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Introduction

This guide will walk you through how to replace a damaged motherboard in a Motorola Moto G5 Plus.

  1. Be sure to power off your phone before you begin. Use a SIM eject bit, SIM eject tool, or paper clip to remove the SIM card from your phone. Use a SIM eject bit, SIM eject tool, or paper clip to remove the SIM card from your phone.
    • Be sure to power off your phone before you begin.

    • Use a SIM eject bit, SIM eject tool, or paper clip to remove the SIM card from your phone.

  2. Prepare an iOpener and heat the front of the phone along its left edge for about two minutes, or until it's slightly too hot to touch. This will help soften the adhesive securing the display.
    • Prepare an iOpener and heat the front of the phone along its left edge for about two minutes, or until it's slightly too hot to touch. This will help soften the adhesive securing the display.

    • You may need to reheat and reapply the iOpener several times to get the phone warm enough to cut the adhesive. Follow the iOpener instructions to avoid overheating.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    Heat not only along the phone’s left edge, right?

    Rémi Boissonnas - Réponse

    I used two suction cups on the screen. Just above the finger print reader and the other near the top. Then used my heatgun set at 390 degrees. Low speed and had the wide, flat blade attachment so the heat spread to a narrow/wide area. Heated the left edge from corner to corner, then pulled up on the suction cups until I could work in a plastic triangle guitar-like-pic under the screen. Continued to heat and add another pick around the screen . Do not rush and take your time. Got the screen off and didn’t damage the adhesive too bad. Was able to reuse it. Once reassembled, I heated the screen around the edge and rubbed with a plastic tool to make sure the adhesive was working. So far so good with the adhesive. Good Luck!

    strtrekbuf - Réponse

  3. In the following steps you will be cutting through the adhesive around the edge of the display assembly. Refer to the second and third images and familiarize yourself with the width of the adhesive around edges of the display. If you plan to re-use the display assembly, be particularly careful as you cut the adhesive on the sides of the phone. Don't insert your tool more than 2 mm into the phone, and angle it down (away from the display assembly) as much as possible.
    • In the following steps you will be cutting through the adhesive around the edge of the display assembly.

    • Refer to the second and third images and familiarize yourself with the width of the adhesive around edges of the display.

    • If you plan to re-use the display assembly, be particularly careful as you cut the adhesive on the sides of the phone. Don't insert your tool more than 2 mm into the phone, and angle it down (away from the display assembly) as much as possible.

    2mm ONLY on the SIDES of the display. The top can have adhesive as far as 10mm from the edge, and at the bottom as much as 12mm. And there’s no way to cut this adhesive with the tools at 45 degrees. Once the left side is open, carefully insert the tool a little further at a time on the top and bottom, whilst attempting to keep a little pull force on the suction cup. Hard to do, and almost inevitably the on-off button will be hit at some point unless you’re really careful. The adhesive pieces are quite tough, and I used a tiny scissors to cut some of the adhesive “ropes” when the case was far enough open. A highly detailed photo of the adhesive locations top and bottom (and on both parts) would help here. This is likely the most difficult step (well, don’t know for certain, ‘cause I haven’t got further yet…), and warrants better photos and explanation IMO.

    max barcalounger - Réponse

  4. Apply a suction cup to the display, near the middle of the left edge. Pull the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the display panel and the rear case. If the screen is cracked, the suction cup may not stick. In that case, try lifting with strong tape, or superglue the suction cup in place and allow it to cure so you can proceed.
    • Apply a suction cup to the display, near the middle of the left edge.

    • Pull the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the display panel and the rear case.

    • If the screen is cracked, the suction cup may not stick. In that case, try lifting with strong tape, or superglue the suction cup in place and allow it to cure so you can proceed.

    • If the display doesn't separate even with significant force, apply more heat to further soften the adhesive and try again. The adhesive cools quickly, so you may need to heat it repeatedly.

  5. Slide the tool along the left edge of the phone, cutting through the adhesive securing the display. As you move on to cutting the adhesive around the rest of the display, it may help to leave an opening pick in place here and grab another for the following steps. As you move on to cutting the adhesive around the rest of the display, it may help to leave an opening pick in place here and grab another for the following steps.
    • Slide the tool along the left edge of the phone, cutting through the adhesive securing the display.

    • As you move on to cutting the adhesive around the rest of the display, it may help to leave an opening pick in place here and grab another for the following steps.

  6. Slide the opening pick down and cut the adhesive around the bottom of the display. If the adhesive is too tough to cut, continue to heat it until it softens enough to cut fairly easily. Excessive prying or force used here could permanently damage the display or other components.
    • Slide the opening pick down and cut the adhesive around the bottom of the display.

    • If the adhesive is too tough to cut, continue to heat it until it softens enough to cut fairly easily. Excessive prying or force used here could permanently damage the display or other components.

