A BlackBerry smartphone is basically a small computer you can hold in your hand. Like a normal desktop computer, it requires user input to work. In lieu of a mouse, many models have a trackpad that allows the user to interact with the device and make selections. If this trackpad ceases to function, you'll be left with a useless smartphone. The part is easily accessible, which means you can replace it yourself.
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Things you need
- T5 Torx screwdriver
- Replacement BlackBerry trackpad
Hold the power button to turn off your BlackBerry smartphone. Remove the back cover and pull out the battery. Slide the microSD and SIM card from their slots in the phone and set them aside.
Remove the single Torx screw holding the metal shield behind the track pad in place. Slide the shield to the right and pull it off of the phone. The white square you'll find below the metal shield is the trackpad.
Pop off the black connector that connects the trackpad to the motherboard. Remove the disconnected trackpad and set it aside.
Lay the replacement trackpad into place and press the connector onto the motherboard.
Replace the metal shield and screw it into place. Insert the SIM and microSD cards and replace the battery. Close the back panel of the phone and turn the device on.
Tips and warnings
- A pry tool, which looks like a plastic flathead screwdriver, can help you loosen the connector from the motherboard. If you don't have access to such a tool, use your fingernail.
- Be very careful when connecting the new trackpad to the motherboard. The connector should very easily pop into place. If you feel the need to apply strong pressure, the connector is likely not lined up correctly.
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