How to Fix a Slider Phone

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Mobile phones that slide open present an extra risk of damage compared to bar-style mobiles due to the wear and tear that develops over time from opening and closing the phone. The process of repairing your slider phone may vary depending on the make and model. In some cases, you can make the repair yourself; in others, you may have to contact the manufacturer. You may be charged for a manufacturer's repair if your mobile device is not under warranty.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Electrical tape
  • Turn the phone off. Remove the battery cover and battery.

  • Unsnap and remove the back cover of the phone gently.

  • Remove the screws from the sides of the phone that attach the slider to the body if you see any. Some slider phones do not contain screws and instead have parts that all snap off. Remove the slider once you have finished unscrewing.

  • Cut two thin strips of electrical tape. Place one on each side of the phone from the inside where the sliding piece meets the body of the phone and creates friction. This will help the slider better adhere to the body of the phone and keep it more stable when sliding up or down.

  • Snap the slider back into place or screw it back on.

  • Snap the back cover back into place.

  • Reinsert the battery and place the battery cover back on the phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Visit your phone manufacturer's website. The manufacturer often has specific information and tutorials regarding repair of your phone's make and model.
  • Search specialty mobile phone repair websites (see Resources) for repair instructions for your specific slider phone. Often, niche repair sites will include valuable advice and information not found on the manufacturer's official website.
  • Opening or dissembling a mobile phone in any way can invalidate your warranty. Understand your warranty's terms and conditions before attempting a repair yourself.

References

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