Introduction

When the screen cracks but keeps displaying video, the digitizer (cover glass) needs replaced. The screen and the digitizer are extremely fragile and should be taken out with extreme care.

  1. Use an opening tool to push in and release sixteen small plastic clips around the edge of the case. As the clips are released, gradually pry the case apart. It is easiest to start on the corners.
    • Use an opening tool to push in and release sixteen small plastic clips around the edge of the case. As the clips are released, gradually pry the case apart.

    • It is easiest to start on the corners.

  2. Once opened, carefully peel back the black electric tape around the digitizer.
    • Once opened, carefully peel back the black electric tape around the digitizer.

  3. Unclasp the electrical plastic strip by gently pulling up on the white colored clasp.
    • Unclasp the electrical plastic strip by gently pulling up on the white colored clasp.

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  5. Unscrew the five screws holding down the motherboard.
    • Unscrew the five screws holding down the motherboard.

  6. Once all five screws are removed, you should be able to lift up the motherboard.
    • Once all five screws are removed, you should be able to lift up the motherboard.

  7. Remove the four remaining screws.
    • Remove the four remaining screws.

    • This can be done with the battery still attached but is easier if it is unattached.

  8. Remove the metal sheet covering the screen and digitizer.
    • Remove the metal sheet covering the screen and digitizer.

    • Removing the screen is a very fragile process and needs to be done slowly. The nylon spudger is the best tool for this.

  9. Remove all of the white pegs located along the perimeter of the plastic. You'll need to remove all of the pegs to remove the white front face. Remove all of the white pegs located along the perimeter of the plastic. You'll need to remove all of the pegs to remove the white front face.
    • Remove all of the white pegs located along the perimeter of the plastic. You'll need to remove all of the pegs to remove the white front face.

  10. To take out the digitizer, remove the connector ribbon from the plastic and then slowly apply pressure to the corner and edges of the digitizer. To take out the digitizer, remove the connector ribbon from the plastic and then slowly apply pressure to the corner and edges of the digitizer.
    • To take out the digitizer, remove the connector ribbon from the plastic and then slowly apply pressure to the corner and edges of the digitizer.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Ok I opened up the back and I accidentally pressed a little on the battery and now my screen is all white no picture. What did I do is there a way to fix the picture?

deysi gallegos - Reply

Most likely the LCD is broken and needs to be replaced.

Stephen Martinez -

You don't need to remove the mother board or the battery from the LCD to replace the digitizer. Once you remove the screws from the motherboard you can lift it up to access the screw for the front bezel and access the bezel clips underneath. Taking the battery off the LCD will most likely damage the LCD, so don't even mess with it. After you have the front bezel removed, flip the entire assembly over and you can replace the digitizer. Make sure you remove all the black foam and adhesive from the case after the digitizer is removed. This makes assembly easier and prevents damage to the new digitizer.

Stephen Martinez - Reply

I replaced my digitizer screen and it is still not working, what is the screen under the first screen called and it is still showing a dysfunctional screen

pam - Reply

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