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By Uhuhu, Senior Member on 23rd December 2013, 06:38 PM
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After a trip to a shower my HTC One was declared dead (boot loop even after rice, humidity remover, heat, and others) I figured I would open the phone even it it meant that I could destroy it. It turns out that all you really need is patience and tools already available. Sure, I did bent the upper cover but, hey, everything else is intact.

I started by removing the volume button and started using those "guitar picks" around going down. Added some heat to unset the glue and moving slowly I started prying open the right side (when you are looking at the lcd). Than continued moving down until the left side was stuck. After that I went high on the volume button to set the whole right side open.
Now I'm using the other tool (the one that looks like a lever?) I started opening the left side. This side was a lot harder so I applied heat again. After that the glue wasn't an issue and it started to open nicely. Now I have the phone open and I'll see if I can get it working again.

Sorry for the English. I'm too excited to correct the mistakes and I'm not from an English speaking country.

Edit: added tools pictures.
The guitar picks were used to start opening the phone. The green and blue tool were used to open the left/top/bottom sides. The light blue tool was used mostly as a lever on the right side that was already open.

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Video will be here shortly: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...0&postcount=22

Overall experience while opening the HTC One (compared to the iPad 2/iPhone 3G/S/4S/iPod touch 5th/Motorola Atrix/Transformer Prime) I would give it a 4. The iPad being a 2 (almost impossible to open without a heat source and nearly impossible to mount a new glass without issues).
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23rd December 2013, 08:05 PM |#2  
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After a trip to a shower

... Should I ask why?
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23rd December 2013, 08:29 PM |#3  
To fix the purple tint caused by heat on the camera sensor. thats why.
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... Should I ask why?

After dropping my an old phone in the toilet (Before I went ) never again. My phone is barred from the bathroom unless its in my pocket. I guess the OP wanted to have some alone time with his phone.........................
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23rd December 2013, 11:01 PM |#5  
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... Should I ask why?

TuneIn, on the upper part of the bathroom/shower (we mostly call it "box" to take a shower while listening to music.
24th December 2013, 12:49 AM |#6  
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Wow I think that this would be very usefull for other people who want open it...
24th December 2013, 12:52 AM |#7  
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Wow I think that this would be very usefull for other people who want open it...

Well, it clearly isint. He just wanted everyone to know that he was able to open the phone.

Ok you did a pretty amazing job. Now let's move on.

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24th December 2013, 12:55 AM |#8  
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Well, it clearly isint. He just wanted everyone to know that he was able to open the phone.

Ok you did a pretty amazing job. Now let's move on.

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Sorry you meant he was able to break the phone
24th December 2013, 01:13 AM |#9  
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Sorry you meant he was able to break the phone

Phone is back. 100% working again. After opening it up I used a hairdryer on the "on/off" switch, left it open to cool down. After an hour I left it charging and left it there. It wasn't boot looping anymore and it turned on.
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Phone is back. 100% working again. After opening it up I used a hairdryer on the "on/off" switch, left it open to cool down. After an hour I left it charging and left it there. It wasn't boot looping anymore and it turned on.

But it is the same phone? how did you repare the top right corner of the screen that was completely off centered?
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But it is the same phone? how did you repare the top right corner of the screen that was completely off centered?

Same phone. I just glued it back to position with a superglue (superbonder is the trademark I've used). Used a toothpick to smear it gently and used some phone books to keep things in place. The top aluminum part was bent but the superglue is now holding it.

About the video, I'm not sure I'm willing to open it again. It would be awesome tho..
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