Introduction

Use this guide to replace the motherboard on your Motorola Droid Turbo.

Prepare an iOpener and lay it over the rear case to soften the adhesive on securing the rear case to the phone.
  • Prepare an iOpener and lay it over the rear case to soften the adhesive on securing the rear case to the phone.

This di not work; I had to use a blow dryer.

Caroline Downie - Reply

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the rear case off of the rest of the device.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the rear case off of the rest of the device.

  • Remove the rear case.

    • The wireless charging coil may try to stick to the rear case, so make sure to remove it from the case before fully separating the rear case from the rest of the device.

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  • Remove the midframe bezel.

The next immediate step should be to remove the cable for the battery from the motherboard, lower left corner. That will keep you from accidentally turning the phone on while working with it.

Dave Decker - Reply

  • Remove the four Torx T5 screws securing the midframe plate.

Step 4, there are also 2 T shaped tabs on the sides locking the mid frame plate. Above them you can see an angled hole where you can insert a paper clip to push them out and up to unlock them.

Mike Mangiaruca - Reply

  • Remove the midframe.

There's two clips to the left and the right of the midframe. Use a SIM tool and insert them into the holes above the clips, and push the clips out from the inside. Once both have been pushed the midframe is released.

rkarnes1988 - Reply

Many ANY thanks for that additional tip. Rather important!

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pop up the battery connector.

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  • Fold the wireless charging coil away from the battery.

Pry the nub at the top of the wireless charger from the battery first, then use a playing card to slide between the battery and the wireless charger.

rkarnes1988 - Reply

Actually, now that I think about it, you don't need to do this step at all.

rkarnes1988 -

My charging coil was really on there. I used two of the blue opening picks to separate the adhesive. Playing card sounds like a good idea too.

Griffin - Reply

  • Use a spudger to gently pry the battery up from the rest of the device.

    • The battery is secured with some moderate adhesive, so some force may be necessary.

This step isn't necessary, the mobo comes out even without removing the battery.

rkarnes1988 - Reply

This is in the battery replacement tutorial, why would you want to remove the MOBO along with the battery? I’d consider the battery removal quite essential if the goal is to replace it.

Chris - Reply

Only pry from the near sides - do not reach underneath to pry the far side under. You’ll damage the black coating over the metal plate on the motherboard…

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  • Remove the four Torx T5 screws securing the lower antenna board to the motherboard.

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  • Remove the lower antenna board.

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  • Remove the SIM card holder/volume button rocker.

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  • Carefully lift up the motherboard to expose the display connector.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the display ZIF connector.

  • Pull the display ribbon cable free of the connector.

  • At this point, the motherboard has been removed from the phone. The following steps will detail removing the wireless charging coil, as well as both cameras so that they can be transferred to the replacement motherboard.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the wireless charging coil connector from the motherboard.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the black retaining flap on the front-facing camera ZIF connector.

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  • Remove the front-facing camera.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the tan retaining flap on the rear-facing camera ZIF connector.

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  • Remove the rear-facing camera.

Hello what is the black part in the middle of the board behind the battery?

Iwox - Reply

Conclusion

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

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