Introduction

You will need to purchase a new screen to replace the old one. In one of the final steps of this guide, you will need to remove the glass screen on the front of the phone. To do this, we used a metal spudger.

Remember: when working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The metal spudger is great when you need serious prying power, but the regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

Open the SD card slot.
  • Open the SD card slot.

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Using the plastic prying tool, take off the back cover of the phone. The SD slot opens an area where the edge of the back is exposed and can be pried open easily. The SD slot opens an area where the edge of the back is exposed and can be pried open easily.
  • Using the plastic prying tool, take off the back cover of the phone.

  • The SD slot opens an area where the edge of the back is exposed and can be pried open easily.

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Using Phillips 000 Screwdriver, remove the two 2.5mm phillips head screws.
  • Using Phillips 000 Screwdriver, remove the two 2.5mm phillips head screws.

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Using Torx T5 screwdriver, remove the four silver 5mm torx head screws.
  • Using Torx T5 screwdriver, remove the four silver 5mm torx head screws.

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Using Torx T5 bit size, remove the four black 4mm torx screws.
  • Using Torx T5 bit size, remove the four black 4mm torx screws.

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Using plastic opening or prying tool, remove the black plastic circuit cover. Using plastic opening or prying tool, remove the black plastic circuit cover.
  • Using plastic opening or prying tool, remove the black plastic circuit cover.

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Using tweezers, disconnect the antenna wire. Using tweezers, disconnect the antenna wire.
  • Using tweezers, disconnect the antenna wire.

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Using small plastic opening tool, disconnect the wire connection. Do this by carefully inserting tool under wires and pulling straight up. You may need to pry from both sides of the wires to remove the connection.
  • Using small plastic opening tool, disconnect the wire connection. Do this by carefully inserting tool under wires and pulling straight up.

  • You may need to pry from both sides of the wires to remove the connection.

  • Be careful! Damaging the connection port could prevent a new battery from working.

  • When inserting a new battery, press firmly on the white connector to snap it into it's port.

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Disconnect the vibration connector. This is a silver circle that lifts up. The vibration connector is held in place with a magnet, so it may take a little extra effort to remove.
  • Disconnect the vibration connector. This is a silver circle that lifts up.

  • The vibration connector is held in place with a magnet, so it may take a little extra effort to remove.

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Gently pry off the logic board. Do not pull the whole board off all the way! Lift from the bottom and stop when the notch catches at the top. Using the tweezers, detach the gold ribbon from the logic board where they connect.
  • Gently pry off the logic board.

  • Do not pull the whole board off all the way! Lift from the bottom and stop when the notch catches at the top.

  • Using the tweezers, detach the gold ribbon from the logic board where they connect.

  • Now, unlatch the top of the logic board and set it aside.

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Using the metal spudger, very carefully pry off the glass screen. This will take some muscle, it is not easy! You may use a heat gun to weaken the adhesive around the outside of the glass screen. Be very careful not to dent or damage the frame of the phone!
  • Using the metal spudger, very carefully pry off the glass screen.

  • This will take some muscle, it is not easy! You may use a heat gun to weaken the adhesive around the outside of the glass screen.

  • Be very careful not to dent or damage the frame of the phone!

  • Be very careful not to damage the LCD screen, which is directly under the screen.

  • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The metal spudger is great when you need serious prying power, but the regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

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Now that the screen is off,  thread the gold ribbon (it is attached to the screen) through the top of the phone. It may help to fold the gold ribbon over on itself to remove it from the rest of the device.
  • Now that the screen is off, thread the gold ribbon (it is attached to the screen) through the top of the phone.

  • It may help to fold the gold ribbon over on itself to remove it from the rest of the device.

  • The screen and the gold ribbon should now be completely detached.

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Conclusion

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

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5 Comments

hey i followed directions flawlessly and for some reason, now the new lcd wont show the display...i get a flash of a grey-whitish screen when it powers on then its black. i can hear the sound and everything, just now display at the moment, everything is connected correctly and i went took the phone apart again just to make sure and it seems like i did everything right so im at a loss right now. any advice or tips?

Demetrius Pearson - Reply

Same here. Before touchscreen replacement the screen was showing but was not touch responsive. Now after touch screen replacement completely black.

I wonder if that has something to do with how screen connects to motherboard. If we removed the cable connecting touchscreen, where was the display cable then? How is it connected to motherboard? Through touchscreen?

Dave - Reply

Hi Guys, I also had the above issue however. you'll notice on step 10 (second picture) there is a ribbon cable that needs connecting to the board at the battery end, it runs underneath the battery. I could not do this with the battery in place so had to lift it out using a spudger. Once the battery is out you'll probably find it easier to connect this bottom cable first and then attach the digitizer ribbon. I did this with the phone on it's side. It's a touch fiddly but it can be done.

I hope that helps

Leigh Westhorpe King - Reply

That was it. Thanks

Zach -

Had the same issue with the ribbon cable under the battery. Needs to be fully inserted and just can't be easily connected when replacing the logic board. Removing the battery from the right side, but leaving it attached on the left made connecting the ribbon cable easier.

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