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Introduction

This guide shows how to remove the power button and volume buttons. You can use this guide to replace either or both.

Some guide images will show the battery and rear-facing camera module already removed from the phone. You do not need to remove them for this procedure.

  1. Insert a SIM card eject tool, bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole below the SIM card tray, located near the rear cameras on the edge of the phone. Press firmly to eject the tray. During reassembly, be sure to properly orient the SIM tray you you insert it.
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool, bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole below the SIM card tray, located near the rear cameras on the edge of the phone.

    • Press firmly to eject the tray.

    • During reassembly, be sure to properly orient the SIM tray you you insert it.

  2. Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws straddling the USB-C port on the bottom edge of the phone.
    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws straddling the USB-C port on the bottom edge of the phone.

    What are the reference of the screws ? They are missing in the one I bought !

    Yôken Asakura - Reply

    Hi Yôken,

    They help hold the back cover on. Most of the time, the clips are enough to hold the phone together.

    Arthur Shi -

    Just FYI, for whatever reason my brand new OnePlus 5 had 0,8 mm stars screws instead of T2 Torx.

    strixaluco - Reply

    Same here, T2 doesn’t fit the screws on my Oneplus 5. More like T1’s

    Shaze An - Reply

    Definitely T2 for me. Do watch out during assembly. I have a feeling that it’s easy to strip these.

    Juno Grégoire - Reply

    T2 for me too. It was missing in my kit and iFixit sent it later when I asked them about it.

    Gitanshu Sardana - Reply

  3. There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed. The following four steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure. There are two different seams between the body and the screen of the phone:
    • There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed.

    • The following four steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure.

    • There are two different seams between the body and the screen of the phone:

    • Display panel seam: This seam is part of the display assembly. Do not pry at this seam, or you will separate and damage the display panel.

    • Frame seam: This is where the plastic frame meets the back cover. Only pry at this seam.

    • There are twelve clips that hold the frame against the rear case. Be aware of their location as you pry the back cover off in the following steps.

  4. As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly. Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display.
    • As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly.

    • Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display.

    • Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.

    • Press the edge of an opening tool straight into the frame seam near the suction cup until the edge wedges between the plastic frame and the back cover's lip.

    • Due to tight tolerances, this will take substantial force. Using a new opening tool with an unmarred edge will help with this step.

    I found pushing open the frame seam at the corner works better than pushing from the middle like it is shown in the pictures

    Mark - Reply

  5. Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.
    • Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.

  6. Lever the opening tool to release the first clip from the frame. Lever the opening tool to release the first clip from the frame.
    • Lever the opening tool to release the first clip from the frame.

  7. Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way. The last clip in the top-left corner near the front-facing camera is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help. The last clip in the top-left corner near the front-facing camera is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.
    • Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way.

    • The last clip in the top-left corner near the front-facing camera is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.

    If you have difficulties with the last clip on the upper left. Try to go round the other side (right side), beginning at the bottom. This worked very well for me after having some difficulties with the clip near the front camera.

    Sebastian - Reply

  8. With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips.
    • With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips.

    • The frame is still connected to the back cover by a long flex cable. Do not remove the back cover.

    • During reassembly, pause here to test your phone's functionality before securing the back cover.

    • To reinstall the back cover:

    • Align the top edge of the frame to the back cover and ensure that the top clips slip into place.

    • Squeeze along the long edges of the phone to snap the remaining clips into place.

    Reinstalling the back cover stumped me for a second… If you’re struggling with aligning the top edge of the frame, remember that the camera is going to look off/pointed a bit too low until you actually clip the frame back in.

    Really stupid but it was the only thing that tripped me up in this guide.

    Roger - Reply

  9. With all the clips released, flip the phone over so that the display is face-down. Swing the back cover around and rest it on top of the exposed frame. Be careful not to stress the flex cable connecting the back cover and the frame.
    • With all the clips released, flip the phone over so that the display is face-down.

    • Swing the back cover around and rest it on top of the exposed frame.

    • Be careful not to stress the flex cable connecting the back cover and the frame.

  10. Remove the 2.6 mm Phillips screw holding the cable bracket above the battery in place. Lift up and remove the cable bracket.
    • Remove the 2.6 mm Phillips screw holding the cable bracket above the battery in place.

    • Lift up and remove the cable bracket.

    • To reinstall the bracket, position one end into place, and bend the bracket slightly to spring the other end into place.

  11. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the back cover flex cable from its socket. To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the back cover flex cable from its socket.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  12. Remove the back cover.
    • Remove the back cover.

  13. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket.

