Introduction

This is a general disassembly, mainly intended for replacement of the LCD / screen assembly. My first guide on iFixit so please be gentle. :) If you are looking for the LCD assembly, we have them available for sale, with fast shipping from California.

Pry rear cover off starting at the corner Continue down the side Lift rear cover off
  • Pry rear cover off starting at the corner

  • Continue down the side

  • Lift rear cover off

I lost my sim card on the inside of the phone how do I get it out

peggy shawback - Reply

Remove Kapton tape covering fingerprint scanner cover Unscrew two screws holding on fingerprint scanner flex cover Along with that upper screw, there goes your warranty!
  • Remove Kapton tape covering fingerprint scanner cover

  • Unscrew two screws holding on fingerprint scanner flex cover

    • Along with that upper screw, there goes your warranty!

  • Disconnect fingerprint sensor flex cable and set rear cover aside.

How do I pull up the scanner from the back of the casing

peggy shawback - Reply

Between step s 2 and 3 you have to remove 15 Phillips screws on the mid-frame assembly before the LCD and digitizer will come out.

Jason McDonald - March 22 ( please follow his directions as seen below)

Brotherandsister Perkins - Reply

Carefully insert pry tool on side of phone between LCD and frame Continue down the side the phone and around the edges until frame and LCD assembly are separated Ta-da!
  • Carefully insert pry tool on side of phone between LCD and frame

  • Continue down the side the phone and around the edges until frame and LCD assembly are separated

  • Ta-da!

    • Don't laugh at my terrible Photoshop cropping.

I think you left out a step. All of the screws must be removed before this part will come free.

crusher171 - Reply

Yes otherwise someone will crack the bezel and rear case trying to take it off

Aerial L - Reply

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, make sure to add the step where you remove the screws. This is ESSENTIAL.

Josh Montano - Reply

Right and how often do you change the battery

Mark Harris - Reply

  • Remove the 15 Phillips 00 screws securing the midframe to the phone.

This step should be prior to step 3!!!

Edward Guerrero - Reply

Remove Kapton tape over battery plug Disconnect battery Disconnect this other flex cable above the battery, whatever it goes to
  • Remove Kapton tape over battery plug

  • Disconnect battery

  • Disconnect this other flex cable above the battery, whatever it goes to

The wide connector next to the battery connector is the extension cable to the replacable charge port assembly at the bottom.

Nate Evans - Reply

Lol...nice...the expertise is obvious

Aerial L - Reply

Disconnect this one Now this one And this camera one also
  • Disconnect this one

  • Now this one

  • And this camera one also

The camera may pop out just place this to the side

Aerial L - Reply

Disconnect antenna Unscrew motherboard screw Disconnect LCD flex cable
  • Disconnect antenna

  • Unscrew motherboard screw

  • Disconnect LCD flex cable

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Lift out logic board Easy
  • Lift out logic board

  • Easy

  • Now on to the fun part...

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Heat up battery Heating a battery is dangerous and could cause the battery to explode or expand. Use caution. Find appropriate tool to pry battery
  • Heat up battery

    • Heating a battery is dangerous and could cause the battery to explode or expand. Use caution.

  • Find appropriate tool to pry battery

    • Ensure your tool of choice is heat resistant

The plastic cards ( Plastic Cards ) would be the perfect tool to assist you in prying out the battery.

Nate Evans - Reply

Once you have found the proper tool, begin prying up on either side of the battery. If utilizing a metal ruler, make sure to use a pink one. Other colors of ruler, such as blue or green, are simply not up to the task. Be careful not to damage previously disconnected flex cables that run under the battery.
  • Once you have found the proper tool, begin prying up on either side of the battery.

    • If utilizing a metal ruler, make sure to use a pink one. Other colors of ruler, such as blue or green, are simply not up to the task.

    • Be careful not to damage previously disconnected flex cables that run under the battery.

  • Finally, bend the battery back into shape so it doesn't look too bad in your photos.

How often do you change the battery

Mark Harris - Reply

Pry up charging port / antenna daughterboard. Remove from frame and set aside
  • Pry up charging port / antenna daughterboard.

  • Remove from frame and set aside

Don't forget to disconnect the connector first

Aerial L - Reply

AND there is black adhesive tape attached at the top of the board and some under...some light heat may help with the adhesive under so as to not bend the board

Aerial L - Reply

what are u useing to take off the back of the phone

Jaylon Mccoy - Reply

Lift up digitizer flex cable from frame Peel up this flex cable and tweezer it off where it's stuck to the frame Peel up the LCD flex cable
  • Lift up digitizer flex cable from frame

  • Peel up this flex cable and tweezer it off where it's stuck to the frame

  • Peel up the LCD flex cable

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Slide something in between the screen and frame. Make sure to slide it in there real nice Separate LCD assembly from frame, starting at the bottom.
  • Slide something in between the screen and frame.

    • Make sure to slide it in there real nice

  • Separate LCD assembly from frame, starting at the bottom.

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Push digitizer flex cable through frame Remove LCD assembly from phone Remove LCD assembly from phone
  • Push digitizer flex cable through frame

  • Remove LCD assembly from phone

Is the glass glued to the LCD?

peter bouchard - Reply

Yes it is glued together.

