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Introduction

This is a good teardown when you will finally see what is under the black panel on the rear. It can also guide you to change the battery, if needed :)

Have a nice reading.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Motorola Moto G 1st Generation, use our service manual.

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    • After removing the back cover, use a torx T5 to remove all screws at the back

    • Use an opening tool or plastic spuged to remove the outer frame.

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    • First we're going to remove the battery

    • Using a plastic spudger, remove the battery connector from its socket.

    • The battery will come off the motherboard when you put a little bit of pressure under it.

    • Don't bend the battery too much

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    • The naked motherboard will reveal 2 connectors (apart from the battery-socket)

    • This is the front-cam

    • This is the digitizer/LCD flex

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    • To remove the camera, use a pair of tweezers to remove the tape

    • Next, use a plastic spudger to open up the socket.

    • Pull the camera up (out of the lens-socket) and pull so the flex will come out of it's socket

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    • To remove the LCD/Digitizer connection from its socket, remove the blue silicone cover

    • Next, use a plastic spudger to open the socket-lock

    • Carefully remove the flex cable.

    • Although this flex seems to exist in 2 parts, it's actually removable as one. Only the wide flex has to be disconnected.

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    • Now, it's only the motherboard that's left.

    • Use a fine plastic tool to pull the main board out

    • There are no screws at this step

    • Never put too much stress on the motherboard, find other places to put pressure if it doesn't cooperate immediately

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    • All done

    • The earpiece remains in the screen assembly. Take care when removing it from the screen. Push gently on it from the screen-side to lift it out.

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The procedure is very simple, but i realise that take off all the screws is a little bit difficult. As well, remove the motherboard that is attached to the plate behind the screen.

Allan Alcantara - Reply

Question. How difficult is it to replace the glass?

Abigail McElroy - Reply

I'm just about to have a go at it now!

I'll let you know

Dan Cameron -

Just replaced the broken screen on my XT1039. Be aware XT1032,XT1033, XT1039 - the screen components are all the same. I bought the screen/frame/digitizer as one unit for the XT1032. It was relatively straight-forward with a bit of care and attention in certain areas. After you've taken the 14 screws out the rest of the phone is basically glued together with sticky-strips. I followed the advice on a You-tube video and used a hair dryer to heat up the ribbon cables and to loosen the earpiece. Phone now fully functional - hooray! Thanks to all on this forum!

camiano - Reply

Can we further dismantle individual elements on motehrboard? Like I want to replace the memory.

simplyviral - Reply

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