Introduction

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

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.

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.
  • 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 PH000 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.
  • Using a Phillips PH000 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.
  • 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 PH000 screwdriver, remove the eight silver Phillips 3.5 mm screws circled in red.

  • Using a Phillips PH000 screwdriver, remove the six black Phillips 4.0 mm screws circled in orange.

  • Using a Phillips PH000 screwdriver, remove the single silver 3.0 mm Phillips screw circled in yellow.

  • Using the Phillips PH000 screwdriver tip, gently scratch away the white stickers outlined in green circles to expose hidden screws.

  • Using a Phillips PH000 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

Locate the five connection points  circled in red holding the motherboard in place.
  • Locate the five connection points 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 small connection  that holds the motherboard in place.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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