How to Fix the Front Screen on a Phone

By Ty Arthur

Many cell phone users have their own personal horror stories of how they dropped, ran over, or stepped on a high-priced phone and suddenly found themselves in possession of an expensive paperweight. Whether the phone was accidentally damaged or simply suffered a physical malfunction, it is possible to fix the front LCD screen by replacing it entirely with a new one. While the process does require a specialized screwdriver, the average phone user can do it with enough patience and persistence.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement LCD screen
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Torx screwdriver
  • Tweezers

Step 1

Purchase a replacement LCD screen sized for your model of phone. Press down on the "End Call" button for five or six seconds to power off the mobile phone. Flip the entire mobile phone over so that the back side of the case is visible. Slide off the plastic piece on the back side of the phone that covers the battery. Lift up the one end of the battery to release it from its port on the phone and then pull it out of the phone entirely. Set the battery aside.

Step 2

Locate the small white SIM card if your mobile phone was provided by a GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile. Lift up the metal cover on top of the SIM card and then remove the card from the mobile phone and set it aside. Check just above where the battery was located to see if your model of phone has a small plastic circle piece called an RF grommet. Pull the grommet out of the phone carefully with a pair of tweezers and set it aside.

Step 3

Place the end of the tweezers inside the hole, which will usually be on the side of the phone opposite from where the RF grommet was placed, above where the battery was located. Lift up on the latch inside the hole to disengage the antenna cover. Grab both sides of the plastic cover and lift it off the phone. Set the cover aside.

Step 4

Locate the series of screws along the sides of the exposed areas of the phone. Use the Torx screwdriver to pull out the screws and then set them aside in a container so they don't get lost. Lift off the metal or plastic plate that was held to the phone by the screws. Turn the phone back over so that the LCD screen is visible.

Step 5

Insert a flat, thin object like a flat head screwdriver underneath the edge of the plastic cover at the bottom edge of the mobile phone. Lift the screwdriver up slowly to disengage the plastic lock that holds the case to the phone. Remove the cover entirely once the lock has been disengaged.

Step 6

Lift the LCD screen off the phone until the cable running from the screen to the phone's mainboard is visible. Disconnect the cable and discard the broken screen. Connect the cable to the replacement screen and then set the new screen onto the phone. Reattach the plastic cover. Flip the phone back over and reconnect all of the remaining pieces. Power your phone on and wait for the manufacturer's logo to appear on the screen to make sure the screen was installed correctly.

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