Motorola Moto Z Droid Teardown

Motorola Moto Z Droid Teardown and Reassemble Guide

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Recommended Tools: 

Plastic Triangle Opening Tool
T3 Torx Screwdriver
Nylon Spudger
SIM Card Ejection Tool
Fine Tip Curved Tweezers
Precision Knife Set
2mm Premium Red Adhesive
Multi-Purpose Heat Gun
T4 Torx Screwdriver

Step 1

Power down your Motorola Moto Z smartphone.
 
Step 2 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Nano-SIM and MicroSD Card Tray)
 
Eject the Nano-SIM and Micro SD Card Tray.
 
Step 3 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Display Assembly)
 
The Moto Z 5.5-inch AMOLED display is glued on solidly and is a tight fit within the frame. Apply heat to soften the adhesive.
 
With the precision knife carefully create separation and insert a triangle opening tool to start slicing through the adhesive.
 
Take your time and apply additional heat as needed.
 
When attacking the adhesive, be mindful of the fingerprint reader.
 
The Motorola Moto Z screen is still connected to the motherboard. Do not try to remove it completely, or you will damage the data cable connecting the display to the middle of the phone.
 
Extract the Moto Z display cable bracket.
 
Use the spudger to disconnect the display cable and remove the Motorola Moto Z display assembly.
 
Step 4 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Fingerprint Reader and LED Flash)
 
Remove the Kapton tape and release the ZIF connector.
 
Carefully separate the Moto Z Droid fingerprint reader from the front panel.
 
Use the spudger to pry up the LED flash.
 
Step 5 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Battery)
 
Peel up the tape and then remove the bracket covering the battery connector.
 
Disconnect the Moto Z Droid battery from the motherboard.
 
Use the exposed plastic pull tab to peel the 2600 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery off the adhesive securing it to the Motorola Moto Z Droid phone.
 
Step 6 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Speaker)
 
Remove the following 4 T4 Torx screws.
 
Lift out the Moto Z Droid Earpiece Speaker.
 
Step 7 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Vibrator and Rear-Facing Camera)
 
Disconnect and pluck out the Moto Z Vibrator.
 
Pop up the 13 MP Moto Z Droid rear-facing camera. Remove the Kapton tape and release the ZIF connector.
 
The Moto Z rear camera can now be freed from the motherboard.
 
Step 8 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Motherboard)
 
Detach the Moto Z Droid power and volume buttons cable.
 
Pry up the signal antennas from the bottom of the Motorola smartphone.
 
Remove the following T3 Torx screw.
 
With the spudger in hand, decouple the Motorola Moto Z Droid motherboard from the rear enclosure.
 
Step 9 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Front-Facing Camera)
 
Spudge up the Moto Z Droid’s 5-megapixel selfie camera from the motherboard.
 
Step 10 (Motorola Moto Z Droid Power and Volume Button Cable and Covers and Rear Camera Lens Cover/Bezel and LED Flash)
 
Remove the following 4 T3 Torx screws.
 
The next components to surrender are the power and volume button switches, followed by the power and volume button covers.
 
Remove the following 4 T3 Torx screws.
 
Carefully extricate the Moto Z Droid rear camera lens cover and LED flash.
 
 
* To reassemble your device, follow the steps in reverse order.