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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 – How to install a new faceplate – Step-by-Step

One of the favorite and most requested modifications for cell phones is for changing or installing a new faceplate on the Motorola V3 RAZR mobile. Sometimes called a case or a skin of the cell phone, it is a great way to show your own personal style after you have that RAZR cell phone. This guide will explain to you the installation process for how you can replace the face plate on your Motorola V3 RAZR.

The first is that you will need a specific precision screwdriver, a TORX T5 – looks like a star. You can generally get them from your local hardware store, or in the worst case get them from eBay. Secondly, and most obviously – you need the faceplate that you want to replace. If you have these, then you are ready to go!

Here is the step by step installation manual.

1. Turn off your Motorola V3 RAZR and remove the battery. You will be opening up the case and you want to make sure there is no power to your phone as you are dealing with electronic components.

2. Flip open your Motorola V3 RAZR. At the four corners of the screen there are rubber screw covers that you will need to remove to expose the screws. You might be able to use your fingers, otherwise use a precision flat head screwdriver. The rubber covers at the top of the LCD screen are larger than those at the bottom – make sure to keep them separate.

3. Using the TORX T5 screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws at each corner of the screen. There is no specific order you need to be concerned about.

4. There are 6 clips that hold the faceplate to your mobile phone, to at the top, two in the middle, and two at the bottom. Start with the clips at the bottom (where the phone pivots or flips) and work those loose (flat screwdriver may be helpful). Then work the middle two, and then the top two should come off easily. Be very patient, this can be a difficult task.

5. Snap on your new faceplate and secure all 6 clips to insure the faceplate is properly installed.

6. Install the screws and lightly tighten.

7. Replace the rubber screw covers.

Congratulations, you have completed the step-by-step tutorial successfully and now your new Motorola V3 RAZR (V3i, V3m, V3c) faceplate is installed!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the step-by-step guide. I tried replacing the faceplate today, but I found out that the screen (and everything else) seemed to be glued to the inside of the faceplate :(

Anonymous said... seems good too.. with pics.