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Nokia 1110 mono to color display MOD

Nokia 1110 Mod_the new colored display_1Florin shows us how to convert a Nokia 1110 cell phone’s normal monochrome LCD to a color LCD scrounged from a Nokia 1600. This article does not have much to do with microcontrollers or electronics hobby work but it is interesting and shows that you can hack your cell phones to make them suit your taste. This is very much in the Maker spirit.

The idea for the project came when I wanted to change the Display LEDs from my Nokia 1110. The original LEDs are green, so you get a green light behind the screen, well I didn’t like that so the main goal was to place some white LEDs to get a white background. But luckily I stumbled on a problem that made me reconsider the mod.

The LEDs for the display on all modern phones are built-in inside the LCD so there are 2 pieces of very thin glass and the LEDs are placed between them. No possible way for me to change those.

Now if think about it, it is probably a bad idea to place white LEDs behind the original LCD, because the contrast will be considerably lowered. The point is I ended up changing the whole display.

If you want to do this mod yourself, you’re going to need only one tool, and that’s a special screwdriver. I don’t have a code, or a name for it but it just fits on Nokia screws. I paid about $5 for one. Besides the tool you’re also going to need a broken Nokia 1600, just to use the color display from it.

I had a broken Nokia 1600 lying around, so I used the display from it because the connector is the same as for the monochrome display from Nokia 1110. Probably there are other displays from Nokia that have the same connector and will work on Nokia 1110, so if you have a Nokia in the 1xxx series you should check to see what kind of display and connector it has.

The first step is to disassemble the Nokia 1110, and you start by removing the battery and the battery cover, next you remove the front cover together with the rubber keyboard

Nokia 1110 Mod_removing covers 

Now you should be able to see the screws that keep everything together. Grab that special screwdriver and start removing the screws one by one. The different parts are layered, so remember their place so you can put them back together.

Nokia 1110 Mod_removing screws 

After removing all screws the first thing that comes off is the black frame that holds the LCD in place and also houses the speaker.

Nokia 1110 Mod_removing LCD frame

Now you should be able to see the LCD connector, you simply disconnect it.

Nokia 1110 Mod_LCD connector 

Now leave the Nokia 1110 as it is and start disassembling the Nokia 1600 to take its display out. Mine was already missing the screws so it was easy. Here is the color LCD and its connector; you can notice it’s the same as for the monochrome display.

Nokia 1110 Mod_ Color LCD connector 

The displays have the same size and shape, so now just place the color LCD inside the Nokia 1110 and connect it to the main board.


Now all you have to do is re-assemble the Nokia 1110, just place the parts as they were and insert the screws.

Nokia 1110 Mod_ placing covers back 

If you made it so far and everything went okay, power on your phone and it should look like mine. It’s cool to have a color display on a phone that everybody thinks its monochrome. I haven’t researched the idea behind this compatibility, but I can only imagine that Nokia builds the same main board for several phones, in order to reduce the costs. It’s cheaper to run one manufacturing line instead of two.

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Posted in Hacks, Projects, Scrounging.

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  1. kane says

    im no micro controller expert but i have been looking to do the same with the nokia 3310. The 3650 looks to have the same size screen in order to make the transplant but could someone have a look into whether the connections are the same. anyone who can be bothered to look and then finds the answer could you plase email me at thanks much

  2. mindoverflow says


    thanks mate for the trick. I tried it today on my 1112. it worked. But i guess that the contrast should be tunned and the white is a little bit bluish and except the menu icons, nothing else is suited for color display. I’m woundering if i couldn’t play a litttle bit with the firmware to fix the white color and contrast and exploit a little bit the color screen.

    Anyway, thanks a lot.

  3. Pasan says

    Guys any of these screen will perfectly fited with Nokia 1XXX

    Nikia 1110 LCD Type is 96X68 16Bit ( 65,536 ) Colour

    Supportable Dips r


    Good Luck u guys

  4. Pasan says

    Woooow what a cool idea. I also hv a 1110i phone. Now i hv to buy a 1600 LCD.

    Thanks man

  5. cde says

    If you are near a PathMark (East Coast Supermarket), they currently have a “security” bit set for 5.00 dollars, which has security torxs bits T10-T45 and normal torx T1-T9, including T6 and T5.5 and T5, standard cellphone sized security screws.

  6. Joseph Yumul says

    that special screw driver is a torox type it was a T6

  7. Joseph Yumul says

    WOW! can i do that in a Nokia1110i?
    Cool modification

  8. Steve Chamberlin says

    SparkFun sells some Nokia LCDs that can be used as a display for custom electronics projects. That’s another potential use for your broken phone, if you don’t have another compatible phone that needs a screen upgrade.