Introduction

Follow this guide to replace your Droid's broken earpiece speaker.

Image 1/1: Pop out the SIM card with pointed tweezers or a SIM card eject tool by gently pushing inwards until the tray pops out.
  • Power off your phone before you begin working.

  • Pop out the SIM card with pointed tweezers or a SIM card eject tool by gently pushing inwards until the tray pops out.

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  • Use the spudger to remove the back cover by gently guiding the spudger around the perimeter of the cover.

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  • Use the spudger to gently remove the two plastic covers.

The two plastic covers do not fit snugly in place, so after putting them back in place, use small bits of electrical tape to secure them before installing a new adhesive back cover. I tested my phone thoroughly before the last step, so that I would not have to buy a new cover if something didn't work.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Image 1/1: Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the two connectors. These do not completely   come off.
  • Under the two plastic covers will be two connectors.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the two connectors. These do not completely come off.

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Image 1/1: The four silver screws on the top and bottom are 4.0mm Phillips #00, and the 13 black screws around the sides are 3.0mm Phillips #00.
  • Remove the 17 screws from the board using a T3 bit on your screw driver. Or, use a T4 bit if the screw is slightly stripped.

  • The four silver screws on the top and bottom are 4.0mm Phillips #00, and the 13 black screws around the sides are 3.0mm Phillips #00.

Your direction to use a T3 bit (supplemented by the picture showing 17 Torx screws) and your note that says they are all Phillips #00 screws are in direct conflict.

Which statement is correct?

pj.catania - Reply

My phone (purchased 12/2015) has only 2 silver screws top and bottom (4 total), and they're also T3, not Philips.

With a Torx screw this tiny, it pays to take time to make sure that the driver is well seated before turning it. This will eliminate stripped screws. Also, I loosened each screw first, and then removed them. Breaking them free before turning them also helps prevent stripping.

Bill Koonce - Reply

And T3 "drill bit"? Are you sure that is not a typo?

Dan - Reply

Also need to add to the tool list: PH00 and PH000. These should be in the iFixit tool kit.

Dan - Reply

Image 1/2: The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal. Image 2/2: The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.
  • Remove the back cover from the phone.

  • The volume and power buttons are likely to fall out of the device when removing the back cover. This is normal.

I'm assuming the reverse of the buttons falling out is just to put them back in. The question I have, however, is... Are they reversible, or is there only one orientation in which each of these buttons fits back in?

pj.catania - Reply

The buttons will NOT "fall in" when reassembling, so it's important to remember to put them back. I found that putting them in the frame before replacing it is the only way. Check to see how they fit on the phone first, then drop them into their slots outside-in. The power button will fit only one way; the volume buttons should go in oriented as they fit best on the phone. Be sure to test them to make sure they click freely often! It's easier to readjust them before all those screws are back in.

Bill Koonce - Reply

Going to make a small etch on the very bottom (as the phone is held portrait) of each button before beginning the project. A fine tip Sharpie might also work for some people.

Dan - Reply

Image 1/1: Adhesive is holding down the  earpiece speaker, so you may have to use gentle force to fully remove the speaker.
  • Use the plastic opening tool or spudger to delicately pry the earpiece speaker up and remove it from the phone.

  • Adhesive is holding down the earpiece speaker, so you may have to use gentle force to fully remove the speaker.

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Conclusion

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

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If the new LCD display lights up with no image what's the cause? Tried 2 display units

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