    • Be careful as you slide your pick around the top and bottom edges of the display. The display cables, fingerprint sensor, and fingerprint sensor cable are all housed fairly close to the edge of the display and can easily be damaged. Refer to this image to see the exact location of the cables.

  7. Continue cutting through the adhesive on the top and right sides of the phone. The proximity sensor, earpiece speaker, and front-facing camera are all located along the top edge of the phone, but are housed beneath the display unit. You shouldn't come into contact with any of them as you insert your pick to cut the adhesive. The proximity sensor, earpiece speaker, and front-facing camera are all located along the top edge of the phone, but are housed beneath the display unit. You shouldn't come into contact with any of them as you insert your pick to cut the adhesive.
    • Continue cutting through the adhesive on the top and right sides of the phone.

    • The proximity sensor, earpiece speaker, and front-facing camera are all located along the top edge of the phone, but are housed beneath the display unit. You shouldn't come into contact with any of them as you insert your pick to cut the adhesive.

    Pues se me fastidia la pantalla al hacer esto

    Carolina Folgado - Réponse

    This is a great guide except for one thing. My screen works fine but it is separating from the phone on both sides. I need to remove it just enough to clean up the old adhesive and reattach. The instructions on repeating the steps in reverse order to replace the screen doesn't help with getting the regluing right, what kind of glue or double sided tape to use, etc …

    Gretchen Zimmermann - Réponse

  8. Once all the adhesive is cut, carefully lift open the display from the left edge. Don't fully remove the display yet. There are still cables connecting the display assembly that can rip easily. Prop the display unit at a 90 degree angle against a box to prevent the display and fingerprint cables from bending or tearing.
    • Once all the adhesive is cut, carefully lift open the display from the left edge.

    • Don't fully remove the display yet. There are still cables connecting the display assembly that can rip easily.

    • Prop the display unit at a 90 degree angle against a box to prevent the display and fingerprint cables from bending or tearing.

  9. Remove the yellow sticker covering two of the black Phillips screws below the earpiece. Remove the yellow sticker covering two of the black Phillips screws below the earpiece.
    • Remove the yellow sticker covering two of the black Phillips screws below the earpiece.

    Attention must be paid not to lose the small rubber gasket around the proximity sensor - I found it best to collect it with all the screws of the midframe and reinstall it at the end during re-assembly.

    Fabrizio Sassi - Réponse

  10. Remove the following Phillips screws from the midframe:
    • Remove the following Phillips screws from the midframe:

    • Sixteen 3.8 mm black screws

    • Three 2.4 mm silver screws

    Esa placa se levanta por el otro lado, por donde estan los botones de volumen por ahi se puede levantar de una mejor manera.

    Hector Juarez - Réponse

  11. Insert the flat end of a spudger between the midframe and the left edge of the phone and carefully pry to release the two clips holding the midframe in place. Insert the flat end of a spudger between the midframe and the left edge of the phone and carefully pry to release the two clips holding the midframe in place.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the midframe and the left edge of the phone and carefully pry to release the two clips holding the midframe in place.

  12. Lift the midframe up and away from the phone. Lift the midframe up and away from the phone.
    • Lift the midframe up and away from the phone.

    If replacing the battery, jump to that section at this step.

    [deleted] - Réponse

  13. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the larger of the two display cable connectors. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the larger of the two display cable connectors.
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the larger of the two display cable connectors.

  14. Disconnect the smaller display cable connector. This cable houses a display controller chip encased in yellow tape. You do not need to remove the yellow tape. The chip is lightly adhered to the motherboard, but should come up with minimal effort. Gently continue lifting the cable to break the adhesive seal and pull the cable away from the motherboard.
    • Disconnect the smaller display cable connector.

    • This cable houses a display controller chip encased in yellow tape. You do not need to remove the yellow tape. The chip is lightly adhered to the motherboard, but should come up with minimal effort.

    • Gently continue lifting the cable to break the adhesive seal and pull the cable away from the motherboard.

  15. At the opposite end of the phone, disconnect the fingerprint sensor cable. The fingerprint sensor cable is taped to a shield above it. As you lift the cable, lift the tape up with it. You can also remove the tape before disconnecting the cable.
    • At the opposite end of the phone, disconnect the fingerprint sensor cable.

    • The fingerprint sensor cable is taped to a shield above it. As you lift the cable, lift the tape up with it. You can also remove the tape before disconnecting the cable.

  16. Remove the display assembly from the phone. Before you reinstall the display assembly, thoroughly remove any remaining adhesive and glass from the frame of the device with isopropyl alcohol.
    • Remove the display assembly from the phone.

    • Before you reinstall the display assembly, thoroughly remove any remaining adhesive and glass from the frame of the device with isopropyl alcohol.

