Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken display or cracked glass of your Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016).

Image 1/3: [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Heating/25705|new_window=true|Take an iOpener] to heat up and soften the glue behind the back cover. Image 2/3: Lift the bottom part of your back cover with a suction handle and insert an opening pick. Image 3/3: Lift the bottom part of your back cover with a suction handle and insert an opening pick.
  • Start by switching off your phone.

  • Take an iOpener to heat up and soften the glue behind the back cover.

  • Lift the bottom part of your back cover with a suction handle and insert an opening pick.

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  • Slide the opening pick up to the rear camera to separate the back cover from the frame.

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  • Insert a second opening pick and move around the other corner at the bottom part of the back cover.

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Image 1/3: Move around the upper left corner and loosen the adhesive above the rear camera. Image 2/3: After loosening all the edges and sides of the back cover [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Heating/25705|new_window=true|use an iOpener] to loosen the adhesive underneath the center of it. Image 3/3: After loosening all the edges and sides of the back cover [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Heating/25705|new_window=true|use an iOpener] to loosen the adhesive underneath the center of it.
  • Move the second pick along the left side of the back cover to loosen the adhesive.

  • Move around the upper left corner and loosen the adhesive above the rear camera.

  • After loosening all the edges and sides of the back cover use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the center of it.

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Image 1/3: Separate the glue until you reach the rear camera. Image 2/3: Now you can slowly lift up the back cover and finally remove it. Image 3/3: Now you can slowly lift up the back cover and finally remove it.
  • Insert a plastic card at the bottom and slide it underneath the back cover.

  • Separate the glue until you reach the rear camera.

  • Now you can slowly lift up the back cover and finally remove it.

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Image 1/2: Remove the 16 Phillips #00 screws on the midframe. Image 2/2: Remove the 16 Phillips #00 screws on the midframe.
  • Remove the SIM card tray.

  • Remove the 16 Phillips #00 screws on the midframe.

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Image 1/2: Remove the midframe. Image 2/2: Remove the midframe.
  • Push the exposed part of the battery away from the midframe to separate the components.

  • Remove the midframe.

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Image 1/2: Heat up the glue behind the display with an iOpener. Image 2/2: Heat up the glue behind the display with an iOpener.
  • With the flat end of a spudger disconnect the display cable.

  • Heat up the glue behind the display with an iOpener.

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Image 1/3: Pry up the display unit just a bit so you can put an opening pick behind the display. Image 2/3: Pay attention to the display cable. Image 3/3: Slide down the side to separate the glue. At the bottom you can insert the opening pick further to keep the adhesive from resealing.
  • Use a Jimmy to get between the frame and the front panel.

  • Pry up the display unit just a bit so you can put an opening pick behind the display.

    • Pay attention to the display cable.

  • Slide down the side to separate the glue. At the bottom you can insert the opening pick further to keep the adhesive from resealing.

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Image 1/3: Here you can insert the opening pick as far as half of an inch to get the glue off behind the battery. Image 2/3: Be aware that the display cable runs along the top. Image 3/3: Slide down to where the display ends.
  • Repeat the same procedure on the other side.

  • Here you can insert the opening pick as far as half of an inch to get the glue off behind the battery.

  • Be aware that the display cable runs along the top.

  • Slide down to where the display ends.

It needs to be noted that the Display cable runs along the top of the screen on a soft rubbon with circuit components so when going round the top edge try to go no further that about 3 mm, m MAX. Any further and you may damage or tear the cable.

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Image 1/3: Be careful, there are two touch buttons on each side behind the front panel. In the middle only go as deep as where the home button begins. Image 2/3: Be careful, there are two touch buttons on each side behind the front panel. In the middle only go as deep as where the home button begins. Image 3/3: Be careful, there are two touch buttons on each side behind the front panel. In the middle only go as deep as where the home button begins.
  • Now slide along the bottom to get the glue off.

  • Be careful, there are two touch buttons on each side behind the front panel. In the middle only go as deep as where the home button begins.

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  • Re-heat the display unit for the next few steps.

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Image 1/2: Continue separating the adhesive until you reach the display cable. Image 2/2: Continue separating the adhesive until you reach the display cable.
  • On the left hand side (where the motherboard sits) replace the opening pick with a plastic card to get to the glue behind the battery.

  • Continue separating the adhesive until you reach the display cable.

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Image 1/3: Carefully slide the display cable out of the slot in the display frame. Image 2/3: Before you start reassembling plug the new display to the motherboard and perform a short test by powering on your phone. See if the display lights up and the touch works properly. Image 3/3: Remove any adhesive from the display and rear glass and reapply as necessary.
  • Separate the display from the display frame and cut the remaining glue at the top with an opening pick.

  • Carefully slide the display cable out of the slot in the display frame.

  • Before you start reassembling plug the new display to the motherboard and perform a short test by powering on your phone. See if the display lights up and the touch works properly.

  • Remove any adhesive from the display and rear glass and reapply as necessary.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Reapply adhesive where necessary.

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