Introduction

This guide will walk you through how to remove the phone's screen, which includes the LCD panel and digitizer.

  1. Power off the device with the Power Button, located on the right hand side of the phone (smaller button). Hold the button down for a few seconds, until the option "Power Off" appears.
    • Power off the device with the Power Button, located on the right hand side of the phone (smaller button).

    • Hold the button down for a few seconds, until the option "Power Off" appears.

    • Tap "Power Off" on the screen to power down the phone.

  2. Insert a SIM card removal tool into the small hole on the top right corner of the phone, above the volume buttons. If you do not have the original packaging or a SIM card removal tool, use a straightened paperclip. Push the tool into the hole. The tray should pop out.
    • Insert a SIM card removal tool into the small hole on the top right corner of the phone, above the volume buttons.

    • If you do not have the original packaging or a SIM card removal tool, use a straightened paperclip.

    • Push the tool into the hole. The tray should pop out.

    • Remove the tray from the phone.

  3. Put on heat-resistant gloves and place the phone on a surface that will not catch fire or melt. Using a heat gun, slowly and evenly heat the edges of the rear panel. Do not linger too long on one spot. The heat gun can damage the device if left on one section for a long period of time.
    • Put on heat-resistant gloves and place the phone on a surface that will not catch fire or melt.

    • Using a heat gun, slowly and evenly heat the edges of the rear panel.

    • Do not linger too long on one spot. The heat gun can damage the device if left on one section for a long period of time.

    • While heating the rear panel, use a Jimmy to test if the adhesive is soft enough to allow the panel to separate from the device.

    • Carefully detach the rear panel, using opening picks to hold the panel apart from the device.

    • Once most of the edges are separated from the device, attach a suction cup to the panel.

  4. Press the suction cup to the rear panel to secure it. With the help of the suction cup, pull up on the panel to completely detach it from the device. Use the suction cup to safely remove the panel from the device. As you work around the panel's edges, the lingering heat may cause the remaining adhesive to reattach the panel to the device.
    • Press the suction cup to the rear panel to secure it.

    • With the help of the suction cup, pull up on the panel to completely detach it from the device.

    • Use the suction cup to safely remove the panel from the device. As you work around the panel's edges, the lingering heat may cause the remaining adhesive to reattach the panel to the device.

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  6. Using a PH000 screwdriver, remove the following seven screws: Four (longer) Phillips 000 screws Three shorter Phillips 000 screws
    • Using a PH000 screwdriver, remove the following seven screws:

    • Four (longer) Phillips 000 screws

    • Three shorter Phillips 000 screws

    • Once all of the screws are removed, proceed to using a plastic spudger to pry the metal cover off.

    • There are two clips near the bottom, right above that battery, so start by prying on the bottom edge of the plate.

  7. Once the metal cover is removed, locate the battery connector wire, which clips into the motherboard. Using a plastic spudger, gently pry on the clip to release it.
    • Once the metal cover is removed, locate the battery connector wire, which clips into the motherboard.

    • Using a plastic spudger, gently pry on the clip to release it.

    • This will cut power to the phone, and prevent any power running to any of the components which is important while working on the phone.

  8. On the battery, locate a clear tab. This will be used to pull the battery out. Firmly grasp the clear tab and pull up and away from the phone. Take your time on this, as you do not want to apply to much force and damage the battery.
    • On the battery, locate a clear tab. This will be used to pull the battery out.

    • Firmly grasp the clear tab and pull up and away from the phone.

    • Take your time on this, as you do not want to apply to much force and damage the battery.

    • There is an adhesive underneath the battery so it might be useful to utilize the black plastic spudger to get between the battery and the phone to remove the adhesive.

    • Continue to pull the battery until it is completely free from the phone.

  9. Once all of the components on the back of the phone have been removed, prepare for battle with your heat gun and oven mitts. This repair is an end-of-the-line option. Replacing this screen will most likely damage, crack, or discolor the screen, so it is advised to only do this as a last resort. This should be done at your own risk. Using your heat resistant glove to hold onto the phone, evenly heat the edges of the phone.
    • Once all of the components on the back of the phone have been removed, prepare for battle with your heat gun and oven mitts.

    • This repair is an end-of-the-line option. Replacing this screen will most likely damage, crack, or discolor the screen, so it is advised to only do this as a last resort. This should be done at your own risk.

    • Using your heat resistant glove to hold onto the phone, evenly heat the edges of the phone.

    • Spend about 15-20 seconds on a small section about 2 inches long to make sure that it is sufficiently hot to remove the adhesive

  10. After sufficiently heating a section of the edge, use the jimmy tool and slide it between the glass screen and the aluminum bezel of the phone. Proceed to gently slide the jimmy around the area that has been heated to remove the the screen from the adhesive. Having heat resistant gloves are very important as the device will get very hot and will burn your fingers if you come into contact directly.
    • After sufficiently heating a section of the edge, use the jimmy tool and slide it between the glass screen and the aluminum bezel of the phone.

    • Proceed to gently slide the jimmy around the area that has been heated to remove the the screen from the adhesive.

    • Having heat resistant gloves are very important as the device will get very hot and will burn your fingers if you come into contact directly.

    • It might be helpful to use the picks to leave in between the glass and bezel so that the adhesive does not reattach.

    • Continue to follow Steps 1-2 through the perimeter of the phone to remove the adhesive.

  11. After removing the adhesive and the screen is now loose from the phone, you'll notice that it is still attached to the back through a connector. On the back of the phone, unclip the connector to the screen located on the bottom right hand side of the phone using a plastic pry tool. Now that the pin is disconnected, you will have to gently slip the connector through the hole in the back of the phone to free the entire screen.
    • After removing the adhesive and the screen is now loose from the phone, you'll notice that it is still attached to the back through a connector.

    • On the back of the phone, unclip the connector to the screen located on the bottom right hand side of the phone using a plastic pry tool.

    • Now that the pin is disconnected, you will have to gently slip the connector through the hole in the back of the phone to free the entire screen.

    • Once the connector is slipped through the hole, the screen should be free from the phone for good.

Conclusion

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

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18 Comments

Does anyone know where to get a screen for the opx?

Dan Redmond - Reply

i just ordered one from aliexpress.

anyone knows the best way to glue the screen back onto the x? 3M 2 sided tape 2mm thickness is ok?

thanks

kili cos - Reply

Hi Kill,

Did u order the display and touch or just the display? and which web site did u order it from?

Aditi Mangal

ADITI MANGAL -

I'm also interested! can you post a link of the site?!

andreaartico -

My one plus x got fell from my hand. Now the display slowly getting fading away with blurriness. It's almost completely over the phone now :(

whats the options available now? and what will be the cost of display set for the replacement?

Lakshmi Maguluri - Reply

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