Resolved How to remove magnet from back of my phone

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  1. miamialley, Mar 27, 2015
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    miamialley macrumors 68030

    miamialley

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    So, I have been using a Scosche product to mount my phone. I want to remove the magnet and stop using the mount altogether, but cannot figure out a way to do it without damaging the back of the phone. Any suggestions? I regret putting this thing on. It's fine if you're going to use it for the life of the phone, but I like to change things up so I should have stayed away.

    I've tried to push the magnet to one side, but I can't make it budge. It's obviously adhered to the phone with adhesive. I've used a small pocket knife blade and small flathead screw driver (micro)...gently, but nothing has worked.

    Any suggestions appreciated.
     

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  2. PlatinuM195 macrumors regular

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    Try using some dental-floss or some other string to scrape it off.
     
  3. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ah! Thank you! I didn't think the floss would get under the magnet, but it did after a few attempts. The floss broke easily when I tried to use it as a saw, but I kept putting floss under the magnet to keep lifting it slightly, little by little. Then I slid a folded post it note under the magnet to protect the back of the phone, then used my micro screw driver as a lever to pry the magnet up. It doesn't bend easily, so it took some trials, but I got it off. Thanks so much.
     
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Hi,

    Is their anything on the Manufacturers homepage for the products to suggest how to safely remove their mount from the iPhone. Look at FAQs pages or use any 'Contact us' link.
     
  5. Pug72 macrumors 6502a

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    The usual way to aid in removing adhesive is heat.

    So in future I'd recommend using a hairdryer on it for a while, should lift up with finger nails. Job done.
     
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  7. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    By accident I discovered WD-40 is a fantastic chemical for dissolving adhesives.

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    Heat can and does increase the bond of many adhesives.
     
  8. Itsedstech macrumors 6502a

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    i did this same thing, i could of sworn i bent my phone doing it. used a hair dryer and got it off after 30 minutes
     
  9. Jeff R macrumors 6502

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    Floss works good. Add a hair dryer in the mix if floss alone doesn't work. If it still doesn't work, use a heat gun & fishing line.

    Just kidding about the heat gun & fishing line lol! Although, it's good for removing car emblems.

    How To Remove Car Emblem
     
  10. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    I am somewhat helpful at times but I don't even know the OP. :D
     
  11. stevefasc22 macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem to I brought one 5 days ago cant that thing off my iphone
     
  12. GalFieri macrumors regular

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    Ahhh, this is kinda why I've always been weary of anything you have to "permanently" fix to your iPhone. Glad you found a solution though.
     
  13. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    Try a piece of dental floss. Use it to saw through the adhesive.
     
  14. willmtaylor Suspended

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    Nice. You can go up to edit your thread title and change the prefix to "resolved" in order to avoid further contributions.
     
  15. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Fishing line next time... just as thin yet hella stronger.
     
  16. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I didn't use the adhesive. I left the film over the adhesive side of the disk and just put the disk inside my phone case. When I wanted to "remove" the magnet, I simply took the case off, took the disk out and replaced the case.

    And just for the record, the OP was from a year ago... still solid advice, though.
     
  17. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    And there was a poster who piggybacked yesterday with the same issue.
     
  18. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    A little paint thinner around the magnet should take care of the adhesive. It usual works on double sided tapes it won't hurt the phone as long as it does not go where it is not needed. Heating the magnet would loosen it too but that's hard to just heat it.
     
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    ...so by now you've seen the aged wisdom that the best and brightest of MRForums has to offer: dip your phone in solvent and then heat it with fire. Sounds foolproof. o_O
     
  20. MacBergin macrumors regular

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    I am having that issue now so i'm glad to see there is a solution. And just to make a point its NOT a magnet that is attached to the phone its just a metal plate. The magnet is on the mount.
     
  21. unglued macrumors member

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    And for what its worth I know this thread is a done deal but it's good practice to keep magnets and electric magnetic fields (fans, motors, etc.) away from smartphones and computers it will blow away your data residing in flash memory and hard drives.
     
  22. Zach71 macrumors newbie

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    I came here cuz I had the exact same problem as the OP & I fig that Sprint wouldn't be too happy with me if i sent my phone back with that damn metal plate stuck on the back. So after reading the suggestions, I used floss around the edges but that only helped slightly. I had to eventually take my mini swiss army knife out & stick the thin blade under the plate. I gently kept poking the middle of the adhesive & went around it in a circle. After a min, it came loose & I was able to pull the metal plate right off. I removed all the sticker gunk with a few sprays of De-Solv-It and scraped it off with a plastic pan scraper. Hope this helps.
     
  23. Chana macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Sep 26, 2016 ---
    Thanks for the dental floss idea/ it worked like a charm- use it for the edges and then I used a credit card to pry it open
     
  24. mario2040 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, all, I had the same problem and going to try your suggestions
     
  25. HEK macrumors 68030

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    If floss breaks try fishing line, it's stronger.
     

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