Today I’m going to show you how to takeapart and fix most everything on your Galaxy Note 7.
I will link all of the replacement parts andtools that you’ll need down in the video description below as soon as they become available.
Hopefully you’ll never have to replace yourscreen with the new shatter resistant gorilla glass 5 because taking apart this phone isnot for the faint of heart.
It will require courage, bravery and at least6 healthy Pokémon.
Remove the bottom S pin and the top SIM cardtray.
And then with a heat gun you’ll need toheat up the back cover universally all around the outside.
I heat it up until it’s too hot to touchwith my fingers.
Then I can take a thin metal pry tool andslide it between the metal frame of the phone and the back glass, being careful not to liftup too tall or else the glass will crack and break and I want to reuse my back glass cover.
I will reheat the glass about every 30 secondsas I slide my tools around the edge.
Before going around that back curve I’llstop with my metal tool and switch to a playing card or business card, because the businesscard is flexible enough to wrap around that curve without putting any extra stress onthe glass.
It’s been about 30 seconds so I’m goingto heat up the phone again until it’s too hot to touch and then slide the second cardaround that second curve and slide it up, slicing through the adhesive all the way aroundthe outside.
I’m not going inside the phone too deepbecause there is the wireless charger and the NFC pad that we don’t want to rip aroundthe edge, as well as a little ribbon cable right next to the power button.
So watch out for that.
I’ll slice through the remaining adhesivearound the top edge and the back panel will lift off away from the phone.
If you’re just replacing your back panel,they do sell replacements; usually they’re around 20 or 30 bucks.
I will link these down in the video description.
They will come with their own adhesive soyou can peel off the old adhesive and you’re good to go.
There are 11 screws around that backside;remove all those and try to keep them in order.
Even though they appear to be the same sizeit’s always good to keep your screws organized.
The loud speaker comes off easily enough;set that off to the side.
And then the wireless charging and the NFCpad lift off as well.
You can see the gold contact points at theupper corner that just rest against the motherboard and that’s how it charges the battery throughthe board.
Here’s the vibrator motor as well.
Now that we can see the guts of the phonewe will unplug the battery, making sure that there’s no electricity coursing throughthe board.
And we can unplug the S pin.
Removing the battery is relatively easy.
I am using my metal pry tool; just make surethat you do not puncture the battery at all.
I did slice my bottom edge a little bit, whichshouldn’t be a big deal as there is no copper exposed, but still, you want to be very verycareful with the batteries.
I’m going to undo the screen ribbon righthere on the left hand side.
And then we have the IR blaster next to the5 megapixel front camera.
We’ll talk about those more in a second.
I’m going to disconnect the ear piece andthe front sensor array, and then this other ribbon cable on the side along with the powerbutton.
All of these unsnap like a little Lego.
Down here we have some new ribbon cables.
Instead of a wire connection it’s now aribbon.
We will disconnect the home button cable andthen we have two screws before we can lift off the motherboard.
I’m just going to fold it over because thereis one more Lego-like connection at the bottom where the charging port connects to the bottomof the motherboard.
It’s been the same way since the Note 5,and the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S6.
So we’ll just take my plastic non-marringpry tool and unsnap that from the motherboard.
Here is the rear 12 megapixel camera.
It does have a little bit of adhesive holdingit onto the board.
You can see the OIS stabilizing feature.
The camera itself moves around inside of thehousing to stabilize your image while you’re holding your phone.
This works for pictures and for video.
We’ll set that back in its frame and lineup the Legos so we can connect them again.
Here‘s the front array.
It has an infrared LED that supposedly helpswith the iris scanner in low light situations so it can find your pupils and scan it intothe phone.
We’ll tack that back into place.
Here’s the iris scanner on the right.
And the front 5 megapixel camera on the left.
Cute little guys.
The iris scanner is what you use to unlockyour phone with just your eyes.
We’ll put those back into place.
And here is the charging port.
There are three screws holding it down.
Remove all 3 screws and then you can disconnectthe headphone jack.
A phone isn’t a phone without a 3.
5 millimeterheadphone jack.
The charging port is oddly shaped so be carefulwhen you’re pulling it out and make sure you have all the components and nothing rips,especially if you need to reuse it.
