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Motorola Droid Front Panel Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

This guide will take you through the process of installing a new front panel on your Motorola Droid.

This guide will take you through the process of installing a new front panel on your Motorola Droid.

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Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

Disconnect the camera button/vibrator connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the speaker board with a spudger.

Step 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the camera button/vibrator connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the speaker board with a spudger.

Step 2  ¶ 

Slide the phone open. Lift up the edge of the black plastic rim that includes the speaker board from the side closest to the keypad.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone open.

  • Lift up the edge of the black plastic rim that includes the speaker board from the side closest to the keypad.

  • Continue lifting the side of the rim until it is almost vertical, and wiggle it free from the back of the LCD assembly.

Step 3  ¶ 

Remove the EMI shield by releasing the clips shown with the tip of a spudger.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the EMI shield by releasing the clips shown with the tip of a spudger.

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove the five 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the five 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

  • It's either a 2.5 MM Phillips or a T4 Torx. Motorola changed it on later models of the A956.

Step 5  ¶ 

Slide the phone until a sixth screw is visible, as shown.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Slide the phone until a sixth screw is visible, as shown.

  • Remove the single 2.5 mm Phillips screw.

Step 6  ¶ 

Continue sliding the phone in the same direction, past its "closed" position, until four more screws are revealed. You will need to lift the slider slightly to get it passed the "closed" position.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Continue sliding the phone in the same direction, past its "closed" position, until four more screws are revealed. You will need to lift the slider slightly to get it passed the "closed" position.

  • Remove the four 2.5 mm Phillips screws.

Step 7  ¶ 

Return the phone to its normal "closed" position.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Return the phone to its normal "closed" position.

  • Peel the display ribbon up from the keypad's metal backing.

  • The ribbon cannot be completely removed yet, because it is attached to the back of the LCD.

Step 8  ¶ 

Insert a spudger between the back and front case of the display assembly, and peel the two ribbon cables off the two adhesive pads along the back case of the display assembly. The location of the pads on the back case is shown.  The top left corner of the case is the corner of the phone shown in the first picture.

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the back and front case of the display assembly, and peel the two ribbon cables off the two adhesive pads along the back case of the display assembly.

  • The location of the pads on the back case is shown. The top left corner of the case is the corner of the phone shown in the first picture.

Step 9  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the board that contains the ambient light sensor and display data cable connector out of the screen housing.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the board that contains the ambient light sensor and display data cable connector out of the screen housing.

Step 10  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to lift the speaker out of the screen housing. Use the tip of a spudger to lift the speaker out of the screen housing.

Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the speaker out of the screen housing.

Step 11  ¶ 

Peel off the black tape to reveal the front panel connector.

Step 11  ¶ 

  • Peel off the black tape to reveal the front panel connector.

Step 12  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the front panel ribbon cable ZIF socket.

Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the front panel ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Disconnect the front panel ribbon cable.

Step 13  ¶ 

Flip the phone over and remove the front panel.

Step 13  ¶ 

  • Flip the phone over and remove the front panel.