This guide will show someone how to remove the screen from the phone. It does require several specialized tools, but the actual removal of the screen is relatively simple. However, because this is a waterproof device, removing the screen on this device WILL break the screen and make it unusable. Before beginning the removal process, be sure that you have a replacement screen.

Remove the back casing of the phone using the notch located at the top.
  • Remove the back casing of the phone using the notch located at the top.

Attention! This is under no circumstances a moderate repair!!! Most likely you'll break the LCD trying to it from the frame.

Nothing is moderate difficulty with this phone except replacing the battery.

If your screen/LCD is already damaged than it's easy because you don't care about it anymore.

The part itself is around $200. You've warned!

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Lift up the battery using a plastic spudger or fingernail.
  • Lift up the battery using a plastic spudger or fingernail.

  • Damaging the battery may result in physical injury and/or damage to the phone.

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  • Turn on the heat gun.

  • Make sure you don’t touch the metallic tip. You will burn yourself.

  • Hold the heat gun roughly 6 inches away from the screen of the phone and slowly run the heat around the edge of the screen.

  • Keep at least 6 inches of distance from the screen. Keep moving the heat around to avoid warping the phone screen or internal parts.

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  • Using a plastic opening tool or spudger, pry up the screen after the adhesive has melted.

  • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The metal spudger is great when you need serious prying power, but the regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • Because it is a water-resistant phone, the screen cannot be taken apart without breaking.

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  • The plastic cover of the phone may separate from the LCD screen. If so, also remove the LCD screen with the regular nylon spudger.

  • In the upper right area of the LCD screen, there is a connecting ribbon. Be careful not to rip its connection to the motherboard.

  • Do not hold the phone too close to your face or eyes. Small glass shards may dislodge or the metal spudger may slip.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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