1. inteller's Avatar
    I'm looking at getting a 1520 with a broken digitizer for cheap. Does anyone know of a digitizer replacement video? I see the digitizers are about $50 which is dirt cheap. If anyone has a video that shows replacement please post it here.
    01-31-2014 10:41 AM
  2. Sym3's Avatar
    I guess you can use these videos as a reference.
    01-31-2014 12:49 PM
  3. Sym3's Avatar
    01-31-2014 12:49 PM
  4. vw1610's Avatar
    I'm looking at getting a 1520 with a broken digitizer for cheap. Does anyone know of a digitizer replacement video? I see the digitizers are about $50 which is dirt cheap. If anyone has a video that shows replacement please post it here.
    I believe those digitizers are incomplete. They do not have the three home button cable attached. It basically a piece of useless piece of glass for 50$. I've been burned before buying a digitizer like that.
    I bought a damaged 1520 and am also looking for a quick repair since the LCD is still good.A digitizer that works it will need to have extra copper looking ribbon cables on the back side of the home buttons. I have yet to find one unfortunately.
    02-26-2014 11:16 AM
  5. vw1610's Avatar
    I learned that the digitizer is glued/bonded to the LCD. So this means we can't use those 50$ digitizers on eBay and amazon :-(
    Hopefully they will come out with a cheaper replacement soon.
    02-27-2014 09:55 AM
  6. rbiasca's Avatar
    I learned this as well. I bought the $50 digitizer and then got the whole phone apart and broke the LCD trying to get the digitizer off. They are bonded much thinner and tighter than other lumias. They are selling screens already put together for around $300, but I sent mine to palco and they put a new screen in for $195, just got it back they did a good job. As for the copper strips for the buttons, that is not true, I bought one of those digitizers and it is the same. As the one that I ripped off.
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    02-27-2014 11:58 AM
  7. vw1610's Avatar
    I heard about palco but was unsure of the quality. Thanks for the input. I'll be sending mine there too.
    How long did it take?
    02-28-2014 11:11 AM
  8. rbiasca's Avatar
    They did great work, I sent them the phone in peaces and it only took them three or four days once they got ahold of it. They ship fed ex back to you. That were also quick to respond to emails so CE I was so impatient
    03-03-2014 05:26 PM
  9. Bugler0's Avatar
    https://www.sparkingdiscount.com/pro...oducts_id=1767

    Will this work or do you guys think it's too good to be true? I bought my new 1520 yesterday and last night dropped it off my kitchen counter. The glass shattered. So angry!
    04-18-2014 02:36 PM
  10. Donny James's Avatar


    For those brave enough to attempt.

    Note: This is very hard to do. Removing the battery can break the LCD.
    Last edited by Donny James; 08-27-2014 at 11:35 AM.
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    07-29-2014 10:03 PM
  11. Whiplash1's Avatar
    You can separate the LCD from the digitizer using a heat plate machine. The phone is mounted on it and it just pulls the lcd from under the digitizer. Just like rubbing your palm horizontally. I got my 720 digitizer/glass replaced in a similar manner. A special liquid was available with the repair guy which rebonded the LCD with the new glass. Got the digitizer from eBay at 30 bucks approx.
    dominicanboy100 likes this.
    07-29-2014 10:13 PM
  12. dominicanboy100's Avatar
    you just gave me a awesome idea bro... wow an easy way to open lumia 1520 screen lol.... GBU
    08-24-2014 06:25 PM
  13. Brad Larson's Avatar
    I am curious if you were able to get the digitalizer you got on ebay to work on your 1520
    mine should be in the mail today ,, I do have that fine wire to remove the digtalizer

    no video of it has been posted anyplace on the 1520 of successful replacement of just the digtalizer and not the complete LCD replacement as well

    thanks in advance for your reply
    11-08-2014 11:20 AM
  14. Brad Larson's Avatar
    The 1520 is a bit different than most phone screens I have repaired ,, I searched and didn't find video for a digitizer replacement procedure (glass front top and bottom glass on the 1520) , I was able to buy one pretty cheap so I decided I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving it a try ,,I contacted several phone repair shops to get some consulting , no one was able or willing give advice on how to remove it ...

