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.

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.

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.

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

I found that my middle panel was already broken at the narrowest part just to the left of the 2-D scan code on the battery, perhaps from some ham-fisted previous repair. This seems of little consequence, there do not seem to be any electrical connections running through this part.

Wiley Sanders - Reply

After a long amount of prying, I discoved that, if used gently, a jimmy can really help get the plastic off

Timothy Owens - Reply

I could not remove the cover with the opening tool but had success with the opening picks (the triangle parts). Just slide them under the cover and gently bend and twist the pick to release the cover from the locks. By the way: it’s perfectly normal for the bottom cover part to come loose from the top cover part. It’s designed that way (they interlock).

Marco Miltenburg - Reply

Place the end of the plastic opening tool underneath the ribbon cable that attaches the front-facing camera to the motherboard. Gently life upwards and the ribbon cable will detach from the motherboard.
  • Place the end of the plastic opening tool underneath the ribbon cable that attaches the front-facing camera to the motherboard.

  • Gently life upwards and the ribbon cable will detach from the motherboard.

  • Remove the camera with your fingers or a pair of tweezer.

Conclusion

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

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