Introduction

This guide demonstrates effective replacement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Display. Within six steps, you will be able to safely remove and reassemble your device.

On the back panel of the phone, find the slot that is on the top left side next to the flashlight.
  • On the back panel of the phone, find the slot that is on the top left side next to the flashlight.

  • Insert your fingernail or prying tool into the slot and lift up to slightly open the top left corner of the back panel.

  • Slide your fingernail or prying tool around the outer edge of the back panel to fully release it from the phone.

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Make sure the device is powered down before moving forward.
  • Make sure the device is powered down before moving forward.

  • Since the NFC antenna is glued to the battery, make sure the replacement also includes one.

  • Locate the slot at the base of the battery and insert your thumb.

  • Push slightly toward the battery and out, away from the phone to free the battery.

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  • To remove the back panel of the device, first find the slot next to the flashlight. Then insert your fingernail or prying tool into the slot and lift gently, around the perimeter, to fully remove the panel.

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  • Make sure your device is powered down before proceeding.

  • An NFC antenna is including with the battery, so ensure that the replacement has one.

  • Locate slot at the base of the battery and insert your thumb.

  • Push up/toward the battery while lifting up and away to release from slot.

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  • This step is not needed for replacing the screen. Skip this step if you're only replacing the screen. This step is important for accessing other components.

  • Using the J000 tip of the Phillips screwdriver, remove all 12 3mm screws that surround the back of the phone.

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  • Heat your iOpener in the microwave for 30 seconds.

  • Place the iOpener on the front screen. Move the iOpener so all parts of the screen are heated evenly.

  • After multiple heating cycles, proceed to next step.

    • Make sure screen is thoroughly heated before moving forward. More heat cycles makes removal easier.

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  • Ensure you have thoroughly heated the adhesive before attempting to pry the screen off.

  • Do NOT press on the back of the phone while attempting to lift the screen. This will create cracks in the glass.

  • At the bottom of the touch screen, under the menu buttons, there are connections that can be easily broken. When taking the adhesive off the bottom section, work carefully to prevent damage.

  • Slide opening pick around perimeter of the glass. Make sure not to push edge too far under the screen.

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  • Gently pry the screen up and lift off.

  • Make sure to lift the top of the screen only, so you don't break the button connections on the bottom of the phone.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Pay attention to the grid that covers the earpiece speaker. Use the old grid if a replacement is not included in parts.

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Do i need an adhesive for the new screen? If so what is a good brand etc for me to order? thank you for the guide broke the first screen when I replaced the usb port for charging after it got wet while charging.

Devon Robicheaux - Reply

Actually just lifting the screen will break the LCD as the LCD is double sided taped to the phone. It needs to be gently lifting the screen and the LCD while heating up the phone and softening the adhesive, doing this while preventing from cutting unnecessary connections. I had my phone sent to Samsung Service Center after breaking the LCD while I left the bottom still sticking. Guess what, the technician cut my "back" button connection, and then told me to change the power module as well(!). Apparently, they did not follow step #9 of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Teardown

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