Articles Blog

Galaxy S8 Teardown – Complete Repair Video

Galaxy S8 Teardown – Complete Repair Video


The Galaxy S8, the newest infinity displayed
flagship from Samsung. But what happens when that display breaks? This thing already passed my durability test
with flying colors. Now it’s time to see what this thing is
made of, and what it looks like on the inside. Let’s get started. [Intro] There are no visible screws along the outside,
which is pretty normal for Samsung these days. It does make the phone slightly harder to
repair, but not impossible. The process I am demonstrating is going to
be pretty much the exact same for both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. But the replacement parts are going to be
different. I’ll have those linked separately in the
description. I’ve warmed up the back of the phone with
my heat gun or hair dryer until it’s just barely too hot to touch. Then I can stick a thin metal pry tool between
the metal frame and the glass of the phone. Lift it up just high enough to slip a playing
card or business card inside, and that will help you get around that curve without breaking
anything. If you need replacement backs, or if you break
yours during your repair, they are pretty inexpensive so don’t stress out too much. After slicing through both sides, I’ll slip
my green pry tool in to hold the glass up and keep it from resealing itself onto the
phone body. The rest of the adhesive will be easy to cut
away after that. Remember it’s important not to go too deep
inside of the phone because there is important stuff under there that can be punctured, like
the wireless charging or the battery. So stick around the edges. Once the back glass is free, we can see the
fingerprint scanner up along the top. It’s still attached to the real panel. The first interesting thing that we find is
all the warnings on the battery. You got normal stuff like don’t burn, don’t
puncture, avoid extreme temperatures. And then you get this no dogs allowed sign. Like, I’m not a dog person myself, but I
don’t advocate pet discrimination either. Are cats and goldfish okay? I don’t really understand the rules anymore
and Samsung just kind of made it weird. There are 14 screws holding down the first
layer of guts. The circle-y thing is the wireless charging. We cut open one of these on the What’s Inside
YouTube channel. The copper wires coil up to receive power
through inductance, and then pass that power through the battery into these pins on the
motherboard. Pretty sweet technology. Apple will probably invent this technology
in the future for one of their next iPhones. So that’s something for iPhone users to
look forward to. The battery disconnects from the motherboard
easy enough, but there are no magical pull tabs underneath like we’ve seen on some
other phones, so it’s time to use brute force. I’ll use the rounded end of my metal pry
tool, taking extreme care not to slice or puncture the battery. I also took special care not to use a dog
at any point during this procedure since that’s one of Samsung’s battery requirements. The battery does look pretty cool. It’s got a 3000 milliamp capacity, and it
even has a see-through area up at the top for the protection circuit that I talked about
during my Note 7 video. The clear plastic on the battery makes me
want a clear phone even more. It’s also cool that the inside of the phone
is the same color as the outside – just like what we saw with the red iPhone that
I took apart a few weeks ago. The loud speaker is the next piece to come
out. It’s got a little water damage indicator
down at the bottom. Remember, these phones are water resistant
and not water proof. It still has those golden contact points where
it receives it’s power and signal from the phone. Before we can remove the charging port, we
have to take out the main board. I’ll start disconnecting the wire cables
at the bottom; there are three of those. Then the screen ribbon unsnaps like a little
Lego from the side of the motherboard. After that I’ll move up to the front sensor
array ribbon cable, and the front facing camera ribbon connector. And then, you know, there’s the SIM card
tray that I should have removed before we started. At the base of the motherboard there’s a
Lego connector for the charging port, but it’s on the underside of the board making
things a little more complicated than it should be. I’ll give you a better view of that in just
a second. Now that the motherboard is out, we have the
plastic Samsung heat pipe. This helps keep the processor cool since copper
is a better conductor of heat than aluminum is. The thermal transfer away from the processor
is more efficient than with copper. Now the rear 12 megapixel camera has it’s
own Lego-like connection on the motherboard. I’ll snap that off and push the camera through
the board. This is definitely replaceable. Just for kicks and giggles I’ll pull out
the front facing camera as well. This little guy is attached to the iris scanner. If you look at the rear camera, you can see
it move around inside of the frame. This is called the OIS, or optical image stabilization. I’ll show you more of how this works in
just a second. On the front camera unit, the iris scanner
is solid and normally the front facing camera is solid as well, but this one has movement. Samsung didn’t advertise having stabilization
on this front camera, but it looks like they might have been playing around with the idea
of adding it. OIS takes image quality to the next level
so it would be pretty awesome if they did. I’ll tuck that front facing camera back
into the frame and clip the rear camera back into place as well. Let’s take a look at that earpiece speaker. Remember, during my durability test I complained
