How to Replace the Screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III

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It’s happened to all of us. One minute you’re chatting away on your phone and the next minute you go to put it back in your pocket and you idiotically miss and it slams into the concrete below. And, as happens to all of us in this situation, it doesn’t land flat on the plastic battery door you could easily replace for a fiver on eBay but bull’s eye on the super expensive screen. Now what? Well, if the screen still accepts your touch input, you might try to keep using it, cracked and all, despite the barrage of laughs from your friends every time you take it out or, if the screen doesn’t work, you then begin to simply panic and google the closest cell phone repair store to only find that they charge more than the cost of the phone to fix it.

Don’t worry, there’s hope. A lot of times you can find the replacement screen online and just do it yourself. Saving money and giving a nice warm feeling of DIY accomplishment in the process. Today we’ve chosen one of the most popular device’s on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S3,  to show you how easy it can be.

  1. Remove the back cover.Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  2. Remove the battery, SIM card and microSD card.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  3. Unscrew the 10 screws holding in the plastic housing.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  4. Pry off the plastic housing using the plastic wedge tool.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  5. Disconnect the connector for the headphone jack at the top of the circuit board.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  6. Remove the plastic housing under that connector.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  7. Unscrew the black screw at the bottom holding in the circuit board.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  8. Remove all the connectors attached to the circuit board and the bottom end of the white antenna.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  9. Remove the circuit board.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  10. Remove the screw at the top.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  11. Remove all the housing at the top and the antenna.

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  12. Remove the vibration motor at the bottom.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  13. Remove the front facing camera at the top.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  14. Pop out the Volume Rocker and the Power button.

    Galaxy S3 Screen Repair Guide
  15. Put all of the removed hardware from the old device into the new device, replace all the screws and housings, and replace the battery and back cover.


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  1. Laura Says:

    Fancy fixing mine for me…. for free? i’m afraid

  2. Chaos Crafter Says:

    I managed to do this seemingly successfully.
    It is quite fiddly, particularly a couple of the bits around the top cameras and the light sensors, also the strip for the volume buttons is held in-place by two barely visible clips – if you can do it, removing the buttons first makes the process easier.
    All went well and the phone powered back up fine, but either I got a faulty screen or I made a mistake somehow, as a few hours later the screen started getting very very bright (far beyond what is normally possible to choose), and appeared to almost go white.
    I’m still wortking out if the fault was mine or not.
    If anyone knows a likely cause (an error I might have made), please let me know asap

  3. Chaos Crafter Says:

    I managed to do this seemingly successfully.
    It is quite fiddly, particularly a couple of the bits around the top cameras and the light sensors, also the strip for the volume buttons is held in-place by two barely visible clips – if you can do it, removing the buttons first makes the process easier.
    All went well and the phone powered back up fine, but either I got a faulty screen or I made a mistake somehow, as a few hours later the screen started getting very very bright (far beyond what is normally possible to choose), and appeared to almost go white.
    I’m still working out if the fault was mine or not.
    If anyone knows a likely cause (an error I might have made), please let me know asap

  4. Tom Says:

    Brilliant guide, fixed my samsung s3 lte (i-9305) using this guide, isn’t hard at all!!

    Bought my new screen kit off ebay for £69.99. bargain!

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