Introduction

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

Image 1/2: Press in with the tool of your choice until it pops out of the side of the phone. Image 2/2: Remove the SIM card slot tray and set aside.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Slide the opener tool gently around the phone until you hear clicks and visibly see the panel separate from the body of the phone. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. If your middle panel is damaged or broken, then install the new panel instead.

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Has anyone else run into the different screws holding the midframe? I opened my son's phone today to swap out the battery and found the screws to be tri-wing. Imagine my confusion. I've been into to my wife's Nexus 5x before, and it has phillips-head screws. Weird.

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