iPhone 3G Display Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Cracked or faulty display? Replacing the glass is somewhat involved but very doable.

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  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.

  • Make sure to keep all the screws organized as you are taking the phone apart. They are different sizes.

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  • Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.

  • Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.

  • There is a rubber gasket between the silver front bezel and black display assembly. A bit of force is required in this step to separate the iPhone's display assembly.

  • Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the lower portion of the iPhone's display assembly.

  • If the display assembly is too damaged to allow the suction cup to adhere, tape with a strong adhesive such as duct tape may be used.

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  • The display assembly is still connected to the iPhone by several cables, so don't try to remove it entirely just yet.

  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

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  • Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1."

  • Ribbon cable "1" is connected with a plug style connector. The block at the end of the cable is the plug which is simply pushed into a socket on the circuit board. No other locking mechanism is used.

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  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."

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  • Ribbon cable "3" is held in place by a FPC style connector. You must unlock this connector before sliding the ribbon cable out. The locking mechanism is on the opposite side of where the cable is inserted - it swivels upwards 90 degrees. Use a plastic spudger to lift the locking mechanism.

  • The FPC locking latch is very delicate and is typically a different color than the body of the connector. (see the detail image of FPC connector open and closed)

  • Slide the ribbon cable out of the connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.

  • It's impossible to properly reinsert a ribbon into an FPC connector unless the lock is disengaged. Make sure the locking latch is open when attaching/detaching the cable.

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  • Remove the single Phillips #00 screw from the corner of the display assembly.

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  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the right side of the display assembly.

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  • Turn the display around, and if there is a thin strip of black tape on the edge of the display assembly, carefully peel it up.

  • Keeping the tape from sticking to itself can be tricky. We recommend placing the tape on a wax-coated piece of paper (any sticker backing will do).

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  • Remove the three Phillips #00 screws from the left side of the display assembly.

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  • Turn the display assembly over and again carefully insert a metal spudger between the two metal rails along the edge of the display assembly. Gently rotate the spudger to lift the LCD up from the glass.

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  • Separate the LCD and glass by sliding the LCD panel away from the ribbon cables on the glass.

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

For more information, check out the iPhone 3G device page.

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does this void the warranty?

loganm, · Reply

I did all this and my screen is completely white, from memory i can unlock it and when i connect to my pc i can hear that it connects i just can't see anything. please help i'm freaking out!

Tiffunny, · Reply

Quote from loganm:

does this void the warranty?

Duh!

Pepper, · Reply

Hi there, Just been reading these a lot and I think that people should not use a metal spudger inside the phone as this will potentially short out the phone inside as it is still connected to the battery pack. I also recommend that people observe some basic ESD precautions. Like earthing yourselves etc.

Dave G, · Reply

I wrote up my notes, including the critical (missing) PFC lock directions in a separate blog post:

http://tech.kateva.org/2011/01/repair-of...

jfaughnan, · Reply

i follow the guide and success to replace my new display. everything is okay, but the screen without any light.......keep in dark screen....

can anyone tell me what's the problem? many thx.

birman, · Reply

Where is the screw template for printing?

Thomas, · Reply

The reason why I want to change the screen is because it full of dusts. After I replaced it, it was really nice. But after couple month, dusts came back again, so I just switched to 4s.

abouthui, · Reply

Tip: Stick a piece of double sided tape or regular tape sticky side up, taped down with two smaller pieces of tape on the end to hold it down on your work area to hold the screws. You can also place them on the tape in order you removed them so you remember which ones are which.

sharonlee, · Reply

Many 3G have #000 Phillips instead of #00 screws in the bottom.

CEF, · Reply

Press the metal spudger between the chrome bezel and the screen, than use the suction cup.

mauritscassee, · Reply

Quote from mauritscassee:

Press the metal spudger between the chrome bezel and the screen, than use the suction cup.

Using a metal spudger might damage the bezel and/or screen. It's definitely doable to separate the two without a metal spudger - I did it myself with no problems - but other iPhone display assemblies may be tougher than the one I took apart.

