Introduction

To replace the battery, carefully follow these steps and use the correct tools.

Using the sim card removal tool remove the sim card tray.
  • Using the sim card removal tool remove the sim card tray.

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There is adhesive holding the back plate in place. Be careful removing this as there is wiring on the other side.
  • There is adhesive holding the back plate in place. Be careful removing this as there is wiring on the other side.

  • Insert the SIM card removal tool or the point of a spudger into the tiny notch in the frame near the SIM card tray, and pry up.

    • This will allow you to open a slight gap behind the back panel.

  • Insert an opening pick or other plastic tool into the gap and slide it around the entire perimeter of the phone to release the adhesive and remove the back plate.

    • If the adhesive is too tough, use an iOpener or hair dryer to heat the back of the phone and soften the adhesive, and try again.

Anyone have experience with different backplates? Mine has a wood back and I'm wondering if it's too fragile to remove.

Frank - Reply

We had a flexible one and it peeled up slowly. Scraped off old adhesive and reattached with spray adhesive on backplate.

Jeff H - Reply

Thank you for the 'warning' and reminder to be careful removing the back plate as to not damage the wiring. This is confusing because it looks as if the only spot you need to really be careful is on the left-hand side where the volume and power buttons are.

jsolan81 - Reply

Was unable to accomplish this step. All I got was a bent SIM card removal tool and a (leather) back panel that hadn't budged.

Avram Grumer - Reply

Disconnect the two battery connections. Remove the two parallel black tabs by pulling on them. Remove the two parallel black tabs by pulling on them.
  • Disconnect the two battery connections.

  • Remove the two parallel black tabs by pulling on them.

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All screw lengths are 2.5mm Using the T3 screw driver, remove all 20 T3 screws. Do NOT remove the silver screw circled in orange.
  • All screw lengths are 2.5mm

  • Using the T3 screw driver, remove all 20 T3 screws.

  • Do NOT remove the silver screw circled in orange.

    • This holds in the Power/Volume buttons and is not necessary to remove. There are 2 very tiny springs behind the volume buttons that are easy to lose if you remove this screw.

  • Using the nylon spudger, remove the two clips holding the panel in place.

There are two screws by the upper battery connector, (included in the 20) that are not circled in the image.

gripworks - Reply

According to the designations on the tool set, the torx screws in my MXP are T3, not T4.

hopetocover - Reply

They are T4. My T4 fit fine, but boy are they in snug. I had to apply a good deal of downward pressure while twisting to break them free and I still stripped out one that I had to drill the head off of.

Jeff H - Reply

A T2 and a T4 driver will both fit a T3 screw, but not as well. These are definitely T3 screws. They are not snug and no downward pressure should be needed if you use a driver that actually fits.

Here's an image with Screw #20 also circled:

https://imgur.com/a/gxpSD

Paul K - Reply

Thanks for your comments everyone. I've never worked on this phone, but I added some additional screw markups and incorporated your comments for the benefit of the next person who reads this. Hopefully I got it right, but let me know if you see anything amiss!

Jeff Suovanen - Reply

Remove the orange cable that connects the battery of the phone to the NFC.
  • Remove the orange cable that connects the battery of the phone to the NFC.

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There will still be some adhesive on the battery so moderate force may be needed. After removing the orange cable, simply lift up the battery to remove it.
  • There will still be some adhesive on the battery so moderate force may be needed.

  • After removing the orange cable, simply lift up the battery to remove it.

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Conclusion

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

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Rayan Kassab

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Rayan thank you, although I am not yet ready to replace the battery (about a year to go) yet, I would like to know if there are better batteries than those that came with the unit from the manufacturer? An upgrade that holds a better charge on a daily basis? Marty

marty damskov - Reply

Do you have a link to buy a battery? I've been looking but I'm still not confident with me results. Preferably one that includes the necessary tools, but so long as it's definitely the correct battery. I need to replace my battery, NOW!

Chris DiMisa - Reply

Has anyone bought a 3rd party battery for this phone? I got one from Germany brand name "vhbw", however it is not curved and so will not fit. It is quite soft and so am wondering if it is safe to bend such batteries? Not sure if I should risk it, though.

Alex Damien - Reply

I found a Motorola brand FX30 battery labeled as "new" on ebay for $30 from a seller with good reputation. Reading the amazon reviews for 3rd party batteries I saw a lot of comments complaining the battery isn't curved like the original and only sort of fits. The FX30 battery I bought is exactly like the one I took out and so is a perfect fit.

New Lithium Ion cells require 5 or 6 charge cycles to properly condition so I won't know if this truly is a good battery for a few days. But at least it fit like a glove!

Paul K - Reply

I replaced the screen+digitizer and they both seems to work allright. But after that, I'm facing a battery problem: It can't charge to 100% and is continously discharging the battery. I changed the battery, but the problem continued. I think that the battery and charging connector are both ok. Any ideas???

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