Introduction

There are a few things to do in order to replace the headphone jack. As always with a tablet, you must first remove the back panel and disconnect the battery to ensure your safety. Then you will use a small electronics screwdriver, preferably a Phillips #00, to remove 4 screws connecting the SIM card reader which bars access to the headphone port. Once that is done, a simple cable disconnection will free the headphone port. There is an adhesive that secures the port to the device. It's very stubborn but will eventually give.

Power off your tablet before you begin disassembly.
  • Power off your tablet before you begin disassembly.

  • Screen side facing you, rotate device 180 degrees so the "SAMSUNG" logo is upside down.

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Using the plastic opening tool, start in the center near the charge port and wedge the angled tip between the plastic back and the glass screen. Create a wedge and apply pressure. Use the tool to separate the screen from the back until you hear an audible “pop."
  • Using the plastic opening tool, start in the center near the charge port and wedge the angled tip between the plastic back and the glass screen.

  • Create a wedge and apply pressure. Use the tool to separate the screen from the back until you hear an audible “pop."

  • Continue to wedge the tool about every inch along the current edge.

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Once the bottom edge has been loosened, work towards a bottom corner from the other edge and continue to wedge gently until you can “pop” the corner out. Continue this process on the other bottom corner until it can be popped out as well.
  • Once the bottom edge has been loosened, work towards a bottom corner from the other edge and continue to wedge gently until you can “pop” the corner out.

  • Continue this process on the other bottom corner until it can be popped out as well.

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Place your hand between the device and the back panel. Then continue the wedging motion along the top edge of the device until the back panel comes loose.
  • Place your hand between the device and the back panel. Then continue the wedging motion along the top edge of the device until the back panel comes loose.

  • Do not wedge the tool directly on top of the power buttons and headphone jack. Wedge nearby so that you don’t damage internal hardware.

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Remove the back from the device.
  • Remove the back from the device.

  • Excessive force shouldn't be necessary here. If the back panel is sticking, find the area of the edge closest to the sticking point and wedge the opening tool there until the back panel pops free.

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When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device.  The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible. The connection between the battery and motherboard is a group of four wires in black housing that can be found near the top middle of the device. Using a plastic spudger or a flat, slim tool, lift the black connector housing upwards to disconnect it.
  • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • The connection between the battery and motherboard is a group of four wires in black housing that can be found near the top middle of the device. Using a plastic spudger or a flat, slim tool, lift the black connector housing upwards to disconnect it.

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Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to  remove all 4 black 2.5mm screws securing the silver SIM card reader to the motherboard.
  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove all 4 black 2.5mm screws securing the silver SIM card reader to the motherboard.

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Using a plastic  spudger, gently pop the SIM card reader connection off the motherboard.
  • Using a plastic spudger, gently pop the SIM card reader connection off the motherboard.

  • There are 5 connection points all in a row. The one you want to pull off is the one furthest to the left.

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Lift up SIM card reader and remove it.
  • Lift up SIM card reader and remove it.

  • You should be able to just pick it up with your fingers. If the piece is hard to grasp, slide the metal spudger tool under the reader to lift it.

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Lift the SIM card reader off the motherboard, and replace it with a new SIM card reader.
  • Lift the SIM card reader off the motherboard, and replace it with a new SIM card reader.

  • Be sure to retrieve your SIM card from the old reader.

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Using a plastic spudger, gently lift the connector off of the motherboard. When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.
  • Using a plastic spudger, gently lift the connector off of the motherboard.

    • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

    • If you have removed the SIM card properly, the headphone port connector will now be the furthest left connector.

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Firmly tug on the connector to remove the headphone jack.
  • Firmly tug on the connector to remove the headphone jack.

    • If necessary, use the metal spudger tool to pry the headphone jack out of it's housing -- it will be attached with some strong adhesive.

    • Don't worry about losing adhesive, your new headphone port will have new adhesive for you to apply.

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Conclusion

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

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