a girl can do it, then so can I. That was my thought after watching a video where
Ally replace the protective glass on a
Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone (see below). Just kidding, of course, but I like to ruffle
feathers. Anyway, my daughter, Sally, owns and runs a horse riding academy (Equine
Kingdom) and does a lot of hard, heavy work that would exhaust many men. Her daily lesson scheduling is done
with her smartphone. It spends most of the day in her pocket, or on the ground after being dropped. If anyone can
break a phone being protected by an
OtterBox, it's Sally, and she did just that.
thought the LCD display was broken, but fortunately it was just the protective glass cover on the front. Replacements
cost $10-$12 on Amazon, but the procedure of removing the original glass without destroying the underlying LCD and/or
touch sensor (digitizer) requires a level of fineness that most people are not willing
to attempt. An entire replacement display assembly costs $175-$200. Most people live with the cracked glass
since local repair center will charge somewhere just south of $100 to do it for you.
watching a couple videos, I confidently ordered a glass replacement kit made by Eco Fused for a mere $20. It includes specialty tools
that by themselves would cost more than $20 if purchased separately, including really nice tweezers
(as if I need another pair!). There are two types of repair; one involves re-gluing
the glass to the LCD using UV glue, and the other uses double-sided tape. This kit uses tape. It's much less prone
to screwing everything up after going through the grueling process of removing the old glass. A benefit is if the
glass breaks again, it'll be much easier to replace. The bad (potentially) thing is if you don't do the cleaning
and tape just right, the digitizer will not function through the non-bonded glass interface.
removing the phone's battery, SIM card and memory card, I lightly clamped the body in a heavy drill press clamp in
order to hold it securely while not having to wear heat-proof gloves while softening the adhesive. The heat gun
I've had for three decades and was made to shrink the Mylar covering (MonoKote) I use on my model airplanes did
the job just fine, while a thermocouple attached to my DMM monitored the temperature to make sure I did not get
above the 200°F maximum. An X-acto blade was used to pry up the top left corner of the glass and then one of
the included plastic guitar picks as wedged under it to maintain an upward force. The included thin wire was then
threaded under the glass and, along with a continual waving of the heat gun and monitoring the temperature, about
half an hour later the glass was completely detached. It is a long, slow process.
of the residual adhesive came off with cotton swabs (aka Q-tips) and isopropyl alcohol, but a couple spots were really
thick so I had to use the heat gun and one of the plastic guitar picks to scrape it off. Then, alcohol easily took
off the rest. All of the old glue had to be removed from around the case edges and around the switches, camera,
speaker, etc. That was no big deal, but care was needed to not get alcohol into or on the accessories. A final cleaning
with Windex left the LCD spotless and dust-free.
2-mm double-sided tape was laid down along the perimeter and around the accessories as directed in the instructions.
Finally, the replacement glass was set in place pressed down in the tape areas. I replaced the battery and cards,
pressed the power button, crossed my fingers and held my breath. The Galaxy S4 booted up like usual, and all of the controls seem
to be working as before. Finger swiping gestures and presses all appear to be responded to appropriately. It appears
I managed to pull off a successful repair! Sally will certainly be relieved.
If I can do it, then so probably can you - even if you're a girl ;-)
Ms. Ally demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy S4 Glass Replacemnt
Procedure in this everythingdiy Video on YouTube