Introduction

Barebones disassembly of the LG G6 to determine its repairability.

Front and back reference photos. SIM and SD card tray immediately removable. SIM and SD card tray immediately removable.
  • Front and back reference photos.

  • SIM and SD card tray immediately removable.

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Opening requires heating the back and cutting through several pieces of adhesive. The glass is fairly stiff and opening isn't too tough, but the rear glass doubles the potential damage if the phone is dropped
  • Opening requires heating the back and cutting through several pieces of adhesive.

    • The glass is fairly stiff and opening isn't too tough, but the rear glass doubles the potential damage if the phone is dropped

  • The rear button is connected to the phone via spring contacts, making opening much safer.

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The rear button is covered by a reinforcement bracket that is adhered to the rear case. Presumably this makes the button less likely to fail, and may protect the rear case as well.
  • The rear button is covered by a reinforcement bracket that is adhered to the rear case. Presumably this makes the button less likely to fail, and may protect the rear case as well.

  • The button components and gasket use adhesive, but replacement isn't too challenging. A mechanical button may be more likely to fail than a solid touch button.

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The battery isn't immediately disconnectable; the midframe components must first be removed.
  • The battery isn't immediately disconnectable; the midframe components must first be removed.

  • Several identical Phillips #00 screws secure the midframe/antenna assembly. These are the only screws in the device.

  • The lower speaker/antenna portion must be removed first; the upper portion comes out second, and has the NFC coil adhered to it.

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The battery can now be removed. The blue plastic tab on the battery appears to be intended to aid removal. It helps a bit, but breaks easily at the wrong angle.
  • The battery can now be removed. The blue plastic tab on the battery appears to be intended to aid removal. It helps a bit, but breaks easily at the wrong angle.

  • Large patch of specialty cut adhesive secures the battery making removal more difficult than necessary.

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Motherboard is now removable. Once the motherboard is  removed, the cameras can be removed.
  • Motherboard is now removable.

  • Once the motherboard is removed, the cameras can be removed.

  • There is also an antenna interconnect cable removable at this point.

  • The SIM/SD slots are soldered to the main board making replacements expensive. However, these are relatively low wear and the motherboard is mostly modular.

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The final component removal includes:
  • The final component removal includes:

    • Headphone jack (modular, gasket to aid waterproofing) and modular earpiece speaker

    • Vibrator, switch assembly ( gaskets in display assembly to protect ingress from button covers)

    • Charging port assembly (modular cheap repair, gasket against hole)

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The LG G6 earns a 5 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
  • The LG G6 earns a 5 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.

    • Standard Phillips screws used, very sparingly, throughout.

    • The battery can be replaced, but tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make it unnecessarily difficult.

    • Front and back glass doubles the crackability, and strong adhesive on both makes it tough to begin any repair.

    • Components adhered to the back of a fused display assembly.

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