Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the earpiece speaker assembly. This assembly contains a speaker, microphone, IR blaster, and ambient light sensor.

This guide involves removing the rear glass. Removing the rear glass destroys the adhesive holding it in place. Follow this guide to reinstall the rear glass.

Insert a paper clip or SIM eject tool into the hole in the SIM card slot on the power button side of the phone. Press to eject the SIM card tray.
  • Insert a paper clip or SIM eject tool into the hole in the SIM card slot on the power button side of the phone.

  • Press to eject the SIM card tray.

    • Don't press too hard or you may damage the SIM card tray.

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Remove the SIM card tray from the phone.
  • Remove the SIM card tray from the phone.

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We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener. Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.
  • We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.

  • Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.

    • For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.

which temperature must be used for heating? Thx

fbarletta - Reply

I found you need to be very patient when using the iOpener. It's worth taking your time, giving the heat time to work on the glue. When I finally got the battery out, there were some strips of glue left behind that I just cleaned off with some isopropanol before installing the new battery.

By the way, I had to run the iOpener for longer in my microwave for it to get hot enough. When it was too hot to touch, I figured it was hot enough for the batteries.

Fredrik -

I didn't find this to be as hard as I had built it up in my mind to be; HOWEVER, saying that I need to say years ago I was the local Nokia service center in my town. But many years ago right after they got rid of analog times. Yeah. A classic installer/repairer mistake when starting something they haven't fixed or installed before is picking up the instructions, flipping through them; maybe even reading a section that is new-then tossing the instructions over the shoulder. "I got this." This usually comes right before something major gets broke. And I can tell you when you try to do it yourself and then mess it up horribly then take it to the repair shop. Well we called that "I can do it myself" syndrome and charged extra to put back together what they brought in in the box. Now knowing all this - I can't stress this enough because I am stupid, stupid, stupid. COVER YOUR SCREEN IN CLEAR BOXING TAPE AND READ ALL THE INSTRUCTION BELOW THROUGH TO THE END BEFORE EVEN ATTEMPTING THIS FIX. Take my advise.

windizy - Reply

I didn't have an iOpener, so I used a wheat type heat bag. If you do this though, make sure you put a layer of plastic between your Mac and the bag, or you'll get condensation in places you don't want it.

Martin Gray - Reply

I started out using the iOpener but switched to my wife's hairdryer. A heat gun or hair dryer proved to be much more convenient and is a time saviour. You can heat more and the glue becomes more fluid make the next steps with the opening picks much easier

Jan Van Puymbroeck - Reply

Use a hair dryer! Watch this vid: https://youtu.be/16GkvjVyOJA It is much easier to do if you heat it from the other side.

Fletcher Carpenter - Reply

I wonder how many people actually wrapped in their iPhone into iOpener and put this "sandwich" into microwave??

putinaspiliponis - Reply

I know this is obvious, but backup your iPad with iTunes before you start. I'd also turn off your passcode if you have one.

Laurie Higgins - Reply

Ther first time you heat up the iOpener for this repair when its room temperature I had to heat it up for more than 30 seconds. I remember I had to heat it up for around 45 seconds. However, after that when you need to reheat it again during the repair 30 seconds will be enough.

Yousef Ghalib - Reply

I've been with Samsung for 8 years now!! Never did i have a case on any of my phones My Samsung 8 is 2 months old the case protector around the edge pop off and broke my phone it's like someone put a bullet hole in it

Sherry Carew - Reply

Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.
  • Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.

  • Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.

  • Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.

  • Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.

  • If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.

May I know the temperate limit about heating iOpener? (maximum 150 degrees Celsius?) thx so much.

yamayhuang - Reply

I had to heat mine up for more than 30 seconds. After 30 seconds on high it was only warm. It had to keep trying different times and checking it until it got hot. I think the initial time that I put it in for was over a minute.

whale13 - Reply

DO NOT USE IN NON ROTATING MICROWAVE! It will pop a hole. I had it in for 45 seconds the first time. It wasn't very hot inside and I saw it started to leak on the paper towel I put under it. Just a fair bit of advice. I think I will just stick with the heat gun. Loud but useful.

