Introduction

Remove the rear inner frame to gain access to the motherboard and the LCD

Image 1/1: Gently pry up on the rear panel around the edges until it is loose.
  • 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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  • Lift and remove the rear panel.

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Image 1/2: Remove the battery from the inner frame. Image 2/2: Remove the battery from the inner frame.
  • 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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Image 1/1: By removing the screw with the "void" sticker on it, your Thunderbolt will no longer be covered under warranty.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Gently pry up on the plastic cover by sliding the plastic opening tool across the bottom of the phone. Image 2/2: Remove the plastic cover.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Slowly slide the the plastic opening tool along the side of the phone until the screen begins to separate from the frame. Image 2/2: Do the same for the opposite side of the phone.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame. Image 2/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame. Image 3/3: Gently pull down on the phone and screen to fully separate it from the rear frame.
  • 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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Conclusion

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

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