OnePlus 3 quick tear down review for screen, battery and charging port replacement

Today we’re going to tear down the new flagship killer from OnePlus -- the OnePlus 3, luckily this phone is not that hard to disassemble, which makes it easier for us to repair it when your phone screen got cracked/broken by accident, or when you needed a new battery replacement. Now let’s walk you through a step by step repair guide for the OnePlus 3.

Tools needed

T2 Torx screwdriver

Phillips screwdriver

Metal opening tool

spudger

Step 1 Power off the phone and remove SIM card tray

The first thing we’re going to do is to power off the phone before any repair work, and by the way take out the SIM card tray.

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Here OnePlus 3 got 2 SIM card slots.

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Step 2 Remove rear cover

Undo 2 T2 screws along the bottom of the phone first, similar to iPhone here.

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Then you can pry up the rear cover by a metal opening tool or plastic spudger. Take your time, be careful not to scratch the metal rear cover.

After slide along the rear housing cover, you can separate the rear housing and the front screen assembly now, and if you need, the power button and volume button can be removed easily, there is no glue or soldered to the rear housing.

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Take a look at the rear housing, the vibrator is within the rear cover.

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Step 3 Remove battery

First undo 1 Phillips screw here and remove the protective bracket cover.

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Remove the battery connector.

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Next release the 2 extension cable flex connectors.

And there is one little piece of tape along the top of the battery, remove it.

Now it’s time to remove battery, you can pry the battery out from the pull tab of the battery, easy job, battery out. Not like the red battery in oneplus 1 and oneplus 2, the OnePlus 3’s battery is black.

Step 4 Remove charging port module

Undo 7 screws in the charging port module by Phillips screwdriver.

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And then we’re going to remove the wire cable, charging port cable and fingerprint sensor ribbon cable.

Now the charging port can pop out, it comes with the headphone jack, loudspeaker and USB type c connector.

Step 5 Remove motherboard

Move to the motherboard, you need to release the wire cable and screen cable first.

Then there are 8 screws remaining here, remove all of them, keep them organized since the screws are not all the same.

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Now you can pry out the motherboard or you can just use your fingers to take it out.

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On top of the front frame, underneath the mainboard, the ear speaker is standing over there.

On the motherboard, you can try to remove the front-facing camera and the rear camera. Just disconnect their connectors and you can take it off easily.

Left the front screen assembly with frame now. Not like the OnePlus 2 LCD screen, OnePlus 3 is using the AMOLED this time.

Here you can see the front frame is plastic and thin, which adds more difficulties to separate it with the front touch screen.

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So, we’d better leave it here if you are not confident with your repair skills.

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This is almost the whole tear down work. Next, we’re going to reassemble this phone.

We’ll start with the motherboard here.

Put rear and front facing camera back

After that, the whole motherboard can be pressed down into the frame.

Then we got the screen cable flex connector and wire cable flex connector to reconnect.

And also 8 screws to be fastened, make sure they go into the exact same hole they came out of.

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Next step, put charging port module connector back.

Reconnect the wire cable and the other 2 flex cable well.

Also there are 7 screws need to be fastened here.

Next, put battery back

You’d better put the little piece tape back though it’s not that important.

Reconnect the extension flex cable and put back the little metal bracket.

And hold it down with the screw back.

Before install the rear cover, you’d better check whether the screen works well by power on the phone.

If everything is going well, then you can move to the next step.

Put the screen assembly back to the rear cover panel, here you can turn off the phone.

Put the top side in first and pinch down the sides and the bottom. Don’t put too much pressure on it in case you broken the screen.

Now the only thing you need to do is to put these 2 T2 screws at the bottom in place.

Till now everything is going well, so are you ready to do the repair job by you own?

Click here to check the OnePlus 2 teardown repair guide review.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below to let us know!


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(Picture source: JerryRigEverything)

  1. BY dornzak
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    is it possible to replace only t he frontal glass ? is it the same procedure like in the other smatphones (samsung, iphone, etc) ?

    • BY kaye
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      Hi, it is possible to replace the front glass lens only, however which needs very professional skills and machine to do such a job,if you are going to replace it yourself then we suggest you to replace the screen assembly.

      • BY dornzak
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        ill send it to a professional, but do you know if the procedure is the same as in the other phones ? i did read the OP3 has a thin plastic betwen the glass and the screen

  2. BY Rajan
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    Only front glass broken of my oneplus 3. Display is 100% perfect. Can i replace only the front glass coz it’s available on ebay for just Rs. 999/-. It would be even fine if service center does it for me. And what would be the charge coz i find it useless to pay for whole display digitizer coz only front glass is broken and everything is completely perfect. Please help.

    • BY kaye
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      Hi, there is the chance that you can only replace the front glass,however which needs professional skills,if you’re trying to do this then you’d better send it to the repair shop.

  3. BY Alex
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    This oneplus 3.. Does the screen still be touchable or what i mean does the touch screen will still functional if the screen is cracked? Im planning to buy this phone but since my oneplus one’s screen cracked once and the touch screen cannot function i feel afraid to buy oneplus.

    • BY kaye
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      Hi,Alex,it’s hard to tell whether the touch function can still be used when the screen is cracked,it depends largely on the screen damage degree.

  4. BY Drew
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    I accidentally burned my display, where can I buy a replacement screen for the one plus 3?

    • BY Kaye
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      Hi,Drew,sorry to hear that,because the oneplus 3 was released not long ago and the screen replacement can be hardly find in the market.you can try to go to oneplus after sales service center for help.

      • BY Lewis
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        Hey man, I managed to replace my cracked screen with a new. It turns on and everything, however the touch function refuses to work. Do you have any idea what might be the issue?

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