Kindle Fire Front Glass Panel Replacement

Replace the front glass panel (digitizer and front glass) in an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Use this guide to help you replace a broken front glass panel or digitizer in an Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Edit Step 1 Back Case  ¶ 

  • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the lower right corner of the Kindle Fire.

  • Pry the case apart and run the plastic opening tool along the perimeter of the Kindle Fire to release the clips securing the case halves to each other.

  • If you are having extreme difficulty inserting the plastic opening tool, carefully use a metal spudger to undo the first clip, then switch back to the opening tool to avoid scratching your case.

    • It is helpful to pry the bottom of the Kindle Fire away (and out from the side) from the top part. Exerting too much force attempting to split the two without pulling away can cause the tabs on the inside to crack.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Once you have freed all the plastic clips, pull the back case off the Kindle Fire.

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Fit the tip of the plastic opening tool between the right battery cell and the Kindle Fire's frame.

  • Lever the battery up and work the plastic opening tool down along its edge to release the glue securing it to the frame.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Repeat the process from the previous step to free the left battery cell.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Lift the back of the battery up to relieve any tension in the battery connector and simultaneously use a spudger to push the battery connector out of its socket.

  • Pull the battery out of the Kindle Fire.

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Edit Step 6 Speaker Assembly  ¶ 

  • Peel the tape on the upper-left IC that is securing the speaker cable.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the speaker connector out of its socket.

  • Deroute the speaker cable.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.3 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the speakers to the Kindle Fire.

  • Lift the speakers out of the Kindle Fire.

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Edit Step 8 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws from the touchscreen controller.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to release the touchscreen controller connector.

  • Gently remove the touchscreen controller by lifting it up and to the right.

    • Be careful not to rip the ribbon cable in doing so.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to flip open the power button ZIF connector.

    • This connector will not be removed until the motherboard is free.

  • Flip open the ambient light sensor ZIF socket with a plastic opening tool.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue tab on the ambient light sensor cable to remove it from its socket.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to lift up and disconnect the display data cable.

  • Lift up on the antenna connector with a plastic opening tool to disconnect it.

  • De-route the antenna cable.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the six 2.6 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the motherboard to the frame.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to gently lever up the bottom side of the motherboard to free from the adhesive on its underside.

  • Lever the top side of the motherboard up with a plastic opening tool until it comes free.

  • Lift the motherboard out of the Kindle Fire, making sure that the power button cable from step 8 comes free from its connector.

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Edit Step 13 Power Button Board  ¶ 

  • Remove the 2.5 mm Phillips #00 scew securing the power button board to the Kindle Fire.

  • Lift the power button board out of the Kindle Fire.

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Edit Step 14 Frame Loosening  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the ambient light sensor cable off of the frame.

    • You will need to peel up the silver tape in the cable's lower right bend. The silver tape under the lower left bend of the cable does not need to come up with it.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel up the silver tape securing the antenna cable.

  • Remove the five 3.6 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the frame and ambient light sensor.

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Edit Step 16 Ambient Light Sensor  ¶ 

  • Slide the ambient light sensor out from under the frame and remove it from the Kindle Fire.

    • If the ambient light sensor will not easily come out, slightly lift the frame with a plastic opening tool to allow it to come free.

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Edit Step 17 Frame  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lever the frame away from the display assembly until you can grab it with your hand.

    • Lift near the retaining tabs marked by red rectangles in the first picture.

  • Remove the frame from the display assembly.

  • While removing the frame there may be sticky residue that will generate some resistance to the detachment of the top half of the frame.

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Edit Step 18 LCD  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screws attaching the LCD to the front glass panel.

  • Rotate the top of the LCD 90 degrees away from the front glass panel as shown in the second picture.

    • Rotate the LCD and front glass panel slowly so you don't damage the antenna on the bottom of the LCD.

  • Separate the LCD and front glass panel.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Kindle Fire device page.

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How long does this take?

