Introduction

This guide details how to remove the motherboard from the frame.

  1. Make sure you spend at least 5 minutes heating up the adhesive. Prying off the glass cover too early can result in cracking the panel.
    • Make sure you spend at least 5 minutes heating up the adhesive. Prying off the glass cover too early can result in cracking the panel.

    • Using a heat gun or hairdryer, apply heat approximately three inches above the glass panel to warm up the adhesive around the outside edge of the phone.

    • Make sure to apply heat evenly across the outside edge of the device.

  2. Be careful not to tear the orange ribbon wire when removing the back panel.
    • Be careful not to tear the orange ribbon wire when removing the back panel.

    • Using a plastic opening tool, gently pry up a corner of the rear glass panel.

    • Slowly slide the plastic opening tool around the outside of the glass panel to break through the adhesive.

    • Additional plastic opening tools can be used to help separate the back panel from the phone body.

    • Gently lift the back panel off once all the adhesive has been removed.

    • Using a Phillips PH00 screwdriver, remove the silver Phillips 3.5 mm screw circled in red.

    • Using a spudger, gently lift off the small metal tab that was held in place by the screw.

    • Gently pry off the orange ribbon wire on the back panel.

    • Keep the tiny screws on a magnetic pad or a designated area so they will not be lost. There are eighteen screws in total.

    • Using a Phillips PH00 screwdriver, remove the eight silver Phillips 3.5 mm screws circled in red.

    • Using a Phillips PH00 screwdriver, remove the six black Phillips 4.0 mm screws circled in orange.

    • Using a Phillips PH00 screwdriver, remove the single silver 3.0 mm Phillips screw circled in yellow.

    • Using the Phillips PH00 screwdriver tip, gently scratch away the white stickers outlined in green circles to expose hidden screws.

    • Using a Phillips PH00 screwdriver, remove the two black Phillips 4.0 mm screws circled in green.

    • Slowly slide the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the inner lining.

    • Additional plastic opening tools can be used to help separate the inner lining from the phone body.

    • Gently pull the inner lining up to remove it from the phone body.

    • Holding the phone so that the cameras are at the top, locate the small hole on the top right edge of the device.

    • Using the 0.8 mm Sim Eject tool, push down on the small hole to release the Sim Card tray.

    • Gently pull out the Sim Card tray and set it aside.

    • In the following steps you will disconnect the five connectors circled in red holding the motherboard in place.

    • Gently pull the small ribbon connection between the battery and motherboard upward to disconnect it.

    • Use a spudger to help pry off the connection if necessary.

    • Use a spudger to gently pry off the small antenna cable on the right side of the motherboard.

    • Using a spudger, gently pry up the small connection that holds the motherboard in place.

    • Using a spudger, gently pry up the connector near the left edge of the motherboard.

    • Use a spudger to gently pry off the small connection on the far left edge of the motherboard.

    • Use a spudger to pry up a corner of the motherboard.

    • Lift the motherboard to remove it from the body of the phone.

Conclusion

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

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