1. The entire phone is built upon the screen assembly so in order to replace the screen assembly you must disassemble the entire phone and then build it back up on top of a new screen assembly
    • The entire phone is built upon the screen assembly so in order to replace the screen assembly you must disassemble the entire phone and then build it back up on top of a new screen assembly

    • The touch screen and LCD display are fused together so it is very difficult to replace one piece or the other separately. In order to be successful, it is recommended to replace the entire assembly.

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  2. Remove the SIM card and tray by ejecting it with a paper clip or SIM Ejector Tool
    • Remove the SIM card and tray by ejecting it with a paper clip or SIM Ejector Tool

    I found it easier to get into the case by prying inside the sim card slot area first and then worked my way around with guitar picks. Minimal damage!

    GadgetERService - Reply

    Great! I will add this into the steps. If you have any pictures of how you did this, please feel free to email them to alcs99@hotmail.com and I will upload them into the guide

    alcs99 - Reply

    • Removing the rear alluminum case is the hardest part of repairing the internals of the HTC One. In many blogs/videos the backing is damaged so its worth buying a spare one for this repair just in case theres damage.

    • The unit I've got was already popped open.

    • A contributor found it easier and minimal damage to get into the case by prying inside the sim card slot area first and then working their way around with guitar picks.

    • Additional videos that might also help with this process:

    • http://youtu.be/qZFAsgjCunc

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyrxa23Ow...

    • After you have removed the rear aluminum case for the first time and broken that adhesive, the back case will come on and off easily using the plastic pry tools

    I made a complete mess of my rear cover - I tried to follow the youtube videos but could not open it without destroying the plastic around it. I'd recommend buying a new back cover at the same time as the new scren!

    Stuart - Reply

    I was able to do this without damaging anything on the first try. Here is what you need: a guitar pick, a blow dryer, and an ice pack.

    Step 3a, use the blow dryer to heat up the entire phone thoroughly and evenly. This should take just a minute.

    Step 3b, put the ice pack on the glass for 20-30 seconds.

    Step 3c, the thermal stress will help separate the glass from the plastic. All I had to do is to put the guitar pick inside and make the separation final. The sim card slot is the easiest starting point.

    mengyuanwang - Reply

    • Remove the three pieces of black electrical tape using an exacto knife or razor blade

    • There is a lot of black electrical tape and silver colored tape to remove throughout the process

    • The black coaxial cable that runs near the gray and blue cable is present only in certain models. This phone in the picture is the Sprint model and has CDMA antennas that will be in addition to GSM phone models.

    I noticed the black cable at next to the blue and gray one isn't in my phone.

    GadgetERService - Reply

    Thats interesting! The coaxial cables connect to the antennas and depending on which network you're on you might have different antennas. This is the Sprint model I believe, what model do you have? A GSM model like an international phone, T-mobile, or ATT? I will make a comment on that in the guide, thanks for the heads up!

    alcs99 - Reply

    It was an at&t one!

    GadgetERService -

    Thanks for putting this up, seriously. This help a lot.

    GadgetERService -

    • Remove the five coaxial cables using tweezers

    • They are easy to pop out by applying a little pulling pressure

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    • In order to remove the motherboard, the flex cables must be demated

    • First remove the four flex cables indicated with arrows. Some of the metallic colored tape will need to be peeled back in order to access these.

    • The flex cables are held in place using ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors.

    • For the top two and the bottom left (in the photo) the black tab needs to be carefully opened using a plastic prying tool in order to remove the flex cable.

    • For the bottom right connector, the white tab needs to be carefully lifted up with a plastic prying tool in order to release the flex cable.

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    • Using a Philips #000 screwdriver unscrew the connectors indicated from the mother board

    • After the screws have been removed, the connector will need to be detached from the mother board using a plastic prying tool.

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    • Using again the Philips #000 unscrew the four screws that are holding down the motherboard as indicated in the photo. The screws have already been removed in the photo

    • Be sure to organize and label each screw because they are different lengths and will need to be put back in the same hole during reassembly. By the end of this whole process you will have about a dozen different screws.

    So I mixed up all the screws and am not able to read/understand the handwriting on the picture. ("big blue pop??"). Does anyone have a link where it may show where each size/color screw goes?

    justin - Reply

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    • Pull the motherboard up from the side shown in the image

    • The motherboard is held down on one end with the metallic colored tape and comes up with light pulling with your hand

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    • Remove the three screws using the Phillips #000 screwdriver as indicated in the photo

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    • The volume rocker button and another piece are adhered to the body. In order to remove this, heat the adhesive with the hot iOpener tool. Both pieces then peel away easily.

    Another piece is not there on a EU phone

    Marcin Brodzikowski - Reply

    • Disconnect these two pop connectors by gently prying up from the daughterboard with blunt tipped tweezers

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    • Detatch the flex cable by flipping up on the white portion of the ZIF connector. This releases the flex cable

    • Gently pull the flex cable from the connector

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    • Release the vibrator motor by prying up on the moving end of the motor

    • The vibrator motor is connected by two wires to daughterboard and does not need to be detached from the daughterboard, just released from its slot in the housing

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    • Gently pull the daughterboard from the phone body

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    • There is an adhesive holding down the battery. Place the hot iOpener on top of the battery for a minute.

    • Then place the iOpener onto the table and place the phone glass against it to heat the adhesive from the other side.

    • As the phone is lying on the iOpener, softly pry away the battery using the plastic picks. The battery flexes slightly so pry away gently.

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    • Remove the three screws indicated

    • Remove the loose metal piece

    • Pry up the small logic board and attached speaker using a plastic prying tool. It is held down with a little adhesive and tape.

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    • The small logic board and metal piece are shown here

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    • This plastic piece goes directly over the screw hole. It falls out easily, but when removing and replacing it only goes back in place in one direction. The shape of the plastic piece makes it go into place in only one direction.

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    • Remove the earpiece by prying up with a sharp tweezer. It is held in place with adhesive and needs a little prying.

    • Remove the power button by Peeling away the small amount of tape holding it to the screen assembly.

    • Remove the plastic spacer that looks like a Tetris piece, it slides in and out easily and may fall out if not careful.


    The pins on the speaker should be on the LEFT side! (Closest to the hole for the front camera) - The pictures in step 16 and 21 are correct.

    Kyle Clark - Reply

    Oops! I replaced the old picture with the correct picture showing the pins on the correct side. Good eye thanks for that!

    alcs99 -

    • Reassembly entails building everything onto the new screen assembly.

    • First transfer the earpiece, power button, and spacer onto the new screen assembly

    • Next replace the small logic board that contains the USB connector

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    • Put down some double sided tape to hold the battery against the screen assembly

    • When putting the battery in place, make sure that the battery's flex cable is facing up and at the correct corner as seen in the photo so that it will be able to connect to the mother board in the later reassembly steps.

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    • Follow all the steps in reverse to reassemble the phone.

    • The image is shown here to illustrate where to put the coaxial cables when replacing them.

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I have no interest in tearing a perfectly fine phone aparet like that. All I have are fine, almost invisible cracks in the exterior Gorilla Glass cover glass and that's all I intend to replace. If it can't be done I'll live with the cracks. Can you instruct on how to replace only the Gorilla Glass? Thanks.

Elbert White - Reply

You still need to remove the back of the phone to disconnect the digitizer connector. Then you need to heat around the perimeter of the screen to soften the tape and separate the digitizer from the LCD. Stick the new one in place and run the connector through to the main board. Replace the back. Good luck not cracking the LCD :)

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