Nokia 6280 display cover removal for dust cleaning

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Unlike many other models, the Nokia 6280 doesn't seem to made so that users can remove the display cover themselves. This annoys those who get dust in between the actual LCD and the display cover, which is a lot of owners... Actually, over time, it's everyone.
Inspired by a short instruction on the forum, I thought a more precise instruction would be useful.

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Step 1: Locating the clips holding the cover in place

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First we need to release the two upper side clips and the top clip.
Open the slider, place the phone so the rear side is facing up and note where the top clip and the upper side clips are located.

Step 2: Loosing the upper clips

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If the second upper side clip is released, the opposite clip tends to pop back in place . Therefore release one upper side clip, then the top clip and then the other upper side clip. A upper side clip is released by pulling the backside (currently facing upwards) of the display cover outwards with a finger nail or similar.

Step 3: Loosing the lower side clips

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To release the lower side clips run a fingernail, a slim piece of plastic or a credit card from the upper side clip, along the gap between the display cover and the slide, until the lower side clip is released. Repeat for the other side, but don't try to loosen the bottom yet, as you will risk breaking the two bottom clips.

Step 4: Removing the cover

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Now all clips are released, except the two bottom clips, which aren't visible yet.
Close the slide carefully, but stop if the slide is much harder to move. In that case the cover is loosening grip at the bottom clips and needs to be pulled back up for now.
When the slide is closed it can be removed entirely by sliding, not tilting, the cover furthermore downwards.

Step 5: Remove dust

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Now you can remove dust from inside the cover. If you as most users, don't have an air spray, you may blow air yourself, but be careful not to let any spit go along. Sucking your mouth dry beforehand is actually worthwhile - weird to describe, yet relevant.
geoper25 years ago
thx for this instructable !! its really perfect i didnt know u can open it like this so that u can clean it and by watching it i managed to fix the screen by putting the cord in the right place thx again !!
dkang6 years ago
excellent , this was a quick 2 min fix, excellent instructions. Just fingernails needed to help pry the sides ! thanks
skietumz067 years ago
what to use in order to remove it.. do i need to use an object to ditached those on the sides?
CarlOS_dk (author)  skietumz067 years ago
Well, your fingernails. Hold the display in one side and at the other side pull the edge apart from the display with a nail. Pull just enough for the clip to loose its grip.
plodie7 years ago
Brilliant easy to follow - thanks so much - I then used another site to replace the lcd - I couldn't find those instructions on here. Now got my phone working again thanks to you.
Mad Cat7 years ago
Thanks! My 6280 is now free of dust!
Fantastic! Other forums tell you not to do this as it will invalidate the warranty, but this is SO simple and quick!! Thank you SO much.
zrxal8 years ago
Hi does anyone know where abouts the mic is located on the 6280 is it on the screen half or the full keypad half if it is the latter how does the keypad cover come off cheers.
CarlOS_dk (author)  zrxal7 years ago
It is located behind the hole below the pop-port. I don't how to access i though. Greetings!
toplad!!! exlent instructions helped me a bundle nice1
Fantastic! Really easy to follow when you sit down with your phone in front of the computer. There's so much dust I could hardly see the screen before! Cheers.
kostin8 years ago
You said to release the clip... but how do you do that? What exactly should be done with that which direction?
CarlOS_dk (author)  kostin8 years ago
I updated the text to explain how to release the clips. Hope it is more clear. I've tried to make the text both concise and precise.
tamz8 years ago
Sorry i don't understand that
CarlOS_dk (author)  tamz8 years ago
What part? I've tried to make the text more clear. Use the image highlights to identify the different parts. Better now?
CarlOS_dk (author) 8 years ago
I don't think it's that complicated to do, but I haven't really got time to check it at the moment, sorry.
odedra308 years ago
you see the scrren has that metal cover thing to hold it down it it held down by screw because i have brought a nokia 6280 and a new LCD screen for it becuase the screen is broken on the 6280 and i know how to take the front cover off i have tryed it on my mates 6280 i might just need help fitting in the new LCD
Ridgeback8 years ago
Excellent. Dust everywhere - I thought I was stuck with it forever. Now all fixed in less than 5 minutes. Thank you.
siddsaha8 years ago
Great job buddy. Thnx a lot for helping all the users of Nokia 6280. You illustration really helps. Gr8 job done. Keep it up.
cpsharp8 years ago
Outstanding instructions! Tried it, it works, can't ask more than that!!