Dan Joyce, · Reply

This took me about an hour from start to finish - taking my time to mark all the screws etc. but it may take longer if you don't have the correct tools. I agree that there should be a photo of separating the front glass digitizer from the front bezel as the true last step - it can be tricky, and the replacements I have seen don't include the front bezel. I used a razor/hobby knife to slowly peel and separate the digitizer working slowly and carefully from the inside bottom (around and behind the power button cutout) - some goo-gone or lighter fluid will be necessary to clean any old adhesive residue from the bezel as well. The front bezel has a rubberized gasket that should not be remover, so take care to see that you are not peeling that off. My last suggestion is to wear latex or nitrile gloves to prevent getting smudges on the LCD or digitizer during replacement; put them on for step 18, and until you have the frame back in place - care to keep dust out from in between during reassembly is a must!

revere521, · Reply

I agree this was difficult, I used 3 different explanations/videos and this was the easiest to follow due to still frame. Thanks for sharing. It took longer than I expected but I did it

kasey, · Reply

How do I know which part I need?? Do I need the lcd screen and/or the digitizer?? What's the difference?? My kindle was dropped unfortunately and I am trying to find the part to replace it with. PLEASE HELP!! People are trying to charge me 100$ to replace the screen alone, excluding labor.

stefani, · Reply

is the mother board cable available to order? mine tore!

JODY, · Reply

Took me two hours but worked great - my daughter will be very happy in the morning. The hardest part of replacing the broken front glass was separating the broken glass from the plastic front housing as there was no instruction for this. As another person noted, I, too, used an X-ACTO to separate the two. During dis-assembly, I kept track of the screws as I removed them which made it easy to put them back. Good Luck and thanks to the Original Poster and all the other help here. (I didn't need to search elsewhere - this was all inclusive for me). Again, Thanks!!!

Paul Borgmeier, · Reply

Excellent guide! Works perfectly now. Get the correct tools and take your time.

Sean Agard, · Reply

Extra details were needed at Steps 3 & 4! The text implies it's lightly glued on the edges of the battery. NOT SO! It isn't 'tacked' down into the frame, it's held quite nastily by a piece of doubleback right in the center. I broke the large plastic lifter I had, and after 30 mins of working with the smaller one, and finally lifted the battery, I found I had damaged the "ambient light sensor cable". So I've now got a piece of junk. I figure the rest of this procedure is void of other key details, so I'm done. Until they figure out how to make Lexan screens (virtually an indestructible material as opposed to glass which shatters if you look at it wrong), I'm pretty much out of this tablet game, which should come with a orange "Chance" card reading: "You bumped your kindle against something more firm than a pillow. Do Not Pass GO, Do not Collect $200, instead donate $100 to the tablet repair geeks, or simply thrown that marvel in the trash and pay for another one. You just made Jeff Bezos richer."

Adam Troy, · Reply

Make sure to mark what ZIF connector goes where, they are not interchangeable even though a first glance the appear to be the same size

David Alvarez, · Reply

It took about 2 hours, but that is, mainly, because reconnecting the ZIF connectors can be overly tedios.

David Alvarez, · Reply

Apparently not all Kindle Fires have the ambient light sensor; This connector is not present on mine.

diprosew, · Reply

I cannot get the zif connectors to go back in ..what can i do...been trying for hours to get them back in...im talking bout the white flip pieces that lock in film..some one please help me with this!!

bearangel246, · Reply

Be very careful when disconnecting the antenna, and be sure to note how the cable is routed into the little socket on the motherboard. The reconnecting of the antenna cable into its motherboard port can be tricky and will require patience, persistence and perhaps a magnifier and tweezers.

Jeff Jones, · Reply

note that the image still displays the speakers that were supposed to be removed in an earlier step

diprosew, · Reply

Followed the steps but once reassembled the screen comes on but doesn't respond to touch. It was working fine even with broken glass screen. Any suggestions?

John Moore, · Reply

Separate the front glass panel can be tricky, it's glue to the frame. Mine was cracked pretty badly so I won't come out in one neat little piece. Just patiently peel off the screen slowly.

David Alvarez, · Reply

I attempted to separate the glass from the black screen/digitizer (LCD) and it was all glued. Kept heating the area probably 30 times. My glass has been cracked throughout and it was impossible to peel it off without damaging the screen/digitizer. Now the Kindle Fire HD is trash. I don't intend to spend nearly $100 for a replacement LCD, especially after I have already purchased a replacement front glass.

Ron Tittle, · Reply

FYI you may want to change the bit size to a PH000 for the PH00 is a bit to big and you may risk the chance of damaging the screw and you may never get it out then! just a heads up for you guys!!

Tysl332, · Reply

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