Introduction

Use this guide to replace the front panel assembly.

Image 1/1: Use your plastic opening tool to pry up the rear case around the perimeter of the Nexus S.
  • Gently insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the inner rear frame near the rear-facing camera.

  • Use your plastic opening tool to pry up the rear case around the perimeter of the Nexus S.

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  • Remove the rear panel from the Nexus S.

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Image 1/1: Remove the battery from the Nexus S.
  • Using the edge of a plastic opening tool, lift the battery from the end closest to the headphone jack.

  • Remove the battery from the Nexus S.

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Image 1/2: Remove the SIM card. Image 2/2: Remove the SIM card.
  • Use your thumb to slide the SIM card downwards from the SIM card slot.

  • Remove the SIM card.

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  • Remove the six Phillips screws securing the rear inner frame to the inner case.

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Image 1/1: Pry the opening tool upwards to pop the top right corner from the clips securing it to the inner assembly.
  • Insert the flat edge of a plastic opening tool in between the rear inner frame and the top left corner of the Nexus S.

  • Pry the opening tool upwards to pop the top right corner from the clips securing it to the inner assembly.

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Image 1/2: Slide the plastic opening tool downwards along the perimeter of the Nexus S to release the clips on the right side. Image 2/2: Slide the plastic opening tool downwards along the perimeter of the Nexus S to release the clips on the right side.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool to the right of the power button.

  • Slide the plastic opening tool downwards along the perimeter of the Nexus S to release the clips on the right side.

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  • In the same manner as previously described, release the bottom clips located near the bottom of the Nexus S.

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  • Insert and pry the plastic opening tool to release the final clip securing the rear inner frame to the inner assembly.

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  • Lift and remove the rear inner frame from the Nexus S.

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Image 1/1: Headphone jack cable
  • Disconnect the following cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard:

    • Headphone jack cable

    • Digitizer cable connector

    • Camera/SIM board connector

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Image 1/3: Make sure to pry on the connector and not the socket itself. Prying the socket may cause severe damage. Image 2/3: Repeat the procedure for the digitizer and rear camera/SIM board connectors. Image 3/3: Repeat the procedure for the digitizer and rear camera/SIM board connectors.
  • Insert the flat edge of a plastic opening tool underneath the headphone jack connector and pry upwards.

  • Make sure to pry on the connector and not the socket itself. Prying the socket may cause severe damage.

  • Repeat the procedure for the digitizer and rear camera/SIM board connectors.

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  • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the front display assembly.

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Image 1/2: Lift and remove the motherboard. Image 2/2: Lift and remove the motherboard.
  • Wedge the plastic opening tool near the bottom right corner of the motherboard and pry upwards to dislodge it from its recess.

  • Lift and remove the motherboard.

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  • Front panel assembly remains.

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Conclusion

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

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