If you’re replacing it you probably don’tneed to be so careful.
This charging port has the USB type C as wellas these two signal wires up at the top.
Except they’re not wires anymore, they areribbons, which is interesting.
Down here at the bottom of the charging portwe can see the USB type C connection as well as the microphone.
It has a little hole in the bottom that restsagainst the frame.
I’ll talk about the water proofing abilitiesof this phone in a future video.
So make sure you’re subscribed so you getthe notification for that.
Now here is the heat pipe.
These things are always interesting to me.
Some manufacturers call them liquid coolingwhich I think is a bit of a stretch since there’s not really any visible liquid insideof them; it’s more of a vapor tube or a vapor chamber.
It’s more fair to call them a heat pipeinstead of liquid cooling.
The little fibers you see here help transferthe heat up and down through the pipe as it rests up against the processor.
We’ll fold the copper back down into place.
Pinch it down and it’s as good as new.
We’ll put the thermal pad back into placeand move on to the screen replacement.
Now I was unsuccessful at removing this screensuccessfully.
I broke mine during the process as I imaginemost everyone else will as well.
There is an extraordinary amount of adhesiveholding this screen into place.
I imagine that has to do with the waterproofingthat the Galaxy Note 7 has.
So far I’ve heated the screen up till it’stoo hot to touch and I’ve slid a playing card in through the little battery hole soit pokes out the side and this gives me a starting point to slide another playing cardaround the edge to soften the adhesive.
Remember that there are multiple layers tothe screen, like the digitizer and the AMOLED layer, and if you accidentally separate thosetwo layers, your phone will be broken.
Now I imagine if you’re trying to removethe screen, the screen’s already broken anyway.
Samsung has industrial machines that can removethis screen really easily with heat and suction and grabbing all the right points on the frame,but local repair shops like myself, without those machines, it’s going to be a toughtask.
Luckily there isn’t any reason to removethe screen unless it’s broken so you won’t need to be as meticulous as me.
Just make sure not to damage the home buttonand menu buttons as it comes off during your screen replacement.
You’ll see where those are at in a second.
I wonder if Samsung could develop some kindof adhesive pull tabs like what’s underneath the iPhone batteries that helps it releasea lot easier.
One little pull tab stuck somewhere insideof your phone and all of the adhesive would come off.
It might add some slight thickness to thescreen but it would make replacing things a lot easier.
As you can see with a screen replacement it’sgetting pretty ridiculous at this point.
I am heating it up about every 30 secondsand then sliding more playing cards in along the side, making sure to avoid where the AMOLEDscreen starts on each of the corners.
Here’s where I made my first big mistaketrying to slide my card in underneath this ribbon cable.
I sliced right through it and I imagine they’reprobably pretty important.
There are a few other points along the screenthat I’ll mention in a second that you have to watch out for; one is the other ribboncable at the top along with the whole ribbon that goes to the AMOLED screen.
And then at the bottom you have the two menubuttons and the home button itself.
So basically all around the whole edge ofthe phone is pretty fragile.
Now that all the adhesive is cut or loosenedI can lift up the bottom and make sure that I’m not ripping the menu buttons as I liftoff the screen.
So I’ll tuck those back down into place,and the screen is off.
So this is the replacement screen.
This is what it will look like if you needto buy one for yourself.
Except for yours won’t be cut along thetop ribbon and nothing will be sliced off like I managed to do with mine.
It will have some adhesive on it that youcan use to reattach to your old frame.
To remove the home button and the menu buttonsthey are slightly adhered down to the frame.
I’m going to lift those off and pull theribbon through the frame hole and you are set.
If you ever do need to replace your fingerprintscanner or menu buttons you do have to take apart your entire phone to get to this point.
Remember I will link all the replacement partsdown in the video description below.
I am going to wait until parts become availablefor this Note 7 before I put mine back together.
I will be replacing the screen and the faultyfingerprint scanner.
I say faulty because, well, it’s my faultthat it’s damaged.
I want to admire this frame for one quicksecond.
You can see how thick the metal is all theway around the outside.
There is an extraordinary amount of metalin this phone; probably enough that you can make two Nexus 6P’s from just one Note 7frame.
Huawei should take a page out of Samsung’sbook.
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