How to Disassemble/Assemble Galaxy S4 for Screen/Parts Repair!

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For those of you who need to repair your Galaxy S4 for either LCD screen replacement or parts replacement (such as fixing broken micro USB port, camera, etc…etc…), here’s a video tutorial that shows you how to easily disassemble and re-assemble your Galaxy S4.

Update: I’ve also replaced my broken screen glass on my Galaxy S4, see How to Replace Screen Glass Only on Galaxy S4!

You will need:

#00 Screwdriver

Plastic tool or guitar pick

Step 1. Unscrew the 9 visible screws.

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Step 2.Start near the volume rockers and insert your plastic tool/guitar pick in between the screen and the frame.

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Step 3. Carefully slide your plastic tool along the edges until the frame pops off.

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Step 4. To take the motherboard out, make sure you pop off connectors as shown below.

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Step 5. There’s one black screw on top right that holds the motherboard, unscrew it.

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Step 6. Carefully pull the motherboard out, it should pop out easily.  If you need to replace the camera on the Galaxy S4, you can simply pop it off the motherboard and replace with a new one.

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Step 7. If you are replacing the screen/digitizer, you will need to pull out the sensors at the top, the vibrating motor (on left side) and also the 3.5mm headphone jack on top right.

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18 Responses

  1. Alan says:

    Only had my s4 for a week and dropped it and screen cracked. Where can I find a screen?

  2. Repairs UK says:

    Great tutorial guys 🙂 this is easier to fix than the HTC ONE X 🙂 If anyone here though does not feel confident in repairing this phone themselves then I am a professional engineer that fixes these for a living and can offer S4 SCREEN replacement service 🙂

    http://www.repairsuk.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s4-i9500-repairs

  3. Fernando says:

    Hi, I replaced my screen on my S4, then I started to get like a bubble in the middle, so I decided to put uv glue between the lcd and the screen and cure it with a uv light. It seems that everything was fine, but then I started to have glue on the main button and the volume button, i tryed to clean it with alcohol. I went to sleep and then I found out that in the morning the left side of my phone does not work. Exacly the left third part of it. What could it be?

  4. Ayman says:

    or request or buy a motherboard galaxy s4?

  5. That is a really good guide 🙂 who wrote it ?

  6. Kerry says:

    I recently stumbled across one of your videos regarding a cracked screen and how to replace it. I cracked mine in the corner and was going to use your video as my guide to replace it. I never got around to doing it but, when I was ready I was going to use your tutorial. Anyways, I dropped my phone in my car and slightly scratched my screen with the screen protector on it. Didn’t think much of it, the next day the screen just went black. But, everything else was still functioning. So, then I watched your video again and you said something about a digitizer? $250? Is that something that I can also do myself or would it be best to take it somewhere? And where would I get that piece?

    Appreciate your reply,

    Kerry

  7. Pandu Ari says:

    For those of you who need to repair your Galaxy S4 for either LCD screen replacement or parts replacement (such as fixing broken micro USB port, camera

  8. Sergio says:

    Hi, i’m from Portugal and i have a problem on my S4 – I9505 rear camera and i am going to replace it. My question is if the camera that cames on the S4 I9505 is the same that cames on the S4 – I9500.
    Thanks and regreats directlly from Portugal

  9. Augusto Nascimento says:

    Can I swap my dead M919 mothervoard to an unlocked I9505 motherboard?
    Will all the components work with this motherboard?
    Am I supposed to have LTE after the swap?
    tks for all help

  10. Michael says:

    Hi, I have a tmobile m919 dead screen, can I use the m919 motherboard on a new Verizon i545? will everything work? thanks in advance

  11. Robert says:

    Yes i gotta ? I ddropped my galaxy s4 n cracked the screen n lcd n digitizer . Took it to the repai shop the foo said he tried 3 sreenc n they didnt wanna come that its the mother board to. But my phone charges give me my notifications led light lights up so how is it the mother board

  12. ARUN says:

    I want to replace my LED notification light RBG. So kindly help me in getting out of this . The red LED is not working in my S4 as I have checked with the code *#0*# . And from where I can purchase the same ? Thanks in advance

  13. Hoorf says:

    Thank you SO much! I bought a new screen/digitizer/frame, you helped a LOT! Word of warning to S4 folk: make sure ALL screws you remove go back in their exact spots they came from, otherwise you can short out a display with an overlength screw…a tip I learned from a repair guy. Glad to be 100% operational again.

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