Introduction

To access or replace internal hardware, the glass back panel must be detached. This disassembly guide will teach you how to safely open up the phone using the required tools listed below.

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.

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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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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 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.

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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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Conclusion

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

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