Introduction

Please make sure your phone is turned off and the SIM card is removed prior to starting this guide.

Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the SIM card slot located on the left edge of the phone. Press in with the tool of your choice until it pops out of the side of the phone.
  • Insert a SIM card ejection tool into the SIM card slot located on the left edge of the phone.

  • Press in with the tool of your choice until it pops out of the side of the phone.

  • Remove the SIM card slot tray and set aside.

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Starting at the SIM card slot, stick the plastic opening tool in between the back panel and the phone. Slide the opener tool gently around the phone until you hear clicks and visibly see the panel separate from the body of the phone.
  • Starting at the SIM card slot, stick the plastic opening tool in between the back panel and the phone.

  • Slide the opener tool gently around the phone until you hear clicks and visibly see the panel separate from the body of the phone.

  • Continue this process on each edge of the phone, until the only thing holding the back panel to the body of the phone is the fingerprint scanner.

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Gently detach the back panel from the finger print scanner on the back of the phone.
  • Gently detach the back panel from the finger print scanner on the back of the phone.

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Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the ten screws that secure the middle frame. Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the ten screws that secure the middle frame.
  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the ten screws that secure the middle frame.

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Starting from the bottom, use a plastic opening tool to pry off the middle panel from the phone.
  • Starting from the bottom, use a plastic opening tool to pry off the middle panel from the phone.

  • Be careful when doing this because the middle panel comes in two pieces and if you start at the top, you may break the connection between the two pieces.

The photo seems to show that the person is opening from the top, which is the opposite of your advice. So, just want to be clear.

Robert Konigsberg - Reply

yes, open from bottom first... the pic above shows the finished product after reaching top of phone. I found it best to actually start close to the right of the usbC connector. Pushing inbetween the 2 tabs and up will release the shell.. then work clockwise.

Chris Mayberry - Reply

Chris, your advice to start to the right of the usbC connector was excellent, thank you!

Robert Konigsberg - Reply

Using a plastic opening tool or fingernail, gently pry up the battery cable connector to release it from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool or fingernail, gently pry up the battery cable connector to release it from the motherboard.
  • Using a plastic opening tool or fingernail, gently pry up the battery cable connector to release it from the motherboard.

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Using an iOpener kit, or something similar,  heat the phone so the adhesive will loosen. Carefully insert a single flat nylon spudger underneath the battery. Apply enough pressure to release the battery from the adhesive holding it to the phone.
  • Using an iOpener kit, or something similar, heat the phone so the adhesive will loosen.

  • Carefully insert a single flat nylon spudger underneath the battery.

  • Apply enough pressure to release the battery from the adhesive holding it to the phone.

  • We removed the motherboard completely before attempting to remove the battery due to the adhesive on our device being too strong and we did not want to damage the motherboard. Also we did not have an iOpener kit or something similar to use.

  • Be extremely careful when doing this, if you use something sharp you may pierce the battery.

And all that in 3 minutes.

No way!!!

Chris Hibbert - Reply

Yeah, three minutes is probably not very realistic. I updated the time estimate to something a bit more conservative. :)

Jeff Suovanen -

The adhesive on mine was also really strong.

I had to use a heat gun at about ~110F while applying pressure to get the battery to release

Brian Stambaugh - Reply

Conclusion

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

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I do not understand how to reverse step 6 - "Place the end of the plastic opening tool underneath the edge of the ribbon cable that is attached to the battery" so that it re-establishes electrical connection between battery and phone's motherboard.

Jay Hammond - Reply

That looks like a simple pop connector—pry up to release, press down to reconnect. If it's properly aligned it will snap into place with a little pressure from your finger. I'll adjust the wording on that step to hopefully make it more clear.

Jeff Suovanen -

Where can I find a new battery for this phone?

batwing20 - Reply

I replaced the battery with a stock LG OEM replacement. Now, 1. Lighting bolt indicator doesn't appear. 2. Doesn't read "Charging" or "Charging Rapidly" on the lock screen. 3. I lost rapid charge; it charges slooooowly. Help!

Thom - Reply

Is the battery supposed to be one hard piece or is it supposed to be squishy as in bendable?

danchee - Reply

I replaced the battery, but I'm still not getting an led or anything on the screen to show it's charging. What else could be the issue?

pocketdrummer - Reply

All went smooth here. Pulled the mainboard out and was able to gently pry the battery free without heat. Rapid charging is working fine. I got an LG battery off Amazon. Didn't cost much more than knock-offs.

Andrew Cook - Reply

worked great for me, in the end used brute force to get the battery off with a terrifying crack.

Terrence Benade - Reply

I replaced screen + battery at the same time (using ifixit replacement battery and display assembly). All went well, pretty easy to do, and the new display looks great. However, my battery appears to be stuck at 50%. I suppose I can pop loose and then try to re-seat the connector. Probably won't help. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Any hints/ideas on how to fix it? Thx

dave white - Reply

Great guide - I used a hairdryer for the heat... Was quite concerned the phone was getting very hot but in the end the battery did start to become unstuck. I also removed the motherboard (disconnecting the two connectors to do so) following Andrew's comment, but had to use heat in the end. Patience is a virtue... All working once back together again; I got a genuine LG replacement on eBay for £15. Hopefully the battery will last a day now - time will tell!

Ollie Steer - Reply

All worked - hardest part was getting the back off - the fixit tool isn’t great to be honest. Hairdryer a better option then the iOpener for getting the battery out.

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