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Introduction

In this guide, you will be removing the screen from the phone, so that you may replace a cracked or malfunctioning screen. This will involve prying the screen out of the phone, unscrewing the motherboard, and disconnecting the screen tether from the motherboard.

  1. While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body. While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body.
    • While holding the battery release button, pull the bottom end of the phone out of the body.

  2. Insert the sim card eject tool (0.8mm sim card eject head) into the small hole on the sim card tray. Press inward with some force to eject the tray. Pull the sim card tray out of the phone.
    • Insert the sim card eject tool (0.8mm sim card eject head) into the small hole on the sim card tray.

    • Press inward with some force to eject the tray.

    • Pull the sim card tray out of the phone.

  3. Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone. Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone.
    • Remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws from the base of the phone.

  4. Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam between the glass screen and the metal body.
    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam between the glass screen and the metal body.

    • Pry the glass from the body only a slight amount.

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  6. Insert the Spudger into the now open space between the body and screen. Push inward to separate the screen even more.
    • Insert the Spudger into the now open space between the body and screen.

    • Push inward to separate the screen even more.

    • Slowly slide the nylon spudger up the edge the phone till the screen pops out of the body.

    • When putting the screen back in, press the edges down from the top of the phone to the bottom. The screen should "pop" into place.

  7. Peel the screen away from the body.  The two parts should be completely separated. Peel the screen away from the body.  The two parts should be completely separated.
    • Peel the screen away from the body. The two parts should be completely separated.

  8. Once the screen has been separated from the back of the phone, now you can remove the motherboard. Using the #00 Philips head, remove the six  2.7mm Phillips screws.
    • Once the screen has been separated from the back of the phone, now you can remove the motherboard.

    • Using the #00 Philips head, remove the six 2.7mm Phillips screws.

  9. Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon-connector and the motherboard, then pull up.  It should pop out easily. Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon-connector and the motherboard, then pull up.  It should pop out easily.
    • Insert the plastic opening tool between the screen-ribbon-connector and the motherboard, then pull up. It should pop out easily.

  10. Separate the motherboard of the phone from the screen of the phone
    • Separate the motherboard of the phone from the screen of the phone

  11. Make sure to transfer the earpiece from the old screen to the new screen or else you wouldn't be able to hear anyone when you make phone calls! The component is fragile so don't try to force it to come out with a pair of tweezers. A pick should be able to wedge it out.
    • Make sure to transfer the earpiece from the old screen to the new screen or else you wouldn't be able to hear anyone when you make phone calls!

    • The component is fragile so don't try to force it to come out with a pair of tweezers. A pick should be able to wedge it out.

    • Be careful with the adhesive that's connected to it. It's easy to pull out.

  12. Also remove the earpiece casing from the old screen by popping it out with a pair of tweezers.
    • Also remove the earpiece casing from the old screen by popping it out with a pair of tweezers.

    • On the new screen, place the casing down first and making sure that it's locked in place. Then place the earpiece on top of it. Gently push it down with your finger until it's secure.

Conclusion

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

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I just did a screen replacement following this guide. The #000 phillips fit a lot better than the #00, but otherwise this guide was great. It took about 15 minutes to do from start to finish and I'd say it was one of the more easy replacements I've had to do, since there were minimal components that had to be transferred over from the old to the new screen.

Thanks!

kooshkooshlm - Reply

this is great - success - thank you. A little confusing between step 4 and 5 as I think you reverse angles on the photos - in step 4 the motherboard is right under where you have the opening tool and in step 5 you have the spudger on the other side.

davidkaplowitz - Reply

one of the 2 screws from the bottom pinged across the room when I did this and I'm pretty sure I don't have any hope of finding it perhaps until I move house. Any ideas on where I can find another? UK based. replacebase doesn't have them. It works fine without, just would like it screwed together properly...

davidkaplowitz - Reply

Followed these steps no problem. Only heads up: Make sure that the replacement screen you buy comes a speaker, or make sure you move your old one over. This step isn't shown in the above, and was required for me.

richard schaap - Reply

I think the guide could be a bit more completed. Its vague and doesn't seem like a full repair guide.

Jericho Ortiz - Reply

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