Into the depths of the ion + Battery disconnect for soft-brick
So decided to take apart this thing again to try and fix speaker issue I've been having, after the last time I had to take it apart to disconnect battery after soft bricking it (boot loop + holding down reset combo for too long) this time decided to take pics just for a reference in case anybody needs a peek inside to see if they can find anything that can fix an issue on their device without actually taking theirs apart.
So after removing little plastic covers on top and bottom as well as SIM, SD card, and label under bottom plastic, you'll get 4 screws on each corner of metal piece which is where most people have disassembled to.
To further take apart the device there are 5 Torx T5 screws and three more philips screws, remove them and slowly pry apart plastic plate with antenna components
What the plate looks like
And then you'll be to the inside of the device where all the components are laid out
Hope these pics can be of use to at least one person, just in case you wanted a peek inside the device, or if you need to find a certain part. I only needed to take it apart this far to both disconnect battery and to look at the speaker.
To disconnect battery if you soft bricked (hold down reset combo until 3 vibrations and phone won't turn on)
note that our ion can only disconnect the battery, which is the equivalent to a battery pull, but battery is sealed in there quite good, so replacement isn't easy if that's what you're looking for
After you take out all the panels and get to what you see in the third pic, gently
remove this cable coming from the battery to the motherboard
Then wait about 5-10 seconds and plug it back in. Gently.
Probably you'll want flashmode so before putting phone back together hold volume down button with your fingernail and plug in USB cord when flashtool asks you for download mode.
All photos taken with S2 Skyrocket
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