Essential Phone Teardown

Essential Phone Teardown Repair Guide

Find high quality Essential Phone repair parts here.

Recommended Tools:

Nylon Spudger
SIM Card Ejection Tool
Fine Tip Curved Tweezers

Precision Knife Set

2mm Red Adhesive
Multi-Purpose Heat Gun
Phillips Screwdriver
Playing Cards

Step 1
 
Power down your Essential phone.
 
Step 2
 
Eject the Nano SIM Card Tray.
 
Step 3 (Essential Phone Display Assembly)
 
The 5.71-inch Essential Phone display assembly is glued on solidly and is a tight fit within the frame. Apply heat to soften the adhesive.
 
With the precision knife create enough space to insert a playing card.
 
Use the playing card to slice and pry through the adhesive and carefully decouple the screen from the phone.
 
The display assembly is still connected to the Essential Phone, so don’t try to remove it entirely just yet.
 
Remove the following 2 Phillips screws securing the display cable.
 
Detach the cable from motherboard and free the Essential Phone LCD panel.
 
Step 4 (Essential Phone Midframe Shield and Battery)
 
Remove the following 8 Phillips screws.
 
Lift the flexible Essential Phone midframe shield to reveal the internal components.
 
Remove the following Phillips screw and small metal bracket.
 
Disconnect the Essential Phone battery cable.
 
Locate the two peel-to-remove adhesive tabs at the top of the Essential Phone battery. Grab the first tab and try to keep the adhesive strip flat and wide.
 
Slowly and gently pull each strip up and away from the phone. The strips will stretch to many times the length of the battery- keep pulling until they come out from between the battery and the rear case.
 
And just like that, out comes the 3040 milliampere-hour (mAh), 4.4-volt battery.
 
Step 5 (Essential Phone Motherboard)
 
Remove the following 9 Phillips screws and the small brackets they secure in place.
 
Remove the small piece of tape covering the loudspeaker cable connector.
 
Use the flat end of a spudger to flip the tab on the ribbon cable ZIF connector upward. Pull the loudspeaker cable straight out of the ZIF connector.
 
Detach the remaining cables from the Essential Phone motherboard.
 
Carefully pry the massive motherboard up and out of the rear case.
 
Step 6 (Essential Phone Dual Rear-Facing Camera, and Front-Facing Camera and Earpiece Speaker Assembly)
 
Remove the following 2 Phillips screws.
 
Extract the highly touted dual 13-megapixel Essential Phone rear-facing camera module.
 
Remove the small rubber gasket and then spudge up the front-facing sensor cable.
 
Remove the following Phillips screw.
 
The 8-megapixel front-facing camera and earpiece speaker come as a single part. Use the spudger to free the assembly from the strip of glue securing it to the rear case.
 
Step 7 (Essential Phone Vibrator and Loudspeaker)
 
Remove the following Phillips screw and then de-cap the vibrator.
 
Tweeze out the standard pancake style vibrator.
 
Remove the following Phillips screw.
 
Easily extricate the sprawling loudspeaker and accompanying contact cable.
 
Step 8 (Essential Phone Power and Volume Button Cable)
 
Remove the following 4 Phillips screws.
 
Use the tweezers to lift out the Essential Phone power and volume buttons cable.
 
 
* To reassemble your device, follow the steps in reverse order.