Nexus 4 Plastic Midframe Replacement

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This guide outlines how to remove the plastic midframe that lies on top of the motherboard.

  • Author: Kaitlyn Jones
  • Time required: 2 to 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

This guide shows how to remove the motherboard's plastic midframe from the inside of the phone to better access the phone's internal features.

Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the SIM tray using the SIM Card Eject Tool.

  • This step is required in order to remove the back case.

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  • Gently open the back case by prying along the edge of the cover, starting at a corner of the phone and circling around the phone using a plastic opening tool. This can take a few minutes.

  • Notice that as you are opening it, the plastic will make a light snapping noise as the back cover separates from the rest of the phone.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

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  • Carefully pry the battery out with a Plastic Opening Tool, starting at the top left-hand corner and working down towards the bottom right-hand corner.

  • The battery is securely glued to the phone.

  • If necessary, you can wedge a plastic card between the battery and the metal frame in order to separate them.

Edit Step 6 Plastic Midframe  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Plastic Midframe  ¶ 

  • Remove the nine 4.6 mm Phillips #000 screws. Gently lift out the plastic cover.

  • The midframe is held in with two clips, one at either side. Use a plastic spudger to release each side and gently lift up and away.

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

For more information, check out the Nexus 4 device page.

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Remove Sim Tray before opening the case, chance to broke the case with sim tray inserted.

sajishv, · Reply

Tried using the smaller opening tool first, but the tip broke off quite violently. Switched over to the bigger one and that worked a bit better.

Just be very patient especially around the corners.

coolspongebob92, · Reply

Definitely need patience for this. Unfortunately, I broke one end of the plastic opening where the SIM card tray goes. Quite fragile right there, especially as you wrestle with the corner. I think it broke as one of the corners popped off.

Ahmad, · Reply

Seriously, you can use your nails to get a better grip and feel the snap before you break anything. My plastic opening tool didn't work as expected and left pieces of plastic inside the case.

castanedamiguel, · Reply

Sorry for my poor english, i'm french ;-). I change my N4 backdoor. I agree with the fact that you must be patient to remove the whole backdoor. At the beginning, it's easy to open a breach, but to remove the entire backdoor, i take less than 10 minutes. I break an opening tool, i use my nails, and with my last plastic opening tool, i turn around the phone and i finally full open it. So be patient and do not force. Thx I fix it !

Siegfried Akougna, · Reply

hi, i have replaced my screen but have snaged the white wire i can now not get any signal thing i need a new wire, it came out of the little gold thing that gribs down

cameron, · Reply

what do i do if the screw is stripped?

Amulya, · Reply

Why is it important to remove the battery because I cannot see it causing any hindrance in removing the black panel that houses the camera and other circuitry

Rajat Singh, · Reply

I successfully replaced my speaker without removing the battery. Better save users some time by deleting steps 4 and 5 from this tutorial. Thanks a lot by the way :)

castanedamiguel, · Reply

Indeed you can probably technically remove the speaker without removing the battery however removing the battery as soon as possible once you get inside, or before getting inside a device when possible, is not worth! First it prevent from any short circuit that can destroy the device and it is also a way to ensure the device is totally disabled before starting fixing it. Those devices today are always powered even if turned off. So to conclude: Always remove the battery before you make any job inside a device. Do this step in priority as soon as the battery can be removed.


I didn't remove the battery, and I was able to complete the install of the headphone jack just fine. I did disconnect the battery, however, since I didn't want to take any chances (some people saying that the phone never really powers off completely made me cautious).

Garrett Spencer, · Reply

The battery removal step is unnecessary and difficult. You should disconnect the battery, but there is no need to rip it out of its glued in position.

Malcolm Smith, · Reply

The Battery removal is NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT something you should skip.

You do not need to fully remove the battery but make sure it is disconnected!

You can complete without any apparent damage but could potentially cause ESD that will manifist itself down the road.

It's a safety precaution to prevent static damage to your components.


Garrett B, · Reply

Also confirming that the battery removal step is unnecessary (wish I had read the other comments before proceeding with it)

Eugene Brodsky, · Reply

Isn't the antenna cable attached to the battery through the blue tape in the picture? In my first attempt replacing a broken screen I broke the antenna cable while removing the battery, so I had to buy a new cable to replace the old one.

jcollado, · Reply

The battery was tightly gluid. To be able to put some more force than with the plastic opening tool I was using, I used a children plastic eating spoon. Worked like a charm!

Kurt, · Reply

I have a suggestion for all those who need to get the battery out. If you start from the top of the battery where the contacts are, you will notice that you can bend the top of the battery to some extent by lifting it with the plastic tool. This allows you to slip in the blade of a slim spattle (even if the blade is an inch wide). Since the cage of the battery is made of metal as well there is no danger for the chips and circuits. If you rock the blade to the left and to the right and apply a littel downward pressure you literally cut through the glue underneath the battery and will get it out in no time. Plus, there is no danger of cutting the antenna ;)

I hope it works for you guys.


Paul Philipp Neumann, · Reply

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