Introduction

If the phone has trouble reading your touch input to its touch screen, the digitizer may be damaged or broken. If that is the case, a replacement is in order. This guide will instruct you on how to safely take apart the device to change out the digitizer.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: Slide the back casing down to separate it. Image 2/2: Slide the back casing down to separate it.
  • Press down on the back of the phone, applying moderate pressure.

  • Slide the back casing down to separate it.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Use a plastic spudger to lift the battery out using the battery's groove on its top left corner. Image 2/2: Use a plastic spudger to lift the battery out using the battery's groove on its top left corner.
  • Remove the back casing to expose the battery.

  • Use a plastic spudger to lift the battery out using the battery's groove on its top left corner.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Remove the six 3.18 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Go all the way around, prying as you go, until the back casing completely separates from the rest of the phone. Image 2/2: Go all the way around, prying as you go, until the back casing completely separates from the rest of the phone.
  • Insert the flat end of the spudger between the front and back panels, and pry it apart by running the spudger along the side to further separate them.

  • Go all the way around, prying as you go, until the back casing completely separates from the rest of the phone.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • Unclip the two flex cables -- a small one located on the left side on the lower half of the motherboard, and a longer one on the right side, higher up.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger. Image 2/3: Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger. Image 3/3: Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger.
  • Pry out the earpiece speaker using the spudger.

  • Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Place the flat end of the spudger underneath the digitizer connector and pry it up to disconnect it.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the six 1.59 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Image 2/3: Remove the six 1.59 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Image 3/3: Remove the six 1.59 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the sticker to uncover the screws underneath.

  • Remove the six 1.59 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Do not forcefully pull the components apart as there is another connector on the underside of the motherboard attaching it to the panel. Image 2/3: Insert the flat end of the spudger in between the panel and motherboard to unfasten the connector. Image 3/3: Insert the flat end of the spudger in between the panel and motherboard to unfasten the connector.
  • Lift the bottom portion of the motherboard away from the front panel.

  • Do not forcefully pull the components apart as there is another connector on the underside of the motherboard attaching it to the panel.

  • Insert the flat end of the spudger in between the panel and motherboard to unfasten the connector.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • Remove the two rubber pieces from the ends of the panel.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the trackball, also at the bottom of the casing. Image 2/3: Remove the trackball, also at the bottom of the casing. Image 3/3: Remove the trackball, also at the bottom of the casing.
  • Remove the red Power button and green Talk button from the bottom of the casing.

  • Remove the trackball, also at the bottom of the casing.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Carefully run the spudger up the sides until the digitizer is free. Image 2/3: Carefully run the spudger up the sides until the digitizer is free. Image 3/3: Carefully run the spudger up the sides until the digitizer is free.
  • Pry the bottom edge of the bezel with the flat end of the spudger.

  • Carefully run the spudger up the sides until the digitizer is free.

Add Comment

Conclusion

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

2 other people completed this guide.

Scott Nguyen

Member since: 09/16/2015

502 Reputation

3 Guides authored

0 Comments

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 0

Past 30 Days: 4

All Time: 202