⚠️ Before disassembling, do not forget to turn your phone off.
Disassembly of the mobile device Samsung Galaxy A21s SM-A217 with each step description and the required set of tools.
Step 2. Remove the tray
Use the Key tool (aka Needle) or Paperclip. Push the tip all the way into the hole until the tray ejects, and then pull the tray of SIM and Memory card (Micro SD) out.
ℹ️️ Remember the location for the SIM and Memory card (Micro SD) trays so that nothing is confused when reassembling.
⚠️ Pay attention! The tool must be inserted into a hole on the edge of the phone's housing. Do not press too hard. It may break the tray eject mechanism.
Step 3. Open the back cover
We recommend using a special heating device such as a separator machine, heat gun, or heating mat. It will simplify the process. You can use a home hairdryer, but you will have to make a nozzle by hand or have a suitable one in the kit to gently heat and concentrate the heat flow in the right place.
ℹ️️ The surface of the back cover must be heated to soften the adhesive underneath. The approximate heating temperature is 50° C / 125° F.
Use a thin plastic film or pick for separation. To facilitate the process, you can use isopropyl alcohol. It is often most difficult to pass the tool between the parts to be divided. Choose the far edge from the FFC cables or buttons.
Do not use a lever or any force for separation that could damage the elements inside.
Do not let the liquid get inside the smartphone. The process can be seen in our video entirely so as well as in detail, at the end of the instructions.
⚠️ Look in advance at the picture of the places where the touchscreen and display cables pass under the display module to avoid accidental damage.
⚠️ Pay attention to the fingerprint sensor glued to the back cover from the inside.
Step 4. Disconnect the fingerprint sensor
If the fingerprint sensor in the back cover, then you should pry up the connector and remove the cover.
If the fingerprint sensor remains on the middle cover, then unglue the fingerprint sensor, disconnect the connector and remove the sensor.
Step 5. Unscrew the screws
Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH000), unscrew 16 screws.
ℹ️️ Be sure to note the location of the screws before disassembling. When assembling the device, screwing the screw in the wrong place may damage the device or its part. To avoid damage, the removed screws and individual pieces (as gaskets or brackets) must be laid out in the appropriate order, or the screws and their holes in the phone must be marked with colored markers.
Step 6. Open the cover
Remove the cover with antennas that protect the printed circuit board (PCB). Try to lift the covers by the edges and not push anything between them to not accidentally touch or short-circuit anything on the PCB.
ℹ️️ On the cover, you can see the metalized coating on the plastic in the form of tracks and contact pads. These are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS antennas.
⚠️ It is crucial while reassembling, checking the spring contacts on the board, and the contact pads on the cover match and touch. Otherwise, signal loss or signal may be quite weak.
Step 7. Disconnect the battery connector
Disconnect the battery connector as soon as possible.
ℹ️️ The Samsung Galaxy A21s SM-A217 model has a battery EB-BA217ABY with 4900 mAh capacity (aka rechargeable battery).
⚠️ It is highly recommended to disconnect the connector to avoid possible short circuits during disassembly. Also, try not to use a metal tool to disconnect the rechargeable battery connector or do it carefully.
Step 8. Remove the inter-board cable
Carefully, preferably from the edge, disconnect the connectors and remove the inter-board cable connecting the mainboard to the daughterboard (also known as the sub-board).
⚠️ Be careful when removing the cables from the connectors, the cables are pretty thin, and it is easy enough to break them or damage the contact tracks inside.
ℹ️️ An arrow on the FFC cable (flexible flat cable) indicates its correct position.
Step 10. Remove the daughterboard
Remove the sub-board. It is glued to the frame with metalized tape, so to facilitate the process, the board can be heated a bit.
ℹ️️ The board contains a charging port (Micro USB), microphone, headphone jack socket, spring contacts for the speaker, and an antenna unit.
⚠️ It is not necessary to insert the tool under the board when removing the sub-board. Internal components could be damaged.
Step 13. Unscrew one screw
Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH000), unscrew one screw securing the motherboard.
Step 14. Remove the mainboard
Carefully remove the printed circuit board. There is no need to use a lever or try to reach the board by force. Make sure that nothing is getting in the way or holding the board.
⚠️ Do not bend the circuit board when removing it or push tools under it. Unbeknownst to yourself, you can damage components or cables from the inside.
Step 16. In the display frame remained
ℹ️️ In the display frame remained: the earpiece speaker, battery, coaxial cable, and vibration motor.
Detailed disassembly instructions of Samsung Galaxy A21s SM-A217 in the video, made by our mobile repair & service center:
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