OnePlus One Disassembly Guide
How to disassemble a OnePlus One 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 OnePlus One in many number of parts, but you may find yourself gluing your phone to your wall ensuring that you will never have a complete OnePlus 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 unfabricate kit for your OnePlus One, then you are in luck. This guide will teach you how to take apart your OnePlus One, glue it to your poster template, and hang it on your wall.
The first step in taking apart the OnePlus One is by removing the sim card.
Grab the sim eject tool and remove the sim tray and sim card from the device. Yup, that's it. Place both on the template.
Tip: Read each step in its entirety before beginning the step.
Remove the back casing from the OnePlus One.
Because we do not plan on reassembling this device, we don't have to be so careful when removing the screen. First, grab the metal pry tool. Place one of the pointed edges of the metal pry tool between the frame and the housing of the OnePlus One and push inward to get it slightly under the casing. Do not stick the metal pry tool too far in as to preserve the screen. Move around the casing of the phone to unclip it from the frame.
Next, we will need to remove the screws in order to access the battery.
There are 9 total screws and a few under rubber stoppers and a white water indicator. User a paperclip or a tip of tweezers to get the plugs out. Unscrew the screws with the Phillips bit and remove the camera cover.
Let's remove that battery.
First, unclip the connector using your finger or the metal pry tool. The battery is held down with adhesive so you will need to be a bit forceful removing it from the left side.
Important for this step: careful not to puncture or pinch the battery as it could explode or catch fire or worse… call you and tell you that your vehicle's warranty is about to expire.
Remove the logic board!
In order to remove the logic board, we will need to remove the 4 connectors and the volume rockers on the right side.
To remove the volume rocker, you will need to use the metal pry tool to carefully pry it from the casing of the device. Do the same to the power button.
Finally, to completely remove the logic board you will need to lift the logic board and remove the antenna connector. Before placing the logic board on the template, remove the silver covers hiding some of the micro components for added beauty.
Let's turn our attention to the cameras.
Both the front and rear cameras are still connected to the logic board. Disconnect both and place on the template.
Let's now remove the loud speaker assembly.
There are 6 screws that hold down the loudspeaker assembly - 2 of which are under more of those rubber plugs. Grab the metal pry tool and pry the assembly out of the casing from the bottom of the device.
It's all downhill from here!
Peel the black tape at the bottom of the device to remove the micro USB port.
Let's remove the board holding the vibrator and the microphone. Start from the top and pull the little hidden cable from underneath the frame. It should just pop out on its own. Then use the metal pry tool to carefully remove the board. You may need to go at this from both sides.
Let’s turn our attention back to the top of the device.
This is a terrible photo that we will need to update. The earpiece speaker is that shiny part at the top. Once removed place on 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 device's 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 OnePlus One piece on the glue. The device's 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 home button. Move from easier piece to easier piece in order to gain confidence in your gluing skills than 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 the frame.