I'm trying to revive a nexus phone with a cracked screen. It was completely discharged and I've recharged the battery but the screen is unresponsive to touch. How do I get it working again before trying a screen replacement? These are the two screen shots I got once charged and turned on.
I have a solution. My Nexus 4 has a dead battery. Screen is fine. How much would you offer me for it? Purchaser pays for shipping. No warranties.
You can't use a phone that is almost completely depending on a touchscreen to work if the screen isn't responding. Don't even think about trying to seperate the digitizer from an AMOLED screen. Repairing this is also going to cost more than this device is worth, even if you perform the repair yourself.
Ok now that you've finished laughing at what my lost puzzled face looks like....i have a replacement screen and thought i would use this as a learning experience. Im not out any money....just time spent. So this is a lot harder than I was led to believe.....because of the amoled screen?
If anyone would like to break it down in layman's terms so i can grasp the concept I can decide if I'm up for the challenge. BTW....i can diagnose and fix espresso machines. So while they are completely different working systems I do possess a mechanical skill set.
@darlicious that device was one of the hardest phones to fix. even if you manage to put the screen+digitizer back together, the touch screen may not function properly. the screen is glued to the frame. so when taking it apart, expect that the screen will come out in small pieces. you basically need to break the screen off..
I would rather try to take the battery out and use it on @will13am phone. but by doing that, you may also crack the rear glass.
Ifixit has a teardown
Thank you for the link to YouTube....now I have a concept of what it will entail to repair this phone. If it's as difficult as @gpixel4 has mentioned and I'm successful (if I decide to attempt it) I may have found a new trade to transitition to that doesn't require me being on my feet all day.
My mistake: Nexus 4 is using an IPS LCD display. That was likely a cost cutting measure to offer this device at Nexus-level pricing, though the previous generation (Galaxy Nexus) was using super AMOLED.