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Armrest phone removal

Runaque Aug 6, 2018

  1. Runaque

    Runaque New Member

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    Hi guys, I'm new here and I looked around and I didn't managed to find much information about how I remove the Audi phone in the armrest that is installed in my car.
    I know it looks badass and that it is a nice and cool feature, but since we carry more advanced phones with us I'd like to use the compartment of this arm rest for my phone and wallet.

    At first it looks like I can't really remove it, but I'm afraid to destroy or damage the mechanism that holds the phone. The phone itself is easily removed by just pulling the cable out with the phone, but then the mechanism remains in the armrest.

    If anyone knows how to remove it without much issues, that would be awesome!

    Thanks in advance.

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  3. hydro s3

    hydro s3 S3 amk Team Ming Blue Audi S3

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    Can you not just replace the armrest? What car is that in?
     
  4. Tj 0785

    Tj 0785 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter VCDS Map User Bronze Supporter Audi S3

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    I’ve never seen one in the 8l before

    For some reason when I quote his post From pics of your a3/s3 his picture doesn’t show in the quote
     
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  5. Runaque

    Runaque New Member

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    It's in an 8L A3 and I've seen how you remove the armrest, but I just want to remove the phone out of it, especially because the storage in the doors kinda suck in compare to my previous car (MKIV GTI 20VT).
     
  6. s3mad_dude

    s3mad_dude Noggies ruuuule!

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    I've not seen a phone in the armrest before, that is proper retro! Love it! As for the armrest, not sure how you take the phone out of the arm rest without leaving holes and things behind, try taking the arm rest out to get a better idea? If you can't take the phone out neatly, get a second hand arm rest and just take yours out and put a plain version back in. You can then buy the cup holder that goes inside where the phone used to be. Very useful if you have a pre-facelift model.
     
  7. Runaque

    Runaque New Member

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    I guess that's what I have to do! If it's that uncommon, it might have some value as well... :happy:
     
  8. tcg

    tcg Well-Known Member

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    Only if it's got the 'snake' game on it :yes:
     
  9. hydro s3

    hydro s3 S3 amk Team Ming Blue Audi S3

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    Would doubt it would have much value. With phones and Bluetooth now a days there is much better options.
    You don't see to many people walking round with a module phone from the 90's.
     
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  10. Runaque

    Runaque New Member

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    I actually don't care about the value, if it has some, then I won't doubt selling it to someone who collects it. I ain't going to damage this armrest to get the phone out, if it's one piece, then I just install a regular, but tomorrow I'll take a look to take it out and hopefully there's not to much wiring to take care of.
     
  11. ch1z64

    ch1z64 C'mon you's bhoy's in Green Team Imola TFSI Owners Group Silver Supporter Team Sprint Audi S3 Manual

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    It is rather simple , but this is based on the iphone cradle build into the armrest and 8p model but probably similar for 8L.
    Firstly remove back ashtray . Look in hole and a bolt should be there and plugs for cradle remove and armrest should be free.
    Then remove lid press on the 2 plastic bits ,wiggle side to side amd lid comes away .
    Next you should be able to remove big plastic pieces at side off armrest .once in there you gradually u have to gently peel away the layers off parts and eventually you should come to phone base and there should be 2 screws unscrew and remove .
     

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