Introduction

The O-Ring is fragile. Take care not to let it break when dealing with it.

Parts

No parts required.

Set the watch face down on a flat surface.
  • Set the watch face down on a flat surface.

  • Place the heated iOpener on the face of the rear cover to loosen the adhesive underneath.

Note other methods available that doesn't require the purchase of additional tools beyond what typical battery replacement kits offer. i.e. a hair dryer.

Scott Fernandez - Reply

This step isn't necessary for battery replacement! Remove the wrist strap, then pull out the 4 catches and jump to step 4. See: https://youtu.be/Jw3n5qbGv-I

Chris K. - Reply

Thanks Chris K. for pointing that out. Yes, I was able to pull the tabs without having to deal with adhesive back.

Brian Li -

I have used a hair drier: 10cm far for about 10 minutes; reheat it for couple minutes during the process, the glue must be soft to avoid breaking the rear cover.

Tarik - Reply

NO, NO, NO, YOU DON”T NEED TO REMOVE CERAMIC BACK. just remove the 4 securing pins and the watch body can be easily removed without breaking the back

Bernard McGrath - Reply

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Gently slide the blue opening pick between the rear cover and the metal casing. The rear cover is extremely fragile. Be very delicate when using the opening pick.
  • Gently slide the blue opening pick between the rear cover and the metal casing.

    • The rear cover is extremely fragile. Be very delicate when using the opening pick.

  • Work your way entirely around the rear cover.

    • It may take several attempts of reheating the adhesive to get the rear cover loose enough to pull off.

Extremely fragile is an understatement. It pulled it with my fingernail and it cracked

sercasti - Reply

Seems this video has all steps better covered. https://youtu.be/nXwq4zeehe8

Some more tools are needed if you don't want to ruin the device you are fixing.

Erik Ušaj - Reply

Why on earth would you guys show a watch with a cracked back cover?? Does not instill much confidence when looking over these instructions.... I mean, was this the only watch you guys had and you broke the cover when making the instructions or what? Or are you guys just trying to make it totally realistic? Just completely baffled by this....

splangele - Reply

Most watches are ALREADY cracked! Mine has a hairline crack starting on the exact same place as the one on the pic (but it only goes from the indent for the the strap to the middle, not all the way thru, yet).

You can only see it in the right light and angle. My guess is that the glue hold everything neatly and the cracks are not too visible. But they are probably there. Also the pic has Three to FOUR very visible cracks, not one :)

gcb - Reply

I have the essential toolkit: in addition to the description above, I have used on extra opening pick (total 2) and the suction cup. The glue into the watch is !&&* and I am sure many breaks the rear cover because not ungluing enough of it before pulling the cover off. I found out that the rear cover offers a very small flexibility, but at least some flexibility (it is not absolutely hard as a glass piece as others say).

Action: I have applied the suction cup on the rear cover and used the opening pick on one of the sides *while* applying some preassure to open with the suction cup (after heating it up to soften the glue) - that allowed inserting the opening pick without brutality; then leave the opening pick inside, and do the same procedure on the other side with another opening pick… and keep “digging” in until the rear cover releases. I have re-heated the rear cover twice during the whole process. Rear cover removed without any damage caused by the process.

I wish I could add pictures.

Tarik - Reply

Once the adhesive has been successfully loosened, gently pull the rear cover off.
  • Once the adhesive has been successfully loosened, gently pull the rear cover off.

How to stick it back? Which glue you suggest for the same?

Anand - Reply

Do you have a replacement back case ?

Mohd Arash -

Where do I find the back case replacement

Mohd Arash - Reply

I need a new back cover for mine too. Can't find the replacement parts online anywhere?? Can anyone help source the part?

worboyz10 - Reply

I managed to find some for sale here, but they are out of stock everytime I try to order them.

https://www.etradesupply.com/motorola/ot...

worboyz10 - Reply

I don't think its possible to buy a replacement back but you can buy a skin protector for the back here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K2C...

CAT-TV - Reply

There are replacement back covers available here. They are plastic and Non-OEM but better than a broken back cover: http://www.mpfproducts.com/back-cover-re...

Mike - Reply

To get to the O-Ring, use the Jimmy to gently pry off the rear housing. To get to the O-Ring, use the Jimmy to gently pry off the rear housing.
  • To get to the O-Ring, use the Jimmy to gently pry off the rear housing.

There are small pins that you can push out from the 4 notches around the edge. After removing these, the whole assembly will almost fall out. Almost no prying needed.

Dillin Smith - Reply

this is good point and not mentioned on this procedure

Tarik -

You don’t need to remove the ceramic back, just remove the securing pins and the whole assembly can be removed without damaging the back

Bernard McGrath - Reply

Pinch the green rubber O-Ring and slide it off of the watch.
  • Pinch the green rubber O-Ring and slide it off of the watch.

    • The O-Ring is delicate and is easily severed. Use care around sharp objects.

Its not necessary to remove the O-ring, I didn't when I dismantled mine.

Christopher Tsamados - Reply

If you see the “connector'-like” like the one visible in frontground, you have destroyed LCD connection to the LCD glass (like me).

You have 2 connectors to remove from the LCD : one for the LCD matrix and the other for the LCD backlight.

If you have the same case as me, can you give me any advice to reconnect le flex to the LCD driver? (it seems impossible to me).

Philippe Gressé-Lugué - Reply

I do not see any need to remove the o-ring.

Tarik - Reply

Is there a way to get a replacement o ring? I broke mine during reassembly.

Adam Turney - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Where can you get your hands on a replacement o'ring?!

James S - Reply

I broke my o-ring. Any ideas where I could get a raplacement?

Simon Hölz - Reply

i think you should not take the o ring. i was replaceing the battery without take the O ring

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