Motorola Moto X Headphone Jack Replacement

Replace the headphone jack in a Motorola Moto X.

Use this guide to replace the headphone jack in your Motorola Moto X.

Edit Step 1 SIM Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 SIM Card  ¶ 

  • Insert the SIM card eject tool into the hole in the side of the SIM card tray and push to eject the tray.

  • Remove the SIM card tray.

  • If the SIM card does not fall free from the tray on its own, simply remove it with your fingers.

Edit Step 2 Back Cover Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 Back Cover Assembly  ¶ 

  • In the following steps you will be releasing the clips holding the phone's cases together. However, the back case is also secured with an adhesive pad. After separating the clips you will use an iOpener to allow the case to fully open. Do not attempt to fully open the phone before loosening the adhesive.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the front and rear covers near the SIM card slot.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool along the seam toward the upper corner.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Carefully slide the plastic opening tool around the corner, freeing it from clips.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Run the plastic opening tool along the seam nearest the headphone jack on the top of the phone.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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  • Pry around the top right corner of the phone between the two covers.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Carefully slide the opening tool along the button side of the phone.

  • The plastic on the front cover is thinner here and the buttons may move around; go slowly to avoid damaging the buttons or the front cover.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam just below the volume rocker to widen the gap.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • Continue prying to the lower corner of the phone.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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  • Carefully pry from the corner to the edge of the USB port.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Insert the plastic opening tool at the other end of the USB port and slide around the corner.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Continue separating clips around the corner and along the length of the phone.

  • Once you are certain the clips have all been separated, use the following two steps to prepare your iOpener.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Place the iOpener, not your device, in the microwave and heat it for one minute on the highest power setting.

    • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair procedure.

    • If you have not used your iOpener for some time, or this is the first time you are using the iOpener, microwave it wrapped in a damp paper towel. This will prevent it from burning if it is overheated.

  • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the corners.

  • The bag will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • Lay the iOpener over the phone to loosen the adhesive securing the back cover. Let the bag sit on the device for approximately 90 seconds before attempting to remove the cover.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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  • Starting from the SIM slot side, carefully peel the back cover off of the phone.

  • The back cover is very flexible, but you don't want to damage any internal components by being too hasty.

  • Do not separate the back cover entirely; it is still connected to the phone by the camera flash cable.

    • The flash cable is attached on the power/volume button side of the phone.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Gently set the back cover down in a way that exposes the camera flash cable connector, but does not put strain on it.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the flash cable ZIF connector.

  • Be sure to pry only on the flap itself, not on the connector.

  • Pull the flash cable straight out of its socket.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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  • Separate the back cover from the phone.

Edit Step 19 Headphone Jack/Speaker Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19 Headphone Jack/Speaker Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 3 mm T3 Torx screws from the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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  • Insert a spudger under the panhandle of the headphone jack/speaker assembly and pry it up from its recess.

  • Remove the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

Edit Step 21 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

  • Insert the tip of a spudger into the headphone jack and lift upwards to pry the headphone jack out of the display assembly.

  • Remove the headphone jack.

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

For more information, check out the Motorola Moto X device page.

Required Tools

SIM Card Eject Tool

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Plastic Opening Tools

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Getting the back of this thing was scary. I had to use iOpener (or equivalent) device. Work on the back. Reheat it and let it sit for 90 seconds again. Work on the back some more. I did that 3 or 4 times. I still felt like I was going to break the back, the plastic is MUCH more flexible than I though, and MUCH thinner.

Take your time! Once you get the back off, the rest is a snap!

mathan1234, · Reply

Step 15 seemed to be the hardest part for me. (step 25, the battery was also difficult). I am now not a fan of sticky stuff, "Mild adhesive" is definitely an understatement, IMHO, just saying I don't like sticky stuff, maybe I didn't do it right. The iOpener seemed to help a little, but not much.

***CAUTION***

BE CAREFUL with the NFC antenna, it says "X8 Mobile Computing System" on it. The adhesive seemed stick to the the blue stuff on the back cover more and loosen up on the bottom of the antenna, the part that sticks to the battery. So in the process of peeling the back cover the antenna started to come up and was torn at the connector strip before I realized what was happening, step 19 has a good picture of the connector strip that I'm talking about. I like using NFC once in awhile, so now my next FIX will be the antenna.

Overall instructions were GREAT, I now have a camera again. Thank you.

Patrick, · Reply

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