Introduction

Drop your phone one too many times? Cracked screen? Replace it quickly and at a low cost by following this guide.

Image 1/3: Pop the back case off by inserting your finger and pulling the case away from the phone. Image 2/3: If necessary (it shouldn't be), use the  [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools] to pry the back case off. Image 3/3: If necessary (it shouldn't be), use the  [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools] to pry the back case off.
  • Locate the small slit on the bottom edge of the device between the back and front cases.

  • Pop the back case off by inserting your finger and pulling the case away from the phone.

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Image 1/2: If you would prefer, you may use the  [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools] for this step as well. Image 2/2: If you would prefer, you may use the  [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools] for this step as well.
  • Remove the battery by pushing the bottom edge of the battery up and away from the phone

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  • Remove SIM card by pushing down and away from the slot, then pulling it out toward the bottom edge of the phone.

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  • Remove the seven 4.5 mm Phillips #00 screws along the perimeter of the phone.

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Image 1/3: Work carefully, and disengage all of the clips before removing the midframe. Image 2/3: The power button and the volume control button on the sides of the phone will fall out when the midframe is removed. Image 3/3: The power button and the volume control button on the sides of the phone will fall out when the midframe is removed.
  • Staring near the power button, use a plastic opening tool to disengage the plastic clips securing the midframe.

    • Work carefully, and disengage all of the clips before removing the midframe.

  • The power button and the volume control button on the sides of the phone will fall out when the midframe is removed.

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  • Slide the SD card out of its slot.

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  • Disconnect the antenna using Tweezers. Do the lower end first, and then the upper.

    • Do the lower end first, and then the upper.

    • Pull the antenna cable out.

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Image 1/2: Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable connectors using the [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools]. Image 2/2: Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable connectors using the [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools].
  • Locate the three snap on ribbon cable connectors on the motherboard.

  • Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable connectors using the Plastic Opening Tools.

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Image 1/1: Take care when moving the motherboard not to allow any of the ribbon cables to be pulled on.
  • With the three ribbon cable connectors detached, the motherboard can be folded over to the left.

    • Take care when moving the motherboard not to allow any of the ribbon cables to be pulled on.

    • The motherboard will still be connected to the body of the phone by the power button's ribbon cable, which is glued in place.

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Image 1/1: Take care to not damage the button itself or its connecting ribbon cable when detaching the button.
  • Remove the power button ribbon cable from the body of the phone by using the Plastic Opening Tools.

    • Take care to not damage the button itself or its connecting ribbon cable when detaching the button.

    • The glue which holds the button in place will remain tacky allowing the button to be replaced without the need for additional glue.

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Image 1/2: Use the [product|IF145-000|Plastic Opening Tools] to gently pry up the Headphone Jack to remove it from the body of the phone. Image 2/2: The Headphone Jack is held in place with adhesive that will remain tacky after being removed, allowing it to be replace without the need for additional glue.
  • With the motherboard removed, the Headset Jack and Ear Speaker are now accessible.

  • Use the Plastic Opening Tools to gently pry up the Headphone Jack to remove it from the body of the phone.

    • The Headphone Jack is held in place with adhesive that will remain tacky after being removed, allowing it to be replace without the need for additional glue.

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Image 1/2: The connection holding the Ear Speaker in place is the same kind as the snap on ribbon cables that were disconnected in a previous step. Image 2/2: With the Headphone Jack and Ear Speaker both disconnected from the body of the phone, they can be removed  from the phone and set aside.
  • Disconnect the Ear Speaker from the body of the phone be gently prying up the speaker using the Plastic Opening Tools.

    • The connection holding the Ear Speaker in place is the same kind as the snap on ribbon cables that were disconnected in a previous step.

  • With the Headphone Jack and Ear Speaker both disconnected from the body of the phone, they can be removed from the phone and set aside.

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Image 1/1: Wear heat resistant gloves when removing the screen.
  • Use a heat gun or hairdryer to loosen the adhesive that secures the touch panel to the screen assembly.

    • Wear heat resistant gloves when removing the screen.

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Image 1/2: Start from the top edge and carefully wedge your tool between the screen and frame. Image 2/2: Carefully slide your tool along the framework.
  • Use a plastic opening tool or guitar pick to carefully remove the touch panel from the screen assembly.

    • Start from the top edge and carefully wedge your tool between the screen and frame.

    • Carefully slide your tool along the framework.

    • If the screen is cracked, cover the face in masking tape to prevent broken glass from chipping off.

    • You may need to reheat the adhesive as you work around the edges.

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Conclusion

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

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