that the grill size was way smaller on the new S8 than it was on the older S7. It turns out that the internal speakers are
pretty much the same size. If anything, the S8 might even be a little
bit larger of a speaker, so no worries there. Since the speaker does sit a little lower
than the actual earpiece slot, this channel directs the sound out of the hole in the front. This sensor array at the front is all connected
with this ribbon cable. And the volume and Bixby buttons are all connected
with these golden contact pads. The round vibrator has it’s own two contact
pads. And the power button is built the same way
– two little contact pads resting up against the motherboard. Now for the bottom of the phone. The headphone jack is very easily replaceable,
just one little screw to hold it in place. And it has the same little Lego style ribbon
connector connecting it to the charging port board. You can see the little rubber seal around
the headphone jack to help keep the water out. There are 5 more screws holding the charging
port board to the frame. And here is the charging port itself. Incredible nice that we don’t have the front
capacitive button reach around that we saw in the Galaxy S6- that was a nightmare. The charging port is pretty standard. It’s got the USBC port and the little microphone
off to the side. This phone is actually pretty easy to work
on once you get inside that glued shut back glass. From the exterior you can see that there is
metal all around the edge of the phone, but now that we have the guts taken out and the
internals of the S8 exposed, we can see that it’s the same hunk of metal throughout the
entire device which fully explains the rigidity of the phone. Metal is pretty solid. There’s a little slot in the frame for the
screen ribbon to poke through. Speaking of the screen, replacing a cracked
display is not cheap or easy with a Samsung. For one, it’s glued into place. And two, the curved AMOLED panels are pretty
expensive. I’ll have the current pricing linked in
the video description for you. Since the screen is glued in, the old display
is essentially sacrificed in the removal process. Once it is heated up and removed, similar
to how we did the back panel, just feed the new screen ribbon through the metal frame
of the phone and plop it down into place. I did this with the Galaxy S7 teardown if
you’re interested in seeing the exact process. Since this screen is not broken though, I’ll
leave it intact. And I’ll talk about a few ways to protect
your phone towards the end of the video. Assembling the phone is a piece of cake. Charging port gets tucked back into place
along with the headphone jack. This is a pretty great use of space, Samsung. There are 6 screws holding down all the components. Then get those round wires tucked into the
grooves along the metal frame. Now the charging port is connected at the
base of the motherboard which is normal for Samsung, but strange to the rest of us. I’ll plug that in before setting the rest
of the motherboard into place making sure there are no ribbons or connections stuck
underneath the board as it goes down. I’ll clip in the front sensor array, and
then the iris scanner and front facing camera. There are those 3 signal wires down at the
bottom of the motherboard. The circular heads are pretty fragile so make
sure you are gentle as you press them into place. And finally the screen ribbon snaps into place
like a little Lego. The loud speaker is next. It’s easiest to snap the plastic into the
metal frame from the bottom edge first. And the last thing we plug in is the battery. This is for the phone’s own protection. Normally you’ll want to put adhesive under
the battery as well. And you should definitely not turn your phone
on at this point, but I kind of want to show you something cool, so I’m going to do it
anyway. Remember the camera stabilization I talked
about earlier? Here it is in action. The camera is turned on right now and the
phone hardware is physically stabilizing the camera image to compensate for the shakiness
or the movement of my hands. Huge thumbs up for that. It’s seriously one of the best features
you can have in a smart phone, and not every phone comes with this kind of hardware stabilizing. I think it’s pretty sweet. I check the front camera, but it doesn’t
look like there is any kind of movement or stabilizing in the lens. So while Samsung might have considered adding
OIS on that front camera, it’s definitely not enabled at the moment. Now the phone is turned off again. I will set the wireless charging into place
and get all 14 screws screwed in. And finally I can clip in the fingerprint
scanner ribbon. This is a tedious process that reminds me
a lot of the iPhone 5s. I maybe could have popped the fingerprint
scanner out of the back glass and set it into place on the inside, but I wanted to keep
that seal with the back glass as tight as possible, and my green tool worked just fine. The best kind of repair is the one you don’t
have to do. The best way to keep your phone from breaking
in the future is to protect it with a case or a skin. A naked phone is just asking for trouble. A skin, like the one you see here from dbrand,
goes a long way for adding grip, keeping that phone scratch free, and adding a raised surface
around the camera lens for a little extra protection. I’ll toss a link in the description for
you. And thanks to dbrand for supporting this video. Hopefully it will save people money when they
break their phones in the future. If you want to check out a few other projects
I’m working on, Instagram and Twitter have all my behind the scenes. And let me know if you were successful in
repairing your own phone. Thanks a ton for watching! I’ll see you around.

