Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board

The signal is interrupted or the speaker stopped working.

  • Fairphone 1
  • 12 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to remove your Fairphone’s sub-board on your own. You need to remove the sub-board if you want to clean it. You also need to remove it if the signal is interrupted or the speaker isn’t working.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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    For storing screws

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €5.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

12 steps
  1. Removing the back cover

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the back cover 03
    1. Lift the back cover with your finger to detach it from the smartphone. There’s an indentation in the side of the Fairphone for this purpose.
    2. Remove the back cover from the device.
  2. Removing the battery

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the battery 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the battery 02
    1. Remove the battery from your Fairphone by lifting it at the bottom.
  3. Removing the SIM and microSD cards

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the SIM and microSD cards 01
    1. Remove the SIM cards and the microSD card.
  4. Disconnecting the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Disconnecting the chassis 02
    1. Remove the seal so you can access the screw.
    2. Remove the five Phillips screws.
      5 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
  5. Removing the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 03
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 04
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the chassis 05
    1. The chassis is hooked onto the display frame. Use a pick to detach the chassis. Insert the pick between the chassis and the display frame. Repeat this process for the entire device.
    2. Remove the chassis.
  6. Removing the sub-board

    Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board 01
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board 02
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board 03
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board 04
    Fairphone 1 - Removing the sub-board 05
    1. Disconnect the antenna cable from the sub-board.
    2. Use the spudger to release the flexible flat cable’s locking mechanism. Use the tweezers to carefully disconnect the flexible flat cable from the connector.
    3. Remove the two Phillips screws.
      2 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
    4. Remove the sub-board from the display frame.
  7. Installing the sub-board

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the sub-board 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the sub-board 02
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the sub-board 03
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the sub-board 04
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the sub-board 05
    1. Position the sub-board on the display frame.
    2. Attach the sub-board to the display frame with the two Phillips screws.
      2 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
    3. Connect the flexible flat cable to the sub-board and lock the connector in place.
    4. Connect the antenna cable to the sub-board.
  8. Installing the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 02
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 03
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 04
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the chassis 05
    1. Position the chassis on the display again.
    2. The chassis has to be hooked onto the display frame. Press the chassis against the frame until it clicks into place.
  9. Attaching the chassis

    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the chassis 01
    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the chassis 02
    1. Use the five Phillips screws to attach the chassis.
      5 x 3.9 mm Phillips screws
    2. Put the seal back on.
  10. Inserting the SIM and microSD cards

    Fairphone 1 - Inserting the SIM and microSD cards 01
    1. Put the SIM cards and microSD card back in.
  11. Installing the battery

    Fairphone 1 - Installing the battery 01
    Fairphone 1 - Installing the battery 02
    1. Put the battery back in your device.
    2. Make sure the battery’s three gold contacts are touching the three gold springs in your smartphone.
  12. Attaching the back cover

    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the back cover 01
    Fairphone 1 - Attaching the back cover 02
    1. Put the back cover back on. Make sure the two tabs on the back cover hook into the chassis.
    2. Press the back cover on until you hear it click into place.
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