Introduction

This guide will show you how to detach and replace the phone's touchscreen display.

Image 1/1: Pull back on the rear casing until it comes free from the device.
  • Using your fingers, pry along the groove at the top of the phone.

  • Pull back on the rear casing until it comes free from the device.

    • The casing will make a cracking sound as it is removed.

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Image 1/1: Lift away to remove the battery from the phone.
  • With your fingers, pry from the bottom of the battery to loosen it.

  • Lift away to remove the battery from the phone.

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Image 1/1: Remove the sim card by sliding it downwards from its slot with your fingers.
  • Locate the red and white sim card located above the battery housing.

  • Remove the sim card by sliding it downwards from its slot with your fingers.

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Image 1/1: Once loosened, some screws may get stuck in the casing. Use tweezers to remove them.
  • Remove the seven silver 3mm screws securing the rear panel using the Phillips #000 screwdriver.

    • Once loosened, some screws may get stuck in the casing. Use tweezers to remove them.

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Image 1/1: Prying too deeply may damage delicate components inside the phone.
  • Pry around the rear panel with a plastic opening tool to loosen it.

    • Prying too deeply may damage delicate components inside the phone.

  • Remove the rear panel from the phone with your fingers.

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  • Remove the four black 3mm screws securing the motherboard with the Phillips #000 screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Pry from the side the arrow is pointing with your fingers. Image 2/2: The cable will audibly snap as it is removed from its attachment.
  • Locate the flex cable attachment at the tab with a green arrow printed on top.

  • Pry from the side the arrow is pointing with your fingers.

    • The cable will audibly snap as it is removed from its attachment.

    • Let the cable hang loosely to the side of the phone.

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Image 1/1: If necessary, use a plastic opening tool to separate the motherboard from the key pad underneath.
  • Pull the motherboard up from the side opposite the loose flex cable.

    • If necessary, use a plastic opening tool to separate the motherboard from the key pad underneath.

  • Lift to remove the motherboard from the device.

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Image 1/1: Pry the keyboard away from the casing with the plastic opening tool.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into any side of the phone case to separate the keyboard from the rear panel.

  • Pry the keyboard away from the casing with the plastic opening tool.

  • The keyboard should come off with almost no force at all.

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  • Remove the 7 silver 2mm screws attaching the silver metal plate to the rear panel with the Phillips #000 Screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: The golden metal plate is stuck to the rear panel with a strong adhesive, so a moderate amount of force may be needed.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to carefully loosen the golden metal plate.

  • The golden metal plate is stuck to the rear panel with a strong adhesive, so a moderate amount of force may be needed.

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Image 1/1: Carefully take off the keyboard casing with your fingers.
  • Lift the gold plate with your fingers, repositioning it to slide through the keyboard casing underneath.

  • Carefully take off the keyboard casing with your fingers.

    • The golden metal plate should fit through the wide slot of the casing.

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Image 1/1: The metal plate is attached to springs that offer a small amount of resistance, so it will snap into place.
  • Slide the silver metal plate down and away from the to the flex cable and gold metal plate.

    • The metal plate is attached to springs that offer a small amount of resistance, so it will snap into place.

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  • Unscrew the 4 black 3mm screws from the rear panel with the Phillips #000 Screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Firmly slide the plastic opening tool all around the rear panel.  The panel will audibly snap as it comes apart. Image 2/2: These 2 pieces are attached well, so a significant amount of force is needed to separate them.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the groove at the top of the rear panel.

  • Firmly slide the plastic opening tool all around the rear panel. The panel will audibly snap as it comes apart.

  • These 2 pieces are attached well, so a significant amount of force is needed to separate them.

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Image 1/1: Pull the part containing the metal plate away from the rest of the rear panel.
  • Lift the flex cable and position it so the part containing the metal plate can come free.

  • Pull the part containing the metal plate away from the rest of the rear panel.

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Image 1/2: Pull the black rectangular piece, attached to the front facing camera, away from the rear panel. Image 2/2: Pull the black rectangular piece, attached to the front facing camera, away from the rear panel.
  • Use tweezers to loosen the front-facing camera from the plastic casing.

  • Pull the black rectangular piece, attached to the front facing camera, away from the rear panel.

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  • Carefully peel the blue tape from the bottom of the flex cable and set it aside.

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Image 1/2: Pull lightly on the flex cable to free it from the housing. Image 2/2: The cable may audibly snap as it is freed from its attachment.
  • Use one of the plastic opening tools to loosen the flex cable from its central housing.

  • Pull lightly on the flex cable to free it from the housing.

    • The cable may audibly snap as it is freed from its attachment.

Picture shows a small black snap cover. This comes straight up. I then tried to pry up the cable. That doesn't happen. It slides out to the left in the picture.

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Image 1/1: Pull upward with the tweezers and the flex cable will come loose.
  • Use tweezers to loosen the flex cable and speaker from the bottom of the phone.

  • Pull upward with the tweezers and the flex cable will come loose.

  • The flex cable will come free with the front-facing camera attached. In order to remove the front-facing camera, see our guide here.

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Image 1/2: Using the plastic opener tool, lightly pry the cable attachment into an upright position. Image 2/2: The clamp attachment will snap as it is pried upright.
  • Locate the clamp holding the gold display cable to the back of the screen.

  • Using the plastic opener tool, lightly pry the cable attachment into an upright position.

    • The clamp attachment will snap as it is pried upright.

    • Once completed, the attachment should resemble the marked section.

I got to this stage. Disconnected just fine. Then saw step 23 and realized this was too far. I should have stopped before Step 21. I bought a used phone with a good display, so I'm happy with the frame it is in. On my current phone, the display has gone bad - weird colors, then nothing. I'm happy just replacing the screen with case. I don't need to snap it out of the casing as in Step 23. However, now that I've unplugged this gold display cable, it's a booger bear to plug back in, but I'll get it.

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I bought the used phone for $10. I was hoping I could just put my SIM card in and go. There were no guarantees, nor would I expect one for $10. Battery was not good. When I put in a known good battery, the phone worked but battery would not charge on this phone. But the display is great. So I chose to switch out the display.

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I could have stopped at Step 16 for my purposes. I did when dis-mantling my defunct screen phone.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to bend the display cable as this is a very sensitive part of the phone.
  • Using the tweezers, carefully pull the gold display cable to remove it from its attachment.

  • Be careful not to bend the display cable as this is a very sensitive part of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Repeat this process as necessary; a lot of adhesive holds the screen to the frame. Image 2/2: Gently push forward from the back of the display to remove the screen from the frame.
  • Pry around the screen with a plastic opening tool to loosen it from the frame.

    • Repeat this process as necessary; a lot of adhesive holds the screen to the frame.

  • Gently push forward from the back of the display to remove the screen from the frame.

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Conclusion

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

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Overall this was a great presentation. Very thorough and detailed, yet simple, with great pictures. Thank you.

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