1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Remove the ten Phillips#00 screws that secure the mid frame.
    • Remove the ten Phillips#00 screws that secure the mid frame.

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  6. Insert an opening pick where the sim card tray was located and start to pry of the mid frame by flipping the opening pick sideways to open up the plastic clamps. Insert an opening pick where the sim card tray was located and start to pry of the mid frame by flipping the opening pick sideways to open up the plastic clamps.
    • Insert an opening pick where the sim card tray was located and start to pry of the mid frame by flipping the opening pick sideways to open up the plastic clamps.

  7. Use the opening pick to work your way around the upper part of the mid frame and pry open the plastic clamps. Use the opening pick to work your way around the upper part of the mid frame and pry open the plastic clamps.
    • Use the opening pick to work your way around the upper part of the mid frame and pry open the plastic clamps.

  8. Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clamps on the long edge of the mid frame and on the bottom part of it. Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clamps on the long edge of the mid frame and on the bottom part of it.
    • Use the plastic pick to pry open the plastic clamps on the long edge of the mid frame and on the bottom part of it.

  9. The mid frame consists of two piece and is easy to break during the removal procedure if the clamps aren't pried open properly. Make sure all the clamps are opened and carefully remove the mid frame.
    • The mid frame consists of two piece and is easy to break during the removal procedure if the clamps aren't pried open properly.

    • Make sure all the clamps are opened and carefully remove the mid frame.

  10. Remove the following four press-fit connectors with the flat edge of a plastic spudger: Front-facing camera connector.
    • Remove the following four press-fit connectors with the flat edge of a plastic spudger:

      • Front-facing camera connector.

      • Rear-facing camera connector.

      • Battery connector.

      • Digitizer connector.

  11. Insert a plastic opening tool underneath any edge of the top half of the motherboard. Gently lift the motherboard off of the phone's body. Make sure that none of the ribbon cables get caught on the motherboard while you are releasing it.
    • Insert a plastic opening tool underneath any edge of the top half of the motherboard.

    • Gently lift the motherboard off of the phone's body.

    • Make sure that none of the ribbon cables get caught on the motherboard while you are releasing it.

Conclusion

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

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Anyone with the bootloop problem has been successful on returning the 5X to life by replacing the motherboard?

Jago MF - Reply

that's a stupid question. new motherboard means new operating system. maybe you should just use fastboot and flash stock firmware on your phone easy

Alek Kels -

where can I get a new motherboard at?????

Alek Kels -

in most 'google image boot' issues, it is a hardware issue, not software. besides, the phone will not allow a bootloader option.

Chris Mayberry -

yes …….and its the only way after bootloop

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