We all know how expensive phone insurance can be, although sometimes it can be worth the money – especially if you’re getting one of the more expensive phones on the market, and especially if you’re taking out a 2 year contract – that’s a long time to be stuck with a damaged phone, and that’s a lot of cash to be forking out each month that you’re not getting the benefit of.

Fortunately, in the case of some of the more expensive phones out there, it’s relatively straightforward for replacing damaged housing yourself, like on the iPhone 4S or, one of the biggest phones around, the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Galaxy Note ii

Galaxy Note III

It’s actually pretty easy to replacing the screen assembly on the newest phone in the Galaxy Note series. If you’ve damaged it, and have declined to take out the (rather expensive) insurance policies that some phone shops will try to sell you, then you should consider replacing it yourself.

You’ll need:

  • Small Phillips head screwdriver
  • Spudger tool
  • Tweezers
  • A new Note Screen, housing and digitizer assembly (available cheap second hand from eBay or new from helpingu2save.co.uk)

How to replace the screen

  1. Make sure the phone is properly switched off – if you don’t, you might end up doing some damage that’s much more difficult to repair.
  2. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws on the back. There will be twelve in total, and these are situated all up the sides on the reverse of the phone.
  3. Remove the Stylus pen from the bottom.
  4. Disconnect all the cables using the Spudger tool. This is easier than it sounds so be careful.
  5. Remove the motherboard – Samsung don’t hide their circuits nearly as deep in the phone as Apple do.
  6. Replace the remaining parts with the new screen and digitizer assembly. This contains the front housing, front facing camera, earphone jack and cables, and some other cables too.
  7. Repeat the previous steps in reverse, putting everything back in its place.

If you need detailed images of how to do this, please click here.

This article was provided by Freddie Miller, Owner of helpingyou2save.com who offer quality repair parts for Apples, Samsung’s, Blackberries and everything in between.