Most Important Tools for Smartphone Repair

Most Important Tools for Smartphone Repair

    This is an overview of the most common and useful tools needed for smartphone or mobile device repair. I will be giving a small summary of each tool needed and what purpose they serve. Having repaired mobile devices for years now I have never come across a project that needed any tools not listed in this article.   Screw drivers:  A good screwdriver set is probably the most important tool in all of mobile device repair. Smartphones and mobile devices usually require special security bits to dissemble. The good news is you can find some very reasonably priced screwdriver sets designed for mobile device repair. These come with all the special bits you need for the majority of repairs. Pry tools / Openers: These are small tools used to pry bezels away from frames, and batteries out of recesses. Usually plastic and coming in many variants these are nice tools to have because they will pry apart delicate components without damaging them. I prefer plastic spudgers over metal ones because you run no risk of shorting out components on the logic board. Suction Cup: Suction cups are needed in many repairs to lift the screen off of the device. Especially if you are considering repairing apple products suction cups are necessary. IPA: (Iso Propyl Alcohol) The recommended cleaning solutions for mobile phone’s printed circuit board (PCB). This is because the Alcohol will clean all the circuitry but immediately evaporate therefore not damaging the circuitry. Ultrasonic Cleaner Machine: Used to safely and deeply cleanse logic boards and chips. These are the same units used to clean jewelry because...

How to re-purpose an old tablet into a smart mirror display

  Today I will be showing you how to breathe some new life into that old tablet you have lying around. I have found the coolest project you can do with an old tablet is to convert it into a smart mirror display. This is a very easy project requiring very little technical knowledge and less than $20 in supplies assuming you have the most basic of tools at your disposal. Out of everything on the list below the only item I needed to source was the mirror which I got on Amazon for $14 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017ONH3EG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)   Supplies: Old Tablet Wall charger 12″ x 12″ Acrylic See-Through Mirror Cardboard Tape measure Scissors or razor knife Electrical tape Marker These are all the supplies you need for this project and almost every single one could be substituted to fit what you have laying around your house. Now that you have compiled everything you need to assemble this smart mirror we must start by first selecting the correct settings and installing the software on the tablet. Prepping the Tablet               First make sure your tablet is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. I recommend doing a factory reboot to purge the device of any clutter that may have accumulated in the devices past life. Assuming you are now running a clean reset Android 4.0 or higher tablet the next step is getting into the power saving settings of your device. Go to Settings, Display, Advanced, Sleep and then select always on when plugged in. After you have set the correct power / screen settings you will want follow this...

Most Important Tools Required for Smartphone or Tablet Repair

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Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
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Mobile cell phone carriers will convince customers that once their cell phones are broken, there is little options available to you.  You can either purchase insurance to cover certain defects or accidents, or purchase a new phone.  That can become costly!  That fact is that even non-expert can fix many common repair problems.  Once you know what you are doing, you may even consider start a small business repairing smartphones.  Maybe you just want to fix your own device.  In either case, there are many resources out there to help. Smartphone repair is quickly becoming an important task.  and having the right tools for the job is essential in any repair job.  It’s easy to begin repairs on smartphone … start off by using the the following tools: Nylon Spudger Fine Tipped Curved Tweezers Small Phillips Screwdriver T5 Torx Screwdriver Plastic Triangle Opening Tool Precision Knife Set Instead of collecting all of your tools individually, GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN A TOOLKIT! Soon you will be able to make basic repairs, such as:  shattered screens, water damage, broken cameras, broken buttons, and port issues.  For these and other repair instructions, search for a DIY through an instructional video on YouTube. Description of items in a toolkit is in the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqqyJt-K_Xc This toolkit is recommended for the cost-conscience student, it is sold on Amazon for a low, low pricCE.   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SURH7W4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 In fact, did you know you can get Amazon PRIME free?  As a student, Amazon will give you a limited trial Prime Member at no cost. After the trial offer ends, you only pay $49 per year.  It is...

How to find disassembly and reassembly instructions for laptop, Ultrabook and mobile device repair?

I hate to make a long story short so lets expand on this a little. I grew up with highly pixelated images, The Number Munchers game, and well before Google. If you need answers you went to go get them. As in physically leaving the house to go get them.  Number Munchers circa 1991 ish Since we have all of resources at our fingertips i’ll highlight some of the best sources that may come up during your google search. The best way to find disassembly and reassembly instructions are to first search by the model and brand of mobile device, laptop or ultrabook that you own. If you have a Dell Ultrabook it’s best to do a search using both dell and ultrabook disassembly and reassembly as keywords. This will give you a more narrowed down search that is specific to your kind of device.  If you do a generic search it will give you instructions for their device which may not apply to yours. If you are a visual person you can even watch YouTube tutorials to see how others have disassembled and reassembled thier device or even follow along with them. Here’s a screenshot of a video on YouTube that shows the disassembly of a Dell Ultrabook: To complete the process with less errors, I recommend using YouTube because it is easier to follow the instructions.   https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Dell+XPS+13+Teardown/36157 Ifixit gives detailed step by step instructions on disassembling a Dell Ultrabook along with pictures like the one seen above from their website. Ifixit and other similar websites are excellent ways to find disassembly and reassembly instructions for laptop, Ultrabook and...

Laptop, Ultrabook and Mobile Device Repair How To guides

There will always be point in time when a student or faculty member can damage their electronic device like a smartphone, laptop and/or mobile device. As a student, it is very important to be able to repair a damaged device than to replace it all together. In the unfortunate event that a repair is needed there are two options: fix it yourself or have someone else fix it for you either covered by a warranty or paid out of pocket, preferably a professional. If you fix it yourself you have a large number of resources available online in the form of video and downloadable and printable step by step tutorials. It is also very important to understand that this is not recommended if there is still active warranty on device. Doing self-repairs on a device will void any existing warranty on the device. After doing a good amount of research it is important to get the correct tools and parts that are needed to complete the repair. You can use sites like Amazon and EBay for parts and tools for the best price. Ordering parts online require a good amount of research before purchasing. Before completing the purchase, confirm the part numbers, packaging and reviews online related to the product. If possible, do price a few comparisons to see if there are other stores that offer the parts for a cheaper price or free shipping. Allowing someone else to fix the damaged laptop, Ultrabook or mobile device is recommended. Taking the device to an expert will have the correct tools and will most likely be familiar with the damage...

Finding Repair instructions for Mobile devices online

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Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
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Today, your greatest information source lies right at your fingertips.  It is the world-wide web (“www” or “web”)! The web is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links and easily accessible through the internet.  Countless “how to’s” and do-it yourself “diy” imaginable is sourced on numerous websites.  And the leading forum specializing in internet-related searches, including webpages, images, videos and more in Google.  Google is the perfect place to find instructions for disassembling and reassembling laptop, Ultrabook, and mobile device repair, and much more. Notice, the snip (or partial screenshot) of the Google search engine below or Chrome browser (Google and Google Chrome have similar names, but different details –  Chrome is a web browser developed by engineers at Google). After typing in whatever you want to search, press the Enter key on the keyboard of your computer. Choose the most specific or relevant keywords or phrases to describe your topic, for example:  “how to disassemble an iPhone 4S?” and press ENTER on your keyboard. To maximize your search research, give specific details about the product, such as manufacturer’s name and version.  Next, access your results.  Use the tabs at the top to help define what type of search you want.  For “how to,” I would suggest a video.  In the image above, the first search result shows a guide in a portable document format (commonly referred to as “pdf” which is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably), and the second is a YouTube link.  The more information you have, the better! ...