Introduction

Replace a torn, damaged or faulty fingerprint reader in your Galaxy S5 phone.

Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the plastic midframe connector panel. Remove the connector panel with a pair of tweezers. There should be enough adhesive to readhere the panel upon reassembly, otherwise use a small amount of double-stick tape.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry up the plastic midframe connector panel.

  • Remove the connector panel with a pair of tweezers.

  • There should be enough adhesive to readhere the panel upon reassembly, otherwise use a small amount of double-stick tape.

In my experience I have always removed this Home button protector panel with ONLY a plastic opening tool, and I have never found adhesive beneath it.

OmniWeb Technical Education - Reply

Use the sharp tip of a spudger to pry the home button cable connector straight up off its socket. Use the sharp tip of a spudger to pry the home button cable connector straight up off its socket.
  • Use the sharp tip of a spudger to pry the home button cable connector straight up off its socket.

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In the following steps you will be using an iOpener to warm the adhesive affixing the display assembly to the rest of the phone. This will allow for a safer, easier screen removal. For proper iOpener use, follow our iOpener heating guide, make sure to pay attention to all warnings. Place a heated iOpener on the left side of the phone for at least 90 seconds.
  • In the following steps you will be using an iOpener to warm the adhesive affixing the display assembly to the rest of the phone. This will allow for a safer, easier screen removal. For proper iOpener use, follow our iOpener heating guide, make sure to pay attention to all warnings.

  • Place a heated iOpener on the left side of the phone for at least 90 seconds.

  • Reheat the iOpener and place it on the right half of the phone.

good location for a timer, I am taking my phone apart

andrew beals - Reply

¿se puede hacer con la pistola de calor?

Diego Alomoto - Reply

Si, puedes utilizar la pistola de calor también, pero ten cuidado ;-)

Sandra Hiller -

Otra opción es usar una “placa calefactora” que, según yo, es la opción mas “profesional” ya que con ella se puede limitar la temperatura, para que no se malogre la pantalla táctil (la “digitizador” detŕas del vídrio).

OmniWeb Technical Education -

Another option is to use a “hot plate” which, according to me, is the more “professional” option since with it you can limit the temperature, so that the touchscreen doesn’t get ruined (the “digitizer” behind the glass).

OmniWeb Technical Education - Reply

In the following steps you will be using an opening pick to separate the adhesive securing the front panel glass. Only pry where directed. If you experience resistance, stop sliding the opening pick and reapply heat. Insert the edge of an opening pick underneath the bottom right side of the front glass.
  • In the following steps you will be using an opening pick to separate the adhesive securing the front panel glass. Only pry where directed. If you experience resistance, stop sliding the opening pick and reapply heat.

  • Insert the edge of an opening pick underneath the bottom right side of the front glass.

I hope this helps others:

my screen was STRONGLY glued to the midframe, it was impossible to remove it without breaking it, be very careful with the copper adhesive in the midframe!!!

I can't even understand how this guide doesn't mention it properly!

Pedro - Reply

Yeah, the real trick with these types of screens is to measure (or just “have a feel for”) an adequate temperature with the heat pad (e.g. iOpener), or heat gun, or hot plate. First you have to heat up the screen just enough so that you can “break into” one side without breaking the bezel or the glass, and then verrrry carefully and verrrrry gradually insert plastic opening picks (or even playing cards) as you make progress around the exterior border of the phone. Whenever I do this, I always insert 5-6 objects (again, plastic picks or playing cards) before I fully remove the digitizer-glass assembly, which typically ends up as follows as I move around the exterior border: one pick at each of the four corners and one pick on each of the two sides. WARNING: DO NOT INSERT ANY OBJECT BENEATH THE GLASS MORE THAN A FEW MILLIMETRES FROM THE EXTERIOR BORDER.

OmniWeb Technical Education -

Thanks for the info guys! :-)

Tony - Reply

Wow seriously 100% ur going to break the LCD if this is the first time opening the phone this is why android is built disposable it now costs 60$ to fix a stupid 10$ part this fix is definitely not worth it

android=disposable

apple=a better way of life

I will never attempt to fix another android again

taylor britton - Reply

Slide the opening pick up along the right side of the display. Slide the opening pick up along the right side of the display. Slide the opening pick up along the right side of the display.
  • Slide the opening pick up along the right side of the display.