Miroslav Djuric, · Reply

When reassembling the display and bezel, how should one install the gasket? What happens if the gasket is damaged while the phone is being disassembled? Is there a replacement or some other fix?

yosarian, · Reply

Hello everyone -- what kind of adjustments, if any, can be made in this step to ensure that the display sits flush with the bezel around all edges when installed? On my iphone, the display is a tiny bit uneven when installed, i.e. the glass is ever so slightly higher than the bezel on the left side, while the glass it just a hair bit lower than the bezel on the right side. Thanks!

Bespin, · Reply

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acav802, · Reply

Quote from Bespin:

Hello everyone -- what kind of adjustments, if any, can be made in this step to ensure that the display sits flush with the bezel around all edges when installed? On my iphone, the display is a tiny bit uneven when installed, i.e. the glass is ever so slightly higher than the bezel on the left side, while the glass it just a hair bit lower than the bezel on the right side. Thanks!

i had to spend quite a bit of time (30 minutes) on the hair dryer/heat up step to gently heat then gently loosen the adhesive holding the front glass to the rather fragile frame.

after successfully removing the glass (and shards of glass from my broken screen) i also had some clean up to do to remove the excess glue and adhesive from both the top and bottom sections and also the rails. i used the "leaf" end of the metal spudger (not the oar shaped end) for awhile scraping up stray bits but also used a Q-tip dipped in some isopropyl ("rubbing") alcohol which helped dissolve some of the goo left in the corners and the crevices of the rails.

perhaps your screen sits a bit akimbo because you still have some goo in those rails?

satanders, · Reply

I did every step but the screen doesn't work. Phone calls come in and its charging cause I hear the sounds. What might be the problme?

slidellboy, · Reply

I've done it. The most difficult part was to separate the broken glass from the plastic structure. I've damage the thinner rubber on the top.

Everythig works fine except the GPS. After the repair my gps is not working like it was before. Now rarely gets a constant signal, and the most part the signal is week. Maybe i have damage the antena ?

Any ideas ? It is possible that the adhesives strips can block the signal ?

Thank you very much.

pbrookei, · Reply

My screen was to busted-up for the suction cup to adhere, so I stuck a piece of (wide) clear packing tape to the front of the glass, which provided sufficient surface area for the cup to create a solid seal.

Time to complete the repair: ~60 minutes

kbarins, · Reply

Quote from slidellboy:

I did every step but the screen doesn't work. Phone calls come in and its charging cause I hear the sounds. What might be the problme?

Try connecting the phone to iTunes and doing a restore. I had the same problem and that fixed it

Jww285, · Reply

Hey guys in step two they used a suction cup to remove the screen. Yet my iphone screen is shattered all through out and the cup who stay due to air coming through the glass. Any ideas or work arounds?

streak1232, · Reply

Duct tape or 3m double sided tape should do the juob. I had the same problem and solved it with taking a piece of duct tape folding it onto itself and leaving about and inch still undone. I pushed the ens own onto the glass and used the center as a handle. Imagine two capital L's back to back to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Quote from streak1232:

Hey guys in step two they used a suction cup to remove the screen. Yet my iphone screen is shattered all through out and the cup who stay due to air coming through the glass. Any ideas or work arounds?

Shackscs, · Reply

The number one reason for removing the digitizer and LCD assembly is if the digitizer is smashed. Removing the broken glass from the mid frame is a delicate procedure and can be very tedious and time consuming. The rubber gasket and home button can be easily damaged if you are overzealous with a heat gun. The mid-frame section is now readily available as an orderable spare part and in my opinion you’ll get a much neater, cleaner repair if you replace this part too.

Quote from yosarian:

When reassembling the display and bezel, how should one install the gasket? What happens if the gasket is damaged while the phone is being disassembled? Is there a replacement or some other fix?

NoBox, · Reply

Hi all,

I have completed the step by step guide as above. I have assembled back together but the phone wont turn on? i can hear the beep when i connect a charger but im not getting anything on the display?

Any help appreciated

Jason, · Reply

i have tried everything but the screen will not budge, i have tried using the tool and also my suction cup and even tape nothing will work to seperate the screen! what should i do??

