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Introduction

Removal of the screen unfortunately involves removing the back plastic cover of the phone, and glued-in battery. Patience is key and both the back, battery and screen are glued in. Lots of hair-drying.

  1. The back of the phone needs to be removed first. This is plastic and I suggest using a plastic pick as otherwise you will leave marks on the phone border or plastic back if you dig/scratch into it. Look closely at the edge of the plastic back of the phone, look for the fitment where the gap is largest to fit the pick in. There is mainly glue around the bottom chin and top camera. Heating with a hairdryer or heatgun may help but I did this without heat.
    • The back of the phone needs to be removed first. This is plastic and I suggest using a plastic pick as otherwise you will leave marks on the phone border or plastic back if you dig/scratch into it.

    • Look closely at the edge of the plastic back of the phone, look for the fitment where the gap is largest to fit the pick in. There is mainly glue around the bottom chin and top camera. Heating with a hairdryer or heatgun may help but I did this without heat.

  2. I used a suction cup to help make the widest part wide enough to push a pick directly down into the gap, after doing this I levered the pick flat as shown in first picture to expand the gap. Your starting point may be different depending on where the biggest entry gap is found. I then continued all the way around the phone. The bottom and top will be very sticky but take your time slicing the pick through the glue. Be careful not to pull the back away after releasing it as the fingerprint scanner will need to be disconnected in the next step.
    • I used a suction cup to help make the widest part wide enough to push a pick directly down into the gap, after doing this I levered the pick flat as shown in first picture to expand the gap.

    • Your starting point may be different depending on where the biggest entry gap is found. I then continued all the way around the phone. The bottom and top will be very sticky but take your time slicing the pick through the glue.

    • Be careful not to pull the back away after releasing it as the fingerprint scanner will need to be disconnected in the next step.

  3. After removing the back, you will find the fingerprint scanner still connected, this is hidden by a black plastic cover which you will need to pop out. Once popped out you should be able to disconnect the scanner and remove the back entirely.
    • After removing the back, you will find the fingerprint scanner still connected, this is hidden by a black plastic cover which you will need to pop out.

    • Once popped out you should be able to disconnect the scanner and remove the back entirely.

  4. With the back off and fingerprint scanner unplugged, remove the 10 x T5 screws from the top plastic cover, these may be covered from glue debris. The screws are all the same length and size so no need to remember locations. After removing the screws the black plastic cover may still be stuck in place, I found placing a pick under the bottom right corner released it easily.
    • With the back off and fingerprint scanner unplugged, remove the 10 x T5 screws from the top plastic cover, these may be covered from glue debris.

    • The screws are all the same length and size so no need to remember locations.

    • After removing the screws the black plastic cover may still be stuck in place, I found placing a pick under the bottom right corner released it easily.

  5. Now, this is where the removal process slows down. Begin by heating the bottom of the screen/glass side opposite to where the battery is located. This will need to be repeated as the phone cools when you work on it. I used a hairdryer which worked fine, but patience is key here. This part took over 10 minutes. I found pushing a pick between the silver metal casing inside the phone and the battery shifted the battery left/right within the phone. This helps to make the glue soft before you start pulling up on the sides/corners. The plastic picks helped with not applying too much pressure and bending the battery. The slower you are, the less bending occurs.
    • Now, this is where the removal process slows down.

    • Begin by heating the bottom of the screen/glass side opposite to where the battery is located. This will need to be repeated as the phone cools when you work on it. I used a hairdryer which worked fine, but patience is key here. This part took over 10 minutes.

    • I found pushing a pick between the silver metal casing inside the phone and the battery shifted the battery left/right within the phone. This helps to make the glue soft before you start pulling up on the sides/corners. The plastic picks helped with not applying too much pressure and bending the battery. The slower you are, the less bending occurs.

