Sidekick LX LCD SCreen Replacement Guide

Is your Sidekick LX LCD lens cracked?  Is your T-mobile LX Sidekick LCD screen damaged?  Is the back light no longer working on your Sidekick LX?

This manual is for fixing a sidekick LX that has a cracked LCD, a damaged LCD, a broken LCD, or for a LCD that the back light no longer works on.

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There are only 8 screws you need to remove. This repair will require a T6 torx driver and a number 0 Phillips screwdriver.

1.Power down unit.

2. Remove back cover and take out battery.

3. Flip you sidekick screen halfway to access the two screws that need to be removed. Both have already been removed in this picture.  Remove the screws using the T6 torx driver.

sidekick lx lcd flip screen removal

4. While still holding the screen in the half flipped position, gently lift the screen up and out.

warning about copper connector pins on sidekick lx

Be careful not to touch the copper contacts or the connector. The pins on the connector of the base unit are very fragile.

5. If your replacemnent Sidekick LCD screen has the housing frame on it and it is the same color then skip to step 14.  Steps 6 through 13 are for removing the LCD frame from the old sidekick LX lcd Asembly and putting it on the the new one so the colors match.

6. Put the LCD screen assembly upside down on a soft surface (to avoid scratching). There are 6 screws that need to be removed before your can removed the old lcd screen cover. You will need a size 0 Phillips screwdriver for these.

7. Remove the four screws shown in the locations shown below.  You will need to rotate the flex cable/spring unit to access the one in the bottom left hand corner.

Sidekick LX LCD repair screws

8. Remove the two small screws holding flex cable to the lcd housing. The 2 in the metal portion in the the picture above.  Be careful not to remove the flex cable or spring assembly

9. Flip the screen back over and gently pry the two corners on the bottom of the side with the flex cable.

10. Now that both edges are loose, gently pry along middle of each side to loosen the retainig keys.   Once that is done, grab the edge and gently lift the lx screen frame backwards and up.

11. Now, install the sidekick lx lcd screen cover in the reverse order.

12. Once the cover is on, press down firmly on edges to make sure they are snapped into place. You make have to wriggle the cover a bit to seat the screw holes.

13. Flip LCD unit over and install 6 screws you removed earlier. Be sure to move flex swivel unit out of the way for the one screw. Once the screws are in, it is time to reassemble the Sidekick LX.14. Prepare the LCD screen Assembly for installation. Make sure the spring unit is aligned as shown.

Fail to follow this step can cause the screen not to flip properly. If it is not aligned as shown, rotate spring assembly until it is. Sorry, this picture is for a sidekick 3 lcd but it shows the same thing.

15. Rotate the screen to the half flipped postion and install in base of the sidekick LX.  Once installed, slowly release the screen and allow to flip into position.

16. Rotate screen to the half flipped position and install the two screws removed in step 3 and tighten them down.
17. Test the flip action of your phone. It if doesn't work right, remove screen and go back to step 14.

18. Once the flip action is working, it is time to reinstall the battery and back cover.

19. Power up you phone and enjoy your Sidekick LX in its in all it's glory.

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45 Responses to “Sidekick LX LCD SCreen Replacement Guide”

  1. justin nowes says:

    Hi my name is justin and i would like to purchase a lcd screen from you for my sidekick lx. i smashed mine with a motor on accident and really like my phone and would like to just buy a new screen. please let me know what i need to do to purchase a new screen. thanks justin nowels.

  2. billy says:

    i have a LX and the ribbon cable going from the phon to the screen broke is there any checp way to replace that i know how to plug one in but is there someone that will just sell that ?

  3. GrinningFool says:


    I have not seen just the flex cable for the sidekick LX for sale by itself.

  4. ivan says:

    hi I am trying to put on a sidekick custom kit for my LX. I already brought the t6 torx screws and the number 0 philips screwdriver. please if there is anything else I need to put on the custom screen for my sidekick.

  5. GrinningFool says:

    You will just need a small pry tool. I prefer a plastic guitar pick myself.

    Here is a guide for that.

  6. ivan says:

    I am trying to remove the screws of the lcd screen on the back of the sidekick LX but it will not work. what am I doing wrong?

  7. ivan says:

    and I am using the #0 philips screwdriver to do it

  8. deon says:

    My sidekick08 has a cracked lcd where can I buy a new lcd. Does the lcd replacement for lx and the 3 work the same for the 08

  9. GrinningFool says:


    The procedure is exactly the same. The only problem is that it is hard to find a sidekick 2008 lcd anywhere.

    I haven’t been able to find a good source of them yet.


  10. dion says:

    My sidekick glass is broke do u knoe where to buy a new one and does the same procedure work on switching the lcd work for replacing a sidekick glass

  11. dion says:

    No I don’t need the lx replacement I need the siedkick 08 glass

  12. GrinningFool says:

    Well, can’t help you there. Have not seen anyplace selling the lcd or the glass for the sidekick 2008 yet. Hopefully, soon. It did take about 6 months before parts became available for the lx

  13. randy says:

    my daughter broke the plastic lens on her sidekick 08,the lcd is fine,where can i get another lens for it and if so how do i change it out,thanx

  14. Kevin LaPlante says:

    my cousin pull out the charger out of my lx and the hole where to put the charger is messed up and now it wont charge how can i get it fix

  15. josh says:

    I heard you have to take the left screw off first because you can burn out the LCD srcreen is that true or false

  16. GrinningFool says:

    If you didn’t power down the device and take your battery out then I guess it would be possible. I have done many of theses and never burned one out.

