Galaxy Note 8 display replacement guide

The screen is broken or remains black.

  • Galaxy Note 8
  • 32 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

With this detailed step-by-step guide, you can easily replace your Galaxy Note 8 display at home.

A replacement is necessary when the glass is shattered, the touchscreen does not respond to touch anymore, or the display remains black or flickers. During this repair, we replace the entire display unit including the frame, not just the broken screen. You may have to take some small parts from the old display unit, depending on how the new spare part is equipped.

The repair is a bit difficult as the Galaxy Note 8 has to be opened via the glass backcover. Unfortunately, this is a rather cumbersome procedure, so plan enough time for it.

Do a backup before the repair, use a clean work surface and reserve enough time. If you are stuck at any point, just contact our live chat or write a comment on the corresponding step.

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.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Die kleinen Teile in deinem Smartphone auseinanderzukriegen kann eine sehr große Arbeit bedeuten. Die Klinge des kompakten aber stabilen iFlex 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 iFlex ist aus hochwertigem rostfreiem Stahl 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
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display Schwarz / Midnight Black

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display Schwarz / Midnight Black

    Tausche selbst das kaputte Display deines Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Wenn das Glas zersprungen ist, der Touchscreen nicht mehr auf Berührungen reagiert oder das Display schwarz bleibt oder flackert, kann dieses Ersatzteil helfen.

    €199.00 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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display Gold / Maple Gold

Tausche selbst das kaputte Display deines Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Wenn das Glas zersprungen ist, der Touchscreen nicht mehr auf...

Werkzeugset Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display Schwarz / Midnight Black

Tausche selbst das kaputte Display deines Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Wenn das Glas zersprungen ist, der Touchscreen nicht mehr auf...

Werkzeugset Samsung

Ganz gleich, welches Problem dein Handy hat - mit unserem Werkzeugset kannst du es bestimmt beheben. Dieses Reparaturset umfasst jeweils einen...

together for €248.00

Getting started

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

32 steps
  1. Switching off your device

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    1. Turn off your device by holding down the power button until the “Power off” option appears.
    2. Use your finger to confirm that you want to shut down your Galaxy Note 8 and wait until the screen goes blank.

    In the pictures you can see a Galaxy S9, because the screen of our Note 8 didn't show anything.

  2. Removing the back cover

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    1. The back cover’s really glued to the chassis. Heat the device evenly with hot air to soften the glue. A temperature of 60 - 80°C should be sufficient. As a rule of thumb, you should still be able to touch your device without it being uncomfortably hot.
    2. 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 picks to unstick the back cover all around.
    1. Heat the spot where you start and place 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.

    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. Then run the tool around the entire edge to gradually loosen the glue.
    2. Then heat the next part and insert the picks one by one.

    The back cover glue is extra strong on the lower edge.

    1. Once the back cover is loosened, lift it very slightly. The fingerprint sensor underneath the camera is still connected with a cable.

    Use a suction cup to lift the glass if you can’t find anywhere to insert the tool

  3. Disconnecting the fingerprint sensor

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    1. After detaching the back cover, carefully lift it and disconnect the fingerprint sensor using the spudger.
    2. Then you can completely remove the back cover and set it aside.
  4. Removing the NFC antenna

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    • 10 × 3,7 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the screws that attach the upper cover to the display.
    2. The cover is latched onto the case, the lower part of the antenna is lightly glued in place. Slide a flat tool under the latches to disconnect them.
    3. Now remove the antenna.
  5. Disconnecting the battery contact

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    • Battery connector
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the battery contact from the motherboard.
  6. Removing the battery

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    The battery glue is very strong, so you should use hot air again.

    Never heat the battery directly and don't bend it.

    The battery is glued around the outer edges but not at the center.

    1. Apply the hot air from the display side.
    2. We recommend running a flat tool, such as the iFlex, all around the battery.
    3. Now take out the battery.
    Be careful not to damage the battery. Take your time and heat the glue several times.
  7. Removing the speaker

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    • 6 × 3,6 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the screws that attach the speaker to the display and then remove it.
  8. Removing the front camera & sensor

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    • Camera connector
    • Sensor connector
    1. Disconnect the connectors of the front camera and the sensor.
    2. Then you can pry out the front camera and the sensor out of the chassis and then remove them.
  9. Removing the SIM and microSD card tray

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Removing the SIM and microSD card tray 02
    1. Use the SIM tool to eject the SIM card tray from your device and then remove the tray with your fingers.
  10. Removing the motherboard

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    • Connectors
    • 1 × 2,9 mm Phillips
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the marked contacts from the mainboard.
    2. Remove the marked screw.
    3. Now you can carefully remove the motherboard. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on the connectors you already disconnected.
    4. The USB port is still connected to the back of the board. Once you’ve lifted the board, you can use the spudger to disconnect this contact.
    5. Then set the board aside in a safe place.
    There's a small plastic pin in the opening of the SIM tray. Make sure it doesn't fall out.
  11. Removing the sensors

