A dropped phone is always a heart-stopping moment. When your Galaxy S7 Active sustains more than just cosmetic damage, such as color distortion or dead pixels, get it up and running with a LCD screen replacement and digitizer kit. Our Galaxy S7 Active screen replacement guide walks you through the steps.
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Heat the edges around the front screen with a hair dryer to help pry it off. Using a thin metal prying tool, create a gap between the glass layer and the phone layer. Slide an opening pick in the gap and carefully work your way around the glass edges to separate the glass from the frame. This takes some time and reheating a few times may be necessary.
Once you have separated the screen from the mid-frame, slowly lift the screen from the bottom, being careful not to damage the cable ribbons located underneath near the top. Disconnect the cable using a spudger to completely separate the screen.
Remove the plastic connector over the home button scanner as well as the screw over the battery connector and unplug the battery.
Next remove the 12 Phillips screws that are holding down the mid-frame to the motherboard; remove the SIM card tray; pop out the back plate. Attached to the back plate is the battery.
Using the edge of a metal prying tool, remove the battery. Remove the screw underneath the proximity sensor and detach the front microphone and disconnect the two ribbon cables at the bottom.
Pop out the motherboard.
Pop out the front-facing camera, the proximity sensor and the rear-facing camera from the motherboard.
The charging port has two screws along the bottom that you can remove from the slot it is sitting in.
Transfer all the components onto the replacement unit in reverse order and replace your new screen using adhesive.