and pulling it out gently.
  • Now that all components holding the logic/motherboard down have been removed or disconnected, the board should be free to be removed.

  • The board can be removed by gripping the top right edge of it with your fingers and pulling it out gently.

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Circled are the volume control and convenience key buttons. These buttons are located on the middle panel. In order to replace these buttons, you must also replace the entire middle panel. Contact your plan provider or the phone manufacturer for details on obtaining a new panel.
  • Circled are the volume control and convenience key buttons. These buttons are located on the middle panel. In order to replace these buttons, you must also replace the entire middle panel.

  • Contact your plan provider or the phone manufacturer for details on obtaining a new panel.

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Once you have removed the side button panel you will notice the LCD/touchscreen directly beneath. The LCD/touchscreen will be resting directly on top of the front panel of the phone. Once you have located the LCD/touchscreen, you can remove it by pulling it off of the front panel. No tools are necessary.
  • Once you have removed the side button panel you will notice the LCD/touchscreen directly beneath.

  • The LCD/touchscreen will be resting directly on top of the front panel of the phone.

  • Once you have located the LCD/touchscreen, you can remove it by pulling it off of the front panel. No tools are necessary.

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If any one of these buttons is broken or needs replacement, then it is possible to replace the whole button strip.
  • If any one of these buttons is broken or needs replacement, then it is possible to replace the whole button strip.

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First, the flexible chip on the inside of the frame needs to be detached by using the prying tool. First, the flexible chip on the inside of the frame needs to be detached by using the prying tool.
  • First, the flexible chip on the inside of the frame needs to be detached by using the prying tool.

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Next, the buttons need to be pried from the front panel Next, the buttons need to be pried from the front panel Next, the buttons need to be pried from the front panel
  • Next, the buttons need to be pried from the front panel

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Conclusion

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

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