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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a shattered or malfunctioning display on your Microsoft Lumia 950 XL phone.

Your screen may need to be replaced if the glass cracks or can no longer register screen-touch capabilities. Uneven lighting and colors or screen burns can also be a cause for replacement.

To start, power off your phone completely and disconnect it from any external power sources.

  1. The Lumia 950 XL back cover is super easy to remove.  There is a dent at the bottom of the phone to guide you to where you should start working. Crack the back cover open using your fingers. Lift the battery out using your finger.
    • The Lumia 950 XL back cover is super easy to remove. There is a dent at the bottom of the phone to guide you to where you should start working.

    • Crack the back cover open using your fingers.

    • Lift the battery out using your finger.

    • Everything should pop out easily since there is no glue or adhesive to worry about.

    • Make sure to remove the SIM card or microSD card if they are inserted.

  2. Unscrew the 12 Torx screws (T5) in the back panel. Lift the back plate from the bottom of the phone. To remove this back panel, there is a clasp hidden beneath the round camera cut out.  Use a tweezer to gentle remove it.  No force is required.
    • Unscrew the 12 Torx screws (T5) in the back panel.

    • Lift the back plate from the bottom of the phone.

    • To remove this back panel, there is a clasp hidden beneath the round camera cut out. Use a tweezer to gentle remove it. No force is required.

  3. Now that the back plate is off, it shows  various interesting components like the heat pipe, earpiece & loud speaker. Remove the headphone jack connector using a spudger. Then lift using a tweezer. Remove the headphone jack connector using a spudger. Then lift using a tweezer.
    • Now that the back plate is off, it shows various interesting components like the heat pipe, earpiece & loud speaker.

    • Remove the headphone jack connector using a spudger. Then lift using a tweezer.

  4. There are three connectors that need to be disconnected before working with the motherboard. With a spudger, remove the first two connectors. Another small board is connected with the side buttons. Again, disconnect them using a spudger.
    • There are three connectors that need to be disconnected before working with the motherboard.

    • With a spudger, remove the first two connectors.

    • Another small board is connected with the side buttons. Again, disconnect them using a spudger.

  5. The motherboard is clipped with the back of the display panel. Start working with the top right of the phone.  Remove the motherboard from the clip by hand or use a Jimmy to leverage in little force to make it easier. Use tweezers to lift the motherboard up.  This may require a little force since this part of the board has little clips underneath.
    • The motherboard is clipped with the back of the display panel.

    • Start working with the top right of the phone. Remove the motherboard from the clip by hand or use a Jimmy to leverage in little force to make it easier.

    • Use tweezers to lift the motherboard up. This may require a little force since this part of the board has little clips underneath.

    • Continue working with the motherboard all the way around till the bottom half of the phone. Straightforward!

  6. One last connector needs to be disconnected on the back of the motherboard. Start by peeling of the sticker beneath the battery. Lift the motherboard up, starting from the bottom of the phone, and flip it gently. You will see the hidden connector.
    • One last connector needs to be disconnected on the back of the motherboard.

    • Start by peeling of the sticker beneath the battery.

    • Lift the motherboard up, starting from the bottom of the phone, and flip it gently. You will see the hidden connector.

    • This connector also connect the motherboard to the daughter board.

    • Disconnect it with a spudger

    • Now the motherboard can be removed.

  7. Remove the two connectors that connect the daughter board with the motherboard. They are lightly adhered in place and can be peeled off easily by hand. Remove the daughter board by using a spudger. Remove the daughter board by using a spudger.
    • Remove the two connectors that connect the daughter board with the motherboard. They are lightly adhered in place and can be peeled off easily by hand.

    • Remove the daughter board by using a spudger.

  8. Remove the vibrating motor using a spudger. Remove the side panel with a spudger.  It is lightly adhered but can be lifted by fingers or a tweezer. Remove the side panel with a spudger.  It is lightly adhered but can be lifted by fingers or a tweezer.
    • Remove the vibrating motor using a spudger.

    • Remove the side panel with a spudger. It is lightly adhered but can be lifted by fingers or a tweezer.

  9. Start the assembly process by placing the daughter board into the new screen Place the vibrating motor back into its place.
    • Start the assembly process by placing the daughter board into the new screen

    • Place the vibrating motor back into its place.

    • The new screen should come with a light adhesive to hold the two cables from the daughterboard.

  10. Reconnect a connector on the back of the motherboard, clipping the board in place.  Start with the top right corner of the phone and push the motherboard into the clips using a spudger. Reconnect all 3 connectors. Reconnect all 3 connectors.
    • Reconnect a connector on the back of the motherboard, clipping the board in place. Start with the top right corner of the phone and push the motherboard into the clips using a spudger.

    • Reconnect all 3 connectors.

  11. Place the headphone jack and connect it to the motherboard.
    • Place the headphone jack and connect it to the motherboard.

    • Reapply the sticker beneath the battery

    • Well, this can be done later after trying to turn on the device.

    • Place the back panel on top of the motherboard, and screw in all 12 screws!

  12. After closing of the back cover, try turning the phone on!!
    • After closing of the back cover, try turning the phone on!!

    • This replacement part is an OLED screen. It is much higher quality compared with the LCD replacement screen.

Conclusion

Thank you for following us. This is a complete disassembly - replacement - reassembly guide. So, your phone should be working normally again!

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