    Here is what worked for me , lots of vids out there to remove the back so I wont go into details on that ..
    I made a fixture on a board to hold the phone with sheet metal screws vacuum hose around them would be good too ( very careful to not get it too tight ) you have to work out the details , the next one I do I will make a youtube video ,, ( I would have done a video but I had no idea how I was going to do it )
    The phone actually has a 2 glass layer digitizer thicker glass on the outside and a very thin glass against the LCD

    I had a friend with a heat gun and a laser temp gun sensor making sure the temp didn't go over 80 c as I had a fine phone wire to separate the top glass from the bottom glass of the digitizer ( the fine phone repair wire available on the ebay or amazon )
    might be better if you can go directly to the bottom glass but for this first op (no Idea if this is possible ) I took the top glass off first and then the glue .
    (not an awefull task but care must be taken not to break the LCD of course )
    the bottom glass next to the digitizer is a very difficult task , the glue on the one I have was not that tuff but very sticky ... the big problem is the bottom glass is so thin that you cant use a phone wire. the glass keeps breaking off ,, so I did it the hard way with a razor as it broke away as I got the razor under it .. if you can find a brass razor would be awesome ..unless you went right to the bottom layer but I think maybe the heat transfer may not work as well if you don't take one layer off at a time .. would love to hear other success stories of course.
    very painstaking task as it took a long time for me
    I used nail polish remover to remove the glue residue ,, it worked for me , maybe some way better chemical but I have an idea the LCD is very fragile so I kept pressure to a minimum ..
    The wire with chip on it that connects the digitalizer to the logic board just pulls out of the connector but the chip on the wire is glued to the frame of the phone .. to remove that connection you must remove the Logic board .. (videos out on youtube to remove ),, the battery does not have to be removed ..
    I am guessing its not cost effective for a phone repair shop to attempt this cause it too me several hours of careful work and would be very easy to make a mistake .. would love to hear about a procedure that is easier ...
    and would love to hear other success stories too ..
    This is home style repair that worked for me
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    12-12-2014 10:40 PM
  15. Jishu John's Avatar
    bro u can buy at just max of 25 $ anywhere .. best of luck and happy buying
    01-19-2015 01:28 AM
  16. bo_woods's Avatar
    I learned this as well. I bought the $50 digitizer and then got the whole phone apart and broke the LCD trying to get the digitizer off. They are bonded much thinner and tighter than other lumias. They are selling screens already put together for around $300, but I sent mine to palco and they put a new screen in for $195, just got it back they did a good job. As for the copper strips for the buttons, that is not true, I bought one of those digitizers and it is the same. As the one that I ripped off.
    from your experience do u think I could easily remove the very top glass from my 1520 and simply replace that, and not the digitizer or LCD...i only want to remove and reapply top glass , NOT the digitizer LCD or any other vital components just the glass sitting atop the phone... do u think I could do it without hurting the digitizer underneath???
    03-05-2015 06:07 PM
  17. Guillaume Demicheli's Avatar
    Hello,
    Same problem here, I just want to change the glass. Not the LCD, not the digitizer, but the glass only.
    Everything is working fine, screen and touch.
    Can we change only the glass ?

    Front Glass for Nokia Lumia 1520 - Parts4repair.Com

    Thanks.
    03-12-2015 01:54 PM
  18. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    Hello,
    Same problem here, I just want to change the glass. Not the LCD, not the digitizer, but the glass only.
    Everything is working fine, screen and touch.
    Can we change only the glass ?

    Thanks.
    The sad reality is this stuff is VERY thin. The digitizer itself is thinner than an egg shell and is glued to the glass. This assembly is then glued to the LCD. Using a separator machine you will peel the glass/digitizer off the LCD as a unit every time. Even at this point with proper equipment removing the digitizer from the screen is nearly impossible.

    They sell the glass only because you will buy it, then pay again for the glass/digitizer.
    aleunge likes this.
    04-20-2015 08:50 PM

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