Introduction

If your phone's motherboard is faulty, this guide will show you how to safely replace it.

Flip your phone over and locate the battery cover.
  • Flip your phone over and locate the battery cover.

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Slide the cover downward to reveal the battery below.
  • Slide the cover downward to reveal the battery below.

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Place the plastic opening tool in the divet in the bottom left-hand corner.
  • Place the plastic opening tool in the divet in the bottom left-hand corner.

  • Pry the battery upward to remove it.

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Unscrew the four 4.5mm screws using the Philips #00 screw driver.
  • Unscrew the four 4.5mm screws using the Philips #00 screw driver.

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Wedge the plastic opening tool between the screen and the case.
  • Wedge the plastic opening tool between the screen and the case.

  • Gently move the tool along the edge to loosen the screen from the casing. Repeat this for the entire outer edge of the screen.

    • You should not completely separate the screen from the case in this step.

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Flip your phone over to the battery side.
  • Flip your phone over to the battery side.

  • Push the plastic opening tool into the lower seam between the frame and front cover to separate the back panel.

    • Push the scroll wheel, located in the upper left corner, in while lifting the back cover off to prevent breaking it.

  • The volume, lock, and camera buttons are loose so don't lose them.

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Use the metal tweezers to gently peel the yellow tab from the left edge of the phone at the two plastic bases. Do not completely remove the tab from the body, it should still be connected to the phone by the orange plastic. Repeat this for the white tab on the opposite side of the phone.
  • Use the metal tweezers to gently peel the yellow tab from the left edge of the phone at the two plastic bases.

    • Do not completely remove the tab from the body, it should still be connected to the phone by the orange plastic.

  • Repeat this for the white tab on the opposite side of the phone.

    • This tab also has two plastic bases adhering it to the edge of the phone.

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Insert your plastic opening tool underneath the speaker/camera panel, and gently pry it upwards.
  • Insert your plastic opening tool underneath the speaker/camera panel, and gently pry it upwards.

  • Do not fully remove the panel! It should still be attached to the motherboard by a red and black wire.

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Use the metal tweezers to gently lift the edge of the maroon tab, it should pop up easily. Do not remove the tab completely, it should still be connected to the phone.
  • Use the metal tweezers to gently lift the edge of the maroon tab, it should pop up easily.

  • Do not remove the tab completely, it should still be connected to the phone.

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Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the motherboard towards the bottom edge of the phone and gently pry it from its case.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the motherboard towards the bottom edge of the phone and gently pry it from its case.

  • Lift the motherboard and slide it towards you by hand to free it from the phone.

  • The call and end buttons may fall out when the motherboard is removed! Don't lose the buttons.

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Conclusion

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

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