Galaxy Note II Disassembly Guide
How to disassemble a Galaxy Note II and (not) put it back together
This is a terrible guide for fixing your phone. If you are here to learn how to take apart your phone and put it back together then you will find yourself at a very unfortunate place by the end of this guide. Not only will you have a Note in many number of parts, but you may find yourself gluing your phone to your wall ensuring that you will never have a complete Note again. That is unless you purchase another since as previously mentioned this is not a guide for how to put your phone back together.
If you did recently purchase the Note II unfabricate kit for your Galaxy Note II then you are in luck. This guide will teach you how to take apart your Note II, glue it to your poster template, and hang it on your wall.
The first step in taking apart the Note II is to remove the rear case.
The Galaxy Note II makes this easy for us since all you need to do is grab a fingernail and pop the back-off! No tricky glue or screws.
Tip: Read each step in its entirety before beginning the step and only glue at the end.
This will be a 3 for 1.
This step will also require zero tools. Remove the stylus, sim card, SD card, and battery. This will probably be the easiest step so soak up the sun, grab a drink, and place the sim card and stylus on the template.
Next, we will remove the midframe from the body of the phone.
Grab the Phillips screwdriver bit and unscrew the 11 screws securing the midframe. Once the screws are removed, grab the metal pry tool and unclip the frame from the screen by sliding it around the frame. Once the clips are removed, lift the display away from the midframe.
Tip: the screwdriver tips are brittle so don’t press too hard unless you need to.
All the little things before removing the logic board.
Use the metal pry tool to disconnect 9 connectors across the logic board. There is one single black Phillips screw holding down the logic board. After all these connectors and the single screw are removed, lift the logic board from the display.
Ok actually not so much action in this step. Locate the rear and front camera, disconnect both, and place on the template.
Charging port time.
In order to remove the charging port, we will need to remove the loudspeaker. You should grab the Phillips screwdriver and unscrew the 3 Phillips screws holding the enclosure.
Once the speaker enclosure is lifted you should now have access to the USB assembly. Place the metal pry tool underneath the connector and make your way to the USB port. Place the speaker and the USB port on their respective outlines.
The last disassembly step!
Finally, let's remove the headphone jack and the vibrator motor. This may be held down by a bit of adhesive and Phillips screws. The vibrator motor has a large flex cable that doesn't quite fit on the template so feel free to trim as much as you would like before placing it on the template.
Finally, place the display on the left side of the template.
Five gluing tips before gluing commences:
- Place all of the parts on their outlines without glue and plan out how to glue them using the dotted grid lines as references.
- Note which surface area of the Note II part is touching the paper since not all parts lay completely flat.
- When possible, place the glue on the paper first and then put the Note II piece on the glue. The Note part and paper bond nearly instantaneously so it’s important that you are confident in the placement.
- Be very conservative with the glue and place it in the thicker parts of each piece. You should only need a dot of glue (smear > dab > dot > nothing).
- After you get the majority of an individual piece glued down, you can dot a little bit of glue on the extremities that may be sticking up.
Let the gluing begin! Take the superglue and start with a larger/easier piece. I would recommend the logic board or the vibrator motor. Move from easier piece to easier piece in order to gain confidence in your gluing skills then advance onto some of the smaller/thinner pieces. Do this until all the pieces are glued. Let it rest for about 20 minutes before placing it in a frame.