This is not as easy as they make it seem in this guide. The real trick with these types of touchscreens is to properly measure (or just “have a feel for”) an adequate temperature with the heat pad (e.g. iOpener), or heat gun, or hot plate, that you use to heat the adhesive beneath the glass exterior of the digitizer-glass assembly. First you have to heat up the screen just enough so that you can “break into” one side without breaking the bezel or the glass, and then verrrry carefully and verrrrry gradually insert plastic opening picks (or even playing cards) as you make progress around the exterior border of the phone. Whenever I do this, I always insert 5-6 objects (again, plastic picks or playing cards) before I fully remove the digitizer-glass assembly, which typically ends up as follows as I move around the exterior border: one pick at each of the four corners and one pick on each of the two sides. WARNING: DO NOT INSERT ANY OBJECT BENEATH THE GLASS MORE THAN A FEW MILLIMETRES FROM THE EXTERIOR BORDER.

OmniWeb Technical Education - Reply

Carefully slide the pick around the corner, stopping before the speaker grille at the top of the phone. Carefully slide the pick around the corner, stopping before the speaker grille at the top of the phone. Carefully slide the pick around the corner, stopping before the speaker grille at the top of the phone.
  • Carefully slide the pick around the corner, stopping before the speaker grille at the top of the phone.

Be sure not to nick and tear the capacitive touch chip interface that meets the LCD screen here! I caught it and didn't even feel the resistance. :-(

Play It Loud Computer Services - Reply

The adhesive securing the top of the phone is only a narrow strip above the earpiece speaker. Slide the pick along the top of the speaker to avoid damaging internal components. Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone, being very careful not to insert the pick too deeply. Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone, being very careful not to insert the pick too deeply.
  • The adhesive securing the top of the phone is only a narrow strip above the earpiece speaker. Slide the pick along the top of the speaker to avoid damaging internal components.

  • Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone, being very careful not to insert the pick too deeply.

I have been extra careful, and it did not prevent me to sever the flat cable in the upper left corner. The cable is very close and you should take extreme caution.

Neocray - Reply

Carefully slide the pick around the upper left corner. If you encounter any resistance from cooling adhesive, reapply a heated iOpener to the left side of the phone. If you encounter any resistance from cooling adhesive, reapply a heated iOpener to the left side of the phone.
  • Carefully slide the pick around the upper left corner.

  • If you encounter any resistance from cooling adhesive, reapply a heated iOpener to the left side of the phone.

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Slide the opening pick down along the left half of the phone stopping at the lower left corner. Slide the opening pick down along the left half of the phone stopping at the lower left corner. Slide the opening pick down along the left half of the phone stopping at the lower left corner.
  • Slide the opening pick down along the left half of the phone stopping at the lower left corner.

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Slide the opening pick all the way to the bottom left corner of the phone, making sure it is securely placed. In the following step you will be placing an iOpener over the home button end of the phone, you won't want your opening pick to slip out.
  • Slide the opening pick all the way to the bottom left corner of the phone, making sure it is securely placed.

  • In the following step you will be placing an iOpener over the home button end of the phone, you won't want your opening pick to slip out.

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Place a reheated iOpener over the bottom portion of the display assembly.
  • Place a reheated iOpener over the bottom portion of the display assembly.

  • There are delicate components in this portion of the phone, you want to ensure the adhesive is warm and easy to loosen to protect the phone.

this IFIXIT IOpener how much are these

Raewyn Dowd - Reply

The bottom end of the phone contains the soft button and home button ribbon cables. If you insert the opening pick too far into the phone you risk cutting these cables. Slide the very end of the opening pick across the bottom edge of the display to separate the last of the remaining adhesive. Slide the very end of the opening pick across the bottom edge of the display to separate the last of the remaining adhesive.
  • The bottom end of the phone contains the soft button and home button ribbon cables. If you insert the opening pick too far into the phone you risk cutting these cables.

  • Slide the very end of the opening pick across the bottom edge of the display to separate the last of the remaining adhesive.

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Twist the opening pick to detach the glass from the phone. If the front panel does not detach easily, it may require additional adhesive cutting.
  • Twist the opening pick to detach the glass from the phone.

  • If the front panel does not detach easily, it may require additional adhesive cutting.

Be aware that there is adhesive on the inner parts of the screen. Plan on replacing this screen and digitizer as well.

AB Computer Services - Reply

If the front panel is not easily freed, the adhesive on the soft button cable may need to be separated. These cables are thin and easily damaged, therefore be certain you are only peeling them off the display assembly and not lacerating them.
  • If the front panel is not easily freed, the adhesive on the soft button cable may need to be separated.

  • These cables are thin and easily damaged, therefore be certain you are only peeling them off the display assembly and not lacerating them.

  • Insert an opening pick under the soft button icons on the display and pry the button cables down off the inside of the front panel.

