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Duration:
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Disassembly/Repair of the mobile device Xiaomi Mi 8 SE with each step description and the required set of tools.


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Step 1. Remove the tray

Use the ejection 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 card out.

⚠️️ 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.


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Step 2. 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 the 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.

⚠️️ Pay attention to the fingerprint sensor cable! The cable connects the fingerprint sensor on the back cover to the motherboard.


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Step 3. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the eight screws.


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Step 4. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the two silver screws.

The screws are different: 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 parts. 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.


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Step 5. Open the cover

Pry over the edges. Move an opening tool along the edge detach the clips and remove the cover with antenna pads and tracks.

ℹ️️ Try to lift the cover by the edges and not push anything between them to not accidentally touch or short-circuit anything on the circuit board.


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Step 6. Disconnect the battery connector

Disconnect the battery connector as soon as possible. It is better to use a non-metal or plastic tool to avoid any damage.

ℹ️️ The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE model has a battery BM3D with 3120 mAh capacity (aka rechargeable battery).

⚠️️ It is highly recommended to disconnect the connector to avoid possible short circuits during disassembly.


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Step 7. Disconnect the connector

Pry up the fingerprint sensor cable connector and remove the back cover.


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Step 8. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the seven screws.


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Step 9. Remove the loudspeaker

Pry over the edge and remove the loudspeaker assembly with antenna tracks.


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Step 10. Remove the bracket

Using a screwdriver (Philips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the two screws and remove the bracket holding the vibration motor.


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Step 11. Disconnect the connectors

Pry up the coaxial cable connector.

⚠️️ Please note! The inter-board cable connector is on the sub-board inside.


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Step 12. Remove the daughterboard

Remove the sub-board. It may be glued to the frame or attached with attachments like latches or hooks, so be careful.

ℹ️️ The sub-board contains a charging port (Micro-USB), microphone, spring contacts for the speaker, vibration motor, and an antenna unit.

⚠️️ It is not necessary to insert the tool underneath when removing the sub-board. Internal components could be damaged.


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Step 13. Disconnect the connectors

Pry up the connectors of the side buttons cable, display module cable, inter-board cable, and coaxial cable.

⚠️️ 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.


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Step 14. Remove the front camera

Disconnect the connector on the motherboard, and remove the front (selfie) camera.


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Step 15. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Philips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the two screws securing the motherboard.


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Step 16. Unscrew one screw

Using a screwdriver (Philips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew one screw securing the cameras cover with a flashlight.


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Step 17. Open the cover

Pry over the edge and detach the cameras cover with a flashlight.


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Step 18. Remove the motherboard

Carefully remove the printed circuit board. There is no need to use a lever or try to reach the circuit board by force. Make sure that nothing is getting in the way or holding the circuit board.

The motherboard, also, may be attached with attachments like latches or hooks, be careful.

⚠️️ 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.


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Step 19. Remove the cameras

Pry at the bottom and detach the assembly of the two cameras.

⚠️️ Be careful! The assembly is glued a bit with adhesive.


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Step 20. In the display frame remained

ℹ️️ In the display frame remained: the earpiece speaker, battery, coaxial cable, and vibration motor.

Detailed disassembly instructions of Xiaomi Mi 8 SE in the video, made by our mobile repair & service center:

If you have a question, ask us, and we will try to answer in as much detail as possible. If this article was helpful for you, please rate it.


Disassembling\Repair has easy complexity and takes about 9 minutes in time. Our manual is suitable for all models Xiaomi Mi 8 SE released for markets in different countries.



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