Samsung Galaxy S4 Display Assembly Replacement

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Replace the front panel display assembly on a Samsung Galaxy S4.

Use this guide to replace your Samsung Galaxy S4 display assembly.

Edit Step 1 Rear Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Rear Case  ¶ 

  • Pry with a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, in the divot to the left of the rear-facing camera, near the power button.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Lift the rear case by the corner nearest the divot and remove it from the phone.

Edit Step 3 MicroSD Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 MicroSD Card  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger, or your fingernail, to press 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.

  • Remove the microSD card.

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

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Insert a plastic opening tool, or your finger, into the notch of the battery compartment and lift the battery upward.

  • Remove the battery from your phone.

Edit Step 5 SIM Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 SIM Card  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, to press 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.

  • Remove the SIM card.

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

Edit Step 6 Midframe  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Midframe  ¶ 

  • Remove the nine 4.0 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the midframe to the display assembly.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • The midframe is secured to the display assembly by several plastic clips behind the chrome bezel of the midframe. The next few steps will guide you through separating the clips to free the midframe.

  • Starting on the volume button side of the phone, insert your plastic opening tool between the chrome bezel around the display glass and the larger chrome border piece. Look for the seam between the two.

  • Slide the opening tool along the seam, separating the plastic clips as you go.

  • Be very gentle whilst prying, and pry only enough to separate the plastic clips—there are several thin points in the midframe bezel that may crack if you bend them too much.

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  • Continue prying around the corner of the phone.

  • Slide your opening tool along the seam between the midframe and display along the bottom of the device, releasing more of the plastic clips.

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  • Again, pry around the corner, to the power button side.

  • Slide the opening tool along the seam.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Continue sliding the opening tool around the top of the phone, releasing the last of the clips and freeing the midframe from the display assembly.

  • At this point, you may want to run your plastic opening tool along the entire perimeter of the device again, to make sure you've released all of the plastic clips.

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  • Remove the midframe from the display assembly.

Edit Step 12 Motherboard Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Motherboard Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB board connector.

  • Disconnect the front-facing camera cable connector.

  • Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable connector.

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  • Disconnect the headphone jack assembly cable connector.

  • Disconnect the display/digitizer cable connector.

  • Disconnect the antenna cable connector.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • Remove the single 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw from the motherboard assembly.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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  • Gently remove the motherboard.

  • Hold the motherboard by its edges to prevent ESD damage. Be careful not to snag it on any cables as you extract it from the display assembly.

Edit Step 16 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the headphone jack assembly to the display assembly.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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  • Remove the headphone jack assembly.

Edit Step 18 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the 2.4 mm PH #00 screw securing the upper display assembly bracket.

  • Remove the upper display assembly bracket from the display.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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  • Remove the front-facing camera from the display assembly.

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  • Remove the earpiece speaker assembly from the display assembly.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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  • Insert the tip of a spudger under the vibrator to free it from the adhesive holding it to the display assembly.

  • Be careful not to immediately remove the vibrator, as its cable is also adhered to the rear of the display assembly.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the vibrator cable up from the display assembly.

  • Heat works as a great "persuader" here to soften the adhesive. Liberal application of heat from a heat gun will soften the adhesive. If you pry carefully, you can save and re-use the adhesive.

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  • Remove the vibrator from the rear of the display assembly.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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  • Gently insert the point of a spudger between the USB port and the USB port bracket to pry one side of the bracket off of its post.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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  • Remove the USB port bracket from the USB port.

  • The bracket is slightly springy and should pop back into place on the two screw posts during reassembly.

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  • Disconnect the soft button cable from the USB board cable.

  • Disconnect the antenna connector cable from the USB board.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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  • The USB board is secured to the display assembly with light adhesive.

  • Gently insert the flat end of a spudger beneath the USB board to free it from the adhesive holding it in place.

  • Go slow and be careful not to bend the board.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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  • Remove the USB board from the display assembly.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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  • Peel up and remove the antenna connector cable from its channel in the rear of the display assembly.

    • Other carrier models may have an additional antenna cable on the opposite side of the phone. Remove this antenna from the display assembly as well.

