Introduction

Use this guide to replace the motherboard. Be prepared to handle small screws and delicate electronic connections.

Turn the phone off before starting the replacement process.
  • Turn the phone off before starting the replacement process.

  • Place the phone face down.

  • Press your finger down on the indentation and slide the back plate off.

Using your index finger lift and remove the battery from the phone. Using your index finger lift and remove the battery from the phone. Using your index finger lift and remove the battery from the phone.
  • Using your index finger lift and remove the battery from the phone.

Use the pointed end of the spudger to pull out the plastic inserts that are located on the left and right-hand corners.
  • Use the pointed end of the spudger to pull out the plastic inserts that are located on the left and right-hand corners.

  • If needed, use the tip of a push pin instead of the spudger to remove the plastic inserts.

Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the six 3mm long screws found along the edges of the phone.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the six 3mm long screws found along the edges of the phone.

  • If needed, use tweezers to remove loose screws from the recessed holes.

  • Screws are small, therefore, they should be placed in a secure location to prevent misplacement.

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Pull the rear case up using the spudger. The rear case is connected to the right side of the phone via red and blue cables, be careful not to pull these cables out.
  • Pull the rear case up using the spudger.

  • The rear case is connected to the right side of the phone via red and blue cables, be careful not to pull these cables out.

  • The volume control buttons on the side might fall out of their sockets. Carefully replace them with a pair of tweezers before you reassemble the rear case.

Use tweezers to pull the clear end of the red and blue speaker cables away from motherboard.
  • Use tweezers to pull the clear end of the red and blue speaker cables away from motherboard.

Carefully remove the rear case from the phone. Carefully remove the rear case from the phone.
  • Carefully remove the rear case from the phone.

Use tweezers to remove the music button found on the side of the phone.
  • Use tweezers to remove the music button found on the side of the phone.

Use tweezers to remove the volume control buttons on the opposite side of the phone. Use tweezers to remove the volume control buttons on the opposite side of the phone.
  • Use tweezers to remove the volume control buttons on the opposite side of the phone.

Use the flat end of the spudger to lift the orange display data cable.
  • Use the flat end of the spudger to lift the orange display data cable.

Carefully insert the plastic opening tool between the motherboard and the back of the phone. Carefully insert the plastic opening tool between the motherboard and the back of the phone.
  • Carefully insert the plastic opening tool between the motherboard and the back of the phone.

Use your thumb and index finger to carefully lift and separate the motherboard from the back of the phone. Be cautious of the orange display data cable, it may stick to the motherboard.
  • Use your thumb and index finger to carefully lift and separate the motherboard from the back of the phone.

  • Be cautious of the orange display data cable, it may stick to the motherboard.

  • To avoid this, lift the data cable away from the motherboard before removal.

Conclusion

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

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