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Bringing back my Nexus 4

If you are a Nexus 4 owner or if you ever had one in your hands, you probably noticed that it has glass on both sides. The consequence of this, is that the phone usually slips by itself on very plane surfaces, be it a glass table or waxed furniture – I was surprised when I realised that for the first time. So, I was always careful with it.

Cracked Nexus 4
Cracked Nexus 4

Exactly one year after purchasing mine, I innocently left the phone on my bedroom’s commode and went to watch a movie in the living room. It could have been special effects from the movie when I heard a dry crash, but no. It was my phone, that slowly drifted away from the centre of the commode and hit the floor with one of its borders. And that was it: I got the spider app installed! The screen was cracked and the touch was completely unresponsive.

Obviously, LG guarantee didn’t cover the damage, and repairing it could cost the price of a new (lower end) phone. The alternative would be to send it to an unofficial repair shop and have it done for €130 or buy the screen and repair the phone myself. I decided to give myself a birthday gift and have fun repairing it myself!

Nexus 4 Repair Kit
Nexus 4 Repair Kit

The screen I bought, even thought it says otherwise, it’s not the LG Original screen. It has a plastic feeling (I’m sure it’s not glass), the place where the sensors and the LED are, is more noticeable (dark circles, check image) and the screen have some light leakages (mainly when you press it stronger). If, like me, you are OK with that quality as long as it works well, you can find it on Amazon. In my case, the seller was essenmobile, and the product was this. It includes all the necessary tools to disassemble the device.

The LED place is more visible with the new screen
The LED place is more visible with the new screen

To disassemble it and mount the new screen, I watched this movie on Youtube. Everything went well. Only the battery was hard to remove, due to the glue, but it’s doable.

Now, I’m happy to have my Nexus 4 back. It is a great device and, hey! It doesn’t bend 🙂

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