Introduction

Use this guide to replace the motherboard (includes rear camera and speaker).

Gently insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the inner rear frame near the rear-facing camera.
  • 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.
  • Remove the rear panel from the Nexus S.

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Using the edge of a plastic opening tool, lift the battery from the end closest to the headphone jack.
  • 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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Use your thumb to slide the SIM card downwards from the SIM card slot. 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.
  • Remove the six Phillips screws securing the rear inner frame to the inner case.

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Insert the flat edge of a plastic opening tool in between the rear inner frame and the top left corner of the Nexus S.
  • 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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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.
  • 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. In the same manner as previously described, release the bottom clips located near the bottom of the Nexus S.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lift and remove the rear inner frame from the Nexus S.

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Disconnect the following cables from their respective sockets on the motherboard:
  • 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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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.
  • 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.
  • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the front display assembly.

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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.
  • 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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Conclusion

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

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