Remove the SIM tray. Using a plastic opening tool, carefully separate the back panel from the main body assembly of the phone. Be extra careful around the SIM slot or other weak areas. You may encounter some resistance due to hidden locking clips around the inside edge of the phone. Not to worry; just move in one consistent direction around the phone as opposed to jumping from spot to spot!
  • Remove the SIM tray.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, carefully separate the back panel from the main body assembly of the phone. Be extra careful around the SIM slot or other weak areas.

  • You may encounter some resistance due to hidden locking clips around the inside edge of the phone. Not to worry; just move in one consistent direction around the phone as opposed to jumping from spot to spot!

  • Top to bottom, left to right, clockwise or counter clockwise, once we make it about half way around the device, the panel is easily removable by hand.

  • It is of utmost importance that you do not attempt to free the battery from the device at this point without proceeding to the following step! This is an integrated battery that can easily be damaged or destroyed if the proper steps are are not taken.

It doesn't mention you have to remove SIM tray first.

pawel - Reply

I used the #0 for the rear panel screws. The #00 is too small and will slip, stripping the screws if you're not extra careful.

anonymous 2668 - Reply

where can i buy the battery??

Shaun Davis - Reply

Has anyone answered this? I am looking too.

Elie Daou -

They sell it on here, although I found mine on eBay.

Roger -

Aliexpress for $9 (original)

David van Ballegooijen -

The last three hidden screws are a !&&* of a time consumer to remove. probably you would need only a certain type of tweezers - I got stuck at midway and now I cannot get go have my phone detect the sim card either probably because the six screws are removed. I can now turn the phone back on but with no service or wifi connections are detected. This phone is a disaster!

Manan Shah - Reply

Ivdid that too but son in law found I had reinstalled sim card in backwards or upside down.

wildcat75666 -

Where did you buy the micro USB piece? Thanks a lot!

Davide Rota - Reply

EBay. I bought new battery cause old ibe was dead would not charge. Just ordered new cables fit 9.00 something free shipping. Anyway hope this fixes problem cause new battery did not fix problems.

wildcat75666 -

I was able to open going from the microusb slot and working my way around. The corners are tough, though.

Roger - Reply

in my phone the battery was glued with double sided adhesive tape, only on the right side. I pried the left side up first, and carefully removed the battery. to lift the battery I used first used a suction cup(?) followed by a plectrum like tool to lift te battery, and keep it lifted

Eelco Busch - Reply

A word of caution: the back panel is harder to remove than you might think. Especially because you may be removing the *screen* by mistake. When you have a "grip" with the tool make sure the metallic border is not coming off with it, and when you have removed enough to be able to lift the panel, make sure it isn't attached by ribbons - in that case you've been removing the screen. A good idea is to gently press your finger nail against the weak plastic located between the back and the SIM slot, and going up and down and sideways until you hear a click. Then you can start from there with the opening tool. As recommended be very gentle around the SIM slot.

Menahem Julien Raccah Lisei - Reply

Using our #00 screwdriver, we remove the screws around the outer edge of the upper interior cover of the phone that houses the motherboard and cameras. See info note below! Keep in mind that there are four hidden screws. One underneath the white tamper sticker(uh-oh) and a second under the plastic plug(circled in red), and 2 more under plastic plugs to the left and right of the camera. Tweezers are an effective tool for removing the plug. Luckily, the OnePlus One was assembled with all of the same size screws save for the  one holding down the motherboard. All of these screws are Philips 00 and 3.175 mm. in length.
  • Using our #00 screwdriver, we remove the screws around the outer edge of the upper interior cover of the phone that houses the motherboard and cameras. See info note below!

    • Keep in mind that there are four hidden screws. One underneath the white tamper sticker(uh-oh) and a second under the plastic plug(circled in red), and 2 more under plastic plugs to the left and right of the camera. Tweezers are an effective tool for removing the plug.

  • Luckily, the OnePlus One was assembled with all of the same size screws save for the one holding down the motherboard. All of these screws are Philips 00 and 3.175 mm. in length.

  • Once all of the 9 screws have been removed, you can pry the cover off with the blue opening tool, exposing the motherboard.

The plugs are annoying to open for the first time. They're shaped like little pegs, but I was able to poke at them with screwdrivers enough to open.

Roger - Reply

the best spot to start prying the cover open is at the cable outlet for the power/volume buttons (careful not to dameage the wires)

Dangerous Pictures - Reply

A needle works best to remove the plugs.

Stan Barton - Reply

I second this. I used a sewing pin and the plugs came out in no time!

Liam Ong -

Be careful not to displace the rear camera when replacing the motherboard cover.

