Introduction

This guide will take you through the delicate process of removing the rear panel of the Motorola Droid.

Parts

No parts required.

Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb. Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone. Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.
  • Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb.

  • Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.

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Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.
  • Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.

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Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.
  • Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.

  • The cover is attached by adhesive, so some force may be required.

This is actually extremely difficult to do with the plastic spudger pictured. I was forced to use the thin sharp tip on a metal spudger to get any leverage, which slightly damages the plastic.

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Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment. Peel the ribbon up off the phone.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon up off the phone.

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Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields. This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.
  • Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields.

  • This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.

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

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

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

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

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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