Introduction

Users of this guide will be able to remove the connections from the motherboard to gain access to their battery. This repair is much more difficult compared to other phones' battery replacements. Be careful not to damage any other components during the repair.

Image 1/1: Press to eject the tray.
  • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray, located on the upper right hand side of the phone.

  • Press to eject the tray.

    • This may require a significant amount of force.

  • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

Add Comment

Image 1/1: Press to eject the tray.
  • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray, located on the lower right hand side of the phone.

  • Press to eject the tray.

    • This may require a significant amount of force.

  • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the two 4mm T5 Torx screws on the top of the case. Image 2/3: Remove the two 4mm T5 Torx screws on the top of the case. Image 3/3: Remove the two 4mm T5 Torx screws on the top of the case.
  • Using a plastic opening pick or a spudger, gently pry and remove the top of the case.

  • Remove the two 4mm T5 Torx screws on the top of the case.

Be sure to remove the SIM tray and memory card tray prior to removing back case! Bent mine because that step was missing.

cameronb - Reply

Image 1/3: Be careful around the power and volume buttons, as they are fairly delicate. Image 2/3: Be careful when separating the body from the display assembly, as the rear-facing camera may be stuck to the body with adhesive. Image 3/3: Be careful when separating the body from the display assembly, as the rear-facing camera may be stuck to the body with adhesive.
  • Work a plastic opening pick around the perimeter of the device to separate the rear case from the display assembly.

  • Be careful around the power and volume buttons, as they are fairly delicate.

  • Be careful when separating the body from the display assembly, as the rear-facing camera may be stuck to the body with adhesive.

The SIM Card and SD Card's need to be removed before the case will come apart.

Andrew Froude - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the blue and white antenna cables.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the two 1.5 mm Phillips screws securing the battery connector to the motherboard.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Use your fingers or a spudger to disconnect the ZIF connector.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the bottom speaker ZIF connector.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Be careful with the tape, as it can tear easily. Image 2/3: Use a spudger to disconnect the ZIF connector. Image 3/3: Use a spudger to disconnect the ZIF connector.
  • With the tweezers, carefully lift up on the tape covering the electrical strip shown in the picture.

  • Be careful with the tape, as it can tear easily.

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ZIF connector.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: The third ZIF connector is mostly underneath the motherboard. When reassembling your device, make sure it is placed back underneath. Image 2/3: The third ZIF connector is mostly underneath the motherboard. When reassembling your device, make sure it is placed back underneath. Image 3/3: The third ZIF connector is mostly underneath the motherboard. When reassembling your device, make sure it is placed back underneath.
  • Disconnect the remaining three ZIF connectors.

  • The third ZIF connector is mostly underneath the motherboard. When reassembling your device, make sure it is placed back underneath.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the two antenna cables. Image 2/3: Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the two antenna cables. Image 3/3: Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the two antenna cables.
  • Remove the dual LED flash cover.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the two antenna cables.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the three 4 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard.

Great guide just one crucial warning missing! When removing the battery which is underneath the power/SD/volume cable make sure you see that and carefully remove the battery without tearing it apart! Had to learn the hard way. Fortunately it's replaceable..

Charles Vheru - Reply

Image 1/2: Use a plastic opening tool or your hands to pry the motherboard out of the case. Image 2/2: The motherboard is secured with adhesive, so you may need to use an iOpener or heatgun to loosen the adhesive. Refer to the [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Instructions/11677|iOpener guide|new_window=true] for info on this.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to gently lift the vibrator off of the motherboard.

  • Use a plastic opening tool or your hands to pry the motherboard out of the case.

    • The motherboard is secured with adhesive, so you may need to use an iOpener or heatgun to loosen the adhesive. Refer to the iOpener guide for info on this.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Use a spudger to carefully pry the battery up from the display assembly. Image 2/2: Take care not to puncture or bend the battery.
  • Using tweezers, remove the tape from the bottom of the battery.

  • Use a spudger to carefully pry the battery up from the display assembly.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery.

Add Comment

Conclusion

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

15 other people completed this guide.

Michael Chan

Member since: 04/14/2015

1,344 Reputation

3 Guides authored

Team

Cal Poly, Team 6-16, Maness Spring 2015 Member of Cal Poly, Team 6-16, Maness Spring 2015

CPSU-MANESS-S15S6G16

4 Members

6 Guides authored

7 Comments

I replaced the battery now but encountered a problem, as my phone wasn't working properly afterwards. When I switched on, it kind of reset to default and the play store app kept crashing, so I had to do a factory reset

Chris Felix - Reply

Removal went as directed, about to attempt in reverse! Wish me luck

jasonroll - Reply

Done all of this by the book but phone won't turn on charge screen lights up and charges but still won't turn on please help

cpopowski - Reply

For me works everything except touch screen :/ i dont know what i done wrong... screen works good, but can't touch it

Wojtoosh - Reply

Those snap on antenna connectors are the hardest part of this job. Really hard to line up to reconnect them. I was initially sent a bad battery, so I had to go through the whole process again with a good battery the second time, and it worked just fine. I would not want to make another attempt with those antenna connections though. I think they're easy to distort, and not made for frequent disconnects and reconnects.

Mike G. - Reply

I would say explicitly to disconnect the battery connector since i did not and saw some magic sparks frying one of the connectors of the motherboard

nightshadow1258 - Reply

Cool, success! I'm a bit OCD when it comes to my electronic repairs/assemblies. With these phones these days, we could've powered the moon landing...from a mobile pc that fits in our hands...so needless to say, it's a fight for space (no pun intended, but I laughed later) inside the cases, so batteries being a huge consumer of ever diminishing space, I'm surprised we can even get these out at all!

Brad Bolding - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 54

Past 7 Days: 412

Past 30 Days: 1,744

All Time: 26,657