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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the backplate that secures the motherboard of your Nexus 5.

  1. Use a plastic opening tool to free the clips on the top and each side of the back cover. The bottom is secured with some adhesive foam. You should be able to finally free the back cover using an opening pick. The "snaps" at the bottom edge are more like hinges, so release all others then swing the back cover off outward from the top, and these fasteners will release without breaking. It's best to avoid prying around the SIM card slot and volume controls, as the plastic in these areas is very thin and likely to break from prying.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to free the clips on the top and each side of the back cover.

    • The bottom is secured with some adhesive foam. You should be able to finally free the back cover using an opening pick. The "snaps" at the bottom edge are more like hinges, so release all others then swing the back cover off outward from the top, and these fasteners will release without breaking.

    • It's best to avoid prying around the SIM card slot and volume controls, as the plastic in these areas is very thin and likely to break from prying.

    • When you replace the cover, there is a snap about even with the flash window that must also be attached (one of three that secure the back cover to the midframe). Qi (wireless) charging may not work if this isn't secure. Apply gentle but firm pressure over the "S" in "Nexus" and slide your thumb up towards the top, and the snap will engage.

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  3. Remove the six 4.0 mm Phillips #00  screws that secure the midframe to the phone.
    • Remove the six 4.0 mm Phillips #00 screws that secure the midframe to the phone.

    • To replace the LCD screen and digitizer, remove the additional four 4.0mm daughterboard cover screws with the same screwdriver.

  4. Remove the midframe from the phone. Remove the midframe from the phone.
    • Remove the midframe from the phone.

Conclusion

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

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Gaetan

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Bonjour est ce que le remplacement de la vitre de la caméra uniquement est possible? Comment est ce fixé sur le midframe ?

Merci

Multinet - Reply

Excellent guide. One caution not noted here, I accidentally turned the phone back on while working on getting the midframe out. Be careful to not touch the on/off switch on the side.

gantgrg - Reply

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