Samsung Galaxy S5 - Replacing the vibration motor

The vibration motor isn’t working.

  • Galaxy S5
  • 15 Steps
  • Medium
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to replace your Samsung Galaxy S5’s defective vibration motor on your own. You need this repair if your phone doesn’t vibrate or only barely vibrates.

Your Samsung Galaxy S5 will no longer be waterproof after this repair.

Required tools

  • Heat gun

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

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

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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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.

15 steps
  1. Removing the back cover

    Galaxy S5 - Removing the back cover 01
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the back cover 02
    1. Insert the spudger into the gap next to the standby button. Carefully lift the back cover. There are 18 clips on the outside under the back cover. You have to disconnect them by moving the spudger around the entire smartphone one time. Alternatively, you can detach the back cover using your fingernails.
    2. Then you can take off the back cover.
  2. Removing the battery

    Galaxy S5 - Removing the battery 01
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the battery 02
    1. If your Samsung Galaxy’s still on, turn it off now by holding down the standby button for about three seconds and following the prompt on the display.
    2. Now use the spudger or your fingertip to lift the battery (see figure 1) and then remove it (see figure 2).
  3. Removing the SIM card

    Galaxy S5 - Removing the SIM card 01
    1. Use your finger to push out the SIM card and remove it.
    2. Repeat this process if you’ve installed a microSD card.
  4. Disconnecting the Home button cable

    Galaxy S5 -  Disconnecting the Home button cable 01
    Galaxy S5 -  Disconnecting the Home button cable 02
    Galaxy S5 -  Disconnecting the Home button cable 03
    1. Remove the 3 Phillips screws that hold the upper plastic cover in place (see figure 1).
      3 x 4.4 mm Phillips screws
    2. Now lift off the little gray cap (see figure 2). The Home button connector is below it.
    3. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the connector (see figure 3).
  5. Disconnecting the display

    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 01
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 02
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 03
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 04
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 05
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 06
    Galaxy S5 - Disconnecting the display 07
    1. The Samsung Galaxy S5’s display is glued firmly in place. To detach it, you have to constantly heat it with a heat gun so the glue will soften. Then you have to insert a plastic pick into the gap between the frame and the display to detach the adhesive.Figure 1 shows the display from above. We added a mirror image of the back of the display with just 10% coverage so you can see where the cables are under the display.Heat the appropriate section before each step.
    2. Insert the plastic pick up to 1.7 cm (see figure 2).
    3. Insert the plastic pick up to 1.2 cm (see figure 3).
    4. Insert the plastic pick up to 1.2 cm (see figure 4). Just 0.2 cm in front of the Home button. Use the spudger for the last section.
      Heat the display and lift it carefully. You have to carefully guide the Home button cable through the midframe in this process.
    5. Insert the plastic pick up to 0.5 cm (see figure 5).
    6. Insert the plastic pick up to 0.3 cm (see figure 6).
    7. Now carefully continue lifting the display so you can disconnect the display connector from the logic board (see figure 7).
  6. Disconnecting the frame components

    1. Remove the 10 Phillips screws that hold the plastic cover in place (see figure 1).
      10 x 3.3 mm Phillips screws
    2. This part is tricky and takes a lot of patience. You have to separate the gray part of the frame whose outer edge looks chrome-plated from the rest of it. Press down the gray frame between the headphone output and the rear camera while using your other fingers to press the outer chrome frame upward (see figures 2 and 3) and push out the black metal frame.
    3. Continue with the volume buttons on the opposite side (see figures 4 and 5).
    4. There are more clips, which you have to detach with the laboratory spatula, where the battery was (see figures 6 and 7).
    5. JNow you can carefully pull off the gray chrome frame. Be careful with the dock connector (see figure 8).
    6. A little gray cover that used to be next to the Home button cover will also fall off.
  7. Removing the logic board

    Galaxy S5 - Removing the logic board 01
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the logic board 02
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the logic board 03
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the logic board 04
    Galaxy S5 - Removing the logic board 05
    1. Remove the Phillips screw attaching the logic board to the frame (see figure 1).
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the white and blue antenna cables from the logic board, using the spudger to carefully lift off the cables at the cable heads (see figures 2 and 3).
    3. The connector for the dock connector cable is under the logic board at the level of the antenna connector. Disconnect it (see figures 4 and 5).
  8. Replacing the vibration motor

    Galaxy S5 - Replacing the vibration motor 01
    Galaxy S5 - Replacing the vibration motor 02
    1. Now remove the vibration motor. Carefully insert the pointed tip of the laboratory spatula or spudger below the cable set (see figure 1) and work your way toward the motor. It’s sometimes glued firmly in place. If you still can’t detach the vibration motor, you can use a heat gun to warm it slightly and soften the glue.
    2. Now remove the vibration motor (see figure 2) and replace it with a new one.
  9. Installing the logic board

    Galaxy S5 - Installing the logic board 01
    Galaxy S5 - Installing the logic board 02
    Galaxy S5 - Installing the logic board 03
    1. Connect the dock connector cable’s connector to the logic board (see figure 1) and fit it properly into the frame. Make sure the blue and white antenna cables aren’t under the board (see figure 2).
    2. Connect the blue and white antenna cables and then put them back in the cable guide. Be very careful because the contacts could bend if they’re not connected right.
    3. Now fasten the screw for the logic board (see figure 3).
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  10. Connecting the frame components

    Galaxy S5 - Connecting the frame components 01
    Galaxy S5 - Connecting the frame components 02
    1. Now put the interior metal frame back in the gray plastic cover. Start at the dock connector (see figure 1) and firmly press the two frame components together.
    2. Then screw them together.
      10 x 4.0 mm Phillips screws
  11. Attaching the display

    Galaxy S5 - Attaching the display 01
    1. First, you have to check whether the old glue is still sticky enough. If not, replace it.
    2. Now connect the display cable again and guide the Home button cable through the metal frame (see figure 1).
    3. Turn your Samsung Galaxy S5 on and check whether all the features of the SGS S5 work. Enter the following characters in the call app’s keypad to get to the test menu: *#0*#
    4. If everything’s working, you have to press the display firmly onto the metal frame.
  12. Installing the Home button cable

    Galaxy S5 - Installing the Home button cable 01
    Galaxy S5 - Installing the Home button cable 02
    Galaxy S5 - Installing the Home button cable 03
    1. Securely connect the Home button connector again (see figure 1).
    2. Put the little gray cap on it (see figure 2).
    3. Fasten the 3 Phillips screws that hold the upper plastic cover in place again (see figure 3).
      3 x 4.4 mm Phillips screws
  13. Inserting the SIM and microSD cards

    Galaxy S5 - Inserting the SIM and microSD cards 01
    1. Now slide the SIM card and the microSD card, if you have one, back into the corresponding slots.
  14. Installing the battery

    Galaxy S5 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Put the battery back in. The +/- symbols have to be touching the contact point.
  15. Attaching the back cover

    Galaxy S5 - Attaching the back cover 01
    1. It’s very easy to put the back cover back on. Put it on in the correct position and press it on all the way around the phone until it’s completely clicked into place.
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