Samsung Galaxy S8 - Removing the motherboard

Remove the motherboard after water damage.

  • Galaxy S8
  • 18 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to remove your Galaxy S8’s motherboard on your own. You need to remove the PCB if you want to clean it after water damage.

Required tools

  • Flache Plektren

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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

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

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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.

18 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 S8 and wait until the screen goes blank.
  2. Removing the SIM and microSD card tray

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    1. Use the SIM tool to eject the SIM card tray from your device and then remove the tray with your fingers.
  3. Removing the back cover

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    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 picks to unstick the back cover all around.

    1. Heat the spot where you start and place a suction cup on the bottom of the back cover.
    2. Press a flat tool between the back cover and the frame and pull on the suction cup.

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Removing the screws

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    • 14 × 3,6 mm Phillips Schraube
    1. Remove the 14 screws that attach the midframe to the display.

    If the screws get caught, use a pair of tweezers to remove them.

  6. Removing the plastic covers

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    1. The cover with the NFC antenna is glued onto the battery. Heat the part with the NFC antenna slightly with a heat gun or hairdryer.
    2. Then carefully insert a flat tool under the antenna and remove it. The cover is hooked onto the enclosure.
    3. Remove the middle cover.
  7. Disconnecting the battery contact

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    • Battery Connector
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the battery contact from the motherboard.
  8. Removing the speaker

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    1. Use a flat object like a pair of tweezers to detach the speaker and then remove it.
  9. Removing all contacts from the motherboard

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    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the highlighted contacts from the motherboard.

    Make sure not the damage the motherboard when removing the antenna cable.


  10. Removing the motherboard

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    1. Now you can carefully remove the motherboard. Make sure it’s not caught on the connectors you already disconnected.
    2. 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 connector.
    3. 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. Installing the motherboard

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    Now you can put the motherboard back in.

    1. First connect the connector on the back side of the motherboard.
    2. Now you can put the motherboard back in the chassis. Make sure no cables or connectors get stuck under the board.
  12. Connecting the contacts on the motherboard

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    1. Now connect the marked contacts to the board again.
  13. Installing the speaker

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    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.
  14. Connecting the battery

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    1. Connect the battery to the motherboard. Press the contact onto the connection on the motherboard until you hear it click into place.
  15. Installing the plastic covers

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    1. First put the middle cover back on the logic board and press it firmly until it clicks into place.
    2. Then put the cover with the antenna back in the enclosure after hooking it onto the top of the enclosure.
    3. Then press the cover with your fingers until it clicks gently into place all over.
  16. Fastening the screws

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    • 14 × 3,6 mm Phillips Schraube
    1. Fasten all 14 screws.
  17. Attaching the back cover

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    1. Put the back cover back in its original position.
    2. Connect the fingerprint sensor again.
    3. 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.

  18. 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.
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