A couple of days ago, I dropped my phone twice in one day. Now, I’ve dropped my phone before, and there have been no problems, save for a scratch here or there. But this time, something happened, and I couldn’t click the power button in. I spent hours Googling solutions. I ended up being able to download apps to let me put the phone to sleep, and even use my volume buttons to wake the phone. But, if my phone ever died or otherwise turned off, there was absolutely no way to turn it back on.
I checked into getting it repaired professionally, but between price and time, that wasn’t a realistic option. I slowly began to realize I only had two options: start looking for a new phone (when this one still isn’t paid off), or take it apart myself and see if I could fix it.
I’ll admit it: I really like my phone. It’s a (take a deep breath) Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD. (What a terrible name.) I got it off Ebay for full price so I could keep my unlimited data. It has a great screen, amazing battery life, and it still running smoothly after a year or so of pretty intense usage.
And so, with this video as my guide, I took it apart.
And I took it all apart: the screen, motherboard, camera, battery, and the side encasing for the button. I saw what was wrong and that it couldn’t be fixed, per se, but I ended up just taking out the button that wasn’t working, attaching a paperclip to my keychain, and now I can just put the paperclip into the whole where the button used to be and activate the power button as needed.
I put it back together and snapped the picture above. So far, it’s still working flawlessly. Let’s hope I didn’t screw something up in there. I. Feel. So. Powerful.
Oh, and there was one more thing I’ve decided now to do: keep its protective case on this time.
Just thought I’d share. Because, after all, sharing is caring. Thanks for reading.