Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the antenna in your Insignia Flex 8 tablet, enhancing your WIFI connections.

  1. Turn off the power to your tablet to avoid injury.
    • Turn off the power to your tablet to avoid injury.

    • Position the tablet so that the screen is face down and the power button is located in the upper left hand corner.

    • Hold down the power button for five seconds until the tablet powers down.

  2. Remove the back casing from the screen by sliding a credit card or a similarly thin but firm object in between the casing and the screen. You may need to use a spudger to initially create separation between the screen and the casing.
    • Remove the back casing from the screen by sliding a credit card or a similarly thin but firm object in between the casing and the screen.

    • You may need to use a spudger to initially create separation between the screen and the casing.

    • Run this object around the perimeter of the tablet until there is separation between the casing and the screen.

    • Remove the back casing and set aside.

  3. Peel tape off of ribbon connectors. Starting at the power button, work clockwise around the tablet. Peel tape off of ribbon connectors. Starting at the power button, work clockwise around the tablet.
    • Peel tape off of ribbon connectors. Starting at the power button, work clockwise around the tablet.

  4. To remove the camera ribbon cable, lift the flap using a spudger. Pull the ribbon directly back to release it. Pull the ribbon directly back to release it.
    • To remove the camera ribbon cable, lift the flap using a spudger.

    • Pull the ribbon directly back to release it.

  5. Remove the second ribbon cable by prying up the black flap using a spudger. Pull the ribbon cable horizontally directly away from the battery. Pull the ribbon cable horizontally directly away from the battery.
    • Remove the second ribbon cable by prying up the black flap using a spudger.

    • Pull the ribbon cable horizontally directly away from the battery.

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  7. Remove the final ribbon cable by pulling back the two black tabs on either side of the ribbon cable. Pull the ribbon horizontally directly away from the battery. Pull the ribbon horizontally directly away from the battery.
    • Remove the final ribbon cable by pulling back the two black tabs on either side of the ribbon cable.

    • Pull the ribbon horizontally directly away from the battery.

  8. Unscrew the thirteen 4.75mm screws around the perimeter of the tablet using a PH 00 screwdriver. Unscrew the thirteen 4.75mm screws around the perimeter of the tablet using a PH 00 screwdriver.
    • Unscrew the thirteen 4.75mm screws around the perimeter of the tablet using a PH 00 screwdriver.

  9. Unscrew the four 3.75mm screws and plastic washers using a PH 00 screwdriver. Lift up the circuit board.
    • Unscrew the four 3.75mm screws and plastic washers using a PH 00 screwdriver.

    • Lift up the circuit board.

  10. Unscrew the final two screws that were underneath the circuit board.
    • Unscrew the final two screws that were underneath the circuit board.

    • These screws are near the charging port and USB adapter.

    • These screws are also 3.75mm and can be interchanged with the second set of screws only.

  11. Lift the circuit board and black internal mounting piece away from the screen.
    • Lift the circuit board and black internal mounting piece away from the screen.

    • Set the circuit board aside.

    • Be careful of the soldered antenna as you separate the pieces.

    • Be careful of the soldered ribbon that is connected to the power source. This ribbon is fragile.

  12. Pry black antenna unit away from the back of the screen.
    • Pry black antenna unit away from the back of the screen.

  13. Remove tape from attached wire.
    • Remove tape from attached wire.

  14. Desolder antenna wire from circuit board.
    • Desolder antenna wire from circuit board.

    • Desoldering Guide

    • Use caution when using the soldering gun. DO NOT touch any of the other components on the circuit board or the battery.

Conclusion

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

Grace Gerke

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