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Introducción

This is a general disassembly, mainly intended for replacement of the LCD / screen assembly. My first guide on iFixit so please be gentle. :) If you are looking for the LCD assembly, we have them available for sale, with fast shipping from California.

  1. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Remove rear cover: paso 1, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Remove rear cover: paso 1, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Remove rear cover: paso 1, imagen 3 de 3
    • Pry rear cover off starting at the corner

    • Continue down the side

    • Lift rear cover off

    I lost my sim card on the inside of the phone how do I get it out

    peggy shawback - Contestar

    You should mention that the best way to separate the panel it's starting with removing the SIM card slot.

    Marc Ferguson - Contestar

  2. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Disconnect fingerprint sensor: paso 2, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Disconnect fingerprint sensor: paso 2, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Disconnect fingerprint sensor: paso 2, imagen 3 de 3
    • Remove Kapton tape covering fingerprint scanner cover

    • Unscrew two screws holding on fingerprint scanner flex cover

    • Along with that upper screw, there goes your warranty!

    • Disconnect fingerprint sensor flex cable and set rear cover aside.

    How do I pull up the scanner from the back of the casing

    peggy shawback - Contestar

    Between step s 2 and 3 you have to remove 15 Phillips screws on the mid-frame assembly before the LCD and digitizer will come out.

    Jason McDonald - March 22 ( please follow his directions as seen below)

    Brotherandsister Perkins - Contestar

    What if you tear the strip will phone work without it

    tinalight11 - Contestar

    If you break flex cable will phone work without it

    tinalight11 - Contestar

    If you break the fingerprint sensor cable there’s a chance that the phone will continue working, but the fingerprint sensor will not work.

    Adam O'Camb -

    • Remove the 15 Phillips 00 screws securing the midframe to the phone.

    This is easier if you disconnect the fingerprint sensor first. Switch steps 2 and 3.

    Paul McManigal - Contestar

    in addition to the above, you will have to remove the tape over one of the 15 screws.

    Shawn Bailey - Contestar

  3. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 4, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 4, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 4, imagen 3 de 3
    • Carefully insert pry tool on side of phone between LCD and frame

    • Continue down the side the phone and around the edges until frame and LCD assembly are separated

    • Ta-da!

    • Don't laugh at my terrible Photoshop cropping.

    Right and how often do you change the battery

    Mark Harris - Contestar

    Do you have to do this step (separate frame from LCD) if you're just changing battery? Can I remove battery after the previous step?

    jerryc1010 - Contestar

  4. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 5, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 5, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 5, imagen 3 de 3
    • Remove Kapton tape over battery plug

    • Disconnect battery

    • Disconnect this other flex cable above the battery, whatever it goes to

    The wide connector next to the battery connector is the extension cable to the replacable charge port assembly at the bottom.

    Nate Evans - Contestar

    Lol...nice...the expertise is obvious

    Aerial L - Contestar

    DO NOT REMOVE BATTERY.

    simply disconnect…

    Carlos Dorado - Contestar

    If you want to replace the digitizer, then you need to remove the battery to get the ribbon cable out.

    Paul McManigal - Contestar

  5. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 6, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 6, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 6, imagen 3 de 3
    • Disconnect this one

    • Now this one

    • And this camera one also

    The camera may pop out just place this to the side

    Aerial L - Contestar

  6. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 7, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 7, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 7, imagen 3 de 3
    • Disconnect antenna

    • Unscrew motherboard screw

    • Disconnect LCD flex cable

    will it power on if the antenna is bad?

    Anthony Goss - Contestar

  7. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 8, imagen 1 de 2 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 8, imagen 2 de 2
    • Lift out logic board

    • Easy

    • Now on to the fun part...

  8. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Battery Removal: paso 9, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Battery Removal: paso 9, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Battery Removal: paso 9, imagen 3 de 3
    • Heat up battery

    • Heating a battery is dangerous and could cause the battery to explode or expand. Use caution.

