OnePlus 6 - Replace the vibration motor

The phone no longer vibrates

  • OnePlus 6
  • 16 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

This guide shows you how to replace the defective vibration motor of your OnePlus 6.

This repair helps, if your device doesn't vibrate or there's no haptic feedback when you tap a button.

The repair is somewhat more difficult because the OnePlus 6 has to be opened via the glass back cover.

Run a data backup before the repair, use a clean work surface and take enough time. If you have questions, use the live chat on our website or write a comment.

Required tools

  • Flache Plektren

    Flache Plektren

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

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  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • iPlastix

    iPlastix

    Dein Smartphone zu öffnen kann eine sehr empfindliche Angelegenheit sein. Die Klinge des biegsamen aber stabilen iPlastix hat eine Dicke von nur 0,15 mm, sodass es auch in den kleinsten Spalten reinpasst, beispielsweise zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen oder unter dem Logicboard. Das praktische iPlastix ist aus biegsamem Kunststoff und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit ist es der perfekte Helfer bei jeder Smartphone-Reparatur.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €1.00 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
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

iPlastix

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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.

16 steps
  1. Switch off the device

    OnePlus 6 - Switch off the device 01
    OnePlus 6 - Switch off the device 02

    Turn off your OnePlus 6 completely.

    1. Press and hold the standby button until the "Turn off" option is displayed.
    2. Confirm the power off with a second tap.
  2. Remove the back cover

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 04
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the back cover 05

    To loosen the back cover, use a heat gun or an ordinary hair dryer. Warm glue is easier to loosen, allowing you to remove the back cover. The easiest way to loosen the back cover is to use a flat and flexible tool such as the iPlastix or iFlex.

    You will also need several plastic picks to unstick the back cover all around.

    1. Heat the spot where you start.
    2. Press a flat tool between the back cover and the frame.

    The iPlastix is made of plastic, so it won't scratch the device. On the other hand, it's very soft and tricky to insert.You can use a suction cup to help lift the rear glass slightly.

    Be extra careful, the back cover can break very easily. If necessary, apply the heat several times and try again. Removing the back cover might take half an hour. Take a little more time and work carefully to make sure you don't break anything.

    1. Once the tool is inserted, stick a pick into the gap to keep it open.
    2. Then run the tool around the entire edge to gradually loosen the glue.
    3. Heat the next part and insert the picks one by one.
    4. Once the back cover is loosened, lift it very slightly. The fingerprint sensor underneath the camera is still connected with a cable.

    If your backcover is broken as well as in this case, you can try to leave it intact and not damage it further. You could use it again after replacing the display, as long as the cracks don't bother you.

  3. Disconnect the fingerprint sensor

    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  01
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  02
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  03
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the fingerprint sensor  04
    • Fingerprint Connector
    1. Now carefully lift up the loosened back cover and fold it over.
    2. Loosen the adhesive strip over the cover plate.
    3. Remove the cover over the connector with tweezers or your fingers.
    4. Then carefully disconnect the connector with a spudger or your fingernail and remove the back cover.
  4. Disconnect the battery

    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the battery 01
    OnePlus 6 - Disconnect the battery 02
    • Battery Connector
    1. Now the battery connector is free.
    2. Disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits during the repair.
  5. Remove the speaker

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the speaker 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the speaker 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the speaker 03
    • 8 × 3,0 mm Phillips
    1. Now loosen the marked screws and take them out.
    2. Then remove the cover with tweezers. The speaker is integrated in the cover.
  6. Remove the headphone jack

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the headphone jack 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the headphone jack 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the headphone jack 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the headphone jack 04
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the headphone jack 05
    • Connector
    1. Loosen the connector of the headphone jack with a spudger.
    2. Now you can remove the headphone jack with tweezers.
  7. Remove the sub board

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 03
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 04
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 05
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 06
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 07
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the sub board 08
    • Connector
    1. Loosen the connectors for display and main board with a spudger.
    2. Then disconnect the antenna cables from the marked slots.

    Carefully separate the antennas by rotating the tweezers. Be careful not to damage the sockets on the board.

    1. Now carefully heat the glued socket with a heat gun or a hair dryer and carefully lift it up with a flat tool.
    2. Then you can also lever out the complete sub board with a flat tool like the metal spatula.

    Take care not to damage any components on the board, especially when using a metal tool.


  8. Remove the vibration motor

    OnePlus 6 - Remove the vibration motor 01
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the vibration motor 02
    OnePlus 6 - Remove the vibration motor 03

    The vibration motor is also slightly glued.

    1. Carefully loosen the vibration motor with a flat tool and take it out.
  9. Install the vibration motor

    OnePlus 6 - Install the vibration motor 01
    OnePlus 6 - Install the vibration motor 02
    1. Put the vibration motor into its opening.
    2. Make sure the contacts are in the right place.
    3. Press the vibration motor and contacts firmly so that they stick together.
  10. Install the sub board

    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 01
    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 02
    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 03
    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 04
    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 05
    OnePlus 6 - Install the sub board 06
    • Connector
    1. Put the lower board in its place. Make sure it sits correctly everywhere. The small openings of the board are directly above the noses in the device.
    2. Put the plug of the display cable on the board. The round opening helps positioning.
    3. Connect the display connector and the cable to the mainboard.
    4. Use tweezers to connect the antenna connectors. Position the plugs directly above their socket and press them firmly with a spudger.

    Make sure the antenna cables are properly routed.

  11. Install the headphone jack

    OnePlus 6 - Install the headphone jack 01
    OnePlus 6 - Install the headphone jack 02
    OnePlus 6 - Install the headphone jack 03
    • Connector
    1. Put the headphone jack in its place. The golden pin must be passed through the opening.
    2. Press the jack firmly and connect the connector.
  12. Install the speaker

    OnePlus 6 - Install the speaker 01
    OnePlus 6 - Install the speaker 02
    OnePlus 6 - Install the speaker 03
    • 8 × 3,0 mm Phillips
    1. Attach the speaker to the lower edge and press it firmly until it is in place.
    2. Screw the speaker in with the Phillips screws.
  13. Connect the battery

    OnePlus 6 - Connect the battery 01
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the battery 02
    • Connector
    1. Connect the battery to the mainboard.
  14. Connect the fingerprint sensor

    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 01
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 02
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 03
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 04
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 05
    OnePlus 6 - Connect the fingerprint sensor 06
    • Fingerprint Connector
    1. Put the back cover next to the device.
    2. Position the fingerprint sensor cable over its mainboard contact and connect it.
    3. Put on the cover with the red rubber piece. Reattach the black glue.
  15. Test the device

    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 01
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 02
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 03
    OnePlus 6 - Test the device 04

    Before you finally close the device again, you should test it.

    1. Turn on the device and check the screen first.
    2. Slide an app along the edge and zigzag it across the display to make sure the touchscreen responds correctly at all points.
    3. Also test the minimum and maximum brightness.
    4. Test the front and rear cameras and the flash.
    5. Call someone to test the microphone and earcup.
    6. Mute the phone to test the vibration motor.
  16. Attach the back cover

    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 01
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 02
    OnePlus 6 - Attach the back cover 03

    You can reuse the glue still on the frame and back cover. Make sure that it is spread as evenly as possible and remove any glue that has wrinkled or protrudes.

    1. Heat the device again to soften the glue of the back cover.
    2. Press the back cover firmly onto the frame of the device.

    Clamp the device between a few books for example and give the glue an hour to set.

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