Alex Jackson - Reply

I don't own a microwave.

mdanihy - Reply

Its again waterproof when you change iphone 7 battery?

Jon - Reply

I don't have a microwave???

Joe Blow - Reply

30 sec at which equivalent watts setting and what temperature does iOpener heats up to for 30 secs. Only just bought it so needs info before using it. Thanks

Sam Stieg - Reply

can i use just ordinary microwave???

juneseok kwon - Reply

If I don't have a microwave then I try to use hot air gun so how many munuts i want to heat ?

Mohideen Rifay - Reply

I heated mine up for 30 seconds, tested, then again for 30 seconds. It felt adequately hot. Leaving it on the left side, per the instruction, for a minute did not loosen the adhesive. I ended up pulling the suction cup hard enough to shadder the old screen. Moral of the story, I don't think it gets hot enough safely to have an affect.

Travis Dixon - Reply

There is a clear problem here with the heating part using the iopener things....no details are given. Whoever is testing them needs to make it clear - What temperature does it need to be? And for which phone models, because they differ in what's needed. It's only £10-15 for a laser guided temp sensor unit, and the designers/repairers should have one of those already for doing these kinds of repairs. Explaining half a repair, is worse than not explaining at all :-(

assortedrubbish - Reply

Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.
  • Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.

  • The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.

Will a hair dryer work for heating the glass?

Me berg - Reply

Place the phone facedown. If your glass is shattered, put packing tape over the entire panel to hold it together during the removal process.
  • Place the phone facedown.

  • If your glass is shattered, put packing tape over the entire panel to hold it together during the removal process.

  • Lay the iOpener over the panel for about 60 seconds to loosen the adhesive around the edge of the glass.

  • Shift the iOpener to heat the remaining section of the panel for another 60 seconds.

are there any option out there that allows you to heat the adhesive outdoors without any power plug?

Brotan Store - Reply

There's a star in the center of our solar system, you could try that.

John Joiner -

the way we do it at Get it fixed cellphone repair calgary is with a heat gun, wich is way easier than this, make sure to wear some gloves and dont worry to use to much heat as long as you point just to the back of the phone, (the back panel is thick enough to protect the logic board from over heat) instead of the usual blue plastic piece i sugest to use the thinnest metal razor knife and a business card so you can insert the business card and move it all around the frame, those blue plastic things are way too thick that will break the glass panel if you apply to much pressure

get it fixed - Reply

After did that with my own heat pad, the white paint got ripped off but luckily glass back cover did not break. So I scratched all white part of the back cover and now its all transparent.

Jae Chung - Reply

I used a purpose built heating device at 100 degree celsius. Lower temperatures didn't work.

ken - Reply

Attach a heavy-duty suction cup to the lower half of the rear glass panel. Secure the suction cup by raising the hinged handle and flipping the latch to clamp both handles in place. Secure the suction cup by raising the hinged handle and flipping the latch to clamp both handles in place.
  • Attach a heavy-duty suction cup to the lower half of the rear glass panel.

  • Secure the suction cup by raising the hinged handle and flipping the latch to clamp both handles in place.

If the rear screen is cracked/smashed, you will not be able to use a suction cup to remove it. The suction could would not seal because of the cracks. I tried masking tape, 3M shiny HVAC tape, and others, and the suction could would not seal to those surfaces either.

I ended up using the sharp point of the smudger to remove some shards of glass to get underneath the cover to leverage it up and out. Definitely use gloves and safety glasses if you have to do this.

dougpender - Reply

Thank you for your comment. I needed to see this particular instance of what to do when the back cover was cracked. I was going to try to suction it with tape covering it. This saved me some heartache. You're an angel!!

Jessie Brooks -

The following steps involve using an opening pick to separate the rear panel from the midframe. If the adhesive is too strong, reapply heat with the iOpener. Using the suction cup, apply pressure to the middle section of the panel while pulling up the lower edge by pivoting your wrist.
  • The following steps involve using an opening pick to separate the rear panel from the midframe. If the adhesive is too strong, reapply heat with the iOpener.

