Introduction

Use this guide to replace your cracked or otherwise damaged front panel, including the front glass, digitizer, and front panel buttons.

  1. Make sure your phone is powered off.
    • Make sure your phone is powered off.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the rear battery cover.

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  2. Remove the battery by pulling up from the bottom right corner.
    • Remove the battery by pulling up from the bottom right corner.

    • Remove the SIM card and the Micro SD card.

      • SIM card

      • Micro SD card

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    • Remove the six 2.8 mm Phillips screws.

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    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry off the casing.

    • The volume button, camera button, and lock button may fall out as you remove the casing. If they are still on the phone, remove them.

      • Lock button

      • Camera button

      • Volume button

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    • Disconnect the LCD cable with a plastic opening tool.

    • Remove the two 2.8 mm Phillips screws that hold the motherboard in place.

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    • Remove motherboard.

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    • Remove the six 1.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Very gently peel the LCD cord off the slider assembly.

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    • Remove the keyboard housing from the screen housing.

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    • Remove the four 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

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    • I found that my plastic opening tool wasn't strong enough (it broke) to pry open this casing.

      • I used a 1.3 mm Flathead screwdriver as an opening tool.

    • After you have gotten under the edge of the back plate, slide your tool along the length of the plate.

    • Be careful if using a screwdriver to open the casing. While there are a minimal amount of components that can be damaged, caution should be exercised. It is not recommended.

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    • Remove the cover.

    • There are four clips on the underside of the cover, shown in the green and yellow boxes.

      • I found these clips to be the hardest to remove.

      • After removing the yellow clips, these should follow easily.

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    • It's time to take the LCD out.

    • Begin by removing the blue piece of tape.

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    • Disconnect the two ZIF connections using a plastic opening tool.

      • ZIF #1

      • ZIF #2

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    • Use a plastic opening tool on the bottom of the LCD to pry it off.

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    • Remove the LCD panel.

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Conclusion

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

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