Liam Ong - Reply

when I lifted the motherboard cover the battery cable stuck on it so that I lifted both, the plastic cover and the cable - step 4 below was not necessary to perform. Be careful!

Rene Hommel - Reply

After we have removed the motherboard cover, we notice that the battery is intact and has a black ribbon attached to it, which is mounted on the logic board. Using the spudger, carefully begin to lift the the battery up from the side opposite the ribbon. Be aware that there is high-grade adhesive holding the battery in its bay, so caution and patience are your friends.
  • After we have removed the motherboard cover, we notice that the battery is intact and has a black ribbon attached to it, which is mounted on the logic board.

  • Using the spudger, carefully begin to lift the the battery up from the side opposite the ribbon. Be aware that there is high-grade adhesive holding the battery in its bay, so caution and patience are your friends.

  • This battery is not encased in a hard shell so it is soft and malleable. Caution must be taken during removal so as not to cause permanent damage.

This took a ton of force to remove from the adhesive!

Also I was able to take off the cable before removing the battery.

Roger - Reply

Is it OK to use the battery if I bent it during removal? I had to 'iron' it flat, but I think it might still be useable...

Henry Annand - Reply

the best way to remove the battery is to lever the left side up from the bottom and remove it from the glue with an old credit card

Dangerous Pictures - Reply

Do this! it comes up very easily this way. All the adhesive is on the right side.

Daniel ONeill -

Great suggestion with a card to remove the battery!

Jeff Mack -

I second Dangerous Picture's suggestion. I found it very helpful to remove the ribbon from the dock (it was easy to do) before trying to remove the battery.

Stan Barton - Reply

on my phone extensive use of glue was concentrated on just one side (right hand side). Not impossible to remove, little tricky

Rene Hommel - Reply

Once the battery has been freed, we use the ever handy black spudger to pry up and free the the battery ribbon from its dock. Success! Once the battery has been freed, we use the ever handy black spudger to pry up and free the the battery ribbon from its dock. Success! Once the battery has been freed, we use the ever handy black spudger to pry up and free the the battery ribbon from its dock. Success!
  • Once the battery has been freed, we use the ever handy black spudger to pry up and free the the battery ribbon from its dock. Success!

For step 4, the connection to the battery should always be done as soon as possible so after removing the back plate to the board would be ideal.

Otherwise, very thorough so far!

Duc - Reply

Thought I was going to snap my battery in half but patience and slight pressure did the trick.

Also agreeing the battery should be disconnected as soon as possible.

Rasmus Beck - Reply

From where do I procure a new battery for it?????????

Roderick Edric Chandra - Reply

Once the battery has been removed, we shift our attention to the back panel assembly. This piece is held together by six screws. See info note below. Luckily, the OnePlus One was assembled with all of the same size screws save for the  one holding down the motherboard. All of these screws are philips 00 and  3.175 mm. in lenght. Using the spudger we pry open the panel assembly and, behold, we have access to the micro usb port. You can also use a blue opening tool if you prefer.
  • Once the battery has been removed, we shift our attention to the back panel assembly. This piece is held together by six screws. See info note below.

    • Luckily, the OnePlus One was assembled with all of the same size screws save for the one holding down the motherboard. All of these screws are philips 00 and 3.175 mm. in lenght.

  • Using the spudger we pry open the panel assembly and, behold, we have access to the micro usb port. You can also use a blue opening tool if you prefer.

  • Keep in mind that there are two hidden screws. Both are located beneath plastic plugs. Tweezers are an effective tool for removing the plugs.

on my 1+1, the two screws beneath the gromets, where phillips 000

Lucid Nonsense - Reply

Now that we have access to the usb port, we use the flat end of or spudger and lift it off of its connector and free it from the daughterboard. Now that we have access to the usb port, we use the flat end of or spudger and lift it off of its connector and free it from the daughterboard. Now that we have access to the usb port, we use the flat end of or spudger and lift it off of its connector and free it from the daughterboard.
  • Now that we have access to the usb port, we use the flat end of or spudger and lift it off of its connector and free it from the daughterboard.

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Now it is time to remove the ribbon. You will notice that there is a small strip of black tape keeping us from from completely freeing it. Not to worry. Simply use the spudger to maneuver the tape out of the way. Your micro USB and attached ribbon are now free to be removed. Your micro USB and attached ribbon are now free to be removed.
  • Now it is time to remove the ribbon. You will notice that there is a small strip of black tape keeping us from from completely freeing it. Not to worry. Simply use the spudger to maneuver the tape out of the way.

  • Your micro USB and attached ribbon are now free to be removed.

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Conclusion

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

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Thanks back up and working should get a few more years out of it

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robert storrs - Reply

Pretty easy, just be really careful when removing battery from glue ;)

Thanks a lot for this guide which is really complete !

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