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Galaxy Note 7 Teardown – Screen Repair, Charging Port Fix, Battery Replacement

Galaxy Note 7 Teardown – Screen Repair, Charging Port Fix, Battery Replacement


Today I’m going to show you how to take
apart and fix most everything on your Galaxy Note 7. I will link all of the replacement parts and
tools that you’ll need down in the video description below as soon as they become available. Hopefully you’ll never have to replace your
screen with the new shatter resistant gorilla glass 5 because taking apart this phone is
not for the faint of heart. It will require courage, bravery and at least
6 healthy Pokémon. Remove the bottom S pin and the top SIM card
tray. And then with a heat gun you’ll need to
heat up the back cover universally all around the outside. I heat it up until it’s too hot to touch
with my fingers. Then I can take a thin metal pry tool and
slide it between the metal frame of the phone and the back glass, being careful not to lift
up too tall or else the glass will crack and break and I want to reuse my back glass cover. I will reheat the glass about every 30 seconds
as I slide my tools around the edge. Before going around that back curve I’ll
stop with my metal tool and switch to a playing card or business card, because the business
card is flexible enough to wrap around that curve without putting any extra stress on
the glass. It’s been about 30 seconds so I’m going
to heat up the phone again until it’s too hot to touch and then slide the second card
around that second curve and slide it up, slicing through the adhesive all the way around
the outside. I’m not going inside the phone too deep
because there is the wireless charger and the NFC pad that we don’t want to rip around
the edge, as well as a little ribbon cable right next to the power button. So watch out for that. I’ll slice through the remaining adhesive
around the top edge and the back panel will lift off away from the phone. If you’re just replacing your back panel,
they do sell replacements; usually they’re around 20 or 30 bucks. I will link these down in the video description. They will come with their own adhesive so
you can peel off the old adhesive and you’re good to go. There are 11 screws around that backside;
remove all those and try to keep them in order. Even though they appear to be the same size
it’s always good to keep your screws organized. The loud speaker comes off easily enough;
set that off to the side. And then the wireless charging and the NFC
pad lift off as well. You can see the gold contact points at the
upper corner that just rest against the motherboard and that’s how it charges the battery through
the board. Here’s the vibrator motor as well. Now that we can see the guts of the phone
we will unplug the battery, making sure that there’s no electricity coursing through
the board. And we can unplug the S pin. Removing the battery is relatively easy. I am using my metal pry tool; just make sure
that you do not puncture the battery at all. I did slice my bottom edge a little bit, which
shouldn’t be a big deal as there is no copper exposed, but still, you want to be very very
careful with the batteries. I’m going to undo the screen ribbon right
here on the left hand side. And then we have the IR blaster next to the
5 megapixel front camera. We’ll talk about those more in a second. I’m going to disconnect the ear piece and
the front sensor array, and then this other ribbon cable on the side along with the power
button. All of these unsnap like a little Lego. Down here we have some new ribbon cables. Instead of a wire connection it’s now a
ribbon. We will disconnect the home button cable and
then we have two screws before we can lift off the motherboard. I’m just going to fold it over because there
is one more Lego-like connection at the bottom where the charging port connects to the bottom
of the motherboard. It’s been the same way since the Note 5,
and the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S6. So we’ll just take my plastic non-marring
pry tool and unsnap that from the motherboard. Here is the rear 12 megapixel camera. It does have a little bit of adhesive holding
it onto the board. You can see the OIS stabilizing feature. The camera itself moves around inside of the
housing to stabilize your image while you’re holding your phone. This works for pictures and for video. We’ll set that back in its frame and line
up the Legos so we can connect them again. Here‘s the front array. It has an infrared LED that supposedly helps
with the iris scanner in low light situations so it can find your pupils and scan it into
the phone. We’ll tack that back into place. Here’s the iris scanner on the right. And the front 5 megapixel camera on the left. Cute little guys. The iris scanner is what you use to unlock
your phone with just your eyes. We’ll put those back into place. And here is the charging port. There are three screws holding it down. Remove all 3 screws and then you can disconnect
the headphone jack. A phone isn’t a phone without a 3.5 millimeter
headphone jack. The charging port is oddly shaped so be careful
when you’re pulling it out and make sure you have all the components and nothing rips,
especially if you need to reuse it. If you’re replacing it you probably don’t
need to be so careful. This charging port has the USB type C as well
as these two signal wires up at the top. Except they’re not wires anymore, they are
ribbons, which is interesting. Down here at the bottom of the charging port
we can see the USB type C connection as well as the microphone. It has a little hole in the bottom that rests
against the frame. I’ll talk about the water proofing abilities
of this phone in a future video. So make sure you’re subscribed so you get
the notification for that. Now here is the heat pipe. These things are always interesting to me. Some manufacturers call them liquid cooling
which I think is a bit of a stretch since there’s not really any visible liquid inside
of them; it’s more of a vapor tube or a vapor chamber. It’s more fair to call them a heat pipe
instead of liquid cooling. The little fibers you see here help transfer
the heat up and down through the pipe as it rests up against the processor. We’ll fold the copper back down into place. Pinch it down and it’s as good as new. We’ll put the thermal pad back into place
and move on to the screen replacement. Now I was unsuccessful at removing this screen
successfully. I broke mine during the process as I imagine
most everyone else will as well. There is an extraordinary amount of adhesive
holding this screen into place. I imagine that has to do with the waterproofing
that the Galaxy Note 7 has. So far I’ve heated the screen up till it’s
too hot to touch and I’ve slid a playing card in through the little battery hole so
it pokes out the side and this gives me a starting point to slide another playing card
around the edge to soften the adhesive. Remember that there are multiple layers to
the screen, like the digitizer and the AMOLED layer, and if you accidentally separate those
two layers, your phone will be broken. Now I imagine if you’re trying to remove
the screen, the screen’s already broken anyway. Samsung has industrial machines that can remove
this screen really easily with heat and suction and grabbing all the right points on the frame,
but local repair shops like myself, without those machines, it’s going to be a tough
task. Luckily there isn’t any reason to remove
the screen unless it’s broken so you won’t need to be as meticulous as me. Just make sure not to damage the home button
and menu buttons as it comes off during your screen replacement. You’ll see where those are at in a second. I wonder if Samsung could develop some kind
of adhesive pull tabs like what’s underneath the iPhone batteries that helps it release
a lot easier. One little pull tab stuck somewhere inside
of your phone and all of the adhesive would come off. It might add some slight thickness to the
screen but it would make replacing things a lot easier. As you can see with a screen replacement it’s
getting pretty ridiculous at this point. I am heating it up about every 30 seconds
and then sliding more playing cards in along the side, making sure to avoid where the AMOLED
screen starts on each of the corners. Here’s where I made my first big mistake
trying to slide my card in underneath this ribbon cable. I sliced right through it and I imagine they’re
probably pretty important. There are a few other points along the screen
that I’ll mention in a second that you have to watch out for; one is the other ribbon
cable at the top along with the whole ribbon that goes to the AMOLED screen. And then at the bottom you have the two menu
buttons and the home button itself. So basically all around the whole edge of
the phone is pretty fragile. Now that all the adhesive is cut or loosened
I can lift up the bottom and make sure that I’m not ripping the menu buttons as I lift
off the screen. So I’ll tuck those back down into place,
and the screen is off. So this is the replacement screen. This is what it will look like if you need
to buy one for yourself. Except for yours won’t be cut along the
top ribbon and nothing will be sliced off like I managed to do with mine. It will have some adhesive on it that you
can use to reattach to your old frame. To remove the home button and the menu buttons
they are slightly adhered down to the frame. I’m going to lift those off and pull the
ribbon through the frame hole and you are set. If you ever do need to replace your fingerprint
scanner or menu buttons you do have to take apart your entire phone to get to this point. Remember I will link all the replacement parts
down in the video description below. I am going to wait until parts become available
for this Note 7 before I put mine back together. I will be replacing the screen and the faulty
fingerprint scanner. I say faulty because, well, it’s my fault
that it’s damaged. I want to admire this frame for one quick
second. You can see how thick the metal is all the
way around the outside. There is an extraordinary amount of metal
in this phone; probably enough that you can make two Nexus 6P’s from just one Note 7
frame. Huawei should take a page out of Samsung’s
book. I hope you enjoyed this teardown. I enjoyed making it. If you have any questions, leave them down
in the comments. And please subscribe so you don’t miss my
future teardown videos. My next video will explain how the Galaxy
Note 7 is water resistant. Bonus points if you follow me on Twitter and
Instagram. And every now and then I’ll throw a snap
story out with behind the scenes footage as well. Thanks a ton for watching! Hope to see you around.

