Introduction

The battery is located between the back of the phone and the motherboard, making it necessary to remove the motherboard to access the battery. This guide involves the removal of various screws and parts so make sure you are in a clean and organized environment to avoid the loss of any components.

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  • Use the Torx T5 Screwdriver to remove two 5.0 mm screws at the bottom of the phone.

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  • To remove the SIM card, use an unfolded paperclip to press down on the metal plate on the left side of the phone until it pops up.

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Image 1/2: Do NOT remove the screen all the way or the flex cables will be damaged. Image 2/2: Do NOT remove the screen all the way or the flex cables will be damaged.
  • Gently push the screen toward the top edge of the phone and tilt the screen to reveal the black flex cables.

    • Do NOT remove the screen all the way or the flex cables will be damaged.

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Image 1/2: Make sure to remove the flex cables before completely removing the screen. Image 2/2: When reassembling, align the white bands on the edge of the screen so that a connection is made.
  • Release the two black ribbon flex cables by gently pulling up on the connection using the spudger. Then lift the screen to remove.

    • Make sure to remove the flex cables before completely removing the screen.

  • When reassembling, align the white bands on the edge of the screen so that a connection is made.

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Image 1/3: Pry up on the orange connection to release it from the motherboard. Image 2/3: Pry up on the orange connection to release it from the motherboard. Image 3/3: Pry up on the orange connection to release it from the motherboard.
  • Remove the plastic yellow tape on the battery connector using the spudger.

  • Pry up on the orange connection to release it from the motherboard.

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  • Unscrew all ten 4.0 mm screws on the motherboard using a T5 Torx screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Pry open the connection by lifting up on the speaker wire connector. Image 2/2: Pry open the connection by lifting up on the speaker wire connector.
  • Using tweezers, remove the clear plastic covering on the speaker.

  • Pry open the connection by lifting up on the speaker wire connector.

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  • Using tweezers, remove the back facing camera cover.

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Image 1/2: Remove the cover from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Remove the cover from the motherboard.
  • Using the spudger tool, release the yellow ribbon cable on the headphone jack cover by pushing up on the connection.

  • Remove the cover from the motherboard.

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  • Release the yellow flex cable on the right side of the phone using the spudger by lifting up on the retaining clip.

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Image 1/3: Work your way around the entire edge of the motherboard to release it and remove it from the back of the phone. Image 2/3: Work your way around the entire edge of the motherboard to release it and remove it from the back of the phone. Image 3/3: Work your way around the entire edge of the motherboard to release it and remove it from the back of the phone.
  • Wedge the spudger between the motherboard and the back case.

  • Work your way around the entire edge of the motherboard to release it and remove it from the back of the phone.

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  • Wedge the spudger tool under the battery to remove it from the back case.

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Conclusion

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

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When putting it all back together, is it recommended to replace the pieces of tape to protect/insulate the connectors, or is that not necessary?

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