Brennan Murphy - Reply

So is it even possible to actually just replace the digitizer? Because it seems like in getting it out I took the lcd with it?? is that "always" the case???

Dave K - Reply

Im ficing my phone now what kind of glue

candylady35206 - Reply

Ya, I lost out but I should've bought the lcd, digitizer AND frame COMBO since I'm a novice at this. It was recommended this way. Now I have to worry about uv foca glue : (

I wish I was warned that I should've bought the lcd and glass as a combo unless I have a $10,000 machine. :(

Everyone make sure u buy the lcd + digitizer glass 2 in 1 already laminated or even 3 in 1 frame, lcd, digitizer glass

THANK YOU

N.1234 - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Does the digitizer snap in? Or will I need adhesive to install my new digitizer?? Other phones that I have replaced the digitizer I needed adhesive, but I know some just snap in. I'm hoping this is one of those that just snap in.

thestoryofrecovery - Reply

With this phone, you would need new adhesive. I would recommend using the 2mm Tessa 61395 tape ( Tesa 61395 Tape )

Nate Evans -

So is it even possible to actually just replace the digitizer? Because it seems like in getting it out I took the lcd with it?? is that "always" the case???

Dave K - Reply

The digitizer may be built into the LCD panel it self, it's not uncommon. If that's the case, no, it would not be possible to replace just the digitizer. And the cost to difficulty ratio would be rather low

Nate Evans -

Is it possible to replace just the lcd glass (front piece) and not the lcd digitizer, or are they glued together? Some places sell just the glass and that's all that's broken on my phone.

Patrick - Reply

The LCD assembly consists of three layers(typically); Glass lens, digitizer and the LCD panel. That being said, yes, it is possible however impractical. As Danny said it's much easier to replace the entire assembly, even if it cost a few tens of dollars more. I always recommend replacing the entire assembly whenever possible.

Nate Evans -

I've been fixing phones for 5 years now and it is so much harder to replace just glass when u can get the glass and digitizers for really cheap now the only ones that r expensive r the newer iPhones the process to remove just glass involves heating the glass that is already broken so now ur heating pulling out a piece and reheating it's not a fun process at all and if u do manage to get it off without breaking the digitizer and that's a big IF u still have to get a uv light and uv glue and glue it to the digitizer and hope u don't get air bubbles in between!!! The $10 bucks extra is way worth it makes the job a lot easier but if u do end up doing just the glass GOOD LUCK lol I would pay the extra even if it was $50 more

Danny cable - Reply

Very well written! Nice job! You took wonderful photos and had a very detailed and methodical repair guide! I would suggest to link the tools you used, or would use in the header of the guide. As well as a few wider angle shots of some of the close ups would also be helpful for the reader to help oriente themselves where they are in the phone, also simply for more detail and insight into the phone.

Well done Brennan!

#Nate#

-nerdBoy

Nate Evans - Reply

Need help getting my sim card out of this phone

peggy shawback - Reply

Between step s 2 and 3 you have to remove 15 Phillips screws on the mid-frame assembly before the LCD and digitizer will come out.

Jason McDonald - Reply

Any tips on step 12. I cant seem to get the screen loose from frame. Cant find an opening to pry.

Alan Shuford - Reply

Since the screen is obviously not going to be working I personally used heat and a razor blade. Obviously be careful not to scratch the bezel. But the have plastic "razor blades". Also what also works wonders are a regular deck of playing cards to hold open the screen!! And/or thin guitar picks...

Aerial L -

Do you have to heat the battery?

Ultimate Fangirl - Reply

You don't have to heat the battery. I used my plastic pry tool around the right edge and lifted up then used an old rewards card wiggle through the adhesive. About a third of the way I pulled up on the bottom corner and the battery lifted out.

Eva Redondo - Reply

Followed this guide and it worked out great! The only problem I have is that now everything works other than the led light at the bottom of the phone that illuminates the circle and flashes for notifications is always on. doesnt matter if the phones off or screens off that light always stays on draining the battery. Any ideas where i went wrong?

Du dy - Reply

Do I need I to buy a new adhesive if I already brought a new LCD screen with a Touch Digitizer.

lucy - Reply

and does it have to be 2mm tessa tape as recommened from Nate Evans. if yes why?

lucy - Reply

Is there a way to reset the zte.my friend gave it to me and has moved to ohio..and i cant unlock the security code or fingerprint????

Earlleith - Reply

Do a hard reset it's the same on most phones running Android.

Darrien Kemp -

Did you ever figure out how to reset passwords, or unlock this phone?

Jack Hughes - Reply

My auto rotate doesn't work any idea how I could fix it or what steps I should take. It is turned on rotate yet when I click the phone nothing seems to happen.

Ruben Meneses Jr - Reply

Lot of work for a $99 phone. Why not buy another one. I was going to attempt for a battery replacement but why on Earth would I.

Joe Bama - Reply

What if I want to replace just the touch screen with the digitizer do I still have to go through all the steps and remove the LCD housing or can I skip some of the steps and just take out that the digitizer with touch screen at an earlier Step

Teddy Isola - Reply

These really are wonderful pictures of the process but do did you happen to do a video on it? I like visuals, like a go through guide type thing. Am I out of luck on that? I can always check youtube.

Jean Brick - Reply

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