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Introduction

The vibrator motor is what allows your watch to vibrate to indicate incoming calls, texts, etc. An offset weight on the shaft of the motor causes it (and in turn, the watch) to vibrate when the motor spins. If your watch is set to vibrate and the vibration feature fails to function, you may need to replace the motor.

  1. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Lay the watch face-down: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Lay the watch face-down on a flat, stable surface.

  2. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Remove the holding pin: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Press the watchband down against the work surface.

    • Press the tip of a flathead screwdriver against the edge of the spring-loaded holding pin.

  3. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Remove the watchband: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • With the spring-loaded pin pressed in, the watch band should release easily.

    • Gently pull the band away from the body of the watch.

    • Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the opposite side.

  4. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Locate the four screws: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • With the watch laying face-down, locate the four screws. They are located on the back of the watch, at the four corners.

  5. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Remove the 4 screws: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Using a Torx-T5 screwdriver, remove each of the four 4mm screws and set them aside.

  6. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Pry off the back of the watch.: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Gently work the plastic opening tool under the top edge of the watch’s back cover.

  7. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Lift off the back cover: step 7, image 1 of 2 Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Lift off the back cover: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • With the watch’s back cover pried loose, gently lift it away from the front half of the watch.

  8. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Set both halves of the watch aside: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Lay both halves of the watch body assembly face down (with internal components facing up).

  9. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Locate the vibrator motor: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Locate the vibrator motor on the front half of the disassembled watch. It is located in the corner, at the end opposite the green circuit board.

  10. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Pry up the motor: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry up the motor.

  11. Samsung Gear Live Vibrator Motor Replacement, Pry up the motor contacts: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Using the plastic prying tool, gently pry away the motor’s contacts and ribbon cable from the watch assembly

Conclusion

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

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