Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display of the Motorola Moto G 1st Generation.

Image 1/3: Take the plastic back cover off by either using a plastic Pry tool or simply using your hands. Start from the bottom by the charging port Image 2/3: Take the plastic back cover off by either using a plastic Pry tool or simply using your hands. Start from the bottom by the charging port Image 3/3: Take the plastic back cover off by either using a plastic Pry tool or simply using your hands. Start from the bottom by the charging port
  • Before you start following any of the steps of this guide, completely turn the device off.

  • Take the plastic back cover off by either using a plastic Pry tool or simply using your hands. Start from the bottom by the charging port

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  • Unscrew the 3.5mm screws, total of 14, located on the back protective cover by using a T5 Torx screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Carefully work the plastic tool around all the edges of the phone. Image 2/2: The protective cover holds the '''''Volume''''' and the '''''Home''''' buttons which might fall off  the assembly when the cover is removed.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the protective cover.

  • Carefully work the plastic tool around all the edges of the phone.

  • The protective cover holds the Volume and the Home buttons which might fall off the assembly when the cover is removed.

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  • Disconnect the connection between the Battery and the Mother Board by using the Pry tool.

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Image 1/2: The battery is attached with a sticker, so it may take some work to pry up. Just work at it slowly and carefully until you get it. Image 2/2: The battery is attached with a sticker, so it may take some work to pry up. Just work at it slowly and carefully until you get it.
  • With the battery already disconnected,work around its edge with the pry tool to remove it from the assembly.

  • The battery is attached with a sticker, so it may take some work to pry up. Just work at it slowly and carefully until you get it.

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  • Remove the plastic protective cover by using the tweezers.

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Image 1/2: Carefully pull the display cable from its socket on the motherboard. Image 2/2: Lift up the retaining flap on the small ZIF connector that sits at the middle of the display cable.
  • Lift up the retaining flap on the large display cable ZIF connector.

  • Carefully pull the display cable from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Lift up the retaining flap on the small ZIF connector that sits at the middle of the display cable.

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Image 1/2: The ribbon cable is connected to the mother board with adhesive. Work cautiously to peel it off with the tweezers. Image 2/2: The ribbon cable is connected to the mother board with adhesive. Work cautiously to peel it off with the tweezers.
  • Once the ribbon cable is disconnected, use the tweezers to pry it from the mother board.

  • The ribbon cable is connected to the mother board with adhesive. Work cautiously to peel it off with the tweezers.

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  • Use the plastic prying tool and slowly work around the edges of the phone to detach the screen from the motherboard.

If you want to replace the screen assembly, do not forget to take out the speaker. It is glued in the screen assembly and can be removed by heating it with a hair blower or a heat pad.

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Conclusion

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

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A complement to this guide: I purchased the replacement screen, but not the full frame. So I had to do the heat gun (*ahem* hair dryer) trick of heating up the edge of the frame to remove the screen (with the help of an X-acto knife and plastic spudger). Not difficult.

But upon reassembly, you absolutely must have adhesive to replace that which is lost around the frame, or a sticky sheet to put behind the screen, or the screen will simply fall out when the phone is inverted.

The part I ordered did include a transparent adhesive sheet to place behind the new screen and anchor it in space in the event that the edge adhesive was insufficient (even with more heat) to secure the screen. But as it was a chinese discount order, the part arrived with no instructions. I assumed the sheet was a bonus screen protector sheet. Imagine my surprise, after having fully reassembled the phone, to discover it's true purpose - which would require full disassembly to install...

Mark Rushton - Reply

From where did you order the screen?

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Watch out! The earphone speaker is glued with tape to the back of the screen. If you try and remove it with tweezers it will disintegrate. Better to leave it on, then slice it off with a razor blade once the screen is off.

Also, if you do need to keep your frame (and remove as per the hot air trick in the previous comments), be careful that the screen is flush in the repaired item - if it protrudes at all it will break again next time you drop the phone. I ended using a few dabs of superglue (applied from the outside after re-assembly) as my double-sided tape didn't really do the job. Also if the screen is not quite flush by the earphone speaker, the speaker contacts will not make good electrical connection as they reply on pressure from the screen to hold them against their contacts.

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pgj98r - Reply

Like the commenters above, the screen I ordered off of eBay came as just he display and not the frame, so I had to figure out the last bit from the comments rather than with pictures. I wasn't clear on how the heat gun step worked and after warming things up was surprised that the frame wasn't getting any more pliable. What I discovered is that the heat is just supposed to soften the adhesive that runs around the perimeter of the frame. I also wasn't clear on how much of the frame and display assembly was the screen part and how to get it loose. After inspecting my replacement screen I realized that the shiny silver element I could see through the pencil eraser sized round holes was the back of my screen, so I poked through those holes at the back of my screen to pop it loose. I didn't get any adhesive with my screen so I used super glue to reattach the display and it seems to be working just fine. The directions here worked very well for me, but I would have loved one final picture that showed this last step

milesnoell - Reply

Oh, and one more little addendum: to get the earphone speaker off I used the heat it up and poke it from the other side trick again and it worked well to not only get it off, but preserve the adhesive as well. Since I was concerned about getting it lined up properly when reapplying it I waited until I had the new screen reattached and then dropped it into the opening in the frame so it would be in just the right place. Also, because the tweezers I have kind of suck I ended up using a bamboo skewer to do most of the work in separating the screens ribbon cable from the board and in poking through holes to detach the parts. It worked great.

milesnoell - Reply

I'm totally in shock. I replaced the screen last night and it was working perfectly, and then when I went to pick up the phone this morning the screen was split across the middle. I haven't carried the phone or done anything with it. The screen was working perfectly after the install and I played with it for an hour or so before plugging it in for the night. Today I went to pick it up and the screen is broken. Has anybody heard of this before?

milesnoell - Reply

Fantastic guide. I used it to swap out a broken screen on my XT1034. Be sure to keep an eye on those pesky volume and power buttons. I dropped mine when prying off the battery cover and had to crawl around my desk with a flashlight to find it. Otherwise a complete success.

Patrick McFarland - Reply

please help me with what parts to purchase..i mean the glass display folder etc..????

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