Introduction

This is not a pleasant repair. The device is full of adhesive. Removing the display assembly from front panel (or "mid chassis") can easily result in the destruction of the front panel bezel and digitizer. I suggest that you replace the entire digitizer, rather than one portion. If you want a beautiful front panel bezel, you will definitely need to replace that part, as well.

Image 1/3: Slide opening tool to release clasps and remove battery cover. Image 2/3: Slide opening tool to release clasps and remove battery cover. Image 3/3: Slide opening tool to release clasps and remove battery cover.
  • Remove battery cover using a plastic opening tool or finger nail.

  • Slide opening tool to release clasps and remove battery cover.

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  • With the cover removed, the battery will fall freely with a gentle shake.

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  • Remove SIM card cover by simultaneously squeezing cover and pulling it off of the phone.

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  • Slide SIM card out.

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  • Remove Micro SD card by pushing it in to the phone. Spring-loaded clasp will release the card.

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Image 1/2: Probe underside of GPS cover until you can force a small opening between GPS cover and back cover of phone. Image 2/2: Probe underside of GPS cover until you can force a small opening between GPS cover and back cover of phone.
  • Use a curved metal spudger to remove GPS cover.

  • Probe underside of GPS cover until you can force a small opening between GPS cover and back cover of phone.

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  • Insert plastic opening tool into gap between GPS cover and back cover of phone. Slide tool along GPS cover and pry the piece off.

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Image 1/3: If your phone has a warranty, removing "VOID" sticker will void your warranty. Image 2/3: If your phone has a warranty, removing "VOID" sticker will void your warranty. Image 3/3: If your phone has a warranty, removing "VOID" sticker will void your warranty.
  • Remove "VOID" sticker from screw.

  • If your phone has a warranty, removing "VOID" sticker will void your warranty.

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Image 1/2: Remove one 4.5mm T5 torx screw. Image 2/2: Remove one 4.5mm T5 torx screw.
  • Remove four 2.2mm T5 torx screws.

  • Remove one 4.5mm T5 torx screw.

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Image 1/2: Insert probing tool into screw hole and pull shield. Image 2/2: Be careful! This piece is made of thin, springy metal and will fly across the room if you remove it too forcefully.
  • Remove display cable shield.

  • Insert probing tool into screw hole and pull shield.

  • Be careful! This piece is made of thin, springy metal and will fly across the room if you remove it too forcefully.

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  • Peel off manufacturer's information sticker.

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Image 1/2: Work slowly! Initially, you must lever the assembly from the ribbon cable attaching it to the upper logic board. The cable is delicate. Image 2/2: Work slowly! Initially, you must lever the assembly from the ribbon cable attaching it to the upper logic board. The cable is delicate.
  • Lift volume button assembly out of the back case.

  • Work slowly! Initially, you must lever the assembly from the ribbon cable attaching it to the upper logic board. The cable is delicate.

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  • Push up on the back cover, wiggling cover back and forth, until it slides off.

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Image 1/3: If your phone has a warranty, removing the "VOID" sticker will void your warranty. Image 2/3: Remove three 2.4mm T5 torx screws. Image 3/3: Remove three 2.4mm T5 torx screws.
  • Remove "VOID" sticker.

  • If your phone has a warranty, removing the "VOID" sticker will void your warranty.

  • Remove three 2.4mm T5 torx screws.

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  • Apply pressure to the bottom of the plastic logic board shield and it will pop right off.

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  • Remove rubber spacer.

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  • Peel off Mylar tape.

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  • Peel off electrical tape.

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  • Pry display assembly connector off of lower logic board.

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  • Remove metal bracket.

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Image 1/3: During reassembly, be careful with the spring connectors on the reverse side of the speaker unit. They are bent easily. Image 2/3: This rubber spacer is held on by a weak adhesive. Be careful with this during reassembly, as it may catch and crumple as you put the back panel back the phone. Image 3/3: This rubber spacer is held on by a weak adhesive. Be careful with this during reassembly, as it may catch and crumple as you put the back panel back the phone.
  • Remove speaker.

  • During reassembly, be careful with the spring connectors on the reverse side of the speaker unit. They are bent easily.

  • This rubber spacer is held on by a weak adhesive. Be careful with this during reassembly, as it may catch and crumple as you put the back panel back the phone.

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Image 1/1: Remove two 2.5mm T5 torx screws.
  • Remove one 1.5mm #00 Phillips screw.

  • Remove two 2.5mm T5 torx screws.

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  • Remove earpiece speaker connector.

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Image 1/3: Unwind Bluetooth coaxial cable from plastic camera shield. Image 2/3: Unwind Bluetooth coaxial cable from plastic camera shield. Image 3/3: Unwind Bluetooth coaxial cable from plastic camera shield.
  • Pry off Bluetooth coaxial cable connector.

  • Unwind Bluetooth coaxial cable from plastic camera shield.

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  • Pry off plastic camera shield.

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Image 1/2: As you can see, we attempted to peel off the Mylar shield before heating it. It required more force than we were comfortable with, so we turned up the heat! Image 2/2: Peel off Mylar shield.
  • Heat black Mylar shield for easier removal.

  • As you can see, we attempted to peel off the Mylar shield before heating it. It required more force than we were comfortable with, so we turned up the heat!

  • Peel off Mylar shield.

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  • Gently separate upper logic board from mid chassis. The upper logic board is held to the mid chassis by copious amounts of strong adhesive.

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  • Gently separate lower logic board from mid chassis. The lower logic board is held to the mid chassis by copious amounts of strong adhesive.

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Image 1/1: Be careful when handing the logic board assembly. We could have separated out each part, but decided it was a waste of time. The cost of cutting this corner is extra care when handling the logic board assembly.
  • Once the adhesive-laden logic boards are separated from the mid chassis, the entire assembly easily comes off.

  • Be careful when handing the logic board assembly. We could have separated out each part, but decided it was a waste of time. The cost of cutting this corner is extra care when handling the logic board assembly.

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Image 1/2: Once the display assembly is loosened from the front panel, it will fall away. Image 2/2: The front glass came off easily, but the digitizer was much more difficult to remove. The adhesive holding together the display assembly is much weaker than the adhesive holding the display assembly to the front panel.
  • Blast the front panel with heat and pry between the display assembly and front panel bezel, working one or several guitar picks around the display assembly.

  • Once the display assembly is loosened from the front panel, it will fall away.

  • The front glass came off easily, but the digitizer was much more difficult to remove. The adhesive holding together the display assembly is much weaker than the adhesive holding the display assembly to the front panel.

  • While creating this guide, I utterly destroyed the front panel bezel and digitizer. Replacing the display assembly was a breeze--but removing the digitizer required nearly a dozen reheats of the front panel. To replace the bezel, you will need a new "mid chassis" (that's the front panel piece the digitizer is so powerfully glued to).

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Conclusion

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

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