    • Once you have shifted the battery left/right you can begin to apply even force upwards along each left/right edge. Again whilst also continuing to push the battery left/right. After around 10 minutes of this I got to where is shown in the second picture. This enabled me to progressively get further under the phone, I heard each side release glue.

    • As shown in the last picture, there are 3 glue strips, the middle one is the hardest to release but ensuring you do not make any sharp bends in the battery you can get the picks further under the battery and push up towards the middle, until finally releasing the battery. Patience is key.

  6. As you can see, even with the time I took, there was some unevenness of the battery, this is fine, so long as there are no punctures or sharp creases. Easiest way to straighten this is to put it on the flat surface and push down with your palm to flatten it out evenly. It then returns to a normal shape, the crease marks on the plastic are not damage. If your battery is ballooned or shows signs of damage. You might be compelled to keep using it. But you shouldn't. Damaged batteries can be dangerous and cause serious injury. Please dispose of your damaged battery properly.
    • As you can see, even with the time I took, there was some unevenness of the battery, this is fine, so long as there are no punctures or sharp creases.

    • Easiest way to straighten this is to put it on the flat surface and push down with your palm to flatten it out evenly. It then returns to a normal shape, the crease marks on the plastic are not damage.

    • If your battery is ballooned or shows signs of damage. You might be compelled to keep using it. But you shouldn't. Damaged batteries can be dangerous and cause serious injury. Please dispose of your damaged battery properly.

  7. Before attempting to remove the front screen, you need to remove the screen cable that is by design, wrapped around behind the battery. Not very repair-friendly Motorola! There is a protective black rubber than runs along the top of the battery tray, this can be peeled back to unplug and carefully peel up the foil-like display cable. You will need to make sure to unstick this cable when pulling the display off the other side in the next step, but for now I suggest leaving it tucked into the phone as the next step can get messy.
    • Before attempting to remove the front screen, you need to remove the screen cable that is by design, wrapped around behind the battery. Not very repair-friendly Motorola!

    • There is a protective black rubber than runs along the top of the battery tray, this can be peeled back to unplug and carefully peel up the foil-like display cable.

    • You will need to make sure to unstick this cable when pulling the display off the other side in the next step, but for now I suggest leaving it tucked into the phone as the next step can get messy.

  8. I recommend placing the phone back loosely into the back of the phone to give protection against loose glass or other components being damaged from the pressure you are applying to the screen. Removing the screen will again involve heating. I used a hair dryer and again was not too much trouble. The trick is to start where the screen is already broken, in my case around the top earpiece. Using tweazers I can take the small pieces of glass out to give my pick room to get under the edge of the glass.
    • I recommend placing the phone back loosely into the back of the phone to give protection against loose glass or other components being damaged from the pressure you are applying to the screen.

    • Removing the screen will again involve heating. I used a hair dryer and again was not too much trouble. The trick is to start where the screen is already broken, in my case around the top earpiece. Using tweazers I can take the small pieces of glass out to give my pick room to get under the edge of the glass.

    • The best trick is to get under the display backplate, highlighted in orange. This is a silver metal backing, not the glass, and is in about 2mm from the edge of the glass. If you don't get under this you will end up breaking the edge 2mm of glass all the way around and having nothing to pry from.

    • Once the picks are under this silver backing you can very easily slide around the entire device. Be careful if you somehow wish to keep the display screen you are removing working as there is a cable on the bottom right of the device. Other than that slide around the entire device to break the glue.

    • Remember to unstick the display cable from the back of the phone before attempting to pull the screen away, there is a small slot you will need to pass the display cable through.

  9. Ensure to scrape all glue/glass fragments from around the perimeter of where the new display will be fitted to ensure a flat finish. Apply glue around the same areas where the original glue is shown in the first pictures.
    • Ensure to scrape all glue/glass fragments from around the perimeter of where the new display will be fitted to ensure a flat finish. Apply glue around the same areas where the original glue is shown in the first pictures.

Conclusion

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

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