    • Be sure to turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and sealing the display assembly.

    • If your replacement display doesn't have touch functionality and you're sure that it has been installed correctly, back up your data and perform a factory reset.

  17. Remove the yellow tape covering  the battery connector. Remove the yellow tape covering  the battery connector.
    • Remove the yellow tape covering the battery connector.

  18. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the battery by prying its connector straight up from the motherboard. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the battery by prying its connector straight up from the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the battery by prying its connector straight up from the motherboard.

  19. Peel back the black pull tab from the top of the battery and pull straight up with firm, steady pressure to break the adhesive holding the battery in place. The battery is held in place by mulitiple strips of adhesive. You may be able to break the adhesive using the pull tab, but if not, apply an iOpener to the back of the device to soften the adhesive and proceed to the next step. The battery is held in place by mulitiple strips of adhesive. You may be able to break the adhesive using the pull tab, but if not, apply an iOpener to the back of the device to soften the adhesive and proceed to the next step.
    • Peel back the black pull tab from the top of the battery and pull straight up with firm, steady pressure to break the adhesive holding the battery in place.

    • The battery is held in place by mulitiple strips of adhesive. You may be able to break the adhesive using the pull tab, but if not, apply an iOpener to the back of the device to soften the adhesive and proceed to the next step.

  20. If your pull tab breaks or the adhesive is too strong to break, use an opening pick to gently pry the battery out of the case. Only pry from the edge of the device. Prying from any other side can cause severe damage to exposed components.
    • If your pull tab breaks or the adhesive is too strong to break, use an opening pick to gently pry the battery out of the case.

    • Only pry from the edge of the device. Prying from any other side can cause severe damage to exposed components.

    In my case the battery was very securely attached to the case. The only way I managed to get it out was by inserting one of the picks pointy-edge in on the same side where the pull tab is located. Even then, I bent the battery slightly and fully agree with the suggestion of not reusing it.

    Fabrizio Sassi - Réponse

    • Once the battery is loose, remove it from the phone.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed. The stress of removal can cause hidden damage to the battery cell, creating a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • To install a new battery:

    • Remove any remaining adhesive from the phone, and clean the entire area under the battery with isopropyl alcohol.

    • Apply a few new strips of pre-cut adhesive or Tesa tape.

    • If you are attaching the battery with a custom-cut adhesive, follow this guide.

    • Press the new battery firmly into place for 5-10 seconds.

    It would be nice to have some instructions on how to use the adhesive sticker. I finally just kluged it on, then saw there was a double part to the blue shield, with part of the adhesive cut so that it can go behind the ribbon cables.

    Robert Lynch - Réponse

    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add some more instructions on how to apply the battery adhesive.

    Arthur Shi -

    Why won't anyone show a back door removal? Yes it's difficult, but you won't damage the display and other components between you and the battery. I did this procedure and I damaged the display, and when it was all put back together the proximity and fingerprint sensors didn't work, and the phone has a big bulge in it where before there was none. Yes it was operator error (me), but I'm not retarded and I had the proper tools. It could save much frustration and money if someone would show a back door removal for battery replacement on these phones (moto g5 plus, moto g6, moto g7). Thanks!

    Albert Einstein - Réponse

    That’s an interesting idea! I’m not certain if the you can get in from the back panel, as it is attached to the frame and seemingly screwed in from underneath the display. But, I may be wrong!

    Arthur Shi -

    Hmm, no mention of:

    1. take the (black on mine) battery-removal/grab-able tape section off the old battery and install it on the new one in the appropriate place. Otherwise gonna be much harder to remove the battery next time. Too late for me.

    2. what to do about the little foam-tape sections around the top and bottom of the phone between the screen and the interior cover plate. I’m just gonna leave ‘em in place, as I can’t see how you could effectively mimic the original factory stuff with the tesa tape.

    3. how to install the perimeter seal. I saw on a you-tube that you should cut the “cable” side of the perimeter strip off of the rest of the sheet and to install that piece (must align very carefully with tape guides) before attempting to install the screen and its cables.

    max barcalounger - Réponse

    OK, correction on the perimeter seal; here’s how it should be done (don’t cut anything; ignore my comment item 3. above):

    1. The perimeter seal is a sandwich of 4 layers, the translucent white release sheet, the adhesive layer (black), a removable release layer (turquoise) that matches almost exactly the shape and configuration of the adhesive layer, and then the positioning sheet (also turquoise). 2. BEFORE the internal frame/cover/whatever-it-is to be installed, BEFORE the screen ribbon cables are installed, the perimeter seal must be installed.