JJ246, · Reply

All went well, but I should mention that the force required to pull the screen off is much higher than I expected. I kept one hand wrapped around the top of the phone to make sure it didn't fly apart and damage the connectors to the logic board. The other trick is to get the suction cup as close as possible to the button to increase the leverage. In the end I taped over the home button so I could use the suction cup at the very bottom. Keep an eye on it and after a while of constant heavy pressure it should start to separate.

sharnett, · Reply

It is easier to separate the glass from the frame at the non cracked/broken end first. I kept my fingers near the end I was heating up - this is a good way to ensure that you are not overheating the plastic. I also used the low setting on the hair drier. This step wasn't too bad, it just takes time and care.

A final tip is there are some small spring contacts behind the home button that look easy to damage. Be careful not to catch these and bend them, especially when working to separate the glass from the frame. If these get broken the home button won't work.

sharnett, · Reply

Quote from slidellboy:

I did every step but the screen doesn't work. Phone calls come in and its charging cause I hear the sounds. What might be the problme?

try either cycling power or reinstall the cables to the display where they connect to the main board. cables weren't seated correctly for me and i experienced the same issue.

troy, · Reply

Quote from JJ246:

i have tried everything but the screen will not budge, i have tried using the tool and also my suction cup and even tape nothing will work to seperate the screen! what should i do??

Make sure the 2 screws are out of the bottom of the phone on either side of the dock connector. If they are, keep trying. Make sure you are lifting from the bottom end of the screen toward the home button. Does take a little bit of force but you'll get it. Keep in mind the connectors for the screen are toward the top end of the phone so don't let it get away from you or you could damage them. Just lift up like you're reading a book, using the top end as a pivot point.

troy, · Reply

I tried removing the assembly and only got the glass to come up along with cable #3 coming disconnected.. Therefore i cannot get anything connected! Please help!!!!!

nathan, · Reply

I had exactly the same problem. I persisted and found that, after the connectors were properly seated, I had to 1) completely install the screen, including the screws and 2) perform an iPhone reset. To perform the reset, hold the wake/sleep button (on the top) while at the same time holding the home button (on the screen). Hold them until the apple logo is displayed on the screen (approximately 10 seconds). After the apple logo came on the screen, everything was look'n good! I hope this works for you; i was bummed, not becuase i would have had to spend another $99 but because ATT automatically extends one's contract every time one buys a new iPhone, even if it's a replacement. Good luck!

stevenkooper, · Reply

CAUTION! My 16GB 3G has a cable glued to the bottom left side of the LCD. This cable is marked with a 4 in step 3. There is no way you can open the the screen 45 degrees if your cable is the same!

Those of you who end up with no screen probably ripped the ribbon cable just as I did. This is a huge omission!

I have pictures of the ripped cable if anyone needs clarification.

postnospam, · Reply

Clarification to the note above.

On further inspection, cable 4 wasn't glued to the back of the LCD. It just bonded itself there after a year of use.

If this happens, you'll need to replace the dock connector as well.

Good luck!

postnospam, · Reply

It strange for me, i opened my iPhone 3G and found something that doesn't apear on your descriptions, on the bottom of the screen just after opening it, there seems to have a connector, maybe it is only some glue that makes it stick to the screen or maybe it realy is a connector which is why i don t want to go any further without asking.

Could anyone help me?

Quote from postnospam:

CAUTION! My 16GB 3G has a cable glued to the bottom left side of the LCD. This cable is marked with a 4 in step 3. There is no way you can open the the screen 45 degrees if your cable is the same!

Those of you who end up with no screen probably ripped the ribbon cable just as I did. This is a huge omission!

I have pictures of the ripped cable if anyone needs clarification.

jonathan raillard, · Reply

I have the same problem. I change my husband`s iPhone lcd but i also cannot see anything but i can hear that it`s charging. I tried to open it again just to be sure that its connected. but still not working.Anybody can help?

Amelia Westergaard, · Reply

Quote from pbrookei:

Everythig works fine except the GPS. After the repair my gps is not working like it was before. Now rarely gets a constant signal, and the most part the signal is week. Maybe i have damage the antena ?