  17. ate says:

    ok. i put on my custom kit. but when i out the screen abck in place the backlight would’nt work anymore also my contacts disappeared along with my photos saved to my device. any idea what happend.??? i really need help on how to fix it

  18. GrinningFool says:

    Make sure the lcd cable is seated well. Also make sure none of the copper pins on the base are bent.

    If you have the data service from t-mobile, you contacts will come back. They are stored on the Danger Servers

  19. Andrew says:

    I know the flex cable isnt sold seperate, so if i need one i will have to buy the full lcd, and install it for my backlight to work

  20. GrinningFool says:


    You can sometimes find them on ebay.

    They are a pain in the boot as well to replace!

    Usually the it’s the lcd istself is bad vs. the flex cable.

  21. Kelly says:

    If you successfully replace the the screen, will that erase all your contacts if you dont have the tmobile data service, or do all contracts come with that?

  22. Nabil Fhaili says:

    MY sidekick lx screen is just blank. When you turn it on its just black the backlight works but
    you cant see anything. I want to know if this is what i need to do or should i get a completely new screen.

  23. Kevin says:

    I wanted to see if you could diagnose my problem. I have read through your many posts and don’t beleive my LCD to be bad. My display functions but, when I kick the screen open it fades to black at about half way open. You can see that the LCD is still on but, that perhaps no images aren’t being processed? The buttons all still function and phone works as it should. The only way to get the screen back is to close it and either remove the battery or power down. I have taken the LCD off and re-installed it twice checking connections. I am completely stumped. I have found replacement LCDs on eBay but, at $100 it not really worth it. Any suggestions?

  24. Molly says:

    After replacing my LCD, I powered on my phone and now the back light wont turn on. Did I do something horrific or is it reversible? thanks

  25. GrinningFool says:


    check the copper contacts of the the phone side. make sure they look ok. If it still odes not work after reseating the phone. contact the person who you bought it from. They may have sold you a faulty screen.

  26. Tom says:

    my phone works perfectly fine, but sometimes when i flip it, my screen just fades black. Everything still works but i can’t see anything, any ideas?

  27. John says:

    The ribbon that billy was talkin about how do i remove it to put on a new lcd?

  28. Blake says:

    if your screen is just black and not cracked or broken than you can just turn the phone off, take the screen off, then put it back on [but it has to be tight] and turn the phone on and it should work. that’s what i just did, and damn im happy

  29. rasko says:

    Hi my sidekick lx was dropped and a few hours later the screen just faded everything works but the screen is just black with a backlight…

  30. Chickennbeer says:

    I have a question that have not yet been answered? So if my screen is black compeletly then my lcd is bad. AND Im talking bout to the point were i cant even see the back so i knw it isnt the backlight.

  31. quanisha says:

    my screen wont pop up…….it just show back

  32. Juke says:

    What size of screwdriver do i use to remove the screen? I just need to switch it out with another one i have. Thing is, the screws look worn out and its hard to get them out..i dont wanna damage anything so what should i do?

  33. Amanda says:

    well myy problem is i have the sidekick o9 the orchid one and my lcd screen cracked when it fell from the top of a bunk bed . so i took it to a tmobile store and the dude there said i just need a replacement lcd screen . the only one i could find is a carbon one .
    im willing to use it but is there any way i could just switch the lcds w.o the entire screen ? so i wouldnt have a pinkish-purple phone w a black screen? or is it a whole screen switch ?

  34. janiah says:

    My sidekick lx backlights cover is broken where or how can I fix my back light cover pieces and do my screen is stracted up does that mean I need a replacement screen

  35. cynthia says:

    Are there any lcd screens for the sidekick lx 09 and if so where can I purchase one

  36. Steve says:


    My screen for my Sidekick has stopped working. The phone still turns on and my keyboard still lights up and everything, but when I open the phone the screen is blank. Any suggestions on how to fix it?..

  37. Richard says:

    I kinda screwed up and I believe I touched the copper contacts thats why my backlight wont come on anymore what can I do now?

  38. GrinningFool says:

    Are the contacts damaged? Did the backlight work before that?

  39. Peter says:

    My daughter broke the USB port on her Sidekick 2008 and now can’t charge the phone. Is there a way to fix/replace the mini USB port? (I think it’s called the USB port.?.?)

  40. RS says:

    Hi. i just received my sidekick lx and it was working fine until i went to kick the screen up to reveal the keyboard, the screen faded to black. the backlight is fine but the screen is just black now. what can i do to fix it?

  41. BrookLynn says:

    hi do you know were i can buy an lcd screen for a sidekick lx 2009?

  42. niais says:

    my sidekick cracked and now i cant see anything but it still makes the noises can i just replace the lcd screen

  43. jay says:

    hi my sidekick lx 2008 screen wont close it just sits in the upright position the whole time can someone please tell me how to fix it?

  44. natalya says:

    I have a sidekick lx 09 the screen works and everything the ribbon is not poped the only thing it that it come off the silver thing that makes it flip the housin part is off the silver rod that makes it flip. What do i do to fix that? Do i need a new screen or just the housin port? Can someone please get back to me

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