Introduction

Use this guide to replace the antenna assembly found at the bottom end of your Motorola Moto X.

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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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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.
  • 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.

Be *very* careful not to push the opening tool too deep when you go around the buttons! I accidentally broke the volume rocker ribbon by doing so, and didn't even realize it until I had completely removed the cover.

Simeon Simeonides - Reply

When i removed the volume rocker i cant get it back in correctly seems to be in right but the volume up is not clicking and only works if i push it really hard any ideas?

Alf stevens - Reply

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

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Continue prying to the lower corner of the phone. Continue prying to the lower corner of the phone.
  • Continue prying to the lower corner of the phone.

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

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

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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.
  • 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.

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

  • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

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Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.
  • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

  • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

  • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

  • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

  • Always wait at least three minutes before reheating the iOpener.

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Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.
  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

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

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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.
  • 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.

There is NO GLUE holding on the back of a Moto X with a wood back! That little fact just made the extra $50 I spent on the phone totally worthwhile.

Doug Larrick - Reply

Lucky for you, I have the bamboo, and plenty of adhesive.

Kelly F -

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.
  • 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.

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

So you are saying that there is no problem if I don't connect the NFC antenna? I'm asking this because I bought a replacement battery that don't include the NFC antenna. I would really appreciate your help with this :)

jspsaucedo -

The adhesive was crazy hard on mine as well and I ended up with two small cracks on the edges of my back cover. The blue rubber piece actually separated from the back and removed it from the battery after it was open. The battery itself was also very difficult to remove (pull tab did nothing) and bent/pried the old battery out. I see no reason for all that adhesive! Other than getting the dang thing open the rest was easy. Great guide!

Darrell Jividen - Reply

The adhesive holding the back very strong! In the process of removing the back, I cracked the edges of the back cover and ripped part of the NFC connector. Luckily the friend I was doing the repair for did not even know what NFC was, so she was ok with this. Take your time removing the back cover! Also, the adhesive holding the battery in place was not what I would call mild. The black tab was next to useless in removing the battery

Danny Smandych - Reply

So you are saying that there is no problem if I don't connect the NFC antenna? I'm asking this because I bought a replacement battery that don't include the NFC antenna.

jspsaucedo -

Thank you for the guide !!! comments were really useful too. Read them.

fabajaja - Reply

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

As I had seen in another video, my Moto X with a custom back did not have the blue sticky pad. But the back was still well-adhered in the top corners and with a strip of adhesive along the bottom. In the photo in this step you can see the only adhesive I had to deal with, which was on either side of the lens (two dark areas on the phone back) and along the bottom of the phone (dark area at the bottom of the phone back).

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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.
  • 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.

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Separate the back cover from the phone.
  • Separate the back cover from the phone.

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Remove the four 3 mm T3 Torx screws securing the lower antenna assembly to the phone.
  • Remove the four 3 mm T3 Torx screws securing the lower antenna assembly to the phone.

It turns out to be the hardest step at the moment. I ordered iOpener set, and it is almost useless. It doesn't have t3, only t5, the actual iOpener is useless. I would happily order t3 on ifixit.com, but there is no t3 in Germany, so I ordered on amazon, and it turned out to be a complete $@$*, I was not able to take a single screw out. The guide is really good, I never thought I would have an issue with a screwdriver ....

Igor Gaidaichuk - Reply

These screws were definitely incompatible with my T3 bit - it was too small. T4 worked fine. Not sure if I should attribute this to an error in the guide or inconsistency in the size of my bit set; in any case it might be handy to have a T4 handy if you're not buying the iFixit screwdriver.

Christian Hinton - Reply

Stripped two of four T3 screws almost instantly and with very little force. Be careful! If I can't carve a flat slot into the screw heads I guess I'll have to abort the project or deliberately crack the antenna assembly plastic or try to drill the screw heads to proceed.

pdisc1 - Reply

Drilled out the heads. A bit scary, yes. I agree with another commenter here that my T3 isn't the best fit in these screws. My T3 was a pretty cheap eBay acquisition, so who knows where the blame should go. I wouldn't do this repair again. Phones should be easier to break open than this one. Too much adhesive (and as I mentioned above, mine didn't even have the blue adhesive pad) and T3 heads are super small and asking to be stripped and the two screws I did get out were way too tight. Oh, and also the potential butchering of the cover when prying loose the clips. Mine bent a bit around the headphone jack, but it smoothed back down and is not noticeable. Phone powered up and is charging now. Let's hope it was worth it.

pdisc1 - Reply

On my phone, the screws were DEFINITELY T4. My advise? Try T4 first. If it's too big, nothing lost.

I nearly stripped the head on one of mine with my T3 bit because it was too small to get traction.

Larry Smith - Reply

Where to buy battery...and price of battery?

D Rock - Reply

I use chinese version of T3 screwdriver shipped with screen and T3/T4/T5 version of MATRIX tool set - both didnt fit for Moto X 1st gen screws. Only Bernstain T3 6-658 screwdriver fits ideally! Spent 2 days to find this tool. Be aware.

Anton Prilepsky - Reply

I was able to do this step by grinding down a cheap T3 that I had laying around from another repair. Like others, I found that these screws seem larger than a T3 - stripped one and had to drill it out. Since the T3 screwdriver I had was tapered, I ground it down until the end was large enough to grip the remaining screws. Success!

Bob Flens - Reply

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the lower antenna assembly and free it from the phone. Remove the antenna assembly. Remove the antenna assembly.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up the lower antenna assembly and free it from the phone.

  • Remove the antenna assembly.

See that little circular rubber near the bottom right screw? This funnels the background noise to one of the noise canceling microphones. It will be destroyed when you take it off. Freaked me out when I first opened up mine.

Adrian Koch - Reply

This foam "funnel" required re-forming of the center hole (also check hole in back cover foam gasket). If this sound channel gets blocked, the noise canceling will not function properly. Before re-installing the lower antenna assembly, check the oblong 2-hole gasket on the back side of the antenna assembly which covers a sound channel to the offset microphone input hole. If deformed, gently reshape it with tweezers to assure both holes are not plugged.

ktmorimoto - Reply

my antenna going away after change battery

found networks but not registered , factory reset ,

please help me

NM Mahboob Mojaz (AHMN) - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Where is the wifi antenna?

Fernando Coutinho - Reply

I considered repairing this after ripping the connector in the battery replacement procedure. I probably will not miss it, don't have the part either

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