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

+1 for failure to launch. Broken several tips, plastic and metal, without budging the back at the hole 1 mm, even after heating with a heat gun and iOpener.

David - Reply

+1 for failure to launch at this stage. IOpener, heat gun and several broken plastic and metal tips later didn’t move the back cover one mm.

David - Reply

My smartphone also has a wooden back. I replaced it quite well with the help of a hairdryer and 3 credit cards. You can see on the photos where you have to be more careful. In all other places, I carefully pushed the plastic cards further and further inside. In between the backside was reheated 2-3 times. Then it was done.

Jörg R. - Reply

I used guitar picks and wedged them in, and spread them around and slowly peeled it up. It was a very long process. Eventually was able to peel the back off with my fingers, but again took a long time.

Also, be careful where the cords for the volume and power buttons are so you don’t damage that cable.

Benjamin - Reply

  • Disconnect the two battery connections.

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

That little wavy orange strip on the left connects the volume and on buttons. Make sure to detach it from the battery before following the next steps, because it’s very easy to damage.

Rodrigo Vidales - Reply

  • 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:

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

The middle screw at the top is located further left (quite right in the middle).

Jörg R. - Reply

Evil T3 screws! Don’t force down, just apply torsion force. Increase it slowly. With luck, the screw will start to rotate. I was able to open with a not so good driver with a relative large body.

Also, the point where the flat cable coming from the button meets the rest os the cable is glued to the battery. You have to detache it now, before trying to remove the battery or you may risk ripping the cable.

Thank you all for the tips!

Mr. Cage - Reply

Screws are definitely T4. Like others said. Either that or the manufacturer had variance for which they used on the production line. T3 head did NOT work and was stripping the screws. T4 head worked perfectly.

I’ve never had problems with this torx set in fitting, so it’s either variance in what the manufacturer uses in these phones, or the guide is wrong about what size screws they are.

T4 screws in mine. If you try to use a T3, you’ll strip them. Don’t do that. I had to torque one of the corner screws out, along with its socket, because I started with the T3 head before moving to the T4 head. Mucked the !&&* out of that corner of the phone, but it still works.

Otherwise, very good guide.

Benjamin - Reply

  • Use the flat end of the nylon spudger to gently pry up on the front camera connector.

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

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