Introduction

Use this guide to replace the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

Image 1/2: Insert a plastic opening tool or fingernail into the notch in the gap between the rear case and the rest of the phone, located at the top of the device. Image 2/2: Gently twist the opening tool to disconnect the clips securing the top of the rear case.
  • The following four steps can be accomplished without a plastic opening tool. However, it's recommended to use a tool to best avoid breaking any clips along the perimeter of the rear case.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool or fingernail into the notch in the gap between the rear case and the rest of the phone, located at the top of the device.

  • Gently twist the opening tool to disconnect the clips securing the top of the rear case.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool left along the top edge and repeat the twisting motion to widen the gap between the rear case and the phone.

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  • Continue to move the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the top left corner, gently prying up along the rear case.

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  • Pry along the top right side, and continue prying down the right side of the rear case.

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Image 1/2: You may need to peel the case up to separate it from any clips still holding it to the bottom of the phone. Image 2/2: You may need to peel the case up to separate it from any clips still holding it to the bottom of the phone.
  • Lift up and remove the rear case from the phone.

  • You may need to peel the case up to separate it from any clips still holding it to the bottom of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Wedge a plastic opening tool into the small notch above the battery. Image 2/2: Pry the battery up out of its recess.
  • This step can be accomplished without the need of a plastic opening tool. Just use your finger if you want to.

  • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the small notch above the battery.

  • Pry the battery up out of its recess.

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  • Remove the battery.

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Image 1/3: After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. Image 2/3: For reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place. Image 3/3: For reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Using your fingernail, push the SIM card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click.

  • After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot.

  • For reassembly, push the SIM card into the slot until it clicks in place.

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Image 1/3: Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone. Image 2/3: Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone. Image 3/3: Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone.
  • Use your thumb to slide enough of the SIM card out of its slot to grab ahold of it.

  • Grasp and remove the SIM card away from the phone.

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Image 1/3: After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. Image 2/3: For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place. Image 3/3: For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Using your fingernail, push the microSD card slightly deeper into its slot, until you hear a click.

  • After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot.

  • For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.

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Image 1/2: Remove the microSD card from the phone. Image 2/2: Remove the microSD card from the phone.
  • Use your thumb to slide the microSD card out of the slot.

  • Remove the microSD card from the phone.

Forgot about the step to remove the back casing...pretty simple though, just several screws then pop it off.

Courtney - Reply

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  • Remove the ten 4.0 mm Phillips #0 screws securing the midframe to the front panel assembly.

What would you use to remove the screws

Curt the heneke - Reply

Image 1/2: The midframe lightly snaps in place, and can be removed with very little force. Image 2/2: The midframe lightly snaps in place, and can be removed with very little force.
  • Grasp the left side of the plastic midframe with your thumb and forefinger and lift it away from the phone.

  • The midframe lightly snaps in place, and can be removed with very little force.

There's another piece of the frame that needs to be taken out, but it doens't come out as nicely... unless I did something wrong. It's the part that covers the speaker. I couldn't find a nice way of taking it out.

David - Reply

I had to use a guitar-pick to pry that section off of the frame. Start at the front-facing camera edge and run the pick underneath the plastic cover. The catches should release.

Takashi Alekseev - Reply

I used a pointed prying too to get it started, then the flat one. It took some fiddling but finally came off nicely.

Nick B - Reply

READ ME!

For a guide that takes you step by step on how to remove the SIM and microSD, I'm surprised they didn't mention the top part of this midframe (still attached, in the pictures). This top part of the midframe also needs to be removed before you can take out the motherboard.

You need to disconnect a ribbon not listed in these directions first, then pry that midframe up with the help of a guitar pick. This ribbon is located by the back-camera, next to the digitizer ribbon. This ribbon is connected to the midframe so it is essential you disconnect this before lifting the frame up.

The frame is really snapped in there so don't be afraid to use a little force - for reference, you will use more force to pull this frame off than you did to pull off the back-cover of the phone. Once this piece is off, your phone should look like the picture in step 14.

Jess - Reply

Image 1/2: Make sure you are prying on the connector and not the socket, or you may damage the motherboard. Image 2/2: Make sure you are prying on the connector and not the socket, or you may damage the motherboard.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the rear-facing camera connector up from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Make sure you are prying on the connector and not the socket, or you may damage the motherboard.

This is not a rear facing camera connector. This is the connector for the lHeadphone Jack/Speaker Assembly

Chasity Miller - Reply

Image 1/2: Gently pry the headphone jack/speaker assembly up from the front assembly. Image 2/2: Gently pry the headphone jack/speaker assembly up from the front assembly.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool outboard of the speaker portion of the headphone jack/speaker assembly.

  • Gently pry the headphone jack/speaker assembly up from the front assembly.

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  • Lift the headphone jack/speaker assembly out of the Galaxy S III.

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Conclusion

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

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Thanks for the guide. It's the most detailed that I have seen so far. I'm looking for a headphone jack assembly replacement part that is compatible with a verizon s3 (i535), but they are difficult to find. Some of the sellers on ebay are advertising that their replacement for the i9300 is compatible with the i535, but I am not sure. Can you please tell me where you purchased your headphone jack assembly replacement?

Thanks!

Wendy

Wendy - Reply

I completed the tutorial but still have sound through the left and only on the right when I spin the jack AND apply pressure towards the phone. The part was brand new and all connections look good at a glance. I must have missed something though. Any ideas?

Nick - Reply

i had the same problem (no sound through the right ear)

i followed the repair guide, teared it apart and then, when i had the jack out of it i used a flashlight and a soldering iron

my guide:

use a very thin soldering iron, make it really hot, put very much solder on it

then stick it in the jack you have to be VERY FAST!!! otherwise the plastic will melt

now you have solder on the contacts and they touch the headphone plug again :)

worked fine for me, but only do this when you know how to solder!

it's a little risky but it's worth it

cheers

Markus

markuslindner1 - Reply

Ich habe mir das Teil besorgt und wollte es einbauen, habe aber 2 Schreuben nicht aufgedreht bekommen. Jetzt ist der Kopf ausgenudelt. Was kann ich machen?

atzeborg - Reply

Thanks for the guide. We just replaced speaker assembly in my son's S3 with a $9 part off ebay, and it's working perfectly. Everything went like the pictures except there was slight difference between original and replacement. The hole next to the speaker in the replacement was a full circle, as in the last photo above, but the original was just a half-circle. We had to trim and file the replacement to match. Once we did that, it all snapped back together like new.

Greg - Reply

Great guide, took onlz 5 minutes. And part from ifixit worked fine.

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