  14. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the socket. If you are replacing the battery, bend the interconnect flex cable away from the phone and secure it out of the way with a rubber band or tape. If you are replacing the battery, bend the interconnect flex cable away from the phone and secure it out of the way with a rubber band or tape.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the socket.

    • If you are replacing the battery, bend the interconnect flex cable away from the phone and secure it out of the way with a rubber band or tape.

    What if you’re NOT replacing the battery?

    e nigma - Reply

    This step is used in multiple guides, and not all of them require the cable to be bent away. You can just leave it sitting there, disconnected.

    Arthur Shi -

  15. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display interconnect cable from its socket near the bottom edge of the motherboard. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display interconnect cable from its socket near the bottom edge of the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display interconnect cable from its socket near the bottom edge of the motherboard.

    Hallo, hier scheint der Schritt zu fehlen, in dem das Kameramodul entfernt wird.

    Norman Rieß - Reply

    Hello Norman,

    You do not need to remove the camera module for procedure.

    Arthur Shi -

  16. Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable that is connected to the motherboard above the vibration motor. Pry up to disconnect the cable from its socket.
    • Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable that is connected to the motherboard above the vibration motor.

    • Pry up to disconnect the cable from its socket.

    • De-route the cable out of its motherboard grounding clip and move it out of the way.

    Be attentive when reassembling if your unit doesn’t have a tape, which keeps antenna interconnect cable in place — I’ve accidentally got it squeezed with back cover.

    strixaluco - Reply

  17. Slide the point of a spudger under the small square antenna connector connected to the motherboard near the top edge. Pry up to disconnect the antenna connector from its socket.
    • Slide the point of a spudger under the small square antenna connector connected to the motherboard near the top edge.

    • Pry up to disconnect the antenna connector from its socket.

    camera step seem to be missing

    Juan de la Cruz Calvo Pozo - Reply

    The cameras should be removed in step 14.

    Arthur Shi -

  18. Remove the following seven 2.6 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard:
    • Remove the following seven 2.6 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard:

    • Some screws may be hidden under stickers. Remove the stickers to access the screws.

  19. Use your fingers to lift up the top edge of the motherboard. Lift the motherboard out of its recess and remove it. Lift the motherboard out of its recess and remove it.
    • Use your fingers to lift up the top edge of the motherboard.

    • Lift the motherboard out of its recess and remove it.

    The camera lens did not come up with the board.

    e nigma - Reply

    Yup the cable with connector is glued to the frame. I removed the tape attaching the camera to the board, then removed the camera connector by gently pushing from the side. It does not seem to be glued.

    Jason -

    • Try not to tear the black tape pieces in this step so that you can reuse them during re-assembly. If you do tear the tape, replace them with pieces of electrical tape.

    • Use tweezers or the point of a spudger to pry up and remove the black tape covering the volume buttons on the right edge of the phone.

    • Repeat the process with the black tape covering the power button on the left edge of the phone.

  20. Use the edge of an opening tool to gently pry the volume button board away from the frame. If the volume button board begins to bend significantly, stop and pry from a different angle. Continue prying until you loosen the volume button board from the frame.
    • Use the edge of an opening tool to gently pry the volume button board away from the frame.

    • If the volume button board begins to bend significantly, stop and pry from a different angle.

    • Continue prying until you loosen the volume button board from the frame.

    • Squeeze the tweezer tips together and insert the point underneath the volume button board's contact pad near the top right edge of the frame.

    • Pry upwards to loosen the contact pad from the frame.

    • Remove the volume buttons.

    • To install the volume button board onto a used frame, cut a small piece of adhesive from the pre-cut adhesive card or a roll of Tesa tape, and use it to stick the volume button board back onto the frame.

    • To install the volume button board onto a new replacement frame, peel the blue liner on the right edge of the frame to expose the adhesive. Then, stick the board onto the edge of the frame.

  21. Repeat the previous two steps to remove the power button from the left edge of the frame. If you are transferring the power button onto a replacement frame, peel the blue liner on the left edge of the frame to expose the adhesive. Then, stick the button onto the edge of the frame. If you are transferring the power button onto a replacement frame, peel the blue liner on the left edge of the frame to expose the adhesive. Then, stick the button onto the edge of the frame.
    • Repeat the previous two steps to remove the power button from the left edge of the frame.

    • If you are transferring the power button onto a replacement frame, peel the blue liner on the left edge of the frame to expose the adhesive. Then, stick the button onto the edge of the frame.

Conclusion

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

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I’ve just spent the afternoon migrating to a new frame, and the power button seating lugs were just a tiny bit mislocated. The result was permanent press on the power button when the back was fitted. I resolved this by trimming the power button circuit board with some sharp sidecutters. Charging now and seems ok. Would have been much harder without my ifixit toolkit.

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