Introduction

Use this guide to replace your HTC One M9's front speaker. This guide is essential if you want sound from your speakers back!

  1. Insert a microSD card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the microSD card tray, located on the upper right hand side of the phone above the volume buttons.
    • Insert a microSD card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the microSD card tray, located on the upper right hand side of the phone above the volume buttons.

    • Press to eject the tray.

      • This may require a significant amount of force.

    • When reinserting the microSD card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray. The contacts should be inserted first and face to rear side.

    • It is normal, that the microSD card doesn't stay on it own inside the tray. It is also not completely trivial to place it correctly flat inside the tray.

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  2. Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole besides the SIM card tray, located on the upper section of the left edge of the phone.
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole besides the SIM card tray, located on the upper section of the left edge of the phone.

    • Press to eject the tray.

      • This may require a significant amount of force.

    • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that its contacts are facing to the rear side. The tapered corner of the SIM card has to point to the outer bottom corner of the tray.

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    • Using a plastic opening pick or a spudger, gently pry and remove the cover on top of the case.

    • Remove the two 4 mm 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

    The black plastic piece that runs across the top is very thin and is stuck on with very strong tape.

    SMcC21985 - Reply

    • Work a plastic opening pick around the perimeter of the device to separate the rear case from the display assembly.

    • The SIM card tray and Micro SD card tray must be removed before the back cover can be removed.

    • 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

    I found a video showing someone using a 2 to 3 inch length scraper razor blade around the perimeter. On my second HTCM9 battery swap I found that leading with a square tipped X-Acto blade to begin the opening, and leaving the trailing, “already opened” gap “wedged” open with the scraper blade helped smoothly open from top (IR header) to bottom (micro USB charger port). A conventional spudger pries open too quickly and can damage and misshape the LCD’s soft bezel. The bezel surround is a much softer compound than the rear case. You can work the rear case loose by gently prying the back’s perimeter outward and occasionally inward as you progress. There are four tabs on the LCD assembly (i.e. nearby and under the pliers in step 5) on each side that protrude into the rear case. Push in toward the back, and pry outward on the back case seam around the vicinity of the tabs. This action provides clearance for the tab to loose from the case tab slot.

    Michael K - Reply

    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the blue and white antenna cables. Note that some models of this phone will have only one antenna cable at this location.

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    • Remove the two 1.5 mm Phillips screws securing the battery connector to the motherboard.

    • Use a spudger to pry the battery connector from its socket, being careful to apply pressure only to the connector and not to the socket.

    When reassembling the phone, be sure to attach the battery connector correctly before screwing it down. It has a rectangular connector that may not seat correctly if simply screwed down.

    Jay Clark - Reply

    • Peel back the Kapton tape from the ZIF connector, then use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the hinged retainer clip on the ZIF connector and slide the cable out.

    Lift up on the white portion of the connector

    Jarred Goar - Reply

    • Peel back the Kapton tape from the ZIF connector, then use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the hinged retainer clip on the ZIF connector and slide the cable out.

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    • 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. You will have better luck if you pull back the orange Kapton tape rather than the silver electrical strip.

    • Use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the hinged retainer clip on the ZIF connector and slide the cable out.

    Mine did not have the piece of tape.

    SMcC21985 - Reply

    • Peel back the Kapton tape from the remaining three ZIF connectors, then use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the hinged retainer clips on the ZIF connectors and slide the cables out from each.

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

    For the featured ZIF header in step 10, which originates from under the circuit board, after liberating the yellow-clear tape I used a “Plackers” dental flosser “pointed end” to carefully lift up from under the ZIF ribbon.

    Michael K - Reply

    the third connector what is that one for? my screen was sometimes flicker and that connector is loose from underneath the motherboard

    Sugar Bomb Gaming - Reply

    • Remove the dual LED flash cover. This is held on with a small amount of adhesive. Be careful here: the flash cover may be glued to the antenna cable(s) below. Apply a small amount of heat here to soften the adhesive before removal.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the two antenna cables near the camera. Note that some models of this phone will have only one antenna cable at this location.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the antenna cable near the bottom of the phone.

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    • Remove the three 4mm 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

    • Use a pair of tweezers to gently lift the vibrator out of its crevace. It is held in only with friction, no adhesive or screws. Be careful when lifting to avoid damaging the wires connecting it to the motherboard.

    • Use a plastic opening tool or a spudger to gently pry the motherboard out of the case. lift first from the top (near the camera).

      • The motherboard is secured with adhesive at the bottom (on the speaker assembly) so you may need to use an iOpener or heat gun to loosen the adhesive. Refer to the iOpener guide for info on this.

    Mine did not have any adhesive.

    SMcC21985 - Reply

    • Remove the 3 mm T5 screw that holds the front speaker in place.

      • This screw was missing due to mishandling in an earlier deconstruction.

    • Gently remove the speaker from the device.

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Conclusion

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

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