  • Using the suction cup, apply pressure to the middle section of the panel while pulling up the lower edge by pivoting your wrist.

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Once you've opened a large enough gap, insert an opening pick between the rear glass and the midframe. Once you've opened a large enough gap, insert an opening pick between the rear glass and the midframe.
  • Once you've opened a large enough gap, insert an opening pick between the rear glass and the midframe.

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Slide the opening pick around the bottom left corner of the rear glass panel. Slide the opening pick around the bottom left corner of the rear glass panel. Slide the opening pick around the bottom left corner of the rear glass panel.
  • Slide the opening pick around the bottom left corner of the rear glass panel.

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Slide the pick along the power button side of the phone. Slide the pick along the power button side of the phone. Slide the pick along the power button side of the phone.
  • Slide the pick along the power button side of the phone.

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Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone. Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone. Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone.
  • Slide the opening pick across the top of the phone.

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Slide the opening pick down along the volume buttons side of the phone. Slide the opening pick down along the volume buttons side of the phone. Slide the opening pick down along the volume buttons side of the phone.
  • Slide the opening pick down along the volume buttons side of the phone.

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Pull up on the rear glass panel while holding down the midframe to separate the components. If you encounter too much resistance from the adhesive,  slide the opening pick under the glass a few more times. If you encounter too much resistance from the adhesive,  slide the opening pick under the glass a few more times.
  • Pull up on the rear glass panel while holding down the midframe to separate the components.

    • If you encounter too much resistance from the adhesive, slide the opening pick under the glass a few more times.

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Insert an opening pick between the rear panel and the midframe. Slide the pick along the top of the phone to loosen the remaining adhesive. Twist the pick to separate the two pieces.
  • Insert an opening pick between the rear panel and the midframe.

  • Slide the pick along the top of the phone to loosen the remaining adhesive.

  • Twist the pick to separate the two pieces.

i found the glue very very strong, i didn’t have this powerful sucker, so ended up getting a new rear glass heated and heated but would not pull up with standard suckers

databeat1 - Reply

At this point, the rear glass panel should be fully separated from the body of the phone, although the adhesive strip may be attached to both sides. Pull the rear panel up and away to completely separate it. Follow this guide to reinstall the rear glass.
  • At this point, the rear glass panel should be fully separated from the body of the phone, although the adhesive strip may be attached to both sides.

  • Pull the rear panel up and away to completely separate it.

  • Follow this guide to reinstall the rear glass.

You should note that the adhesive strip may need to be fully removed from the frame in order to proceed with repairs. The adhesive on my phone covered all of the screws exposed in the next step.

Sean Cruz - Reply

Remove the thirteen 3.5mm Phillips #00 screws securing the midframe to the phone.
  • Remove the thirteen 3.5mm Phillips #00 screws securing the midframe to the phone.

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Firmly grasp the edge of the midframe assembly. Lift up on the midframe assembly while pushing down on the battery to separate the midframe assembly from the rest of the phone. Lift up on the midframe assembly while pushing down on the battery to separate the midframe assembly from the rest of the phone.
  • Firmly grasp the edge of the midframe assembly.

  • Lift up on the midframe assembly while pushing down on the battery to separate the midframe assembly from the rest of the phone.

FIRMLY GRASP IT! - Patrick

Armen Orbelyan - Reply

Bei diesem Schritt sicher sein, dass SIM Card Fach entfernt ist!

zikal - Reply

I found the glue still very sticky here, i had to go around with my picks to free it, its very stuck with a UK version, beware!!

databeat1 - Reply

i suggest to apply heat on the corners of the front screen to lose the adhesive a lil bit and push from the bottom back of the phone right where the wireless charger is because of the charging port

get it fixed - Reply

When grabbing from the bottom, you fun the risk of damaging the charging port and headphone jack. I would suggest starting from the top. This is because the two ports at the bottom slide down into the frame. There is also adhesive that will give you a little resistance.

