1. Insert the plastic opening tool into the top of the Thunderbolt near the power button.
    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the top of the Thunderbolt near the power button.

    • Gently pry up on the rear panel around the edges until it is loose.

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  2. Lift and remove the rear panel.
    • Lift and remove the rear panel.

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    • Using the plastic opening tool, lift up the battery from the bottom near the kickstand.

    • Remove the battery from the inner frame.

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    • Use your finger to push the MicroSD card in towards the top of the phone, allowing it to be released from the casing.

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    • Use tweezers to grab onto the MicroSD card and carefully remove it from the casing.

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    • Remove the six Phillips screws from the perimeter of the rear frame.

    • By removing the screw with the "void" sticker on it, your Thunderbolt will no longer be covered under warranty.

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    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the bottom of the phone underneath the soft keys.

    • Gently pry up on the plastic cover by sliding the plastic opening tool across the bottom of the phone.

    • Remove the plastic cover.

    • The plastic cover will have adhesive on it making it difficult to remove.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws where the plastic cover was.

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    • Insert the plastic opening tool in between the screen and the frame on the side of the phone.

    • Slowly slide the the plastic opening tool along the side of the phone until the screen begins to separate from the frame.

    • Do the same for the opposite side of the phone.

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    • Carefully separate the screen and phone from the rear frame, starting from the bottom.

    • Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing rear inner frame to device.

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    • Insert the plastic opening tool between the rear inner frame and the motherboard and slowly work your way around the device.

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    • Remove the rear inner frame from the rest of the device.

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    • Using the tip of an plastic opening tool flip up the tab holding the capacitive button ribbon cable.

    • Be careful opening these tabs as they are very easy to break.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the capacitive button cable out of its socket.

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    • Lifting from the side where the ribbon was disconnected, flip over the motherboard.

    • Remove the black tape covering the tabs connecting the motherboard and LCD.

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    • Using the plastic opening tool pop up the two tabs connecting the LCD and motherboard.

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    • Once the tabs have been popped up, slowly pull the two pieces away from each other.

    • If there is resistance pulling apart the phone then a ribbon or tab has not been disconnected properly/completely.

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Conclusion

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

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