Introduction

This guide will help you remove the external housing and replace it.

Make sure you remove the battery by lifting the tab on the back of the phone before opening the case.
  • Make sure you remove the battery by lifting the tab on the back of the phone before opening the case.

  • Flip open the phone and locate the four screw covers.

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Remove all four screw covers by using an IPod opening tool. They should come off relatively easy.
  • Remove all four screw covers by using an IPod opening tool. They should come off relatively easy.

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  • Using a T6 Torx screwdriver, remove all four screws.

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  • Once the screws are removed, use an IPod opening tool to separate the front cover from the inner screen cover.

  • Run the Ipod opening tool down both sides,disconnecting the tabs that hold the covers together.

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  • Pull the inner screen cover towards you and up in order to separate it from the front cover.

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  • Remove the tape from the bottom of the LCD screen.

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  • Carefully lift the LCD screen and peel it from the gold ribbon. The sticky connection runs all the way around the LCD screen.

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  • Flip the screen over so that you can see the outer LCD screen and the circuit board.

  • Insert spudger in the bottom right corner.

  • Lift up and move the spudger across the bottom.

  • The third photo is rotated 180 degrees.

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  • Use the pointy side of the spudger to peel off the interior tape.

  • Flip the assembly over and peel the circuit board from the screen.

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  • Use the spudger to remove the LCD screen from its backing.

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  • Carefully slide the spudger behind the main ribbon in order to separate it from the inside cover of the phone.

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  • Use a spudger to pop off the camera ribbon from the main ribbon. The camera component should separate entirely.

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  • Make sure you remove the battery by lifting the tab on the back of the phone before opening the case.

  • Poke out rubber covers using a spudger or pointy object, such as a thumb tack.

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  • Use a T6 torx screwdriver to unscrew the 6 screws that hold the back casing on.

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  • Use IPod opening tool to separate back housing.

  • There are two tabs located on either side of the phone.

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  • Separate the back housing from the phone.

  • Be careful not to rip out the wire (highlighted in yellow) when separating the back housing.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect antenna wire.

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  • Use the IPod opening tool to pop out the logic board.

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  • Use the IPod opening tool to disconnect the main ribbon.

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  • Once the ribbon is detached, remove the logic board and replace if necessary.

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  • The back of the keypad is shown here, next to the logic board (the logic board is turned over to expose the buttons).

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  • Using a spudger, lift the keypad off of the tabs.

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  • Wedge a spudger or another harder prying tool in the connection between the top cover and the bottom cover on the right side.

  • Use a large amount of force to push the top cover off the bottom cover's blue extrusion.

  • Too much force may break the plastic of the top cover

  • When separating the top cover from the bottom cover, be careful not to tear the ribbon as you pull it out from the hinge.

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  • Slide the ribbon out of the slot in the joint on the left side.

  • Pull the ribbon out of the top cover with your hand.

  • Once the ribbon is removed, you can replace the covers.

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Conclusion

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

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