Not sure if you are still following this thread, but I came across this while trying to fix a buddies phone. We found out when we re-opened his phone after replacing the glass that the GPS antenna had gotten disconnected when he did the repair. We simply snapped the connector back on, and VOILA, GPS works again. I hope this helps. The connector is in the top left corner of the board, and on his phone was labeled connection 6.

Jon, · Reply

or try the suction cup of you iPhone-carkit (i used a navigon carkit) - worked out quite well!

matthias, · Reply

Just did this last week for my GF iPhone awesome results. only problem i found so far is the new adhesive for the front panel wont stick very well. dont know if its a let it set type of adhesive but if i have to replace it again i dont know if ill be able to get the front panel/lcd frame out of the phone.

greyboost89, · Reply

I replaced my cracked screen and my damaged LCD screen and after I put it all back together, the iPhone turns on and the screen looks great, but the touch screen does not respond at all. I opened it up about 3 more times and unhooked and reattached all the connectors to the motherboard but still no luck. Does anyone know what I should do??

CapeCodKwassa, · Reply

Gotta question. Can i remove my digitizer from the screen and attach it to another glass? ( Digitizer works ) just dont want to buy another one

amaan, · Reply

Quote from Miroslav Djuric:

Using a metal spudger might damage the bezel and/or screen. It's definitely doable to separate the two without a metal spudger - I did it myself with no problems - but other iPhone display assemblies may be tougher than the one I took apart.

Sometimes using the metal spudger is necessary-- my screen was entirely too shattered for the suction cup to hold. I slowly pried it open, and yes, there was slight damage to the plastic.

owenscott, · Reply

Put tape over any part of the screen that is cracked. This will keep the glass from falling out and keep your work area neat and clean.

Elliot, · Reply

When I applied the suction cup, the screen came loose from the display assembly, the display assembly remained in the phone (the screen had been replaced once before, so probably the adhesive used then was not as strong as the original adhesive). I had to use the metal spudger to separate the display assembly from the phone. Worked fine.

pauldavidgill, · Reply

the lifting of the front assembly from the silver bezel would be easier if you are heating the silver bezel with an hair dryer carefully.

because at older IPhones some mess will stuck between the bezel and the gasket AND if glas would be broken it will be a little bigger as the unbroken glas.

And heating the front assembly carefully makes it easier to peel of the glas from the assembly

Guenter Brauer, · Reply

Be sure the silver bezel stays attached to the bottom plastic "tub"; if it is pulled up, a 2 wire thin film around the lower left will sever.

paulbaclace, · Reply

Ok this was not too difficult but not for the faint at heart either. I did run into three problems:

1) I broke one of the connectors that supply power/information to the home button :(.

2) The display works but the buttons do not match up to what I press. If I press the 7 button, I get either the 3 or the 9 button, when I press the 3 button, I get the cancel button, etc.

3) I broke te little white piece that secures piece (3) to the board. Not sure if this ithe reason I am having problems as listed in number 2 above.

Any idea what I can do to fix these problems?

Shackscs, · Reply

I got all the connectors in but the screen is black i can fell the iPhone vibrating but i cant see anything anybody knows what to do?

johs96, · Reply

For those of you with a non-responsive home button, I was able to fis mine after watching this youtube video (production values aside):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZOZp37ON...

The gist is that you gently lift two contacts on the underside of the front panel so that they make better contact with two metal spots on the dock component. Hope this helps.

Jesse Levitt, · Reply

I had a lot more joy using a sharpened bamboo skewer that all of the different shaped spudgers I bought from Menda Tools. My home made spudger is thinner and fits into the confined spaces in the phone better.

cheongi, · Reply

The connector pops up vertically away from the board.

ifi91745, · Reply

The connector pops up vertically away from the board.

ifi91745, · Reply

I'm unable to get the ribbon back into the connector also. Is there a trick to it that someone can share?

bbozsik, · Reply

Quote from bbozsik:

I'm unable to get the ribbon back into the connector also. Is there a trick to it that someone can share?

You must understand that there is a tiny ribbon keeper (for lack of a better name) that prys up from the direction shown in the picture... If you didn't see it you probably got the ribbon out by pulling, instead of lifting the keeper tab. Look very closely and you will see this tab... lift it up as shown in the picture and insert the ribbon cable, then press the tab back down which locks the cable in place.

