It's happened to all of us. One minute you're chatting away on your phone and the next minute you go to put it back in your pocket and you idiotically miss and it slams into the concrete below. And, as happens to all of us in this situation, it doesn't land flat on the plastic battery door you could easily replace for a fiver on eBay but bull's eye on the super expensive screen. Now what? Well, if the screen still accepts your touch input, you might try to keep using it, cracked and all, despite the barrage of laughs from your friends every time you take it out or, if the screen doesn't work, you then begin to simply panic and google the closest cell phone repair store to only find that they charge more than the cost of the phone to fix it.
Don't worry, there's hope. A lot of times you can find the replacement screen online and just do it yourself. Saving money and giving a nice warm feeling of DIY accomplishment in the process. Today we've chosen one of the most popular device's on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S3, to show you how easy it can be.
- Remove the back cover.
- Remove the battery, SIM card and microSD card.
- Unscrew the 10 screws holding in the plastic housing.
- Pry off the plastic housing using the plastic wedge tool.
- Disconnect the connector for the headphone jack at the top of the circuit board.
- Remove the plastic housing under that connector.
- Unscrew the black screw at the bottom holding in the circuit board.
- Remove all the connectors attached to the circuit board and the bottom end of the white antenna.
- Remove the circuit board.
- Remove the screw at the top.
- Remove all the housing at the top and the antenna.
- Remove the vibration motor at the bottom.
- Remove the front facing camera at the top.
- Pop out the Volume Rocker and the Power button.
- Put all of the removed hardware from the old device into the new device, replace all the screws and housings, and replace the battery and back cover.
David Cogen is a founder of TheUnlockr.com, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device’s true potential.