Accidentally cut one of the side buttons. It wouldn't come out, the screen was badly cracked.

Nickoplier - Reply

Is there a replacement I can get for the soft buttons?

Nickoplier - Reply

My digitizer was glued to the chasis, the glass came up separately and the digitizer broke when I tried to pry it up.

ken - Reply

That’s actually probably because you might not have heated the sides of the screen (where the adhesive is located) enough before prying up on the exterior border of the glass part. It’s very difficult to know the tolerance limits of such devices if you’ve never seen them apart before, and as such one can easily get confused between where the glass ends and the digitizer begins. On my first smartphone repair I broke a digitizer, so I know how it feels.

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GüL ayaz - Reply

Slightly lift, but do not remove, the home button end of display assembly. Do not remove the front panel entirely. It is still attached by a connector.
  • Slightly lift, but do not remove, the home button end of display assembly.

  • Do not remove the front panel entirely. It is still attached by a connector.

  • If you are reusing the home button flex cable, be careful not to sever the cable from the home button. Adhesive can cause the cable to rip apart from the home button. While the home button will still work, the fingerprint scanner will not.

The display assembly I purchased from ifixit.com included a new home button with a new flex cable. If you have the same, I'd recommend removing the home button in this step.

pdub01 - Reply

Sansumg S5 is the stupiest design (for repair) ever.

I have fixed s2,s3,s4, note, note 2 and note 3

All of them, you can get into the logic board from the back without touching the screen assembly.

With the S5, just a simple problem could cost you buying a new lcd assembly.

You must remove the lcd in order to remove the screws for the logic board cover.

I purchased a cracked lcd S5, so I can replace it and sell it. My mistake was I did not did a research on the tear down (thinking it should the same as previous S model.

To make story short, lucky for me, I did a dry test of the entire phone, before glueing on the new lcd assembly.

Because the front camera lens was damaged, cost $5.

If I glued the lcd, it would be 50/50 chance that I would crack the new screen.

So any repair that you need to do on the S5, you will have to consider the risk of breaking the LCD.

I hope Samsung change the design on the S6. Which I doubt it. Because the higher cost of repair means people won't fix them = more new sells

idevice Recycle - Reply

How can I find out if I messed my phone up . the person who glued the screen on didn't glue it on right , so I tried to take off the screen and I got it off but now that I try to put it back on the screen is black .

cholitaesh21 -

I know this reply is a bit late, over 2 years late, but I just wanted to add to idevice Recycle that the way "they" designed this phone is exactly as you described, to make it wayyyy more difficult to fix even the most simplest thing on this phone. Inverting the motherboard, designed exactly the opposite way of the S4 (as you described), from their standpoint of view, as you'd have to admit, was a brilliant idea on "they're" part.

I've torn apart and fixed many cell/smart phones in my days thus far, but mostly iphones by far. A friend passed

me one of these phones this past week. I've never messed with one before so you already know, even though I

have much knowledge about them, this site was the first I visited about this phone. Needless to say, go figure.

They did a really great job though making this phone one of the most difficult phones to do any type of repair

on. Adhesive sucks. But eh, all is well with a bit of time and patience. Had to replace rear camera and middle

bezel frame. Time to off it....

you_mad.lil_fella -

This guide may have been written for a different revision but the SM-G900F that I just repaired had glue sticking the entire of the rear of the screen to the chassis making it very difficult to remove. Had to use a spudger and push it down the inside of the phone separating the copper film from the chassis to free it up. Would be easy to damage the home button cable but I was ok.

Adam - Reply

I had the same thing happen just now. I was working on a G900A. A real PITA!

mcr4u2 -

Is there a need to put adhesive after removing the screen?? If so, do you have an adhesive recommended...

garrykufa2000 - Reply

Should be. i recommend using 3m strip double sided adhesive

leiki42 -

I had the same issue as idevice recycle. The model S5 that I was working on had a huge amount of glue on the back of the lcd which I wasn't aware of - this caused me to crack the glass which then literally broke the lcd in half (costing me £120 for a new screen!!!)

I've repaired all manner of Samsung products over the years and I've never had any issues with any model apart from this one. My advice to anyone doing this repair is once you have managed to unstick the screen from the frame, before attempting to remove it, apply a bit of heat (but not too much, you don't want to damage anything) to the back of the phone where the battery normally sits. This is where all the glue on the back of the lcd is located which sticks the lcd to the frame of the phone - I wish I knew of this before trying to remove the screen!

Clems - Reply

The guide needs to mention that the LCD is firmly glued.. Mine was bust anyway, but Step 19 is not fit for purpose.

Dave - Reply

So this really blows. I needed to swap the logic board from a phone with a cracked screen to one with a good screen. Yeah that’s not happening. I now have two cracked screens… Thanks Samsung! The difficulty on this should be way higher. As others have said, the screen is glued on the underside over a large portion where the copper foil is. It’s not coming up easily or in one piece.

Jeremy Buseman - Reply

If you want to make the reassembly easier, be careful to not separate the Home button assembly, from the glass. Instead, just carefully pry away the soft button adhesive connectors.

OmniWeb Technical Education - Reply

Use the sharp tip of a spudger to lift the front panel assembly cable connector straight up off its socket on the motherboard. Safely remove the front panel assembly from phone. Safely remove the front panel assembly from phone.
  • Use the sharp tip of a spudger to lift the front panel assembly cable connector straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Safely remove the front panel assembly from phone.

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alex_ronaldo71 - Reply

Absolutely wonderful! Worked like a charm. This is the easiest replacement I have seen so far on an Android. :)

Paul Frutiger - Reply

Yeah, right… this phone is the exact reason why I avoid Samsung junk at all costs! Samsung perfected exactly what they were aiming for when designing this phone. What a total POS !! But from a company standpoint of view they hit the nail right on the head when it comes to this phone (and beyond). I’ll stick to my iphones, at least I don’t have to go through this bs in order to replace the charging jack on it when it breaks. The lightning plug on iphone is also much more superior when it comes to durability versus this garbage micro usb charging junk. This is probably the 8th S5 I’ve worked on that had a broken charging jack, everything else works on phone. But I fully understand and chuckled at your sarcasm, indeed !!

you_mad.lil_fella -

For this guide I am demonstrating on a Samsung Galaxy S5 which had the fingerprint reader cable for the home button torn. The home button 'press' is still functional with the underlying button (see second photo), but this guide restores your fingerprint scanner.
  • For this guide I am demonstrating on a Samsung Galaxy S5 which had the fingerprint reader cable for the home button torn.

  • The home button 'press' is still functional with the underlying button (see second photo), but this guide restores your fingerprint scanner.

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Make sure there isn't anything still connected in this socket.
  • Make sure there isn't anything still connected in this socket.

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Scrape the remaining adhesive from the edges of the midframe using a plastic pry tool.
  • Scrape the remaining adhesive from the edges of the midframe using a plastic pry tool.

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My parts supplier sent me an original Samsung (used) home button, however purchasing a new one I recommend the following links:

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Attach the home button to the screen assembly. In this guide I am also installing a new screen assembly. Attach the home button to the screen assembly. In this guide I am also installing a new screen assembly.
  • Attach the home button to the screen assembly. In this guide I am also installing a new screen assembly.

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Prepare your screen assembly by removing adhesive film. If you're not replacing the screen then you can skip this step. Prepare your screen assembly by removing adhesive film. If you're not replacing the screen then you can skip this step.
  • Prepare your screen assembly by removing adhesive film. If you're not replacing the screen then you can skip this step.

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Connect the display cable. Carefully line up the home button cable so that it comes through to the other side.
  • Connect the display cable.

  • Carefully line up the home button cable so that it comes through to the other side.

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Plug the home button cable into the socket. Stick the screen assembly back down to the rest of the phone. Stick the screen assembly back down to the rest of the phone.
  • Plug the home button cable into the socket.

  • Stick the screen assembly back down to the rest of the phone.

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Reinstall the battery. Remember to place the plastic panel back on the phone.
  • Reinstall the battery.

  • Remember to place the plastic panel back on the phone.

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Press the back cover back onto the phone.
  • Press the back cover back onto the phone.

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Power on the device and test the new fingerprint scanner. Power on the device and test the new fingerprint scanner.
  • Power on the device and test the new fingerprint scanner.

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Conclusion

If you have followed this guide correctly you should now have a functional fingerprint reader on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Patrick Lee

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Good guide, but how to apply new adhesive for the lcd display on the midframe ?

avdk - Reply

It should already be attached to the LCD, if not then you can purchase the adhesive and attach it to the LCD yourself

Patrick Lee -

I would like to know whether there is a pin-compatible home button to replace the original Galaxy S5 home button to _physically_ get rid of the fingerprint reader unit and solely keep it as a simple and dumb home button.

Thanks in advance.

E.Remarque - Reply

It should be noted that unlike replacing an iPhone Home Button, you can reprogram a replacement Galaxy Fingerprint scanner.

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