Alex Philip - Reply

Lift the midframe assembly up to separate it from the rest of the phone.
  • Lift the midframe assembly up to separate it from the rest of the phone.

what do the numbers ZF-N2 AS WELL AS (F13) AT THE END OF THE MODEL NUMBER, THEN THERE IS REV 5-1-C W G 15221............... WHAT ALL HAS TO MATCH WHEN REPLACING THE MID FRAME.

mike gentry - Reply

Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the motherboard. Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the motherboard.

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Insert a plastic opening pick between the case and the battery. Be careful to keep the pick as flat as possible to avoid bending the battery, which may damage it and cause it to release dangerous chemicals. Push the pick further in to separate the battery from the phone.
  • Insert a plastic opening pick between the case and the battery.

    • Be careful to keep the pick as flat as possible to avoid bending the battery, which may damage it and cause it to release dangerous chemicals.

  • Push the pick further in to separate the battery from the phone.

    • If the battery is too strongly adhered for the opening pick, place a warm iOpener over the battery to loosen the adhesive.

    • Do not pry against the motherboard or you may damage the phone.

Do you have to remove the battery to remove the motherboard? I just need to remove the motherboard for soldering.

Jake - Reply

No, it is not necessary to remove the battery.

cityzen -

However, it makes it easier to handle the phone with the battery taken off.

Ben -

I used a trick from a different phone tear down, but it really helps, slip a length of dental floss under the top edge of the battery, then with a back and forth action of the floss, you can slice through the adhesive and easily remove the battery, worked great on this phone.

danechapman - Reply

Dude that's awesome, wish someone would have mentioned this a long time ago. Battery removal can be a pain. Defiantly going to try that sometime soon!

Felix Robinson -

Remove the battery from the phone. Remove the battery from the phone.
  • Remove the battery from the phone.

Question!? If the screen is barley cracked at the coner, (2cm) of the phone, would it shatter thru this process!? Please let me know ASAP!?

dominiquem1991 - Reply

again, mine a UK version was very sticky beware!!

databeat1 - Reply

Yes the UK version is very well glued in. I recommend using a flat metal spudger and pushing it in from the bottom right side and then continue doing the same working up. This method seems to be the safest and only takes a minute or two

martywild10 -

I used a credit card and a bit of hair dryer to ease it out.

adele - Reply

Use the pointed edge of a spudger to disconnect the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the motherboard. Use the pointed edge of a spudger to disconnect the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the motherboard. Use the pointed edge of a spudger to disconnect the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the motherboard.
  • Use the pointed edge of a spudger to disconnect the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the motherboard.

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Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the home button connector. Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the home button connector.
  • Use the flat end of the spudger to disconnect the home button connector.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display assembly cable from the motherboard. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display assembly cable from the motherboard.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the display assembly cable from the motherboard.

Does taking the motherboard out wipe the phone?

Uil'yam - Reply

Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable  connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable  connector from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the earpiece speaker assembly cable connector from the motherboard.

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Lift the camera-side end of the motherboard to separate it from the display frame. Do not fully remove the motherboard yet—it is still attached to the daughterboard via a ribbon cable on the underside of the motherboard.
  • Lift the camera-side end of the motherboard to separate it from the display frame.

  • Do not fully remove the motherboard yet—it is still attached to the daughterboard via a ribbon cable on the underside of the motherboard.

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Disconnect the daughterboard ribbon cable connector from its socket on the underside of the motherboard. Disconnect the daughterboard ribbon cable connector from its socket on the underside of the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the daughterboard ribbon cable connector from its socket on the underside of the motherboard.

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Use the pointed edge of the spudger to lift the earpiece speaker assembly from the display frame. Use the pointed edge of the spudger to lift the earpiece speaker assembly from the display frame.
  • Use the pointed edge of the spudger to lift the earpiece speaker assembly from the display frame.

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Use tweezers to lift the assembly out once it's been pried loose.
  • Use tweezers to lift the assembly out once it's been pried loose.

  • This assembly contains a speaker, microphone, IR blaster, and ambient light sensor—each on a different PCB. Be sure each component is loose before lifting out the whole assembly.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. When reinstalling the rear glass, refer to the rear glass adhesive replacement guide.

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