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With a few simple steps, this guide shows you how to open your Moto G to get to the innards of your phone.

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  1. Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Cover: step 1, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Cover: step 1, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Cover: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • You can remove the outer cover on the back of the phone by using a plastic opening tool. After removal the inner back cover will be exposed as shown.

    • This part is moderately difficult, especially if you've never taken the outer back cover off before this point.

    • It may take you several tries, but please be patient. The cover is surprisingly flexible, but not enough to withstand a lot of pressure.

  2. Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Shut down the phone.

    • Push SIM card until it pops out.

    • Remove SIM card.

    • In some version of this phone, a microSD memory card can be installed. If so, you must also remove these cards.

    • Be careful as to not damage the microSD memory card. Unlike the SIM card, pushing this in may not spring release, as there may not be an eject mechanism.

    • If there is no spring release eject mechanism, hopefully your microSD card has a ridge/raised edge that you can push on with your fingernail or plastic/rubber tool to push the card out. This may be difficult - be patient and do not use excessive force/sharp tools that could cause permanent damage and permanent loss of data.

  3. Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Back Plate: step 3, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Back Plate: step 3, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, Removing the Back Plate: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Using a T5 Torx screwdriver head, take out the 14 screws (3.5 mm diameter and 5 mm long) that hold the back plate in place.

    • Make sure to keep all of the screws together, as they are very easily lost.

    • The magnetic project mat or a container is a great way to keep all the little metal screws as well as other small metal pieces from being lost.

  4. Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, The Inside of your Phone: step 4, image 1 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, The Inside of your Phone: step 4, image 2 of 3 Motorola Moto G 1st Generation Midframe Replacement, The Inside of your Phone: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Use the plastic opening tool to take out the inner back cover after all the screws have been removed.

    • This will expose the motherboard and the attached battery.

    • Take note that once the inner back cover is removed the volume and power buttons on the side can easily fall out or be removed.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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