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Introduction

If you don't have the heating pad available, either use a heat gun or a hair dryer with a high heat setting.

  1. Starting at any corner, insert the pry tool between the chrome screen frame and black phone housing. Slide the pry tool around the tablet while applying force to pry the screen away from the phone housing.
    • Starting at any corner, insert the pry tool between the chrome screen frame and black phone housing.

    • Slide the pry tool around the tablet while applying force to pry the screen away from the phone housing.

  2. Carefully separate the rear housing from the front panel assembly.
    • Carefully separate the rear housing from the front panel assembly.

  3. Using the bent tweezers, carefully pull the flat cables away from the connectors. Do not bend the flat cables at the tips as they may become permanently deformed. Do not bend the flat cables at the tips as they may become permanently deformed.
    • Using the bent tweezers, carefully pull the flat cables away from the connectors.

    • Do not bend the flat cables at the tips as they may become permanently deformed.

  4. Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry the chip connections away from the motherboard. Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry the chip connections away from the motherboard. Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry the chip connections away from the motherboard.
    • Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry the chip connections away from the motherboard.

  5. Use the Phillips 000 screwdriver to remove the remaining five 1.2 mm screws. Use the Phillips 000 screwdriver to remove the remaining five 1.2 mm screws.
    • Use the Phillips 000 screwdriver to remove the remaining five 1.2 mm screws.

  6. Use extreme care while removing the motherboard to avoid damaging the component. Remove the motherboard by rotating it away from the rest of the phone as shown in the first photo.
    • Use extreme care while removing the motherboard to avoid damaging the component.

    • Remove the motherboard by rotating it away from the rest of the phone as shown in the first photo.

    Use caution taking the board out as it does have some tabs that may hold it in place

    Andrew - Reply

  7. You do not need to remove the motherboard in order to remove the battery as the photos may indicate. Work the spudger underneath the battery as shown and pry the battery away from the phone case. The battery is attached to the case with adhesive, so a bit of force is required during removal.
    • You do not need to remove the motherboard in order to remove the battery as the photos may indicate.

    • Work the spudger underneath the battery as shown and pry the battery away from the phone case.

    • The battery is attached to the case with adhesive, so a bit of force is required during removal.

  8. Evenly heat the surface of the screen using your heating tool to loosen the adhesive that is holding the screen to the phone case. If using the heating pad, you may have to reheat it once or twice during this process.
    • Evenly heat the surface of the screen using your heating tool to loosen the adhesive that is holding the screen to the phone case.

    • If using the heating pad, you may have to reheat it once or twice during this process.

    • If you're using a heat gun, avoid heating one spot for more than a few seconds.

  9. Carefully insert the spudger between the glass and the chrome outer frame of the tablet. Now, slowly pry your way around the screen to loosen the glass from the frame. Now, slowly pry your way around the screen to loosen the glass from the frame.
    • Carefully insert the spudger between the glass and the chrome outer frame of the tablet.

    • Now, slowly pry your way around the screen to loosen the glass from the frame.

  10. After you’ve removed the glass from the screen, feed the chip connection through the phone casing. The screen may need a little more force to separate from the upper edge of the tablet. The screen may need a little more force to separate from the upper edge of the tablet.
    • After you’ve removed the glass from the screen, feed the chip connection through the phone casing.

    • The screen may need a little more force to separate from the upper edge of the tablet.

    This was rather easy. I have been trying to find a place where install/repair guides are accurate and reliable. Thanks iFixIt. Thanks to you, "I FiXED it"!

    fixitbrosmsus - Reply

    Can you also include how to replace the LCD screen under the digitizer? Thanks.

    B - Reply

    do I have to remove the mother board to replace the digitizer?

    crazychris79 - Reply

    I think the only concern by not removing the MoBo would be heating up the components with either a Heat gun or the Heat Pad.

    Lawrence -

Conclusion

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

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10 Comments

Where is the microfuse located?

bbruns - Reply

Do you have to remove the battery to replace the screen?

Vic Rector - Reply

This is digitizer replacement guide - not screen replacement !!

K P - Reply

This worked perfectly for me. Thank you!

gjarmour - Reply

This worked perfectly for me. I just bought the assembly instead of going through the full deal (which if I had it would have saved me about 30 bucks overall). But was easy enough to do anyway. I still intend to get the digitizer/glass and finish so I have a spare for future breaks. (I have kids and they are hard on these tablets)

gjarmour - Reply

After successfully replacing the screen, and reassembling the unit according to the directions, I have a problem with the display image. The unit turns on, but the image does not come on unless I plug un the charger. The image displayed is of the charging batter segmented on 3 different parts of the screen, and lines similar to a schematic. I’ve disassemble the unit, checked the connections, all appear tight, reassembled and the issue is still present.

Any suggestions of what else to look for?

Jim Mason - Reply

That may be the Samsung battery (actually a single cell) not connected due to the ribbon contacts not mated correctly. Open the phone and check the ribbon connector. Be sure its tip fits flat inside the slot, and the tiny cover fitted on it.

rayramirez -

This is overly complicated, only steps 1,4,5 and 10-12 are relevant to replacing the digitizer glass.

Also, no mention of removing old adhesive with isopropyl alcohol to ensure a smooth fit for the new digitizer

brendon - Reply

As per the previous comment.

Brendon Gould - Reply

When reassembling the back cover, be extremely careful to fit the cover sideways over the three micro switches (on the right side when seen from the front). These are the power, volume up, and volume down switches. If you fit the back cover incorrectly, the switches may be blocked and not work, or worse be torn off the motherboard. I am writing this because this is what happened to me! I tore off the power switch and I had to salvage the switch from a different tablet to replace it. And that switch is extremely tiny!!

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