Image 1/2: You may need to add multiple picks to detach the clips. Image 2/2: Slide the pick along the edge of the rear case until you release the plastic clips attaching the rear case to the display.
  • Insert an opening pick between the rear case and the plastic rim.

  • You may need to add multiple picks to detach the clips.

  • Slide the pick along the edge of the rear case until you release the plastic clips attaching the rear case to the display.

  • Continue to slide the pick around the edge of the rear case until all clips are released.

I would not remove the back of the case. There are around 14 tabs inside that are melted down to secure the frame. Those melted tabs will break off and the back won't be as secure and the edge of the back will have have a visible gap showing. I would remove the case from the screen side as in step 5 of this tear down and use a iFixit opening tool. Use the tool with handle towards the screen to pry the frame away. Start on one long edge and slide the tool along the gap and at same time slightly pry the case away. Then separate a short edge. The corner between the 2 open gaps should just pop away with some prying. Do the same with other 2 edges and corner.

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  • Lift the case up to remove it.

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  • Use the flat end of a nlyon spudger to pry up the black plastic tabs securing the two ZIF connectors.

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  • Use the flat end of a nylon spudger to pry up the brown plastic tab securing the orange ribbon cable.

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  • Remove all three ribbon cables by gently pulling the cables away from the ZIF connectors.

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  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the ten 3mm screws securing the battery to the chassis.

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  • Use the pointed end of a nylon spudger to pry the two battery connections away from the motherboard.

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  • Lift with a nylon spudger to remove the battery.

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Image 1/2: Slide the opening pick around the perimeter of the screen. Image 2/2: You will hear clicking noises as each plastic clip is released from the display chassis.
  • Insert an opening pick between the plastic frame and the screen.

  • Slide the opening pick around the perimeter of the screen.

    • You will hear clicking noises as each plastic clip is released from the display chassis.

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Image 1/1: Avoid the three delicate ribbon cables.
  • Lift the plastic frame to remove.

  • Avoid the three delicate ribbon cables.

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  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 3mm screw attaching the motherboard to the display chassis.

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Image 1/3: The vibration motor is missing from these photos. Image 2/3: The vibration motor is missing from these photos. Image 3/3: The vibration motor is missing from these photos.
  • Use a nylon spudger to flip up the eight press-fit connectors from the motherboard.

    • The vibration motor is missing from these photos.

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  • Use nylon-tipped tweezers to remove the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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