88 thoughts on “Galaxy S8 Teardown – Complete Repair Video”

  1. Old video and old phone, but is there any chance at all that anyone knows whether or not there are any ribbon cables available anywhere compatible with the rear facing camera?

  2. It is waterproof gsmarena say it is an everythingapplepro tested it any it survived.

    – IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

  3. You fail to mention this but right when you take the back cover off, the fingerprint sensor has a connection you have to unplug before you can fully remove the back plate. You can see in the video he just pulls it off which you should NOT do. Please remember this if you're repairing the phone yourself!!

  4. i recently replaced my samsung galaxy s8 display bt the problem is Dust particles are penetrating inside it and front camera is getting dirty. Pictures from front cam is capturing blur images.

    plz give me solution

    thanks

  5. greetings jerry, thanks to your video so i can repair my back camera of my samsung s8, but there is some problem when i open my camera it is not responding, front cam is normal, but when i turn to rear cam the software always not responding, do you have any solution? thanks before

  6. If I was to do a screen replacement, am I meant to get Amoled screen with with frame or just normal amoled screen??

  7. watched your video, ordered the parts, re-watched your video, replaced the rear facing camera… great video, very well explained… Galaxy S8+ camera is back! thank you!

  8. The movement in the front camera is for focusing, yes, the front camera is not fixed focus!

    Ooops you didn't predicted the oled screen invention on apple in 2017

    While samsung have been using it since galaxy s2

  9. Sir please tell me… my s8 front camera has dust is that repairable and from where the dust is entering

  10. ভাই জানি আপনি বড়লোক
    মোবাইল ফোন গুলোর গু…য়া না মাইরা
    আমার দেন ,আমি মোবাইল ফোনের দোকান দিমু যাতে মানুষ অল্প টাকায় ভালো ফোন পাই 🤓

  11. The no dogs Warning means that u shouldn't place it near to a dog bcuz when it starts biting on it the dog could die from It and yes that's possible that happened to me once

  12. I dont use cases, skins, or screen protectors cause it has a weird feel to it and if I break my phone I know enough from this channel to fix it my self currently I'm using the samsung Galaxy j3 v my last phone was a j7 sky pro the LCD was destroyed and 2 weeks after I ordered a replacement screen my dad got me the j3 v so after fixing my j7 I have it to the person who broke it…my girlfriend she need a new one anyway so its hers and I have a case and a glass screen protector on the way for her so she dont break it again…

  13. My headphone jack doesn't work properly after I put my phone underwater. Can it be repaired?

  14. Samsung repair centre calls the main motherboard the PBA for some reason, they replaced mine and its arriving tomorrow… i hope they fixed the charging and "moisture detected" issues

  15. 3:17 sure you know this way we can fail just like you did and feel like how you did when we forgot too.

  16. Does the samsung S8 uses mSD to store all the data? My samsung died on me and I couldn't get data out. (I am not using additional msd)

  17. Это потдельный с8. На задней крышке у оригинанльного не написано "Galaxy s8"

  18. Hey guys need little help. Front glass of my S8 is crack a little. I checked few video…how to replace it with new front glass. My question is…..Is it necessary to open and seprate back glass and battery for this fix?

  19. Could you just remove the wireless charging pad thing completely? And just use the phone as is without it?

  20. Yesterday i left my s8+ on the sun for about 5 hours ,i didnt know something will happen , i toke my phone and then suddenly my screen became green for 4 hours then it came back with a pink line and the power button not working @jerryrigeverything

  21. JerryRigEverything can you fix my phone for me PLEASE!! I HAVE A SAMSUNG GALAXY S8. JUST TELL ME HOW MUCH

  22. So i took my phone over to a highstreet repair shop. I had smashed the top left of the screen and wanted a replacement. After 3 hours and $250 later my phone was 'repaired'. However now the back of the phone doesn't sit plush with the frame, there is the smallest of gaps and you can certainly feel this gap when you're holding the phone. Disappointing, but is it safe for me to remove the back of the phone myself and correct the poor job the 'professionals' did? Yours seemed to click right into place.

  23. Selling my “sold broken by my uncle” Samsung s8 for a fresh huawei p30 lite and yes I’m still 12 yrs old

  24. Can you do a video on replacing the USB C charging on the S8. Mine stopped working so I can only wirelessly charge it and would like to be able to use the USB C charger again.

  25. Is the back glued, that is why you heated it? When placing it back togather you do not glue. What is up with that?

  26. Did Zack (JerryRigEverything) just predict the future because Apple uses Wireless Charging for their new iPhone’s

  27. I'm watching this using my Samsung Galaxy S8 and have been happy with it for more than two years nothing wrong with it it is very durable and very battery efficient I haven't seen a reason for me to go and buy the latest models

  28. Years later this video came in handy! Replaced my charging port and headphone jack no problem…… buuuut I did break the back glass….🤦‍♂️

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *