Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

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This isn’t something I ever thought I would delve into or attempt.  I use to buy insurance on phones, and then decided that I could buy a new phone every year with all the insurance payments.  It seemed like the right thing to do when the kids were younger, but why bother now?

My eldest daughter’s phone was smashed.  I’ve NEVER attempted to repair phone glass or anything else, and, laugh if you will, but I didn’t even realize that people had their phone glass repaired until my sister-in-law had to take her phone in last summer.  When I saw how the local place kept screwing up her phone glass, I thought it was ridiculous that they couldn’t get it right.

With my daughter’s phone, the phone would come on, but nothing would show on the screen.  The LCD was broken along with the glass.  I went onto ebay and found a new one for approximately $120.  It was white, so I guess that means it’s not the most desirable color considering all the other colors cost more.

I also purchased a tool kit for $6.95 and adhesive tape for $2.99.  I happened to have a heat gun from removing old flooring at my last house, so I was able to use it for the phone (WHO KNEW???).  It really didn’t take much to heat the adhesive to remove the pieces.  In fact, you shouldn’t hold it over the phone except for a very brief moment.

I found a video specifically for this phone, and followed it without having any problems.  One thing I would suggest is to be very careful regarding the home button, and when it comes to plastic being adhered to anything, NEVER be forceful because you might break it.  The plastic surround for the home button remained adhered to the original LCD so I had to pick it off in order to reuse it.

I didn’t order parts from this company and used a different adhesive roll, but their instructions were great.  It drives me crazy to try to watch an instructional video and hear someone yapping about nonsense instead of getting to the point.  This company did it right.

It took me less than an hour to do the repair, and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than having to buy a new phone.  I found the piece I needed for it by typing in the specific model number on the phone and made sure it worked prior to putting adhesive on it (because the company said they wouldn’t take a return if it wasn’t tested first).  I simply plugged it in after I removed the other LCD and powered it up.  It worked.  Then, I took the battery out and completed the repair.

 

So, if you want to make the attempt on this repair with your own phone:

1.  Find a great repair video on youtube regarding the phone repair for your specific phone.

2.  Don’t attempt it if you have everything to lose with it.  If you think you could potentially seriously damage the phone and HAVE to HAVE it, you should hire someone rather than risk something you think you can’t complete.

3.  Make sure you have the right tools on hand.  It just makes it easier.

4.  Adhesive tape – NOT MESSY and easy to use (and INEXPENSIVE).

5.  Broken glass is cheaper than a broken LCD, but it is what it is……

6.  It’s glass breaking…protect your hands.

 

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I went around the edges with my fingernail when I was done to take off any adhesive showing.

Good luck to you with your repair!

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2 thoughts on “Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

  1. You are amazing! I can’t believe the things you can do 🙂 I have a Samsung note 3 so I’ll keep this handy. Great job!

  2. Is there anything you can’t do??

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