Introduction

Use this guide to replace the display of your Sony Xperia Z3.

Heat the back cover of your Xperia Z3 to loosen the adhesive underneath. Lift up the back cover with a suction handle and put an opening pick in the gap. Move the pick carefully around the edges to loosen the adhesive on every side of the phone.
  • Heat the back cover of your Xperia Z3 to loosen the adhesive underneath.

  • Lift up the back cover with a suction handle and put an opening pick in the gap.

  • Move the pick carefully around the edges to loosen the adhesive on every side of the phone.

  • Don't put the pick in too deep under the back cover to not damage any parts inside the phone.

How hot (how many C) should the iOpener be? I think it would be safer / more accurate to heat the iOpener in an oven with accurate temperature control.

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After the adhesive around the egdes is loosened, pull up the back cover with your suction handle. Use a tweezer to pull out two black straps that are attached to two pieces of adhesive right on the battery.
  • After the adhesive around the egdes is loosened, pull up the back cover with your suction handle.

  • Use a tweezer to pull out two black straps that are attached to two pieces of adhesive right on the battery.

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Gently pull out both of the black straps with the adhesive tabs. Never pull out the straps upwards but always sideways. It can easily happen that you rupture the adhesive tabs right in between. In this case use a plastic card to pry off the back cover carefully, use heat if necessary !
  • Gently pull out both of the black straps with the adhesive tabs.

  • Never pull out the straps upwards but always sideways. It can easily happen that you rupture the adhesive tabs right in between. In this case use a plastic card to pry off the back cover carefully, use heat if necessary !

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After pulling out the adhesive tabs, you can lift the back cover  and remove it. After pulling out the adhesive tabs, you can lift the back cover  and remove it.
  • After pulling out the adhesive tabs, you can lift the back cover and remove it.

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Unplug the battery flex connector. Use a tweezer to gently pull off the adhesive strip on the bottom part of the battery.
  • Unplug the battery flex connector.

  • Use a tweezer to gently pull off the adhesive strip on the bottom part of the battery.

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Use a spudger on the left side of the frame to lever out the battery. Be careful with the spudger—there are cables beneath the battery! Remove the battery.
  • Use a spudger on the left side of the frame to lever out the battery.

    • Be careful with the spudger—there are cables beneath the battery!

  • Remove the battery.

  • Unscrew the two Phillips #00 screws.

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Unplug the antenna cable with a tweezer. Use a Spudger to unplug the main flex connector and the flex connector of the vibration motor. Use a Spudger to unplug the main flex connector and the flex connector of the vibration motor.
  • Unplug the antenna cable with a tweezer.

  • Use a Spudger to unplug the main flex connector and the flex connector of the vibration motor.

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Remove the cover on top of the loudspeaker assembly. Use a spudger to pull out the vibration motor and remove its rubber gasket with a tweezer. Use a spudger to pull out the vibration motor and remove its rubber gasket with a tweezer.
  • Remove the cover on top of the loudspeaker assembly.

  • Use a spudger to pull out the vibration motor and remove its rubber gasket with a tweezer.

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Use a tweezer to remove the adhesive strip of the loudspeaker assembly. Pull up the metal clamp at the upper end of the loudspeaker assembly by using a tweezer and remove it. Pull up the metal clamp at the upper end of the loudspeaker assembly by using a tweezer and remove it.
  • Use a tweezer to remove the adhesive strip of the loudspeaker assembly.

  • Pull up the metal clamp at the upper end of the loudspeaker assembly by using a tweezer and remove it.

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Lift up the main flex cable covering the loudspeaker assembly with a Spudger Take care to not damage the loudspeaker. The flex cable is attached to the assembly with adhesive and is a little bit sticky. Lift up the whole loudspeaker assembly with a spudger and remove it.
  • Lift up the main flex cable covering the loudspeaker assembly with a Spudger

    • Take care to not damage the loudspeaker. The flex cable is attached to the assembly with adhesive and is a little bit sticky.

    • Lift up the whole loudspeaker assembly with a spudger and remove it.

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Use a spudger to lift up the end of the main flex. Remove the bronze foil covering the connector of the main flex with a tweezer.
  • Use a spudger to lift up the end of the main flex.

  • Remove the bronze foil covering the connector of the main flex with a tweezer.

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Lift up the metal plate which is placed beneath the loudspeaker assembly and remove it. Unplug the main flex cable. Use a tweezer to remove the yellow adhesive foil covering the display flex cable.
  • Lift up the metal plate which is placed beneath the loudspeaker assembly and remove it.

  • Unplug the main flex cable.

  • Use a tweezer to remove the yellow adhesive foil covering the display flex cable.

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Use a spudger to gently slide beneath the display flex cable and lift it up. Use a spudger to gently slide beneath the display flex cable and lift it up. Use a spudger to gently slide beneath the display flex cable and lift it up.
  • Use a spudger to gently slide beneath the display flex cable and lift it up.

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Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the display of your phone. The stickiest areas are in the upper and lower area of your display. After cooling down, the adhesive will stick to the mid frame again. If needed reheat it.
  • Use an iOpener to loosen the adhesive underneath the display of your phone.

    • The stickiest areas are in the upper and lower area of your display. After cooling down, the adhesive will stick to the mid frame again. If needed reheat it.

    • After the adhesive at the lower end of your phone is loosened, pull up the display with your suction handle and insert an opening pick.

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After loosening the adhesive in the lower area of your phone with an opening pick, insert an other opening pick approximately 1/16 of an inch and slide it along both sides of the phone to sparate the display from the frame. Take care! While you're loosening the adhesive beneath the upper part of your phone, do not insert the opening pick too deep between the display and the mid frame. The earpiece is placed right beneath the "Sony" Logo and you don't want to damage it. After loosening all the adhesive beneath the display twist the opening pick in the lower end of your phone a little bit to lift up the display.
  • After loosening the adhesive in the lower area of your phone with an opening pick, insert an other opening pick approximately 1/16 of an inch and slide it along both sides of the phone to sparate the display from the frame.

    • Take care! While you're loosening the adhesive beneath the upper part of your phone, do not insert the opening pick too deep between the display and the mid frame. The earpiece is placed right beneath the "Sony" Logo and you don't want to damage it.

  • After loosening all the adhesive beneath the display twist the opening pick in the lower end of your phone a little bit to lift up the display.

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To fully remove the display off your phone, you need to thread the display flex cable through the gap of the mid frame in the bottom end of your phone. Take care of all the connectors of the main flex cable hanging around and of course the display flex cable itself. Take care of all the connectors of the main flex cable hanging around and of course the display flex cable itself.
  • To fully remove the display off your phone, you need to thread the display flex cable through the gap of the mid frame in the bottom end of your phone.

    • Take care of all the connectors of the main flex cable hanging around and of course the display flex cable itself.

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If you didn't manage to keep the earpiece in its place while removing the display you have to remove it now. The earpiece is extremely sticky and might be damaged while removing it.
  • If you didn't manage to keep the earpiece in its place while removing the display you have to remove it now.

    • The earpiece is extremely sticky and might be damaged while removing it.

  • Use an iOpener to soften the glue, then use an opening pick to slide between the the earpiece and the display and carefully take off the earpiece speaker.

    • When reassembling put the earpiece speaker back on the frontside of your phone.

The picture is misleading. If you try to remove the speaker with tweezers just how the picture depicts it, you will most likely rip it in two peaces like I did. Warming it up is absolutely necessary, but then just use a pick to loosen the adhesive underneath the speaker and remove it afterwards. For reassembly you will then need some new adhesive sticker for the speaker, but those are pretty cheap.

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Conclusion

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

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