    • Find appropriate tool to pry battery

    • Ensure your tool of choice is heat resistant

    The plastic cards ( Plastic Cards ) would be the perfect tool to assist you in prying out the battery.

    Nate Evans - Contestar

    I find it easier to use the heat on the glass/LCD side rather than directly on the battery itself. Less likely to have a problem with the battery exploding as the author mentioned.

    Shawn Bailey - Contestar

    I think it would be wise to say what temperature to heat the battery.

    Ricardo Loubens Antoine - Contestar

  9. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 10, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 10, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 10, imagen 3 de 3
    • Once you have found the proper tool, begin prying up on either side of the battery.

    • If utilizing a metal ruler, make sure to use a pink one. Other colors of ruler, such as blue or green, are simply not up to the task.

    • Be careful not to damage previously disconnected flex cables that run under the battery.

    • Finally, bend the battery back into shape so it doesn't look too bad in your photos.

    How often do you change the battery

    Mark Harris - Contestar

  10. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Charging Port Removal: paso 11, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Charging Port Removal: paso 11, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly, Charging Port Removal: paso 11, imagen 3 de 3
    • Remove tape holding charging board down (red outline)

    • Pry up charging port / antenna daughterboard.

    • Remove from frame and set aside

    Don't forget to disconnect the connector first

    Aerial L - Contestar

    AND there is black adhesive tape attached at the top of the board and some under...some light heat may help with the adhesive under so as to not bend the board

    Aerial L - Contestar

    what are u useing to take off the back of the phone

    Jaylon Mccoy - Contestar

  11. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 12, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 12, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 12, imagen 3 de 3
    • Lift up digitizer flex cable from frame

    • Peel up this flex cable and tweezer it off where it's stuck to the frame

    • Peel up the LCD flex cable

  12. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 13, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 13, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 13, imagen 3 de 3
    • Slide something in between the screen and frame.

    • Make sure to slide it in there real nice

    • Separate LCD assembly from frame, starting at the bottom.

  13. ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 14, imagen 1 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 14, imagen 2 de 3 ZTE ZMax Pro (Z981) Disassembly: paso 14, imagen 3 de 3
    • Push digitizer flex cable through frame

    • Remove LCD assembly from phone

    Is the glass glued to the LCD?

    peter bouchard - Contestar

    Yes it is glued together.

    Brennan Murphy - Contestar

    So is it even possible to actually just replace the digitizer? Because it seems like in getting it out I took the lcd with it?? is that "always" the case???

    Dave K - Contestar

    Im ficing my phone now what kind of glue

    candylady35206 - Contestar

    Ya, I lost out but I should've bought the lcd, digitizer AND frame COMBO since I'm a novice at this. It was recommended this way. Now I have to worry about uv foca glue : (

    I wish I was warned that I should've bought the lcd and glass as a combo unless I have a $10,000 machine. :(

    Everyone make sure u buy the lcd + digitizer glass 2 in 1 already laminated or even 3 in 1 frame, lcd, digitizer glass

    THANK YOU

    N.1234 - Contestar

    What is the best screen with frame to buy and where to purchase and r they all 1080p and how much .for zte zmax pro from metro

    Marian butler - Contestar

    I just bought one for 30 sum dollars. I might try to install it myself but I don’t have a heat gun.

    stephen powell -

    A hair dryer will work in place of heat gun

    454bholmes - Contestar

    Keys to successful digitizer/lcd/glass replacement:

    1. Purchase a quality glass/digitizer//frame assembly.

    2. Avoid using metal objects as pry tools.

    3. Read through instructions or watch videos from at least 3 sources before starting.

    4. Take pictures as you proceed through disassembly. This will greatly aid in reassembly.

    5. Go slow, it takes longer to be better.

    6. Use a good magnifier and take short breaks to avoid eyestrain.

    454bholmes - Contestar

    does the fingerprint flex cable have anything to do with whether or not the touch screen works? plug on fingerprint cable broke off when changing battery, but now screen wont unlock…

    denise - Contestar

Conclusión

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

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Brennan Murphy

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Does the digitizer snap in? Or will I need adhesive to install my new digitizer?? Other phones that I have replaced the digitizer I needed adhesive, but I know some just snap in. I'm hoping this is one of those that just snap in.

thestoryofrecovery - Contestar

With this phone, you would need new adhesive. I would recommend using the 2mm Tessa 61395 tape ( Tesa 61395 Tape )

Nate Evans -

So is it even possible to actually just replace the digitizer? Because it seems like in getting it out I took the lcd with it?? is that "always" the case???

