Introduction

If you have an issue with your battery as described in the troubleshooting guide, this guide will instruct you on replacing your battery.

Parts

No parts required.

Video Overview

Image 1/1: You may need to use a hair dryer or hot air gun to loosen the adhesive holding the device together. Be careful not to heat the device too much however as you could cause damage!
  • In this step you'll lift the screen. Be VERY gentle else you will break it. Insert the plastic opening tool in between the black plastic bezel and the glass screen edge along the sides and the top, gently loosening the adhesive. The screen will remain attached at the bottom edge, as if on a hinge.

  • You may need to use a hair dryer or hot air gun to loosen the adhesive holding the device together. Be careful not to heat the device too much however as you could cause damage!

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  • Wedge the plastic opening tool into the crack around the screen on the top, left and right sides.

Don't bother doing this step as it is not necessary to remove the glass/lcd first. I have proven this many times. Jump straight to step 4.

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Image 1/1: The screen will stay on a hinge until the final step.
  • Once the screen has been loosened on the top, left and right edges, lift the screen.

  • The screen will stay on a hinge until the final step.

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  • The rear case is held on by glue and eight tabs on the screen bezel. On the volume side there is one above the rocker and three below; on the SIM side all are below the slot. Insert the plastic opening tool between the case edge and the screen bezel, aiming to prise the rear case edge outwards to loosen the glue and free the tabs, one at a time.

The best 'in' for prying open the screen bezel from the back (or in other words, to pry off the back cover) is to insert a pick or pry tool just where the sim card slot is. The plastic here is a little more flexible and allows more freedom of movement. Don't apply too much force unless you don't mind the plastic snapping at the sim port. It won't be much more than cosmetic damage.

Move the prier towards the bottom. There is one of the holding clips just below the sim port and is rarely held by glue making it the easiest to pry apart. The next clip is about 2inches down from there.

Once the left side is pried apart fully (keep pulling the back case away till the glue snaps - there are no cables attached to worry about) force the back case to the right to remove it away from the clips on the right hand side. This is relatively easy in comparison to opening the left side.

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  • Pry the back open once loose and lift. The back panel will come off with time.

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Image 1/1: Some screws are hidden by tape so remove the tape and check for screws.
  • Remove all the #000 screws with a #000 Phillips screw driver.

  • Some screws are hidden by tape so remove the tape and check for screws.

There's about a billion (minor exaggeration) steps missing here! Watch the video from 2m30s to see the plethora of ribbons and screws to remove. In fact, for replacing the battery most of the marked screws don't need removing. Concentrate on everything connected to just the top board (which sits on top of the battery).

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  • Lift the motherboard completely out of the phone with the tweezers. (may stay attached at the bottom by tape)

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Image 1/1: The battery is glued to the frame so you will have to put force.
  • Use the blue opening tool to pry up the battery from the frame.

  • The battery is glued to the frame so you will have to put force.

  • Do not break the battery upon removal.

When i change battery finish.

Do I have to use glue to put the screen back on the body?

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Conclusion

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

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Removing the screen first may make it easier to insert the plastic tool between the bezel and the case, however in my instance despite being as careful as I was able I still damaged the screen whilst doing this.

Furthermore, since both the bezel and the case edge are plastic I found that they were not strong enough to withstand damage whilst I loosened the glue that held them together. Whilst I was able to access and replace the battery, cosmetically speaking the phone is a ruin.

Hardest device disassembly I have _ever_ attempted.

Ian Silvester - Reply

Why do you need to remove the screen? Step 3 says the screen will stay hinged until the final step, but after step 3 there is no more mention of the screen.

Leo Taro - Reply

I got away without prying the LCD off (omitting step 2+3). I was lucky and the back coverpopped off rather easily. All in all it took me about an hour.

Christian Egger - Reply

If i change batterry finish.

Do I have to use glue to put the screen back on the body?

Viriya Nopparat - Reply

Where can I get a new battery

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