Introduction

By following this guide you will remove the motherboard of the device. You may need to do this if your phone wont turn on and all other parts are still functional.

Remove the back cover by pressing down the silver button. Pull the cover away from the phone.
  • Remove the back cover by pressing down the silver button.

  • Pull the cover away from the phone.

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Remove the battery by pushing down on the top and pulling it away from the phone, similar to the cover. Remove the battery by pushing down on the top and pulling it away from the phone, similar to the cover.
  • Remove the battery by pushing down on the top and pulling it away from the phone, similar to the cover.

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Remove the SIM card by pulling it toward the top of the phone with your thumb.
  • Remove the SIM card by pulling it toward the top of the phone with your thumb.

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Unscrew the two 5mm T6 Torx screws form the phone.
  • Unscrew the two 5mm T6 Torx screws form the phone.

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Pry open the back of the phone using the spudger. There are four clips, one on the left, one on the right, and two on the bottom of the phone.
  • Pry open the back of the phone using the spudger. There are four clips, one on the left, one on the right, and two on the bottom of the phone.

  • You can rotate the phone left and right to get easier access while prying.

  • Make sure to fold back of phone down (or left depending on your orientation) after separating from body as there is ribbon connecting the back to the phone's body which can be ripped if pulled the wrong way.

  • The tab as well as the plastic clips are fragile, be careful when using them.

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Using tweezers, disconnect the copper ribbon on the left side of the phone by pulling it up from the circuit board.
  • Using tweezers, disconnect the copper ribbon on the left side of the phone by pulling it up from the circuit board.

  • The clear part below the circuit board is the antenna.

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Remove the antenna by pushing in the tabs on the sides with the spudger, and pulling it out.
  • Remove the antenna by pushing in the tabs on the sides with the spudger, and pulling it out.

  • These clips are also fragile.

  • When reassembling, make sure the copper piece of the antenna is properly inserted between the two copper clips that stick up from the phone.

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Use a spudger or blue opening tool to pry the motherboard away from the back casing.
  • Use a spudger or blue opening tool to pry the motherboard away from the back casing.

  • The speaker and the motherboard are magnetic and will most likely come up with each other.

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Conclusion

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

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Step 7 seems wrong to me. I almost broke my phone following the instructions.

To remove the antenna, you remove the two black plastic/rubber stoppers by prying them out. Then you have access to the two tabs underneath the stoppers. There are also tabs on the clear housing than hook into the bottom of the tabs on the main casing used to hold the two parts of the case together. I started on one side and gently went across, prying the tabs up.

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