Use this guide to help open up the HTC One Mini 2 and replace the back plate. It is helpful if you want to replace the back plate for cosmetic reasons.

  1. Insert the end of a paper clip into the holes on each side of the phone to eject the SIM card and Micro SD card.
    • Insert the end of a paper clip into the holes on each side of the phone to eject the SIM card and Micro SD card.

    • Set the cardholders aside.

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  2. Heat up the top grey speaker plate with the iFixit iOpener for two minutes.
    • Heat up the top grey speaker plate with the iFixit iOpener for two minutes.

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    • Use a metal spudger to pry up the left edge of the upper grey front plate.

    • Place the spudger between the inside white plastic edge and the grey plate. Do not pry between the two white plastic frames.

      • Don’t pry against the glass. Pry against only the left side as there is a delicate antenna under the plate.

    • Use the narrow plastic pry tool to carefully separate the black ribbon antenna from the grey plate.

    It’s not necessary to remove the grey plate all the way, just enough to get access to the screw on the left side for step 4.

    Kevin - Reply

    • Remove the 2mm screw with a T5 torx screwdriver head from the iFixit tool kit.

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    • Use the plastic pry tool to pry around the edge of the phone.

      • Pry carefully around the card slots.

    • Slowly pull up from the right side of the screen like opening a book.

      • The plastic piece for the power button may fall out. Set it aside for reassembly.

    • Use the plastic spudger to peel the foam adhesive around the camera away from the back plate.

    Only open the back enough to gain access to the foam adhesive around the camera. If you open too much before separating the camera, you will rip the ribbon connector apart & the camera will never work again. Thank you !!!

    grastroud - Reply

    Is there anything else that can destroy the camera?

    I was careful and did not think that I destroyed anything, also there is no damage visible. But the camera doesn’t work, I cannot even switch from front to main camera. Any idea or hopeless?

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    If the plastic power button falls out of the case, ensure that it is replaced the same way round. The small circular part which actually operates the switch is slightly offset & nearer the middle of the phone.

    grastroud - Reply

    Once the back is pried enough to reach inside, you can use the plastic spudger tool to reach in and pry the sides of the square camera body away from the back of the case. You are trying to protect the camera body, and the ribbon cable that connects it to the main board, by carefully separating the adhesive around the sides that fasten the camera body to the hole in the back cover of the phone.

    ken - Reply

    There are several plastic clips around the perimeter of the phone. I found it easiest to unclip the one right blow the volume button first, then work down the right side of the phone (two more on the side, one at the corner) then work up the right side (one at the upper right corner) then along the top and bottom.

    Kevin - Reply

    To help remove camera adhesive, I found heat useful.

    Kevin - Reply

    Hi all ,I didn’t apply enough heat removing the grey front panel and the ribbon anntena is ripped.

    I should have left it double time as its cold here .Is there a replacement for sale somewhere ?

    Is this easy to replace is my next question.

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

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what is the black ribbon antenna on the front

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