Introduction

If there are issues with the volume, power, or camera buttons, it could have to do with a faulty ribbon. This guide shows how to replace that.

Image 1/3: Use the T5 screwdriver to remove the two 8.6mm long screws, located at the bottom of the phone. (Head size is 2.5mm) Image 2/3: Use the T5 screwdriver to remove the two 8.6mm long screws, located at the bottom of the phone. (Head size is 2.5mm) Image 3/3: Use the T5 screwdriver to remove the two 8.6mm long screws, located at the bottom of the phone. (Head size is 2.5mm)
  • Make sure the phone is off.

  • Use the T5 screwdriver to remove the two 8.6mm long screws, located at the bottom of the phone. (Head size is 2.5mm)

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Image 1/2: Put that plastic piece aside. Image 2/2: Put that plastic piece aside.
  • Use the smallest Torx screwdriver or another small poking tool and push into the hole on the SIM card slot. The plastic SIM protective piece should pop out quite easily.

  • Put that plastic piece aside.

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Image 1/2: The screen should become separated using little force. And should like the pictures shown once complete. Image 2/2: The screen should become separated using little force. And should like the pictures shown once complete.
  • Once both screws on the bottom are removed, and the plastic SIM protective piece is removed, gently push on the outside of the screen.

  • The screen should become separated using little force. And should like the pictures shown once complete.

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Image 1/2: Place the spudger tool or flat plastic tool on top of the ribbon cable to avoid damaging it when prying up on the metal clip. Image 2/2: Use a plastic opening tool, or gently use a small metal flat-head screwdriver to pry up the metal clip. (It is recommended to use a plastic tool; However, if the opening tool does not work or fit into the small opening underneath the clip, use the flat-head.)
  • This step may be easier to remove the battery first, but it is not mandatory.

  • Place the spudger tool or flat plastic tool on top of the ribbon cable to avoid damaging it when prying up on the metal clip.

  • Use a plastic opening tool, or gently use a small metal flat-head screwdriver to pry up the metal clip. (It is recommended to use a plastic tool; However, if the opening tool does not work or fit into the small opening underneath the clip, use the flat-head.)

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  • Once the metal clip is removed, gently pry up on the ribbon cable connection, located underneath the metal clip you have just removed.

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Image 1/2: Use the T4 torx screwdriver to remove the 3mm screw (diameter of the head is 1.5mm) fastened to the metal clip, holding the battery in place. Image 2/2: Use the T4 torx screwdriver to remove the 3mm screw (diameter of the head is 1.5mm) fastened to the metal clip, holding the battery in place.
  • Prerequisite step: Back panel removal

  • Use the T4 torx screwdriver to remove the 3mm screw (diameter of the head is 1.5mm) fastened to the metal clip, holding the battery in place.

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Image 1/3: Completely remove the clip. Image 2/3: Completely remove the clip. Image 3/3: Completely remove the clip.
  • Using the plastic opening tool, pry up on the metal clip holding the battery in place.

  • Completely remove the clip.

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Image 1/3: You do not have to completely remove the copper strip, only enough so that the connection to the battery is visible. Image 2/3: You do not have to completely remove the copper strip, only enough so that the connection to the battery is visible. Image 3/3: You do not have to completely remove the copper strip, only enough so that the connection to the battery is visible.
  • Use a plastic opening tool. Start on the right, and gently lift up on the copper strip.

  • You do not have to completely remove the copper strip, only enough so that the connection to the battery is visible.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger, and gently lift up on the connective piece.

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Image 1/3: The battery should lift out easily. Image 2/3: The battery should lift out easily. Image 3/3: The battery should lift out easily.
  • Use a plastic opening tool at the bottom of the battery and gently lift.

  • The battery should lift out easily.

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Image 1/3: Use the plastic opening tool to gently lift up on the connective piece attached to the volume, camera, and power button strip. Image 2/3: Use the plastic opening tool to gently lift up on the connective piece attached to the volume, camera, and power button strip. Image 3/3: Use the plastic opening tool to gently lift up on the connective piece attached to the volume, camera, and power button strip.
  • Prerequisite guides: Back panel removal, Battery Removal

  • Use the plastic opening tool to gently lift up on the connective piece attached to the volume, camera, and power button strip.

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Image 1/3: Use a spudger tool and starting at the top, gently pry the button sensors up. Image 2/3: Slide the tool underneath the strip and pry up the next button sensor. Image 3/3: Do this down the line until the strip becomes completely detached.
  • Flip the front panel on its side with the strip you are working on facing upward.

  • Use a spudger tool and starting at the top, gently pry the button sensors up.

  • Slide the tool underneath the strip and pry up the next button sensor.

  • Do this down the line until the strip becomes completely detached.

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  • The power strip should look like this fully detached.

don't remove the flex cable. Made this mistake and it's very hard to put back on

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Conclusion

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

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