Introduction

Sometimes the earpiece can become damaged or loose and needs to be replaced. Follow this guide to fix this problem.

  1. Remove the back cover by pressing on  the bottom section of the phone and sliding the bottom piece downward.
    • Remove the back cover by pressing on the bottom section of the phone and sliding the bottom piece downward.

    • Lift up the back cover.

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  2. Place your finger on the bottom of the battery and lift to remove.
    • Place your finger on the bottom of the battery and lift to remove.

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    • Replace the old battery with the new one.

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    • Insert the spudger underneath the bottom section of the phone.

    • Gently lift and push the spudger to slide the bottom section down to reveal two hidden screws.

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    • Remove the six 4.5mm #000 Phillips screws.

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    • Starting at a bottom corner, use the spudger to separate the rear case from the front display.

    • Move the spudger towards the top on both sides. The plastic opening tool is easier to use for this step.

    • Be careful when detaching the top. Free each side, stopping short of the center of the cover. Apply backward pressure on both corners with a finger applying pressure on the center, and slide the whole back cover toward the bottom of the device. Note: forcing the cover can result in cracked plastic.

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    • Separate the rear case from the phone.

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    • Use a spudger tool to pry up the antenna cable from the connector on the motherboard.

    • Pry up the other end of the cable from the connector on the antenna array.

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    • Use the spudger tool to pry up the chip labeled "NEC." This releases the chip.

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    • Gently lift the camera assembly out of the plastic housing.

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    • Use a spudger to disconnect the three highlighted connectors.

    • Pry straight up and be careful to pry against the connector, not the socket on the motherboard itself.

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    • Use your fingers to lift up the logic board from the assembly.

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    • Gently pull up on the audio jack, taking the attached ribbon cable with it.

    • There is a small amount of glue holding the ribbon cable that attaches the audio jack to the earpiece.

    Be careful when reassembling rear cover as there are 2 tabs at the top of the case that can easily bend and eventually crack of giving no support to the top closure.

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    • The earpiece is attached to the 3.5mm audio jack. You will need to replace the entire assembly.

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Conclusion

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

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