I had to use a pair of tweezers to get the SIM card out.
  • I had to use a pair of tweezers to get the SIM card out.

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I started in the corner of the area with the SIM card and SD Card trays with a guitar pick.
  • I started in the corner of the area with the SIM card and SD Card trays with a guitar pick.

  • **BE SURE NOT TO DAMAGE THE SIM CARD OR SD CARD SLOTS**

Once you get the two edges of the SIM card and SD Card trays popped up you can easily remove the cover using a small pocket screwdriver by putting the screwdriver blade sideways in the groove between the cover and bottom case. Then slide the small edge of the blade foreword in the groove between the cover and case popping it open as the larger part of the blade spreads it apart. Be sure to go all the way around. Do not attempt to pull open the case once you can get your fingers under it. Do not push the screwdriver directly inside the case. Sliding along the case it should only be in a groove about 0.030” or .75mm deep and it will work like a zipper.

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  • A guitar pick ended up not being enough. I switched to a metal pry tool and used a sort of spooning motion to get the rear cover unsnapped.

  • You can look at the picture of the rear cover to see where the snaps are located.

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  • Remove the two screws attached to the circuit board on the battery and remove the battery.

    • There was no adhesive on the back of my battery, just along the sides.

The battery four wire connector lifts straight up. Gently pry up from under the wire end using the iFixit tool #IF145-335-2 or similar tool. Reinstall it by aligning it over the top and pressing straight back down. Check it lays flat using the same tool.

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  • Be careful when removing the ribbon cables as there is adhesive on the back of them. To remove the cables flip up the rear part of the connector to slide the cable out - *gently*.

  • The USB Charging Connector and the Antenna Board both have adhesive on the back. Remove the screws and carefully lift up on the boards to remove them.

    • **Be careful with the antenna cable!**

Don’t remove that small board in the middle picture. No need to remove the two screws mounting it either. Just take care removing the ribbon cable from that board. Also the antenna cable lifts straight up. Use very light prying action with a plastic prying tool such as the iFixit Opening tool #IF145-335-2. When reinstalling the antenna, align it straight over the top of the post and press down using the same tool.

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  • Remove the 5 screws holding the Mainboard and Speakers in to place. *One of the screws is under the ribbon cable*

  • There was no adhesive holding this board in and the whole assembly lifted out as one piece.

There is a small amount of adhesive all around the screen holding it to the frame. You may not need extra adhesive to complete the job but you should have some ready, just in case. Remove the screen from the frame by holding the edges of the case with your fingers and gently pushing on the metal part of the screen sort of peeling the frame off the screen working your way all the way around.

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Conclusion

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

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