Samsung Galaxy S5 Motherboard Replacement – How-To Guide

Samsung Galaxy S5 Motherboard Replacement - How-To Guide

Samsung’s 5th-generation Android-based Smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was officially launched on April 11, 2014. Improvements to the phone included a larger display, better camera, fingerprint scanner and water resistance feature. It is available in four distinct colors – black, white, blue and copper.

The Galaxy S5 claims to offer the best advanced LTE experience and a superb Wi-Fi performance ensuring amazingly fast data speeds for an unrivaled media utilization and output.

And for all those techies who really are eager to know the insides of this grand Samsung device, here is a step by step easy to follow tutorial on how to replace your Galaxy S5 motherboard:

unnamed Tools required:

  • Phillips #000 screwdriver.
  • Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Spudger.
  • Tweezers.
  • iOpener.
  • Plastic razor tool.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Motherboard Replacement

Samsung Galaxy S5 Motherboard Replacement.

unnamedStep 1:

  • Use the Plastic razor tool to insert into the divot near the power button, to the left of the rear-facing camera.
  • Carefully twist the razor tool to remove the rear case off from the back of the phone.

unnamedStep 2:

  • Remove the battery.
  • Remove the micro SD card.
  • Remove the SIM card.

unnamedStep 3:

  • With the plastic razor tool just pry up the plastic mid frame connector panel.
  • Pop off the connector panel with the tweezers.

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  • Use the spudger tool’s sharp tip to pry open the home button cable connector off its socket.

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Use the iOpener to warm the adhesive sticking the display assembly with the back panel:

  • Heat the iOpener and place it on the left side of the phone for around 90 plus seconds.
  • Reheat the iOpener again and place it on the right half of the phone for the same time period.

unnamedStep 6:

  • Use the plastic razor tool and insert it beneath the bottom right side of the front glass.
  • Carefully slide your razor tool around the edges of the device.

Reminder: If there is any resistance, just reheat the iOpener and again place it on the problem area.

  • Cautiously twist the razor tool to detach the front glass away from main frame.

Reminder: If it is difficult to separate the front panel assembly, then the adhesive on the soft button cable is not detached yet. Be careful while detaching these cables as these are very thin and can be easily damaged.

  • Carefully insert the plastic razor tool under the soft button icon and gently detach it from the front display panel.

unnamedStep 7:

  • Carefully lift the front glass slightly, but don’t remove the home button end as it might still be attached with the connector.
  • Use the spudger tool’s sharp tip to detach the front panel cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Now carefully remove the front panel assembly.

unnamedStep 8:

  • Use the Phillips #000 screwdriver to unscrew and remove all the ten 3.4 mm Phillips #000 screws from the mid frame.
  • Flip the device over and remove the two 4.4 mm Phillips #000 screws near the USB port and a single 4.4 mm Phillips #000 screw.

unnamedStep 9:

  • Slowly slide the plastic razor tool along the inner left side of the interior frame to detach the three white plastic clips.

unnamedStep 10:

  • Carefully pull the longer sides of the silver bezel out from the left side of the phone to separate the mid frame’s two halves.
  • Again pull the right side of the silver bezel away from the mid frame to separate the two halves.

unnamedStep 11:

  • Carefully detach the motherboard assembly from the white inner mid frame.

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Disassemble the motherboard assembly:

  • Cautiously insert the spudger tool tip under the antenna cable connector.
  • Gently lift the spudger to disconnect the antenna connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Carefully lift the motherboard till the camera end, to allow access to the rear connectors.

Reminder: Don’t fully disconnect the motherboard assembly as it is still attached by the Micro-USB port daughterboard connector.

  • Use the spudger tool’s flat end to detach the daughterboard connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Again use the spudger tools flat end to pop off the front camera connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Gently disconnect and remove the front camera from the motherboard.
  • Again use the spudger tool’s flat end to disconnect the rear camera connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Gently disconnect and remove the rear camera from the motherboard.

unnamedStep 13:

  • Replace the existing motherboard with the new one.

unnamedStep 14:

  • To reassemble the device just follow the above steps in reverse order (i.e. back from Step 13 to Step 1).

Now you’ve successfully replaced the motherboard of your Galaxy S5 device. You’re strictly advised not to do this if your device is under warranty period. Visit any genuine Samsung Service centre if you face any device problem.

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