    3. Remove the translucent white release sheet. VERY carefully align the entire rest of the sandwich over the open rear frame ledge (with battery already installed). Notice that where the frame ledge is a bit fatter at the upper corner, so is the seal width. The entire positioning sheet can fit just inside the edges of the rear frame when it is positioned properly. Start at the bottom and fit it very lightly into position (too hard—>it will be stuck). cont.

    max barcalounger - Réponse

    continued from above:

    4. when the whole thing is fit properly into place, you can remove the entire positioning sheet—just peel it up. Note that it’s a bit tricky at the top where the rear camera and light protrude. But there is a tab in this area in the positioning sheet to pull up the positioning sheet and better allow for fitting the seal into place along the top.

    5. At this point the seal should be properly positioned around the entire perimeter. Note that there is still the final release part of the sandwich still on top. Woo-hoo! You can now press that down with a tool so the seal is well-attached to the rear frame. Leave this in place until you’re ready to install the screen permanently.

    6. When you’re ready to install the screen, THEN remove this final release and carefully fit the screen into position. And, yes, I’ve left out a LOT of steps between item 5. and 6. in this list. Those things are more straightforward and are just reversing what you did to disassemble. You’re welcome.

    max barcalounger - Réponse

  21. Using the Philips 000 Screwdriver, unscrew the 3.1 mm screw.
    • Using the Philips 000 Screwdriver, unscrew the 3.1 mm screw.

  22. Using the plastic opening tool, unplug the oscillating vibration motor.
    • Using the plastic opening tool, unplug the oscillating vibration motor.

  23. Unplug the flat-top connector with the plastic opening tool.
    • Unplug the flat-top connector with the plastic opening tool.

  24. Using the plastic opening tool, pry open the two tabs that hold the motherboard to the phone frame.
    • Using the plastic opening tool, pry open the two tabs that hold the motherboard to the phone frame.

  25. Remove the motherboard from the phone by prying it up with the plastic opening tool.
    • Remove the motherboard from the phone by prying it up with the plastic opening tool.

  26. The rear facing camera is in the upper center of the phone, with a gold covered back.
    • The rear facing camera is in the upper center of the phone, with a gold covered back.

    • Gently pry the 12-megapixel G5 Plus rear-facing camera up using the plastic opening tool, exposing the ZIF connector.

  27. Release the ZIF connector  and remove the camera from the board. Store the camera in a safe location.
    • Release the ZIF connector and remove the camera from the board.

    • Store the camera in a safe location.

  28. The front facing camera is in the upper right of the phone, above the power button and volume rocker.
    • The front facing camera is in the upper right of the phone, above the power button and volume rocker.

    • Flip the motherboard over.

    • Detach the flat-top connector for the front facing camera.

  29. Flip the motherboard back over.
    • Flip the motherboard back over.

    • Gently pull the front facing camera off the adhesive that holds the camera to the motherboard, feeding the cable through the small hole.

    • Store the camera in a safe location.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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10 commentaires

The power button broke off the motherboard on my G5 plus, so I would like to solder it back into place. I think I need a large, high magnification lens to see the details during the process. Any suggestions?

JUSTIN BERRY - Réponse

My phone get into the water so its now dead. i would like to chnage the motherboard. SO could you please share the website from there i can get the whole motherboard in lowest price. I had contact to service centre but they are asking a 80% of the phone cast. Please give me a detail on below email id- ankitkulhade123@gmail.com

Ankit Kulhade - Réponse

Is your problem solved now? I’m also facing same problem, they are asking 80% of mobile cost.. what to do now?

Shashank chinnu -

I am facing the same issue with my Moto G5 Plus. The mobile was drawn into water and instantly I pulled it back. I tried drying the phone with raw rice and sunlight. After 3-4 days the phone started working. I used it a whole day but as the better was discharged, the phone was switched off and unlimately dead. The moto service center declared that the motherboard is dead now. Please suggest if it can be fixed?

Manish Kumar -

Sir my moto g5s plus mother board damage due to water and it's only 6 month old so what I do.

Service centre says that repairing not posible because it is not in warranty.

How I get new mother at affordable price.

Kuwar Verma - Réponse

Mera phone damage bhi nai hua chalte chahte off hua Aur mai service center gya unhone kaha Anderson mother band hai … service center wale chor hai bhulkar bhi Motorola ha phone apni life mei kabhi nai lene wala

vishalorverma - Réponse

Cheap company mai toh trust bhi nai kar sakta is company par answer diya gya approval hi nai mila cheap service cence indrapuram

vishalorverma - Réponse

Inserted SIM card fell out of carrier stuck inside managed to get but caused damage to contact line

.not working now.any suggestions

John Crehan - Réponse

In Step 22 the screw is shown in the wrong hole. The hole above right is the correct hole. The hole shown is use to secure the cover.

Brian Provus - Réponse

Can you tell me the location of test pins that can be short-circuited to unlock the bootloader in a bricked phone?

Kashish Kumar - Réponse

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