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  • Remove SIM card tray.

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  • Remove back cover.

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  • Remove those two pieces rubber cover.

Replacing the battery connector cover (the second one in the sequence) was tight. I succeeded by first inserting the top left corner (oriented as shown in the picture) into place.

Yishai Sered - Reply

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  • Release the connectors under the covers.

When I tried to lift the battery connector (the second one in the sequence), the plastic lip by which to lift broke off the connector on the battery lead.

I ended up leaving the connector in place and separating the middle housing carefully with the cable still attached. Then, when I could get to the connector from all side, lifting the connector from the cable attachment side.

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  • Twist off the screws and remove the middle housing from front assembly.

Some claim it isn't T3, but T4 screws!

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  • Remove logo because the flex under the logo is sticking on the back of the battery. We have to get it loosen.

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  • Loosen the flex cable extremely gently. The cable is adhered to the battery and is very fragile. Make sure to unstick this cable prior to prying off battery.

Make sure you loosen the cable at both points, the one under the logo as well as the small connector board shown in the second image!

Justin Nichols - Reply

I chose to separate the cable attached to small connector board. That's by lifting the tape, then lifting the clamp (clear plastic on mine) and pulling the cable straight back. That gave me a bit more room to poke at the connector board from multiple edges to loosen the adhesive.

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Image 1/3: Repeat for the other adhesive tab. Image 2/3: Remove the battery. Image 3/3: Remove the battery.
  • Lift one of the two battery adhesive tabs and pull firmly and steadily toward the bottom edge of the phone, until the adhesive strip slides all the way out from between the battery and the phone.

  • Repeat for the other adhesive tab.

  • Remove the battery.

My battery arrived without replacement adhesive and I just placed it in the middle housing. A bit of adhesive remained to help is stay in place while I put the middle housing and the front assembly together. There is a channel in the middle housing for the battery cable. Be sure to flatten the cable and align it to the housing so that it is oriented correctly to its connector.

I recommend verifying the alignment after replacing only a few screws, and replacing all the connectors. Then turn the phone on and verify that the battery is charging, the buttons work, WiFi and Cellular connections succeed. Only then replace the rest of the screws, the logo and the back.

Yishai Sered - Reply


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

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Are you friggin' kidding me. Why would Motorola make a major project out of simply removing a battery. Definately needs to be simplified. It'seems like doing friggin' surgery on a phone.

tspeanut122 - Reply

Too funny! hahahha

Pamela Orjuela -

I'd call this battery replacement requirement 'built in obsolescence'! There's no way I'd attempt this. I'd rather buy a new phone. Then again, that's probably why it's so complicated...

Ben Miller - Reply

LOL Obviously you've never replaced a laptop motherboard ;)

nightopz - Reply

How do you repeat the steps in reverse such that you replace the adhesive holding the battery in place? Does a new battery come with the adhesive?

Richard Glendinning - Reply

I tried it but the battery I bought (said to be genuine and almost identical to the original) just caused the green light (solid, not blinking) to come on when the phone was plugged in. It never charged or started up, so I replaced the original and luckily it still started up.

bob - Reply

Worked for me. A lot of work to get more life out of the phone. I almost thought I'd never get all of those screws back in.

Al Louetta - Reply

I couldn't even get the back to lift up enough to wriggle a pick/spudger behind the casing.

Shaun - Reply

I'd not recommend doing this. Pulling the adhesive tabs does not remove all the adhesive and the remaining adhesive patches (at least on my Republic Wireless moto x) are strategically placed to make all the wiring under the battery come off along with it...

den - Reply

6 of those 18 screws were totally ruined when I just tried to screw them off. No force, the T3 torx and easy on my hand - still ruined.

And since they're in small holes, they cannot be reached or removed. Neither rubber band nor superglue worked.

Danni Naeil - Reply

Where can i buy the replacement battery?

Ignacio Talatinian - Reply

I ripped off one of the T3 screws - make sure to press down HARD on them before torquing.

IMPORTANT info about the step 8 - the battery is glued to a flex PCB and it's glued REALLY %#*@ WELL to it. When I tried to pull it out it ripped a chunk of what I think was the NFC antenna :/ I kinda put it back, and the phone booted and worked anyway. Whoever designed it this way is a dick.

Lena Zhivun - Reply


There was an additional adhesive strip towards the top of the battery and when I pulled the battery out it snapped the NFC Antenna that has two terminals melted into the middle case. I heard the snap but you didn't note how to remove the battery and you did not show an image of the proper way to pull out the battery. $400 down the drain. I fired up the Weller WES51 and anchored the flex cable down with a steel separator tool and dropped a drop of eco flux and silver solder on each terminal, brought the iron up to 70 and the solder anchored each terminal to each side of the flex cable and upon reassembly it powered up and performs flawlessly. You might want to add a word of caution about this third strip of adhesive and the flex cable beneath the battery towards the top of the case by the "M" medallion area that is prone to breakage; otherwise folks will snap this cable if they are unaware of it. Otherwise excellent instructions! Thank you!

Corey Gray - Reply

I followed this instructions and everything is working except the speaker. Someone had this experience and/or knows how to fix it?

marcus - Reply

I have the same issue with speaker after the battery replacement. After searching on other users facing similar issue, I figured out it is because of a loose connection between the speaker connectors due to the new battery thickness being slightly greater. If I push down on the back of my phone where the rear speaker is, the speaker starts working. I'm going to try few things to make the connection better - such as bending the connectors a little or adding something before putting on the back cover at the right spot so it will keep pressure and make the connection better.

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