Dave K - Contestar

The digitizer may be built into the LCD panel it self, it's not uncommon. If that's the case, no, it would not be possible to replace just the digitizer. And the cost to difficulty ratio would be rather low

Nate Evans -

Is it possible to replace just the lcd glass (front piece) and not the lcd digitizer, or are they glued together? Some places sell just the glass and that's all that's broken on my phone.

Patrick - Contestar

The LCD assembly consists of three layers(typically); Glass lens, digitizer and the LCD panel. That being said, yes, it is possible however impractical. As Danny said it's much easier to replace the entire assembly, even if it cost a few tens of dollars more. I always recommend replacing the entire assembly whenever possible.

Nate Evans -

I've been fixing phones for 5 years now and it is so much harder to replace just glass when u can get the glass and digitizers for really cheap now the only ones that r expensive r the newer iPhones the process to remove just glass involves heating the glass that is already broken so now ur heating pulling out a piece and reheating it's not a fun process at all and if u do manage to get it off without breaking the digitizer and that's a big IF u still have to get a uv light and uv glue and glue it to the digitizer and hope u don't get air bubbles in between!!! The $10 bucks extra is way worth it makes the job a lot easier but if u do end up doing just the glass GOOD LUCK lol I would pay the extra even if it was $50 more

Danny cable - Contestar

Very well written! Nice job! You took wonderful photos and had a very detailed and methodical repair guide! I would suggest to link the tools you used, or would use in the header of the guide. As well as a few wider angle shots of some of the close ups would also be helpful for the reader to help oriente themselves where they are in the phone, also simply for more detail and insight into the phone.

Well done Brennan!

#Nate#

-nerdBoy

Nate Evans - Contestar

Need help getting my sim card out of this phone

peggy shawback - Contestar

You can get the Sim and the SD card out from the side port using the pin tool that came with the phone, or a paper clip bent to form a letter “p” shaped handle. Just insert the straight part of the paper clip (tool) in the hole and press until the side port ejects.

Shawn M. Wilson -

Between step s 2 and 3 you have to remove 15 Phillips screws on the mid-frame assembly before the LCD and digitizer will come out.

Jason McDonald - Contestar

Any tips on step 12. I cant seem to get the screen loose from frame. Cant find an opening to pry.

Alan Shuford - Contestar

Since the screen is obviously not going to be working I personally used heat and a razor blade. Obviously be careful not to scratch the bezel. But the have plastic "razor blades". Also what also works wonders are a regular deck of playing cards to hold open the screen!! And/or thin guitar picks...

Aerial L -

Do you have to heat the battery?

Ultimate Fangirl - Contestar

You don't have to heat the battery. I used my plastic pry tool around the right edge and lifted up then used an old rewards card wiggle through the adhesive. About a third of the way I pulled up on the bottom corner and the battery lifted out.

Eva Redondo - Contestar

Followed this guide and it worked out great! The only problem I have is that now everything works other than the led light at the bottom of the phone that illuminates the circle and flashes for notifications is always on. doesnt matter if the phones off or screens off that light always stays on draining the battery. Any ideas where i went wrong?

Du dy - Contestar

I replace the screan but the touch sensor doesnt work. Please

Brenda Martinez -

Do I need I to buy a new adhesive if I already brought a new LCD screen with a Touch Digitizer.

lucy - Contestar

What about the frame do I need the frame or is just the screen and the digitizer ok?

