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Introduction

If you are having issues with the Moto Z2 Force's motherboard, use this guide to replace it.

  1. Place the phone on a flat surface with the screen facing up.
    • Place the phone on a flat surface with the screen facing up.

    • Insert the flat end of a nylon spudger into the crease separating the screen and the body in the lower right corner of the phone.

    • Pry open part of the screen by pulling the tool and the screen toward you.

    • You may be required to use a heating element, such as the iOpener, to heat and loosen the adhesive underneath before attempting to pry it open.

  2. Wedge the plastic opening tool between the gap created by separating the screen and body of the phone in the right hand corner to hold it open. Insert the nylon spudger into the lower left corner of the screen and pry the screen toward you. Continue to insert the plastic opening and spudger tools around the phone, and pry open the screen until it is fully separated from the device.
    • Wedge the plastic opening tool between the gap created by separating the screen and body of the phone in the right hand corner to hold it open.

    • Insert the nylon spudger into the lower left corner of the screen and pry the screen toward you.

    • Continue to insert the plastic opening and spudger tools around the phone, and pry open the screen until it is fully separated from the device.

    • It is possible to pry the display assembly apart at this step. Be sure to get the prying instruments underneath both the LCD and screen layers of the display assembly to ensure this separation does not occur.

  3. Remove the screen by pulling from right to left and placing the screen face down on the flat surface next to the main body of the device. Remove the screen by pulling from right to left and placing the screen face down on the flat surface next to the main body of the device.
    • Remove the screen by pulling from right to left and placing the screen face down on the flat surface next to the main body of the device.

  4. Using the flat end of the nylon spudger, pull off the black tape on top of the screen connector piece that the black ribbon is attached to. Using the flat end of the nylon spudger, pull off the black tape on top of the screen connector piece that the black ribbon is attached to.
    • Using the flat end of the nylon spudger, pull off the black tape on top of the screen connector piece that the black ribbon is attached to.

  5. Insert the black spudger under the lock of the latch connecting the black ribbon of the screen to the phone body. Pull up on the lock to unlock the latch.
    • Insert the black spudger under the lock of the latch connecting the black ribbon of the screen to the phone body.

    • Pull up on the lock to unlock the latch.

    • Separate the black ribbon from the latch by pulling gently to the left.

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  7. Unscrew the two 1.7mm T4 screws from the speaker. Unscrew the two 1.7mm T4 screws from the speaker. Unscrew the two 1.7mm T4 screws from the speaker.
    • Unscrew the two 1.7mm T4 screws from the speaker.

  8. Use the nylon spudger to lift and remove the speaker from the phone chassis. Use the nylon spudger to lift and remove the speaker from the phone chassis. Use the nylon spudger to lift and remove the speaker from the phone chassis.
    • Use the nylon spudger to lift and remove the speaker from the phone chassis.

  9. Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger on the side of the rear facing camera closest to the battery. Pry up the camera by pushing down on the spudger until the camera pops up.
    • Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger on the side of the rear facing camera closest to the battery.

    • Pry up the camera by pushing down on the spudger until the camera pops up.

  10. Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger underneath the black lock. Unlock the ribbon cable by pulling up on the lock with the nylon spudger.
    • Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger underneath the black lock.

    • Unlock the ribbon cable by pulling up on the lock with the nylon spudger.

    • Separate the rear facing camera from the board by pulling gently towards the bottom of the phone.

  11. Use the spudger to pry the press fit connector up from the battery. Use the spudger to pry the press fit connector up from the battery.
    • Use the spudger to pry the press fit connector up from the battery.

  12. Using the spudger, lift up the bar on the ZIF connector that joins the ribbon cable to the control buttons. Using the spudger, lift up the bar on the ZIF connector that joins the ribbon cable to the control buttons. Using the spudger, lift up the bar on the ZIF connector that joins the ribbon cable to the control buttons.
    • Using the spudger, lift up the bar on the ZIF connector that joins the ribbon cable to the control buttons.

  13. Unscrew four 1.8mm T4 screws from the speakers and remove from the motherboard. Unscrew four 1.8mm T4 screws from the speakers and remove from the motherboard. Unscrew four 1.8mm T4 screws from the speakers and remove from the motherboard.
    • Unscrew four 1.8mm T4 screws from the speakers and remove from the motherboard.

  14. Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger underneath the edge of the phone near the camera. Gently pry the motherboard from the phone until it is raised enough to put a finger between it and the phone. With your fingers, gently pry the rest of the motherboard up from the phone.
    • Insert the flat end of the nylon spudger underneath the edge of the phone near the camera.

    • Gently pry the motherboard from the phone until it is raised enough to put a finger between it and the phone.

    • With your fingers, gently pry the rest of the motherboard up from the phone.

    • When using your fingers to remove the motherboard completely, be extremely careful, as you can easily break the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

My lcd came apart the entire assembly didn't come up as the instructions showed it would and it tore the ribbon connector.

Daniel Dixon - Reply

This phone is not a good first DIY for anyone. I’ve been repairing phones since years and i separated the AMOLED panel from it’s frame too. Lucky me i was gently, used a lot of heat and flooded it with IPA so i could still re use this panel, but i realized it can be a pain in the ass for someone less expert than me.

Rafael B -

For &&^&* sake, you tell me to be careful not to remove the screen assembly AFTER the step where it's pried apart!? Is there nothing I can do??

ofisur - Reply

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