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.

Press down on the back of the phone, applying moderate pressure. 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Remove the six 3.18 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver. Remove the six 3.18 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the six 3.18 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

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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.
  • 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.

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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. 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. 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.
  • 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.

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Pry out the earpiece speaker using the spudger. Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger. Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger.
  • Pry out the earpiece speaker using the spudger.

  • Pry out the vibration motor using the spudger.

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Place the flat end of the spudger underneath the digitizer connector and pry it up to disconnect it. Place the flat end of the spudger underneath the digitizer connector and pry it up to disconnect it.
  • Place the flat end of the spudger underneath the digitizer connector and pry it up to disconnect it.

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Remove the sticker to uncover the screws underneath. Remove the six 1.59 mm screws using a Phillips 00 screwdriver. 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Remove the two rubber pieces from the ends of the panel. Remove the two rubber pieces from the ends of the panel. Remove the two rubber pieces from the ends of the panel.
  • Remove the two rubber pieces from the ends of the panel.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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Conclusion

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

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