Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display assembly on your Galaxy Note 4.

Video Overview

NOTE: It is suggested to remove the battery, S Pen, SD Card, and SIM card (if your phone uses a SIM card).
  • NOTE: It is suggested to remove the battery, S Pen, SD Card, and SIM card (if your phone uses a SIM card).

  • Begin by heating the edges of the screen. The adhesive on the Galaxy Note 4 is weaker than on newer generations and will release easier, requiring less heat and prying.

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Slowly work your way around the edges of the screen with a pry tool or pick.
  • Slowly work your way around the edges of the screen with a pry tool or pick.

  • Work your way around the top and sides of the device, and very carefully approach the adhesive on the bottom of the phone. The Galaxy Note 4's touch-sensitive pads lay in the way of your opening picks and it is very easy to sever them.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Be VERY careful not to damage the softkey flex's!

droopie - Reply

Each softkey is a tiny little board (~3x5mm) with a ribbon cable that goes to the screen edge and then around the back of the midframe.

These are glued to both the screen and the midframe, so when prying the screen away with your spudger they may stick to the screen, stretching the ribbon cable across the gap allowing you to tear / cut it.

Minimise this risk by only entering your spudger from the bottom edge of the screen (not the sides) so that if you touch the ribbon cable, it will likely peel the board off the underside of the screen.

(I found out the hard way. Suggest installing "Back Button (No Root)" as an on-screen alternative)

Robert Meerman - Reply

Even with this warning, I still cleanly cut the menu button on the left off.

Chris Olin -

Insert the spudger  underneath the LCD to cut the adhesive in the middle part. The adhesive is strong so make sure you are underneath the copper insulation before separating.
  • Insert the spudger underneath the LCD to cut the adhesive in the middle part. The adhesive is strong so make sure you are underneath the copper insulation before separating.

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Notice 1: The adhesive is in the red line. Notice 2: If you insert the spudger from right side, keep the length of the tool in less than 2.2cm, which is for avoiding damaging the home button flex. Notice 3: If you insert the spudger from left side, keep the length of the tool in less than 4.4cm for the same reason.
  • Notice 1: The adhesive is in the red line.

  • Notice 2: If you insert the spudger from right side, keep the length of the tool in less than 2.2cm, which is for avoiding damaging the home button flex.

  • Notice 3: If you insert the spudger from left side, keep the length of the tool in less than 4.4cm for the same reason.

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Notice 4: Pay attention to the part with LCD screen flex. When you cut the adhesive, leave the top part alone to avoid damage the flex. But if it's the broken screen, you don't need to worry so much. Be careful with the bottom side because there are the soft keys.
  • Notice 4: Pay attention to the part with LCD screen flex. When you cut the adhesive, leave the top part alone to avoid damage the flex. But if it's the broken screen, you don't need to worry so much.

  • Be careful with the bottom side because there are the soft keys.

  • If the adhesive in the red line don't function any more when you place the new LCD screen, you can choose to use the 3M double side tape. It can help to fasten the new screen together with the LCD screen sticker.

Please change font color to Red for below points as you did in other guide, I messed up soft key flex

Notice 5: Be careful with the bottom side because there are the soft keys.

Notice 6: If the adhesive in the red line don't function any more when you place the new LCD screen, you can choose to use the 3M double side tape. It can help to fasten the new screen together with the LCD screen sticker.

jaffarmn - Reply

Is there a way to get the LCD off with the copper still intact?

Alicia Grass - Reply

Release S Pen touch sensor film connector and LCD screen connector.
  • Release S Pen touch sensor film connector and LCD screen connector.

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Separate the LCD screen from the frame of the device.
  • Separate the LCD screen from the frame of the device.

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Conclusion

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

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Can I use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun

charlie - Reply

Yes, a hair dryer on the hot setting will work in place of a heat gun for this repair. You may have to heat it a bit longer but you will be able to tell when the adhesive is warm enough, as it will begin to separate a lot easier.

Brad -

Here in our tech community we have been discussing the foil under the LCD. We are doing more testing but there might be a connection with the foil functioning in conjunction with S-Pen and AirView. Can anyone confirm this?

Kevin Henson - Reply

Yes, the foil permits the s pen to function. If you have the part of the foil that was riped off you can tape it back.

Gianrene Padilla -

Read somewhere the copper acts as the digitizer for the S-pen.

Has anyone had any success swapping out the glass on the display?

