Introduction

Use this guide to install a new digitizer in your LG Dare.

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  • Remove the back cover by firmly pressing against the raised lip on the back panel. Slide the cover towards the top of the phone.

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  • Remove the battery by placing your fingernail or a opening tool in the recessed edge and lift the battery out.

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  • Use the #00 screwdriver to remove the six 4mm phillips screws located around the edges of the phone.

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Image 1/3: Wedging the opening tool in several places on the bottom of the phone will help release small tabs that hold the back to the front frame. Image 2/3: The side buttons may fall out when removing the back plastic. Image 3/3: The side buttons may fall out when removing the back plastic.
  • Lift the back plastic cover off by moving the opening tool around the edges of the phone.

  • Wedging the opening tool in several places on the bottom of the phone will help release small tabs that hold the back to the front frame.

  • The side buttons may fall out when removing the back plastic.

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Image 1/3: Remove the buttons from the edge of the frame. The buttons are [lock], [volume control], [speaker], and [camera]. Image 2/3: Remove the buttons from the edge of the frame. The buttons are [lock], [volume control], [speaker], and [camera]. Image 3/3: Remove the buttons from the edge of the frame. The buttons are [lock], [volume control], [speaker], and [camera].
  • Pull off the back plastic panel.

  • Remove the buttons from the edge of the frame. The buttons are [lock], [volume control], [speaker], and [camera].

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  • Disconnect the three ribbon connectors from the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Remove the camera connector. Image 2/3: Remove the camera sensor from the logic board. Squeeze the sides of the camera sensor firmly and pull straight up. Image 3/3: Remove the camera sensor from the logic board. Squeeze the sides of the camera sensor firmly and pull straight up.
  • Remove the LED.

  • Remove the camera connector.

  • Remove the camera sensor from the logic board. Squeeze the sides of the camera sensor firmly and pull straight up.

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  • Open the USB port cover.

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Image 1/3: The logic board may require some force to remove because it is taped to the plastic frame. Image 2/3: When removing the logic board, be careful not to tear any of the ribbon cables or side buttons. Image 3/3: When removing the logic board, be careful not to tear any of the ribbon cables or side buttons.
  • Use the opening tool to lift up the green logic board in all areas and remove it.

  • The logic board may require some force to remove because it is taped to the plastic frame.

  • When removing the logic board, be careful not to tear any of the ribbon cables or side buttons.

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Image 1/3: Peel off the blue tape covering the speaker connector. Image 2/3: Peel off the gold tape to the left of the earpiece speaker. Image 3/3: It is unnecessary to remove the blue and gold tape from the device if the speaker is not being removed.
  • Peel off the gold and green tape near the bottom of the phone.

  • Peel off the blue tape covering the speaker connector.

  • Peel off the gold tape to the left of the earpiece speaker.

  • It is unnecessary to remove the blue and gold tape from the device if the speaker is not being removed.

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Image 1/2: Peel off the small piece of gold tape underneath the orange component back. Image 2/2: Peel off the small piece of gold tape underneath the orange component back.
  • Lift up the orange ribbon cable in the bottom left corner of the device.

  • Peel off the small piece of gold tape underneath the orange component back.

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Image 1/2: Pry the plastic strip away from the phone,  using an opening tool, until it detaches. Image 2/2: Pry the plastic strip away from the phone,  using an opening tool, until it detaches.
  • Undo the clips that attach the black plastic strip to the frame of the phone.

  • Pry the plastic strip away from the phone, using an opening tool, until it detaches.

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  • Pry the button panel from the device, starting where the screen and panel connect, until the panel detaches.

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Image 1/2: Using your finger to hold the bottom connector in place, use the opening tool to remove the top connector. Image 2/2: Using your finger to hold the bottom connector in place, use the opening tool to remove the top connector.
  • Rotate the phone upside down with the back facing you.

  • Using your finger to hold the bottom connector in place, use the opening tool to remove the top connector.

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Image 1/3: Do not detach the frame yet. Image 2/3: Do not detach the frame yet. Image 3/3: Do not detach the frame yet.
  • Using the opening tool, pry the frame from the device, starting at the open edges at the bottom of the device, and working your way around.

  • Do not detach the frame yet.

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  • Gently separate the top of the frame from the back of the device, without completely detaching at the bottom, as shown in the third picture.

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Image 1/2: Remove the frame from the plastic panel. Image 2/2: The next two steps are for earpiece removal only.
  • Remove both connectors from the frame. Fold back the L-shaped connector and slide the second connector through the hole in the metal frame.

  • Remove the frame from the plastic panel.

  • The next two steps are for earpiece removal only.

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Image 1/2: It may be necessary to apply more force to remove the pad because it is taped to the frame. Image 2/2: It may be necessary to apply more force to remove the pad because it is taped to the frame.
  • Using the opening tool, pry the orange connector pad that is securing the earpiece to the frame, away from the device, until it detaches.

  • It may be necessary to apply more force to remove the pad because it is taped to the frame.

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  • Pry the rest of the orange connector pad --on the opposite side of the device-- away from the frame, and carefully remove the entire earpiece.

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Image 1/2: Being too aggressive could damage the screen. Image 2/2: Being too aggressive could damage the screen.
  • Lift all four corners of the screen.

  • Being too aggressive could damage the screen.

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  • Remove the screen from the digitizer.

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Image 1/3: Remove the digitizer carefully without breaking the connector. Image 2/3: Be careful when removing the digitizer because it is glued to the front panel. It may be necessary to apply more force or use a blow dryer to loosen the glue. Image 3/3: Be careful when removing the digitizer because it is glued to the front panel. It may be necessary to apply more force or use a blow dryer to loosen the glue.
  • Using the opening tool, carefully pry the digitizer (the black-rimmed piece) away from the silver frame.

  • Remove the digitizer carefully without breaking the connector.

  • Be careful when removing the digitizer because it is glued to the front panel. It may be necessary to apply more force or use a blow dryer to loosen the glue.

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  • Carefully remove the digitizer connector from the plastic frame. There is a slot that the connector slides through.

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Conclusion

To re-assemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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