Today I’m going to show every part of theregular size Galaxy S7 screen and charging port replacement.
The phone does get sacrificedduring the process so it should make for an interesting video.
[electronic beep noise] First turn the phone off.
Then the easiestpart of this whole repair will be removing the SIM card and SD card tray from the top.
Now to remove the back panel we will use a heat gun to help soften the adhesive underneaththe back glass.
After heating the phone up for a couple seconds it’ll be too hot totouch and we can stick a giant suction cup on it to gently lift up and away from thephone as we slide our metal pry tool in-between the glass layer and the phone layer.
Thisis the hardest part of the whole removal process.
So once you have it started, you’re probablygood to go.
That little gap will let us slide a playing card or business card in-betweenthe glass and the frame and then we can slide that around the glass edges because the businesscard will go with the curve of the back glass.
I’m also putting playing cards underneaththe glass so it won’t re-adhere back down to the phone again as I’m removing the adhesive.
Once you’ve sliced through the adhesive on both sides make sure you don’t go toodeep or you will cut into the Qi charger.
Then you can remove the back panel.
If youneed to replace the camera lenses you can just push those through the back frame.
Thenthere are 12 screws around the back side of the phone.
Now this little gold ticket getsyou one free chocolate candy bar from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, so set that offto the side and save it for later.
Then the plastic loud speaker can be removed from thebottom of the phone.
Same thing with the Qi charger, and then the plastic bit at the top.
The nice thing about having a Qi charger that doesn’t go through the charging port isthat if your charging port breaks, your Qi charger will still be able to charge yourphone through the contacts on the motherboard.
I’m disconnecting all these little ribboncables starting with the volume rocker, the ear piece, the front sensors, the screen andthe battery.
You should probably start with the battery and then the power button is offto the side over there.
Down here at the bottom of the phone there is the finger print scannerand then a couple wire cables.
You don’t need to disconnect the back one, I just gota little disconnect happy and popped it off anyway.
Then you can lift the motherboardaway from the phone just like in the Galaxy S7 Edge there is one little cable at the bottomof the motherboard.
Just unsnap that like a little Lego and the motherboard is removedfrom the phone.
Here is the front facing camera; it’s a 5 megapixel.
Just unsnap that likea Lego and then the rear facing camera on the motherboard here snaps off the same way.
It is clicked into the motherboard to this little plastic frame so you have to unsnapthat and then the camera can be removed.
Now this phone has been on for a total of 30 seconds.
This tape sits right on top of the processors and with that much discoloration I wonderif these phones are going to have over heating issues later on.
I guess we’ll find out.
Here’s another look at the cameras.
The top one is the 5 megapixel front.
The bottomone is the 12 megapixel rear.
I’m going to go ahead and snap those back into the motherboard,just like little Legos, you’ll feel them click into place.
With the rear camera you’llalso feel the camera unit itself click in cuz that plastic frame holds pretty tight.
Now the battery removal will need a metal pry tool.
I’m going to use the blunt endof this metal spudger.
Just slip it in and then pry up little by little all around theedge of the battery.
Make sure you do not puncture the battery at all.
There is thebattery itself.
I will link replacement parts down in the video description.
There are 3screws down here by the charging port.
That allows you to remove the headphone jack.
Setthat off to the side.
Now this is where the problem starts.
This is the exact same asthe Galaxy S7 Edge where the “back” button and the “menu” button wrap around underneaththe screen of the phone so it makes the charging port repair impossible unless you remove thescreen of the phone.
Now I assumed that removing the screen of this phone would be easier thanwith the Galaxy S7 Edge and I was wrong because the screens are constructed differently.
AndI’ll show you why.
So I’m heating up the phone.
I slipped a playing card in underneathwhere the battery was at all the way to the edge of the screen and that allowed just enoughseparation between the screen and the metal frame that I could slip my metal pry toolit.
Same thing with the back of the phone, I slipped the playing cards in so it doesn’tre-adhere back down on top of itself.
And I’m just working my way around the edges.
The screen is not going to survive this process.
Tried the same trick with the other side,slipping a business card in and hoping that that would lift off the other side of theadhesive.
Now down here at the bottom you do have to watch out for the charging portbuttons; the “back” button and the “menu” button.
And here’s where I broke my screen,right here on this corner.
I nicked that corner and that made a crack all the way throughthe LCD.
It is super super fragile.
That’s why I say that nothing is salvageable whenyou are removing the screen from your device.
So a charging port repair is most likely goingto require a screen repair as well.
Here’s the other difference: the glass and polarizerare not glued to the amoled screen.
Normally, like with the Note 5 and other Samsung phoneseverything is glued together so it’s more structurally sound.
This screen is not.
Itis much thinner and does not have the glue there.
So now that I’ve severely destroyedmy screen, I’m just going to pull that away from the phone.
I will link replacement screensdown in the video description.
I will need to replace this one believe it or not.
Hereare the three layers.
We’ve got the glass and polarizer that are separated from theamoled screen.
But now that the screen is off, that will allow us access to the Homebutton and fingerprint scanner, as well as the charging port.
So I want to point out,look how thick this aluminum chassis is.
No wonder it survived my bend test.
Now thatwe have access to the Home button we can just pop that out from the back side and then slipit through the little hole in the frame.
Set that off to the side with all the other components.
And then right here this is where the buttons are wrapped around the mid-frame and attachedto the other side.
So I’m going to lift those off gently and stick them through themid-frame and then I can lift the charging port off of the mid-frame.
This is the chargingport; usually they’re pretty cheap, right around 10, 15 maybe 20 bucks.
If only it waseasier to get at it would make this phone a lot more repairable.
Here are all the components.
If you have any questions leave them down in the comments.
I will make a Part 2 to thisvideo where I reassemble everything once I’ve purchased the new replacement screen.
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