100 thoughts on “Galaxy Note 7 Teardown – Screen Repair, Charging Port Fix, Battery Replacement”

  1. I'd love to have re-called Note 7 I'll just change battery manually ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    It's gotta be better than my Note 2 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  2. A phone isn't a phone without a headphone jack…
    cough HTC
    cough Hero
    cough Moto
    Yes, Hero is a company.
    cough Nokia 3310 (2.5mm)
    cough LG clamshell (4mm)

  3. Hey jerry can you do a teardown video of Galaxy note 7R .. the refurbished version coz it is now available in the market…

  4. Hey can't those who still own a Galaxy Note 7 nowadays just replace the battery so it won't explode

  5. HOW DARE HE DESTROY SO MANY PHONES!?!?! THERE ARE CHILDREN IN AFRICA WHO COULD HAVE ATE THOSE PHONES!!!!!

  6. JerryRigEverythins
    please I still have the note7 but it's written on it manufactured in China just like yours so is it original device or no

  7. Fucking hate to service theese glued phones. The foil gets damaged real easy when removing the back or screen. Had to replace a screen after an USB port change on a S6 or S7…

  8. Lookin back at this bid he possible thinks that terring down a phone that may catch fire or even EXPLODE with a heat gun isnt the smartest idea.

  9. I wonder if u happen to know the exact housing space which the note 7 battery has, as well as from the Galaxy s8 plus. My note 7 is still working due to a software fix from me. But i am still aware of the fact it could explode. That's why i wanna replace the battery from the note7 with the battery from the s8 plus. I've read it'd fit. But I wanna be sure of it.

  10. Hello! I have a Note Fan edition, I had an accident and the screen broke. Do you know any websites that sells screens or other components for this phone?The screen of the Note FE should be exactly the same than the note 7? The lcd works perfect, it broke just the glass. Should I try to replace only the glass? do they sell only the glass? thank you, greetings from Spain!

  11. 3500 mAh and is looking very neat inside. I guess Zack uses this one because of the all metal body which should be quite durable.

  12. Dear @jerry rig everything
    I broke my galaxy note fe , which is the same as the note 7 , i cant find the glass back of it , please search for it , i beg 😞

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