If you’re considering repairing your own Samsung phone, we’d want to assist you in any way we can. But, before you get started, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into. Here are five things you should know about Samsung phone repairs.
Samsung Phones are easy to Repair
First and foremost, most Samsung phones have a similar layout and are relatively simple to fix (once you get into them).
When the back panel is removed, the wireless charging coil is normally found in the mid-frame. A motherboard is at the top, a daughterboard is at the bottom (typically where the speaker is), and a battery is in the middle.
To remove all of the screws, all you’ll need is a single ordinary Phillips driver, and most components, such as the cameras, can just be unplugged and lifted right now, but there are a few important exceptions.
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The combination of curves and adhesive creates a difficult barrier.
The second thing you should know is that your phone is not held together by screws from the exterior. Because most Samsung phones are cemented shut, this is the case.
The back cover of Samsung phones, which is not only glued down but also made of thin curved glass, is the point of entrance. To remove the back panel, you must first loosen the glue on the rear panel by heating it, then pry it off with careful prying.
While the phone’s curved corners make it feel pleasant in your hand, they also make removing the backplate more difficult and more likely to shatter. This is especially true if you try to expedite the heating and prying process.
The battery is also extremely sticky.
If you thought removing your rear panel was difficult, wait until you try removing the battery. Samsung’s phone batteries are held in place by a very strong glue, and prying them out will be ineffective.
In fact, if you press too hard on the battery, you risk puncturing it and causing a heated incident (also known as an explosion).
To remove these batteries, apply heat to the phone’s display, or use our recommended method: melt the glue behind the battery with isopropyl alcohol or adhesive remover, then take the battery out using a suction cup. You risk damaging your display if you remove it incorrectly, regardless of which method you use.
Because getting the battery out takes so much effort, you’ll need to replace it with a new one every time you remove it, even if you’re working on another element.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to remove the screen without causing damage.
The second thing you’ll need to know is that even experienced phone repair professionals will find removing the display from a Samsung phone exceedingly irritating. The displays are thin and delicate, with incredibly tight tolerances between the glass and the phone’s chassis. When you combine such issues with a super-strong adhesive, it’s easy to see why glue irritates us so much. The iOpener, our go-to heat source, may not get hot enough to melt the adhesive holding the display in place, so you’ll need to use something more powerful, like a heat gun. While they are generally safe for electronics, they do introduce the possibility of overheating to a common repair.
Re-applying the faulty adhesive
Finally, after you’ve overcome all of the challenges of disassembling your Samsung phone, you must reassemble it, which requires reapplying all of the glue you removed.
Scraping and wiping off all that tenacious remaining glue is a part of gadget reassembly that you probably didn’t expect. If you leave any behind, your new adhesive will not adhere correctly, leaving your phone vulnerable to water and dust. Cleaning your phone isn’t difficult, but it does take time, as it requires a lot of isopropyl alcohol and delicate scraping.
It’s time to reapply your new adhesive strips after you’ve cleaned off your phone. Rushing this process, like other gluey tasks, will make it difficult, especially when dealing with the display and the incredibly thin rear panel strips.
While there are many challenging aspects to repairing your own Samsung phone, we believe you can manage these issues on your own! You can find step-by-step and video directions to lead you through the procedure, as well as all of the parts and tools you’ll need to complete your repair.