Facts about the LG Nexus 4 Screen
LG Electronics codeveloped the Nexus 4 as the fourth iteration in the Google Nexus family of smartphones. The LG Nexus 4 E960, which comes in 8GB and 16GB versions, uses an LCD screen with a digitizer to allow you to interact with it and activate various features. It is possible that either the screen or the digitizing layer could be damaged and need replacement.What are the parts of a Nexus 4 screen?
Although the screen on your LG Nexus might appear to be a single unit, it is composed of different layers that work together in order to maintain the devices functionality. It may help to know each of the parts and how they operate, so you can determine which you need to replace. The main components of a Nexus 4 screen are:
- Frame - The frame houses the digitizer technology and the glass and keeps them together.
- Digitizer - The digitizer is the part that interacts with you when you use your phones touch screen. It registers the signals from your fingertips, including tapping and swiping, and transforms those signals into specific actions via Qualcomms Snapdragon chip set.
- Glass - Although the digitizer is on top to register contact with your fingertips, the glass part is the layer you see when viewing images or video.
If the screen on your Nexus 4 is cracked, the digitizer may be unresponsive to your touch. You may need to replace one or more layers in order for the phone to function again. While the precise steps for replacing the glass or digitizer might vary, you may be able to use the steps below as a general guideline:
- Turn off the phone - Make sure your phone is off.
- Remove the battery - Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two screws at the bottom of the phone, then use a flat, thin prying tool to separate the back cover of the phone and take it off. With a small Phillips screwdriver, remove the screws that secure the battery, then lift it out.
- Continue disassembly - Separate the front frame from the back.
- Separate the layers - The screen and digitizer are held together in layers by means of an adhesive. Use the prying tool to separate them.
- Insert the new components - You can now place the new screen and digitizer in the appropriate spots. You will need to connect them to the daughterboard as well.
These tips can help you care for the new screen on your Nexus 4:
- Wipe - Wipe the screen to clear it of fingerprints and debris.
- Use a protector - Add a thin layer of plastic to the screens surface.
- Use a case - A phone case can offer your device some measure of protection.