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Removing the sensors 02
    1. The sensor cable is also glued to the display. Carefully detach it with a flat tool. Make sure you don’t damage it.
    2. Then you can use a pair of tweezers to remove the cable.
  12. Removing the earpiece

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    1. The earpiece is glued to the enclosure. Carefully detach it with a flat tool like the steel spatula.
  13. Removing the headphone output

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    • 1 × 3,5 mm Phillips
    • Audio connector
    1. Unscrew the screw holding the jack in place.
    2. Disconnect the headphone jack’s contact from the PCB. Using the spudger, carefully pry the contact out of the socket.
    3. Remove the headphone jack from the enclosure.
  14. Removing the USB board

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    • 3 × 3,5 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the marked screws.
    2. Remove the two antenna cables from their guide.
    3. Then you can use the spudger to carefully pry out the board and remove it entirely.
  15. Removing the vibration motor

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    1. The vibration motor is glued to the enclosure. Carefully detach the motor by inserting your tool between the enclosure and the motor.
    2. Remove the motor.

    Sometimes the adhesive layer does not stick to the vibration motor and must be removed separately. You will need it for the new display.

  16. Preparing the new display

    Galaxy Note 8 - Preparing the new display 01
    Galaxy Note 8 - Preparing the new display 02
    • Protective film
    1. In the new display’s enclosure, all the adhesive surfaces and thermal pads are covered with transparent protective film. Remove the protective film before you start with assembly.
    2. Then take the S-Pen from the old display.
  17. Installing the vibration motor

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Installing the vibration motor 02
    1. Put the vibration motor in the little round opening on the left side of the enclosure.
    2. Use your fingers to press the motor firmly into place.
  18. Installing the USB board

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    • 3 × 3,5 mm Phillips
    1. Reinstall the USB board.

    Make sure the board is flush with the enclosure.

    1. Carefully press the antenna cables back into the appropriate guide using a blunt object such as a pair of tweezers with rounded tips.
    2. Then fasten the screws again.
  19. Installing the headphone output

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Installing the headphone output 02
    • 1 × 3,5 mm Phillips
    • Audio connector
    1. Put the jack in its position at the lower edge of the enclosure.
    2. Connect the plug contact.
    3. Then fasten it with the appropriate screw.
  20. Installing the earpiece

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    1. Put the earpiece back in the enclosure.
    2. Press it on a little so the glue will stick better.
  21. Installing the sensors

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Installing the sensors 02
    1. Insert the sensor cable in the corresponding recess in the upper edge of the enclosure.
    2. Press the sensor firmly with your finger so the glue will stick again.
  22. Installing the motherboard

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    • 1 × 2,9 mm Phillips
    • Connectors

    Now you can put the motherboard back in.

    1. First connect the USB board on the back of the board.
    2. Then you can put the board back in the enclosure. Make sure no cables or connectors get stuck under the board.
    3. Fasten the motherboard with the marked screw.
    4. Now connect the marked contacts to the board again.
  23. Inserting the SIM and microSD card tray

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    1. Insert the SIM card tray back into your device. Make sure the tray is positioned properly.
  24. Installing the front camera & sensor

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    1. Put the front camera and the sensor in the opening at the upper edge of the enclosure and reconnect the connectors.
  25. Inserting the battery

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Inserting the battery 02
    1. Put the battery in the enclosure. It fits perfectly into the compartment in the middle of the enclosure.
    2. Press the battery firmly into the enclosure so the glue will stick better.

    Remove excess adhesive so that the battery sits flat in the phone.

  26. Installing the speaker

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Installing the speaker 02
    • 6 × 3,6 mm Phillips
    1. Now put the speaker at the lower end of the enclosure.
    2. Press it gently with your fingers until it clicks into place in the enclosure.
    3. Then reinsert the marked screws.
  27. Connecting the battery

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    Galaxy Note 8 - Connecting the battery 02
    • Battery connector
    1. Connect the battery to the motherboard. Press the contact onto the connection on the motherboard until you hear it click into place.
  28. Installing the NFC antenna

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    • 10 × 3,7 mm Phillips
    1. Put the cover with the antenna back in the enclosure after hooking it onto the top of the enclosure.
    2. Then press the cover with your fingers until it clicks gently into place all over.
    3. Fasten the phillips screws.
  29. Preparing the backcover

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    Before you put the back cover back on the case, inspect the adhesive. It should sit evenly on the edge so that the back cover can be placed flush. Remove excess glue if necessary.

  30. Connect fingerprint sensor

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    1. Before attaching the back cover, plug in the fingerprint sensor connector.
    2. Use a plastic tool to reach the connector.
  31. Testing the display

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    1. Turn on your Galaxy Note 8 and test it with the integrated test mode.
    2. Access the test mode by dialing *#0*#
    3. Follow the instructions on your screen.

    In the pictures you can see the Galaxy S9. The test menu is the same for all Samsung Galaxy models.

  32. Attaching the back cover

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    1. Put the back cover back in its original position.
    2. Press the back cover on all over so the glue will stick.

    You can also heat your device with hot air and then clamp it or weight it down with a couple books so the glue will stick better.

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