Replace a Fairphone 3 module

 

Like the Fairphone 2, the Fairphone 3 has a modular architecture. Due to the modular architecture, you can troubleshoot and repair the device yourself by replacing the modules.

You must use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to access all modules of the Fairphone 3. The screws we use in the FP3 are also used for most (sun)glasses, so you might already have this size of crosshead screwdriver at home. If not, we deliver the device with a small screwdriver in the package so you can replace a Fairphone 3 module at any time. 

 

Prepare

We made the replacement of the modules as easy as possible. However, as you still handle vulnerable electronics, there are some preparations we recommend. 

  • Make sure that you must open up the phone. When in doubt, consult the troubleshooter to find out if your issue can be solved in another way
  • Use a flat and clean working surface
  • Get your Phillips #00 screwdriver ready
  • Do not use metal objects to disconnect the ribbon cable connectors (FPC). You can use a fingernail or a plastic object such as a spudger or a guitar plectrum
  • Read the instructions here and in the iFixit guides first before you really start. 

 

Open up the Fairphone 3

To access the modules, you must follow a specific order.

  1. You have to open up the phone first.
  2. Then you remove the Display Module so you have access to the other modules.
  3. Important: you must remove the Bottom Module before you can remove the Speaker Module
In the video tutorial below, we show you how to open up the Fairphone 3. Or consult the iFixit repair guides.

To open up the Fairphone 3:

      1. Turn your phone off
      2. Take the Protective Bumper and Battery Cover off. Use your fingernail to lift the Battery Cover from the rim of the frame 
      3. Take the battery out. Use your fingernail at the white triangle indicator to lift it up 
      4. Take the SIM card(s) and SD card out
      5. To access the modules, unscrew the 13 screws that hold the frame and the Display Module together - see Replace the Display Module.

 

Replace the Display Module

After you have opened the Fairphone 3, you must remove the Display Module to access the other modules. In the video tutorial below, we show you how to separate and remount the Display Module from the phone.

To separate the Display Module from the phone:

  1. Remove the 13 screws that hold the Display Module in place.
  2. Place your fingers on the right side of the frame, inside the battery compartment
  3. Push the display out of the frame
  4. You removed the Display Module.
  5. The other modules are now accessible.

 To remount the Display Module on the phone:

  1. Start at the top of the frame
  2. Click it into place one by one
  3. Fasten the 13 screws that hold the Display Module in place.
  4. Place the battery back in, top first
  5. Click the Battery Cover on the frame
  6. Put the Protective Bumper on
  7. Turn the phone on
  8. You now remounted the Display Module and have access to the other modules.

 

Replace the Top Module

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[FP3 Top Module front side]

In our video tutorial below, we show you how to separate and remount the Top Module from the phone.

To remove the Top Module:

  1. Lift the ribbon cable up from the top of the arrow to detach it. Preferably with a fingernail or a plastic spudger or plectrum
  2. Remove the 2 screws holding the Top Module in place
  3. Push the frame slightly on the back of the Top Module to remove it
  4. You now removed the Top Module.

To remount the Top Module, proceed in reverse order:

  1. Put the Top Module back in its place 
  2. Fasten the 2 screws holding the Top Module in place
  3. Gently reconnect the ribbon cable with your finger until you feel it click. 
  4. You now remounted the Top Module

 

Replace the Camera Module

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[FP3 Camera Module front side]
In our video tutorial below, we show you how to separate and remount the Camera Module from the phone.

To remove the Camera Module:

  1. Lift the ribbon cable up from the top of the arrow to detach it. Preferably with a fingernail or a plastic spudger or plectrum
  2. Remove the 2 screws holding the Camera Module in place
  3. Push the frame slightly on the back of the Camera Module to remove it
  4. You now removed the Camera Module.

To remount the Camera Module, proceed in reverse order:

  1. Put the Camera Module back in its place 
  2. Fasten the 2 screws holding the Camera Module in place
  3. Gently reconnect the ribbon cable with your finger until you feel it click. 
  4. You now remounted the Camera Module

Replace the Bottom Module

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[FP3 Bottom Module front side]
In our video tutorial below, we show you how to separate and remount the Bottom Module from the phone.

To remove the Bottom Module:

  1. Lift the ribbon cable up from the top of the arrow to detach it. Preferably with a fingernail or a plastic spudger or plectrum
  2. Remove the 4 screws holding the Bottom Module in place
  3. Take the Bottom Module out of the frame
  4. You now removed the Bottom Module.

To remount the Bottom Module, proceed in reverse order:

  1. Put the Bottom Module back in its place 
  2. Fasten the 4 screws holding the Bottom Module in place
  3. Gently reconnect the ribbon cable with your finger until you feel it click. 
  4. You now remounted the Bottom Module

Replace the Speaker Module

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[FP3 Speaker Module front side]
Important
To access the Speaker Module, you must remove the Bottom Module first!
In our video tutorial below, we show you how to first separate the Bottom Module and then the Speaker Module from the phone.

To remove the Speaker Module:

  1. Remove the Bottom Module first!
  2. Remove the (1) single screw holding the Speaker Module in place
  3. Take the Speaker Module out of the frame
  4. You now removed the Speaker Module.

To remount the Speaker Module, proceed in reverse order:

  1. Put the Speaker Module back in its place 
  2. Fasten the 1 screw holding the Speaker Module in place
  3. You remounted the Bottom Module. You can now put the Bottom Module back in.