  • On reassembly, it will be helpful to reinstall the USB board first, and reconnect the antenna connector cable before routing it back into its channel.

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

For more information, check out the Samsung Galaxy S4 device page.

Required Tools

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

54 Bit Driver Kit

$24.95 · 50+ In stock

Magnetic Project Mat

$19.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro Tech Screwdriver Set

$59.95 · 50+ In stock

Anti-Static Project Tray

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Comments Comments are onturn off

HELP! step 28 just ends how do I insert the new one, how do I resemble the parts that used adhesives to stick?

Tom, · Reply

Nearly all the guides end like this, you just need to work backwards through the steps using the new hardware.

Nick Hughes,

Just run it along its track. Use a plastic spudger to push it down. Use 3m double sided adhesive tape to re-attach parts that require adhesive.

Fausto Lebron, · Reply

What is the difference between an AT&T digitizer and a Verizon digitizer? How interchangeable are they?

Martin, · Reply

I believe the digitizer is the same but if you buy the digitizer with assembly (frame) there is a difference between the models. Here are the model numbers for all the versions. I545 (Verizon) , I337 (AT&T), L720 (Sprint), M919 (T-Mobile), I9500 (International), i9505 (International)

Fausto Lebron,

Hi, I just try to repair my screen assembly with your beautiful Guide. Everything was good until I tried to turn on the phone: The "SAMSUNG galaxy S4" picture tried to displayed and stop. I can see nothing on the screen, but the phone continue the starting process with nothing on the screen.

Somebody can Help me?

It's a Samsung Galaxy S4 GT9505 version

pdesplan, · Reply

The "display assembly" I purchased was very simple: glass and LCD and a small board with cable and that's it. It didn't have all this beefy mid frame stuff so I had to reuse my old one. Check to see which part you purchased before going through unnecessary disassembly steps like I did.

Logan Kennedy, · Reply

I wasn't clear on if the "2nd" antenna - the pinkish one on the left when over or under.....

Bobbi Jo, · Reply

This is extremely confusing...

I don't know where you got your screen but mine is coming from ET and delivered without the gray plastic crap glued on its back (which apparently costs 60$ more) but is still called a screen and digitizer assembly. Reason why I started to follow the complete guide even before opening my package...

Looking now at my dismantled phone I can tell that I basically just had to open the back, remove the screen cable from the motherboard and go to another guide to learn how to remove the digitizer.

You'll tell me that I should have read carefully before starting I know.

But the fact is that a guide designed for the replacement of the screen and digitizer assembly is still lacking here and could help a lot... really :)

Hopefully this could be built in 2 seconds using the already existing guides :)

Alexandre CARON, · Reply

I assembled mine and everything now works except the GPS, it fails to find my location or lock on. The antenna wires (I have two, one on the left and one on the right) look fine. Any ideas?

David Dunk, · Reply

followed all the steps but as soon as i was done, i discovered i have no sound :( The settings on the menu are all at full volume and i don't hear anything. I called the cell phone and no ring However i did hear my voicemail.....any help?

rod, · Reply

so i put everything back together and it fits.... however the screen won't turn on!!!! what did i do wrong :/

Kimberly Nguyen, · Reply

This guide was perfect, phone works like new again. Thank you for putting this together.

Brant, · Reply

When you get to Step 7, it is much safer (for the screen) to begin to separate the mid frame from the seam inside the battery compartment. Place the phone face down on a clean sheet of paper, put your fingernail in the seam and pull it apart with spudger. Much less likely to do any damage to the screen.

Gary McIntosh, · Reply

Help, i replaced the display assembly, but the touchscreen isn't working. any idea of what i've done wrong? or did maybe damaged something?

lilytjuhh, · Reply

This just happened to me too, I think I might have pulled the digitizer by mistake or took off the sticker on the back which might have messed up the ribbon cables, did you fix it yet? My touch screen isn't working now also.

justin,

Absolutely 100% perfect. Everything works and I have my Galaxy S4 back. Couldn't be happier!!!

macmcknight, · Reply

Thanks SOO MUCH! This was awesome. Just pay close attention to the pictures as you go, take your time, and save yourself about $150 vs having a shop do it...

