Motorola Droid 2 LCD Replacement

Replace a broken LCD to bring new life to your dying Droid 2.

Use this guide to replace your Droid 2's LCD.

Sections

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Slide the battery cover toward the bottom edge of the phone.

  • Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the Droid 2 from the edge closest to the bottom of the phone.

  • Remove the battery from the Droid 2.

Edit Step 3 Rear Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Rear Case  ¶ 

  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the silver ribbon below the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon off the phone.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.

  • The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the camera bezel stuck to the rear case.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry downwards to release the plastic tab holding the rear case to the motherboard screw.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.

  • Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • With the spudger still inserted between the rear case and front case, slide the spudger along the right edge of the device, moving toward the bottom, prying as you go.

  • Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Continue prying the rear case from the front case along the left side, moving from bottom to top.

  • Lift the rear case up out of the phone.

  • At this point, the button covers on the side of the phone are free and may fall out if you tip the phone upside down.

Edit Step 11 Speaker  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11 Speaker  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the speaker/antenna assembly up and out of the phone.

  • If you are re-assembling your phone, insert any power, camera, or volume buttons that may have fallen out at this point.

Edit Step 12 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the antenna cable connectors from their respective sockets on the motherboard and the speaker/antenna board.

  • De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Peel the black rubber sheet covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the power button/volume button connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to remove the small black plastic piece stuck to the battery connector.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.

  • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid 2, minding the keypad connector that is still attached.

  • Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the Droid 2.

Edit Step 19 Front Panel  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the camera button/vibrator connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the speaker board with a spudger.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Remove the large sticker stuck to the inner face of the battery compartment.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone open.

  • Lift up the edge of the black plastic rim that includes the speaker board from the side closest to the keypad.

  • Continue lifting the side of the rim until it is almost vertical, and wiggle it free from the back of the LCD assembly.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the EMI shield by releasing the clips shown with the tip of a spudger.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 2.5 mm T3 Torx screws along the outer edge of the slider panel.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone until a sixth screw is visible, as shown.

  • Remove the newly revealed 2.5 mm T3 Torx screw.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Continue sliding the phone in the same direction, past its "closed" position, until four more screws are revealed.

  • Remove the four 2.5 mm T3 Torx screws along the outer edge of the slider.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Return the phone to its normal "closed" position.

  • Peel the display ribbon up from the keypad's metal backing.

  • The ribbon cannot be completely removed yet, because it is attached to the back of the LCD.

  • At this point take extra caution as to not tear the ribbon cable.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the back and front case of the display assembly, and peel the two ribbon cables off the two adhesive pads along the back case of the display assembly.

  • The location of the pads on the back case is shown. The top left corner of the case is the corner of the phone shown in the first picture.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the board that contains the ambient light sensor and display data cable connector out of the screen housing.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the speaker out of the screen housing.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Peel off the black tape to reveal the front panel connector.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Remove the front panel ribbon cable from the ZIF connector on the board that is attached to the display ribbon.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Flip the phone over and remove the front panel.

Edit Step 33 LCD  ¶ 

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Edit Step 33 LCD  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone open.

  • While feeding the display ribbon cable through the slot in the metal keypad backing, slowly continue to slide the phone open past its normal allowed point.

  • Continue feeding the display ribbon cable through and sliding the phone until the LCD assembly is separated from the keypad.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Lift the back cover off the display assembly, feeding the ribbon cable through the slit as you go.

Edit Step 35  ¶ 

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Peel away the black tape to reveal the display data cable connector.

Edit Step 36  ¶ 

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Edit Step 36  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool or fingernail to flip up the black lever on the ZIF connector.

  • Pull the orange display data cable from the ZIF connector.

Edit Step 37  ¶ 

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Edit Step 37  ¶ 

  • Peel the display ribbon cable from the back of the LCD. The ribbon cable is attached with adhesive, so work slowly to avoid damaging it.

  • Remove the display ribbon from the back of the LCD.

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

For more information, check out the Motorola Droid 2 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

the torx size on the A955 and the A956 that i own is T-2 and T-5 NOT T-3

mot nyt, · Reply

Thank you very much for this tutorial. It saved me from buying a new phone! It was scary once the phone was completely disected to think that it had to somehow go back together, but I just followed the steps in reverse. I used t4 for the larger screws as t5 did not seem to fit, but it worked out great. Thanks again.

ibbman1, · Reply

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