SMcC21985 - Reply

Need help with step 4

I opened the screen and attached the new screen to the connections and thanks to you, it is working.

While I was in the process of opening the assembly I took off the adhesive on the mid frame. i.e Step 4 pic, in the red line.

I am trying to find the replacement for it. I would really appreciate if you could help me out.

Rohit

Rohit - Reply

Hoello do you know a web site for buy the display for note 4?

Edmundo - Reply

Hello do you know a web site for buy just the display for note 4?

Edmundo - Reply

Hi i think I may have damaged the cable to the back button . It lights up but doesnt respond to my pressing it. Im getting by by using the onscreen shortcuts for the buttons. Is there a spare part to replace these buttons?

William Nunez - Reply

Permisi mau tanya neh... aq kan baru beli note 4 bekas ori samsung bukan replika tapi anehnya kenapa di dasar layar lcd nampak tulisan " pent mouse inspired by humans creating the future " apa lcdnya bukan ORI ya...?thanks infonya...

Zaky hamed - Reply

The first day I got my note 4 I dropped it once and Screen Cracked. I have watched every single YouTube video on this subject, and Have found this example best. Luckily my phone works perfect just need to replace the glass. I am going to do the repair seeing as I don't have insurance etc. Is the card Method a good idea to pry glass away? I just want to do it to where I'm causing the least amount of stress on lcd/ Digitizer. Also any good advice anyone has that would have really saved your ass duringduring your own repair would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and wish me luck! Oh yah also I only have a hair dryer. While using this I'm assuming it's going to require more heat then ie heat gun this is made for this sort of stuff. Thank you all!

Andre mills - Reply

can i take lcd from working note 4 and replace it on broken lcd note 4 ? Original new lcd is very expensive and I am getting deal on second hand Note 4 online.

cool9fox - Reply

Can I pull lcd from an old working Note 4 and replace it to my new lcd broken Note 4 ?

cool9fox - Reply

Does ot comewith the adhesive?

mmarcucci - Reply

Sorry, it doesn't include lcd screen sticker, but you can but it separately here: http://www.witrigs.com/oem-lcd-with-digi...

Eric -

Does it come with the adhesive??

mmarcucci - Reply

If the lcd assembly is not attached will the phone still power on or does the lcd have to be attached to the phone before the power button will boot the phone up?

Alex Grison - Reply

you can use the hair dryer its ok, there's no need to specify how long does it take for the glue inside the phone to be warm enough since this is about practice, and if you are patience enough, you'll be able to being testing carefully, how the adhesive is ridding off, at the end you will know an estimated time on how long it takes to be completely off.

Moises Mazier - Reply

I accidentally cut off the home button flexi cable and the touch screen not working after assembly. Any relation between them?

Marc - Reply

Do i need to put adhesive below the lcd?i mean i have just the pre-cut adhesive which i put on the sides of the lcd so that it glue to the midframe panel

arvkajunion - Reply

Well 94 people made the cut easy to understand easily written a moron could read it and figure out what the !&&*'s going on sorry about my language but I'm an Army Ranger what we used to call him I apologize again because you where can I get parts so I can attempt this procedure on my own I have plenty of class and stuff but order anything it takes give it a shot what the !&&* do I got to lose I got time so let's go for it

Raymond Barberio - Reply

Can I get the kit to rebuild my own digitlizer screens

Raymond Barberio - Reply

my note 4 screen is responding only to the fingers. but not to the s pen plz help me please respond to mr.dony007@gmail.com

Dony Biju - Reply

I'm not 100% sure, but the copper foil on the back of the LCD may need to be intact for the s pen to work.

Todd Aucoin -

Hi, maybe you’d be able to help me but i have litteraly the opposite of your problem. My phone’s top part of the display is the only part of the display yhat’s responding to my finger while the entire screen responds to the s-pen. Any help is welcome and hopefully i’ll get sn answer from you….. Greetings from Suriname..

Fifi Thompson -

how can i re-install ind affixed the new screen with the Adhesive

Mohamed Hassanien - Reply

Yes its repairable as I believe Z- axis tape and a foil patch may work. I have done this on two phones so far and they both worked as it was just a ground in these cases.

Andre - Reply

hey I hv a note 4 that the lcd flex Is broken how am I gone repair it

davis - Reply

How much is the screen in Ghana CEDI's?

Dj Noble gh - Reply

My nephew dropped my Samsung galaxy note 4 he now black screen me blue pulse light blinks…tried every method but nothing … help me out plz

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