Further advice: DO NOT use anything metal when prying apart the frame in the beginning... The cell phone tool kits are worth it.

jrupertnh, · Reply

kind of misleading I thought I was fixing the broken glass and it stopped in the middle so I had to research other instructional.

bjbergner, · Reply

Superb guide, got me there successfully from start to finish ... Thank you

Kevin, · Reply

Hi, my screen is broken.. and the display... I just wondered if following these steps would delete my messages and photos on the phone. i assume not as it says nothing about a factory reset but I just wanted to make sure before going ahead. Thanks in advance.

Tara, · Reply

I have two phones with the same problem. After reassembly, just before I install the midframe, I check the phone with the sim card and it works perfect. When I install the midframe I get intermittent on one phone and continuous and the other 'sim card not recognized restart the phone'. I get this, as I've said, only when the midframe is re-installed.

JustinTimeToo, · Reply

Hola tengo un galaxi s4 gt i9500 el cual se me callo y se estrello la pantalla y lo que quiero preguntar es si alguna de estas pantallas funciona en mi celular para comprarla y en cuanto me saldria

El Yampi Estevez, · Reply

Perfect! Great guide, all functions a go.

Don Joseph, · Reply

How much it will cost to replace a midframe

kannan, · Reply

How much cost will be on replace a midframe

Hiren pedhadiya,

I'm seeing midframes available on Ebay for around $10.

Alex, · Reply

here i leave them a video i made doing the work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85pOvI6O...

enjoy

Gabriel Barrandeguy, · Reply

Just to be sure does the rear frame referred by etradesupply is the same as the middle frame? I' planning to refurbish the side panel because of the dents and scratches but I just want to make sure I'm buying the right thing. The etradesupply referring the housing as rear and front housing so Im not sure which one correspond to the middle frame. Below is the link to the website http://www.etradesupply.com/oem-samsung-...

Mohd Bahij Ahmad, · Reply

My Sprint S4 was slightly different then the one pictured above but I just completed this repair in under 10 minutes.. It would have been slightly quicker but fooling around with those little screws can be irritating if you have big hands.

Michael Willis, · Reply

Just did this on my S4. Instructions were extremely helpful, but I had to remove a screw (step 10.5?) to remove the upper display assembly bracket. Other than that, flawless! Thanks!

JackieME, · Reply

The 3rd image of the 11th step shows that when the midframe is removed, some parts come along with it (at the bottom part of it). What are these parts? should they be removed too and placed in the new midframe? Are they easy to remove?

Chris, · Reply

Replacing the S4 advance display, I've broken the plug on motherboard of the antenna, which part should I replace now ?

Second question, when display replaced, the "home" buttton was working just as the "return", did I make a wrong thing ? (perhaps ending the daughterboard) and what is the countermeasure ?

LEMEUR JMarc, · Reply

My model had an antenna connection next to the usb board connector in addition to the antenna connection near the display cable connector.

Drew, · Reply

My assembly had a silver conductive tape shield over the array of components shown in the middle of this photo. I peeled the old one off and attached it in the same location on my new digitizer.

David, · Reply

The headphone jack is surrounded by rubber. It's kind of squeezed in there. You can pry on it to get it out.

jonathan, · Reply

I had a quick question there's a little white rubber circular gasket piece that the headphone jack covers up

What's that piece called?

damian lasher, · Reply

Use a tiny screwdriver to pry up next to the left post of the USB port bracket instead of the spudger and it will pop right off. I tried the spudger but it didn't work for me.

computeripodrepair, · Reply

This one was a bit tricky. The board was very tight to the frame so I ended up having to remove the board from the opposite side slowly until I got to the front, then used the tool to remove it.

mitch, · Reply

I also had the most trouble with this part -- it's very well-glued to the assembly, so I used my hair dryer to loosen it somewhat and pried it up with tweezers. This seems to be the part most likely to crack (because it's long and glued down the entire length of the board), so I recommend patience and a little heat to help things along.

Andrew Richards, · Reply

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