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How to disassemble the Samsung brightside cell phone

U380 Cell phone made by Samsung. How do you take it apart to change the screen?

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Don't know if you were able to get this done but I needed to take apart the lcd screen on mine and replace it. in order to get to it you need to start from the back and work your way up to the front.

-preferably a #000 philips screwdriver
-not necessary but I also used a 3/64 flathead screwdriver

1. Take battery cover off.

2. Take out battery

3. Take the #000 phillips screwdriver to take out the six silver screws.

4. Now take out the two black screws that were behind the battery.

5. Slide the phone out now in order to get better leverage to take off the plastic case that protects the circuit board.

6. Now there will be a ribbon cable connected to the circuit board. just pull it off. The cable actually snaps on so all you need to do is pull it off, there is not a locking mechanism for this.

7. you can now take the circuit board off to see the back side of the qwerty board and the slider. remove all of the silver screws on the slider.

8. Now the slider can come off, to make it easier, take off the ribbon cable that is fed through a slot on the slider. The ribbon cable is connected to a square, the square is stuck to the plastic piece by tape and will not hurt anything as you pull it off. Once that is off you can now fee the cable out of the plastic piece that was connected to the slider in order to get it out of the way.

9. Now there are 4 black screws on the back of the lcd cover. take them out.

10. This is stuck on pretty good and I had to use a small flathead screwdriver (I used a 3/64 flathead) and a lot of fandangling to get this piece off.

editor's note: I replaced the lcd so I'll just explain how to do that. I don't know if you needed the window replaced or if it was the lcd.

11. From this point the ribbon cable's port is blocked by a bluish tape. peel that off, and you should be able to see the locking mechanism which is a black bar on the opposite side of the ribbon cable. lift this black plastic bar up and the cable will pull right out. There are two other ribbon cable's on the left side of this port where you will need to do the same thing. These two other ports have the same locking bar so make sure to lift it up before taking the cable out.

12. Last step, the lcd screen is not connected but stuck to the bottom by a tape or some sticky substance. I took my flathead screwdriver and just peeled it off.

13. That was the last step, should be self explanatory from here, just work your way back and make sure all those ribbon cables are snug. I hope this helps, I noticed no one had made a video or made any responses from what I could see toward this subject so after successfully doing this I hoped I'd be able to do someone some good. Peace!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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    Jay Tracy Dec 13, 2013

    These steps worked! Instead of paying $65 to have my Brightside repaired, I bought a replacement screen for $18 and was able to fix it following these instructions. I had a bit of confusion on step #8 as I was unable to get the ribbon cable off - it seemed like it was going to tear. I just continued on and disassembled it with the ribbon cable attached. As long as you're delicate and careful not to damage it, this works. Thank you to Trevor for posting these instructions, as this was the only thing I could find for a Samsung Brightside. Thanks!

  • James Troester Jan 03, 2014

    I'm having trouble with the step #5



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