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    If you broke just the front glass and your touch screen still works then it is possible to replace just the glass without replacing the digitizer. However, it is difficult to separate the glass from the digitizer without breaking it.

    Here's what you'll need:

    1. Shut the phone off and take out the battery
    2. Use the hair dryer(on high setting) or heat gun (on a low setting), and go over the edges of the screen several times to soften the glue
    3. Use box cutter to carefully separate the glass from the digitizer by starting at one corner and working your way up - you may need to re-soften the glue or have someone keep the hair dryer on the phone while you pry up the glass. Insert a guitar pick or two when you get one section up. Again, be very careful and patient. If you go too fast you can damage the digitizer or your fingers.
    4. Once you get all of the glass off clean the surface of the phone with a lens cloth to remove any dust or residue
    5. Make sure the center button is seated correctly
    6. If the adhesive came off when removing the old glass apply some to the outer edges of the glass - trim away excess from the parts of the screen that are transparent
    7. Align the screen with the phone body and press. It should click into place.
    8. Put the battery back in and turn on the phone. If everything works great, if not then something was damaged when removing the original glass and you may have to get a new digitizer (which is much more expensive)

    Here's a good video of the process:

    See More: Replace broken glass only on Samsung Galaxy SIII
    Last edited by tavenger5; 04-14-2013 at 11:31 AM.

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