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Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace a broken or defective display module in your Fairphone 3.

  1. Power off your phone before beginning disassembly. Insert a thumbnail, or a prying tool like a spudger, into the notch at the bottom right of the back cover.
    • Power off your phone before beginning disassembly.

    • Insert a thumbnail, or a prying tool like a spudger, into the notch at the bottom right of the back cover.

    • Pry the back cover up to start separating its plastic clips.

  2. Slide around the bottom right corner of the back cover to loosen the lower plastic clips. Lift the back cover to release the rest of the plastic clips and remove it. To reinstall the back cover press it firmly into place until you hear a snap from the plastic clips to form a seamless connection with the rear side of the phone.
    • Slide around the bottom right corner of the back cover to loosen the lower plastic clips.

    • Lift the back cover to release the rest of the plastic clips and remove it.

    • To reinstall the back cover press it firmly into place until you hear a snap from the plastic clips to form a seamless connection with the rear side of the phone.

  3. Use a fingernail or a prying tool at the marked notch to lever the battery out of its recess. Lever the battery up until you can get a good grip.
    • Use a fingernail or a prying tool at the marked notch to lever the battery out of its recess.

    • Lever the battery up until you can get a good grip.

  4. Lift the battery out of its recess and remove it. Lift the battery out of its recess and remove it.
    • Lift the battery out of its recess and remove it.

  5. Whenever a Phillips #00 screw is mentioned you can also unfasten it with a size #0 bit/screwdriver.
    • Whenever a Phillips #00 screw is mentioned you can also unfasten it with a size #0 bit/screwdriver.

    • Remove the thirteen Phillips #00 screws (4 mm length).

  6. Make sure to insert the opening pick between the midframe and the display module and not into the small gap next to the screen. Otherwise you're going to pry up the screen instead of the whole display module. Insert an opening pick between the midframe and the display module on the right edge of the phone. Slide the opening pick down to the bottom right corner to pry open the plastic clamps of the display module.
    • Make sure to insert the opening pick between the midframe and the display module and not into the small gap next to the screen. Otherwise you're going to pry up the screen instead of the whole display module.

    • Insert an opening pick between the midframe and the display module on the right edge of the phone.

    • Slide the opening pick down to the bottom right corner to pry open the plastic clamps of the display module.

  7. Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and use it to disengage the plastic clamps at the bottom of the display module. Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and use it to disengage the plastic clamps at the bottom of the display module.
    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and use it to disengage the plastic clamps at the bottom of the display module.

  8. Slide the opening pick along the left side to pry the display module up. The display module should pop out of the midframe during this process. In case it doesn’t, check for remaining clamps you might have missed.
    • Slide the opening pick along the left side to pry the display module up.

    • The display module should pop out of the midframe during this process. In case it doesn’t, check for remaining clamps you might have missed.

  9. Remove the display assembly. To reinstall the display-module press it into place on all sides until you can hear a snap from the plastic clamps to make sure it sits flush with the frame.
    • Remove the display assembly.

    • To reinstall the display-module press it into place on all sides until you can hear a snap from the plastic clamps to make sure it sits flush with the frame.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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Pick goes in much easier on the left side. Then round the bottom and work it onto the right side.

Bert Ober - Reply

bonjour,

Excellent tutoriel, merci!

Mon Fairphone ne se sent plus de joie!

Martine

Martine R - Reply

Bonjour,

Mon écran est noir depuis une chute, mais il n’y a aucun impact.

Je voudrais bien le changer, mais comment être sure que le problème ne vient que de l’écran? A 90e la pièce, ça m’embêterait de me tromper de problème… Merci de votre aide

hélène Petit - Reply

Wichtig: beim Lösen der Klammern der Displayeinheit muss dass Plektrum in die Rille zwischen äusserem Rand und dem Rand der Einheit gesteckt werden. Bitte gesondert darauf hinweisen! Ich habe aus Versehen die Einheit zerlegt, ;-(

Das Foto mit Plektrum an der unteren Schmalseite zeigt dies sehr gut.

Danke für die Anleitung!

Jörg Articus - Reply

Nachdem ich in zwei Fachgeschäften mit meinem zerstörten Display abgewiesen wurde, habe ich mich, trotz völliger Unerfahrenheit auf elektron. Gebiet, selbst an die Arbeit gemacht. Da ich noch zur Billyregal-Aufbau-Generation gehöre, habe ich mit Hilfe dieser hervorragenden!!! Reparaturanweisung tatsächlich ein völlig zerstörtes Display ausgetauscht und halte jetzt ein “neues” funktionstüchtiges Smartphone in den Händen. Ein Lob an das Ifixit-Team und auch an Fairphone, die die Reparatur durch einfachen Aufbau möglich machen.

Angela 02.04.2021

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