Introduction

The screen of the device is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, which is a fragile piece of circuitry. This guide will help you in removing the screen from the motherboard without damaging these elements.

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  • Remove the 9.9 mm screw covering the batteries with a PH1 driver head.

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Image 1/1: If replacing your batteries with new ones, be careful to insert them as indicated on the device.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the batteries out of their holding.

  • If replacing your batteries with new ones, be careful to insert them as indicated on the device.

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Image 1/2: Remove all seven 9.6 mm screws located around the perimeter of the back cover with a PH1 driver head. Image 2/2: Remove all seven 9.6 mm screws located around the perimeter of the back cover with a PH1 driver head.
  • Position the VTech Little Apps Tablet face-down on a flat surface so that you can clearly see the back of the device.

  • Remove all seven 9.6 mm screws located around the perimeter of the back cover with a PH1 driver head.

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Image 1/2: Proceed with caution as there are wires attaching the back cover to the front cover of the device that could be easily detached. Image 2/2: Proceed with caution as there are wires attaching the back cover to the front cover of the device that could be easily detached.
  • Gently remove the back cover then flip it 180 degrees so that the back cover of the device is now face-down.

  • Proceed with caution as there are wires attaching the back cover to the front cover of the device that could be easily detached.

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Image 1/1: Gently lift the beige circuit board and set aside.
  • Unscrew the two 7.3 mm screws using a PH0 driver head.

  • Gently lift the beige circuit board and set aside.

  • Be sure to not damage the wires connecting the circuit board to the motherboard, you are only creating space to work in.

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Image 1/2: Remove the red-brown washer after removing the screws. Image 2/2: Remove the black foam insert  and set aside.
  • Unscrew three 7.3 mm panhead screws with the PH0 driver.

  • Remove the red-brown washer after removing the screws.

  • Remove the black foam insert and set aside.

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Image 1/1: Be careful when rescrewing circuit boards. Too much pressure or too tight of screws could damage them.
  • Unscrew the 7.3 mm screw fastening the LED circuit board to the device shell with a PH0 driver head.

  • Be careful when rescrewing circuit boards. Too much pressure or too tight of screws could damage them.

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Image 1/2: Separate the LED circuit board and light refractor panel by gently pulling apart. Place the light panel to the side. Image 2/2: Skip the next step if you are proceeding with this guide as a part of the Screen Replacement.
  • Gently lift both LED circuit board and the white glass light refractor panel away from the device.

  • Separate the LED circuit board and light refractor panel by gently pulling apart. Place the light panel to the side.

  • Skip the next step if you are proceeding with this guide as a part of the Screen Replacement.

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Image 1/1: Replace the LED and solder the new connection to the LED circuit board.
  • Carefully desolder the LED leads (labeled "R", "+" and "B" on the circuit board) to disconnect the LED from the circuit board.

  • Replace the LED and solder the new connection to the LED circuit board.

  • Refer to the iFixit Soldering Guide for assistance.

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Image 1/1: When resecuring the motherboard, avoid over-tightening the screws. Too much pressure could damage the motherboard.
  • Remove the three 7.3mm screws securing motherboard to the device shell.

  • When resecuring the motherboard, avoid over-tightening the screws. Too much pressure could damage the motherboard.

  • Pay attention to the setup of the light-blue ribbon cable located under the motherboard, and use this information for reassembly.

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Image 1/3: Use a heat gun (or hair dryer) to apply low heat to the ribbon cable attachment on the motherboard. Image 2/3: Avoid overheating the ribbon cable and motherboard or they may melt. Image 3/3: Carefully use a nylon spudger to  separate the  ribbon cable from the motherboard and remove the screen.
  • Carefully lift both the screen and motherboard, to access to the ribbon cable underneath.

  • Use a heat gun (or hair dryer) to apply low heat to the ribbon cable attachment on the motherboard.

  • Avoid overheating the ribbon cable and motherboard or they may melt.

  • Carefully use a nylon spudger to separate the ribbon cable from the motherboard and remove the screen.

  • This step may require two sets of hands; having a friend always helps!

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Conclusion

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

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