Introduction

This guide will provide instructions on how to replace the motherboard.

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  • Turn the phone off by holding down the power button located on the top of the phone.

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Image 1/3: Gently remove the back case completely from the phone. Image 2/3: Gently remove the back case completely from the phone. Image 3/3: Gently remove the back case completely from the phone.
  • Find the small indentation at the bottom right of the phone and pry open the back case of the phone using your fingernail or small plastic opening tool.

  • Gently remove the back case completely from the phone.

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Image 1/3: Remove the battery from the phone. Image 2/3: ''When replacing the battery, align the copper ports on the top right of the battery with the corresponding ports in the battery cavity.'' Image 3/3: ''When replacing the battery, align the copper ports on the top right of the battery with the corresponding ports in the battery cavity.''
  • Insert a fingernail or the small plastic opening tool into the recess in the bottom center of the battery and lift upward.

  • Remove the battery from the phone.

  • When replacing the battery, align the copper ports on the top right of the battery with the corresponding ports in the battery cavity.

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Image 1/3: Gently run a plastic opening tool down along the left and right sides of the phone to separate the black midframe assembly from the silver display casing. Image 2/3: Carefully remove the midframe assembly from the display casing by pulling up and away from the phone. Image 3/3: ''The motherboard is housed between the screen/display casing and the midframe assembly. Removal of the screen is not necessary to access the motherboard.''
  • With the phone lying face down, remove the nine 3 mm Phillips #00 screws from the midframe.

  • Gently run a plastic opening tool down along the left and right sides of the phone to separate the black midframe assembly from the silver display casing.

  • Carefully remove the midframe assembly from the display casing by pulling up and away from the phone.

  • The motherboard is housed between the screen/display casing and the midframe assembly. Removal of the screen is not necessary to access the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Using a precision tweezer or spudger, carefully slide the indicated connectors out from their ports on the motherboard. Image 2/2: Using a precision tweezer or spudger, carefully slide the indicated connectors out from their ports on the motherboard.
  • Using a precision tweezer, remove the protective stickers from the connectors.

  • Using a precision tweezer or spudger, carefully slide the indicated connectors out from their ports on the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Using a finger or plastic opening tool, pull the clips away from the motherboard and hold the clips back. Image 2/3: Wedge a plastic credit card or opening pick underneath the motherboard to separate the motherboard away from the display casing. Image 3/3: Carefully lift the motherboard upward, making sure any remaining tape connectors are detached.
  • Locate the two white clips along the edge of the phone that hold the motherboard in place.

  • Using a finger or plastic opening tool, pull the clips away from the motherboard and hold the clips back.

  • Wedge a plastic credit card or opening pick underneath the motherboard to separate the motherboard away from the display casing.

  • Carefully lift the motherboard upward, making sure any remaining tape connectors are detached.

  • Tip: Use one finger to hold one clip open and a small plastic opening tool to hold the other clip open while simultaneously prying the motherboard from the display case (see photo 1)

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Conclusion

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

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