Motorola Atrix 4G Screen Replacement

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Replace the screen of your Motorola Atrix 4G.

  • Author: Jake
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Use this guide to replace the screen of the Motorola Atrix 4G. To remove the screen you will first need to remove the battery, open the phone and remove the motherboard. Be ready to use a plastic opening tool, T5 Torx Screwdriver, spudger and head gun or hair dryer.

1 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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1 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Pry the rear cover from the back of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Lift the battery out of the phone.

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  • Insert a spudger or plastic opening tool into the small notch at the base of the battery.

  • Lift the battery out of the phone.

2 Edit Step 3 Antenna  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove three 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws from the back of the phone.

2 Edit Step 3 Antenna  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 5.0 mm T5 Torx screws from the corners of the phone.

  • Remove three 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws from the back of the phone.

  • Lift up the black rubber flap near the SD card slot.

  • Remove the single 5.5 mm T5 Torx screw beneath the flap.

  • Do not attempt to loosen the screws with too much force. These screws are small, and easily stripped.

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Image 1/2: Use the case opener or spudger in these small areas because the plastic tabs can be easily broken.

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  • Remove the back case of the phone by gently lifting the tabs located on top of the phone near the lock button.

  • Use the case opener or spudger in these small areas because the plastic tabs can be easily broken.

  • Lift the tabs located on the bottom of the phone to continue removing the back cover.

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Image 1/2: After separating the sides, make sure there is a noticeable gap between the back case and the rest of the phone.

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  • Slide an opening tool between the gap from the back of the case to the front.

  • After separating the sides, make sure there is a noticeable gap between the back case and the rest of the phone.

  • After detaching the tabs and sliding down the sides, there should be a noticeable gap between the front and back cases.

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Image 1/1: Do not completely remove the case from the rest of the phone. The antenna is connected to both cases.

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  • Carefully separate the back case from the rest of the phone by lifting it away from the phone.

  • Do not completely remove the case from the rest of the phone. The antenna is connected to both cases.

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  • Disconnect the antenna from its housing on the motherboard by gently lifting beneath it.

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Image 1/1: Once the antenna is detached, remove the back case and the antenna from the phone

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  • Ease the antenna from out of its guide along the side of the phone

  • Once the antenna is detached, remove the back case and the antenna from the phone

  • The antenna is soldered to the back case. Do not pull with too much force.

2 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: This can be done by placing a spudger in between the two ports on the phone, between the black plastic and motherboard, and prying out.

2 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • To remove the motherboard, first dislodge the right side of the motherboard, where the external connections are located, from the rest of the phone.

  • This can be done by placing a spudger in between the two ports on the phone, between the black plastic and motherboard, and prying out.

  • The motherboard should be able to be easily lifted upwards after dislodging it.

  • If the white rubber piece moves, replace it where it came from upon reassembly.

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Image 1/2: The connection highlighted with a red box must be pulled down instead of out.

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  • First, several connections must be disconnected to completely separate the motherboard from the rest of the phone.

  • The connection highlighted with a red box must be pulled down instead of out.

  • Using the spudger tool, separate the two connections on the motherboard highlighted with orange circles by pulling them out.

  • The black switch on top of this connection acts as a lock. Push it forwards to unlock the connection.

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  • After disconnecting the motherboard, there should be five distinct and separate parts of the phone: back cover, back case, front case, battery, and motherboard.

Edit Step 12 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Direct the hot air along the front edges of the glass until the phone is warm to the touch.

Edit Step 12 Screen  ¶ 

  • Using a heat gun or a hair dryer on high heat, soften the adhesive securing the glass screen.

  • Direct the hot air along the front edges of the glass until the phone is warm to the touch.

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Image 1/3: Slowly work your way around the phone, using the plastic opening tool to separate the glass from the phone.

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  • Using a plastic opening tool, carefully pry up the bottom of the display glass.

  • Slowly work your way around the phone, using the plastic opening tool to separate the glass from the phone.

  • As you work, the adhesive may cool and harden. You may need to heat up the glass again as you work your way around the screen.

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Image 1/2: Be careful not to damage the cable.  It is glued in place and hard to remove.

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  • Using a spudger, lift up the digitizer cable that is attached to the glass.

  • Be careful not to damage the cable. It is glued in place and hard to remove.

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Image 1/3: Be careful as you pull the cable through the opening. The cable is easily damaged.

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  • Now that the cable has been removed you can slide it through the opening and detach the glass.

  • Be careful as you pull the cable through the opening. The cable is easily damaged.

  • Once the cable is pushed through the slot, the glass can be fully removed.

Conclusion

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13 Comments

Caution! It is IMPOSSIBLE to insert the cable of the digitizer through the opening without REMOVING FIRST the screen (not the digitizer).

The two parts of the cable of the digitizer (connector + chip) are glued together when you remove the broken one, but in the replacement, if you glue together they don't pass trought the hole without removing the screen.

If someone has arrived to pass them without removing the screen, congratulations: I've broken the cable of a new screen in the process :(

Hector Castillo - Reply

I had to do this process twice, and here's what I've learned:

1) The motherboard does not need to be removed. I suspect this guide has you remove it so you don't damage any components when heating the screen, but there's no physical reason to remove it.

2) Yes, passing the digitizer cable/chip through the hole in the plastic housing is a royal PIA. I may have ruined the first screen I tried it with. Doh! For the second go round, instead of removing the LCD (like Hector recommends above), I just made the hole bigger. How, you ask? I took an emory nail file and trimmed it with scissors to be just narrower than the hole - then I filed away! With a few minutes of careful filing, I was able to double the size of the hole the cable has to pass through. Voila! There's still plenty of plastic left for the double-sided tape to be applied on the inside. Just be sure to clean up all the plastic dust first with a small vacuum or Q-tip before re-installing the screen.

Ben Lake - Reply

tried this, broke first replacement digitizer screen , learned how to procede, Hector appears to be right if you remove the lcd screen it appears to double the size of the hole the cable passes through. what i would also like to see here are the following:

what material to use to "glue" the digitzer chip/connector together and in step 16 it shows the digitzer cable being removed from the metal it is attached to...how/what does one reattach it with?

Scott - Reply

Did anyone ever answer how to glue the flat cable (ground?) back on?

julieistesting -

Use the word "prying" rather than sliding. We were confused during this step.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Not a phillips head screwdriver. Indicate the appropriate tool.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Hex head screwdriver.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Red boxes around the tabs so all can be seen clearly. Change the bullet point to red to accommodate said boxes.

rubixtriangle - Reply

Specify--lift beneath it near the gold metal piece located on the phone (not the back case)

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Add picture for "easing out of the guide." Also, specify that you must unclip the guide from the phone.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Specify "right side."

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Not clear instructions. Clear/white rubber piece came off during removal--make a note of that possibility.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Add color bullets.

Ben Sweeney - Reply