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Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement

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  1. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Completely power off your phone before you begin.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the back cover's left edge for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the back cover and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  2. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 2, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 2, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction cup to the back of the phone, as close to the bottom left corner as possible.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with a strong, steady force to create a gap between the back cover and the midframe on the left edge.

    • Depending on the age of your phone, this may be difficult. If you're having trouble, apply more heat to the edge and try again.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  3. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Slice the left adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Slice the left adhesive: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pick along the left edge of the phone to slice the adhesive securing the back cover to the frame.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the top left corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  4. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the back cover's top edge for two minutes.

  5. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate the pick around the top left corner to slice the adhesive.

  6. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pick along the top edge to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the opening pick inserted in the top right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  7. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the back cover's right edge for two minutes.

  8. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate the pick around the top right corner to slice the adhesive.

  9. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pick along the right edge to slice the adhesive.

    • Leave the pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  10. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Apply a heated iOpener to the back cover's bottom edge for two minutes.

  11. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate the pick around the bottom right corner to slice the adhesive.

  12. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the pick along the bottom edge to slice the adhesive.

  13. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Heat the camera adhesive: step 13, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Heat the camera adhesive: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • There's a significant amount of adhesive to the right of the cameras that secures the back cover to the motherboard cover.

    • Apply a heated iOpener to the right of the cameras for two minutes.

  14. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Slice the adhesive around the camera: step 14, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Slice the adhesive around the camera: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick between the back cover and motherboard cover on the top right edge.

    • Gently pull up on the back cover while sliding the opening pick back and forth along the right side of the cameras to slice the adhesive.

    • The back cover should detach from the phone at this point.

  15. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 15, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the back cover from the phone and remove it.

    • If the back cover is still stuck to the midframe, slide an opening pick around the edges of the phone until the cover separates completely.

    • During reassembly:

    • This is a good point to test your phone's functionality before sealing it up. Use this guide to run a hardware test. Be sure to power your phone back down completely before you continue working.

    • Follow this guide to replace the back cover adhesive.

  16. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Unfasten the motherboard cover: step 16, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Unfasten the motherboard cover: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 13 4 mm screws securing the motherboard cover.

  17. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Release the motherboard cover clips: step 17, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Release the motherboard cover clips: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a spudger between the motherboard cover and midframe on the top right edge of the phone.

    • Pry up with the spudger to release the clips securing the motherboard cover.

    • During reassembly, press down around the perimeter of the motherboard cover to engage the clips.

  18. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the motherboard cover: step 18, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the motherboard cover: step 18, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the motherboard cover: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Gently pull the motherboard cover up and away from the phone and remove it.

    • Don't pull quickly or forcefully, as the heat spreader very loosely secures the motherboard cover to the battery.

  19. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 19, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery's press connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Don't press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  20. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 20, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display's press connector.

  21. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 21, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna cable: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the 5G mmWave antenna's press connector.

  22. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 22, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect cable's press connector from the motherboard.

  23. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the button assembly cable: step 23, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the button assembly cable: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the button assembly cable's press connector.

  24. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Take care not to puncture the battery with your tweezers—a punctured battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a fire.

    • Use tweezers to grip the top and bottom of the blue antenna's coaxial connector, as close to the connector head as possible.

    • Lift straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Be gentle when disconnecting the cable, as it's very easy to tear the socket from the motherboard.

    • During reassembly, make sure to put the cable back in its clip on the motherboard.

    • To re-attach coaxial connectors like this one hold the connectors in place and gently press them straight down with your finger or the pointed end of a spudger.

  25. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 25, image 3 of 3
    • Use the same method from the previous antenna cable to disconnect the white and black antenna cables.

    • During reassembly, make sure to put the cables back in their clips on the motherboard.

  26. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to bend the 5G mmWave antenna cable out of the way to access the screw securing the motherboard.

  27. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 3 mm screw securing the motherboard.

  28. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger between the midframe and motherboard in the opening near the coaxial connectors.

    • Gently pry up with the spudger to release the motherboard from the midframe.

  29. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the motherboard from the phone.

    • During reassembly, make sure that all of the cables that connect to the motherboard (interconnect, battery, antennas, display, and button assembly) are out of they way so they don't get stuck under the motherboard when it's reinserted.

  30. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Reassembly note: step 30, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Reassembly note: step 30, image 2 of 2
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  31. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the ultra wide camera: step 31, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the ultra wide camera: step 31, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the ultra wide camera: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the ultra wide camera's press connector.

    • There's no adhesive securing the camera to the motherboard. Be careful disconnecting the press connector, as it may eject the camera.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the camera.

  32. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the depth camera cable: step 32, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Disconnect the depth camera cable: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the depth camera's press connector.

  33. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the depth camera: step 33, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the depth camera: step 33, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the depth camera: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • A small amount of adhesive secures the depth camera.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the camera out of its housing.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the depth camera from its housing.

  34. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 34, image 2 of 3 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 34, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the pointed end of a spudger between the motherboard and the right side of the 5G mmWave antenna.

    • Pry up with a strong, steady force to disconnect the press connector and detach the antenna from the motherboard.

    • Adhesive secures the antenna to the motherboard, so this may take significant force and a few attempts.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the antenna.

  35. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the main camera: step 35, image 1 of 2 Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement, Remove the main camera: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Flip the motherboard over to access the main camera's press connector.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the main camera's press connector.

    • There's no adhesive securing the camera to the motherboard. Be careful disconnecting the press connector, as it may eject the camera.

    • Remove the camera.

  36. Motorola Edge 5G UW (2022) Motherboard Replacement: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • You are now left with the motherboard.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—be sure to transfer remaining components and remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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