Drew -

and does it have to be 2mm tessa tape as recommened from Nate Evans. if yes why?

lucy - Contestar

Is there a way to reset the zte.my friend gave it to me and has moved to ohio..and i cant unlock the security code or fingerprint????

Earlleith - Contestar

Do a hard reset it's the same on most phones running Android.

Darrien Kemp -

Did you ever figure out how to reset passwords, or unlock this phone?

Jack Hughes - Contestar

My auto rotate doesn't work any idea how I could fix it or what steps I should take. It is turned on rotate yet when I click the phone nothing seems to happen.

Ruben Meneses Jr - Contestar

Lot of work for a $99 phone. Why not buy another one. I was going to attempt for a battery replacement but why on Earth would I.

Joe Bama - Contestar

Lol. Great point Joe. It wasn't difficult taking it apart but I thought to myself the entire time, “why so many screws and glue?”

Marc Ferguson -

What if I want to replace just the touch screen with the digitizer do I still have to go through all the steps and remove the LCD housing or can I skip some of the steps and just take out that the digitizer with touch screen at an earlier Step

Teddy Isola - Contestar

These really are wonderful pictures of the process but do did you happen to do a video on it? I like visuals, like a go through guide type thing. Am I out of luck on that? I can always check youtube.

Jean Brick - Contestar

If I need just to swap main board, I think I can get to that step on both phones, right?

douglasflores1 - Contestar

Is it possible to replacethe fingerprint sensor

Jasmine Smith - Contestar

Is it possible to change the fingerprint sensor. My cable

Jasmine Smith - Contestar

I replaced the screen but now my ringer or speaker phone doesn't work. please help

Monique Wohlau - Contestar

i replaced the screen but now my ringer and speaker phone don't work

Monique Wohlau - Contestar

Thanks Brennan, for the most helpful tutorial. You have insured the painless replacement of the battery in my cell phone.

Michael Chesny - Contestar

I replace the screen but now the touch sensor does not work. Please help

Brenda Martinez - Contestar

Overall well done, approached project with caution, managed to tear/bend Li BATTERY. Replacing BATTERY is only option …“May explode if damaged or disposed of in fire"(verbatim).

Gotta love alkali earth

Carlos Dorado - Contestar

So whatdo u do to fix home screen bqack and recent wpps buttons on home screen

Amanda - Contestar

You are very funny…thabk you..I probably would have ripped that touch button/flex cable right off the back starting out…due to the light you shined in advance I kbew to take heed when prying off that back cover.

Daniel Gabai - Contestar

Do I need to purchase the frame o just the

Drew - Contestar

Just to be clear, there is no Loca glue between the digitizer and LCD is there?

Champion Playerdo - Contestar

I did a while assembly change and everything work except for the mic during calls, they cant hear me but i can hear them and on speaker it make alien sounding noises and echos, how do I fix this

Blake valentine - Contestar

My mame topszchelesa fu ma zte

Topaz Chelesa Topaz Chelesa - Contestar

Just buy a Moto Z

lescamela - Contestar

does the fingerprint flex cable have anything to do with whether or not the touch screen works? plug on fingerprint cable broke off when changing battery, but now screen wont unlock…

denise - Contestar

Brilliant work. I followed all but now I can't use keyboard to input pin. Keyboard not working.

Will disassemble/reassemble unless some knows why this happened.

Adrian

Adrian Booker - Contestar

I just replaced the battery in one of these ZTE z981. First time. Very easy if you follow part of this guide. No need to remove the logic board and all the connectors. Some people are fine with prying the battery out without adding heat. I find its much easier to add heat, I used a blow dryer and a guitar pick to pop it out. A flat head screw driver worked well too, BUT BE CAREFUL when prying the battery, there are 2 ribbon cables under it that could easily be punctured. They are glued in place and flush with the plastic but, ya, be careful. Patience is key! Good luck!

Dylan - Contestar

Will a crease on the black flex cable effect it in anyway?

Junior Figueroa - Contestar

Will a bent flex cable mess up performance at all?

Junior Figueroa - Contestar

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