Splzeug, · Reply

I can't understand how No 3 gets in place and your discription doesn't help.

classe, · Reply

Quote from Splzeug:

You must understand that there is a tiny ribbon keeper (for lack of a better name) that prys up from the direction shown in the picture... If you didn't see it you probably got the ribbon out by pulling, instead of lifting the keeper tab. Look very closely and you will see this tab... lift it up as shown in the picture and insert the ribbon cable, then press the tab back down which locks the cable in place.

Thanks for the reply. Now that made more sense the original directions.

bbozsik, · Reply

what if the micro small plastic clip breaks off? as mine did.. :( what do you recommend?

BigMikesWilly, · Reply

Cable #1 is part of the LCD, and is not on the new panel assembly until the LCD is attached to it. So don't worry that you got the wrong part because there is only 2 cables on it initially.

Reply about broken tab on cable #3. I would try using a small piece of clear cellophane(scotch) tape. After getting the cable in the connector, use your third and fourth hands to put a small pre-cut piece of tape on the top of the cable and on to the top of the connector. which should hold it in place until you get it the rest of the way together. I read a note that some non-American models do not have a lock on this piece, so hopefully it will stay in place after assembly.

GTE,

Quote from BigMikesWilly:

what if the micro small plastic clip breaks off? as mine did.. :( what do you recommend?

My plastic tab was white. I couldn't get it to rotate up, so I just pulled the cable out. And then of course I could not get it back in. So I tried to rotate the tab up again using a small flat screwdriver. For my first attempt, I stuck the screwdriver in where the cable is supposed to go and gently lifted up. That just broke a little of the plastic off the tab. For my next attempt, I stuck the screwdriver under the side of the tab and gently lifted. Again, the plastic just started to break. I quickly pushed it back down with my thumb, pretending nothing had happened. I pictured myself walking back to the apple store to buy a new iPhone. :-( The stress was making me burn up. I actually had to take my shirt off at this point. Then I spent the next 5 minutes slowly carefully wiggling the cable back into place without lifting the tab. I put cables 2 and 1 back in and put the phone back together. I crossed my fingers and pressed the power button. It worked.

jstone, · Reply

Thanks, I just used this tutorial to fix my phone. The screen was popped out at the top edge, and I really didn't want to drive to the Apple Store. www.ifixit.com rocks.

Garritt, · Reply

PLEASE READ:

Do not try prying anything from the top or sides.

Ribbon #3 slides in from the TOP (the black end), but the lock is on the BOTTOM (the white end).

On the BOTTOM, you can open the lock easily by lifting the bottom edge upward... it flips straight up.

With the lock open, insert the ribbon cable into the top, black end. You may need to push slightly (I used a tiny flathead) to get it in as far as possible.

Then, just rotate the lock back down into place. You might need to use a small tool, but it's very easy.

Here is a picture of the connector.

PileOfMush, · Reply

And here's another picture of just the circuit board, top of the phone is on the left.

You should be able to see the connector for #3, but it's not labeled.

http://s1.guide-images.ifixit.com/igi/ZC...

PileOfMush, · Reply

And in this picture of the 3GS, the colors are inverted... the top is white and the lock is black.

http://s1.guide-images.ifixit.com/igi/hs...

PileOfMush, · Reply

Failed :(

I didn't found the way to lift and broke in 2 the connector for #3. I try to connect 1, 2 &3 but iPhone doesn't start anymore.

Very nice sunday indeed...

marcus46, · Reply

Quote from BigMikesWilly:

what if the micro small plastic clip breaks off? as mine did.. :( what do you recommend?

Just like mine :(

Danfog, · Reply

Quote from Splzeug:

You must understand that there is a tiny ribbon keeper (for lack of a better name) that prys up

Noooooo, this is for 3GS only. dont try to pry the 3G ribbon holder, it will break. ask me how i know :(

That comment should be edited in bold "3GS only" before more people break their connectors

tware, · Reply

Quote from PileOfMush:

PLEASE READ:

Do not try prying anything from the top or sides.

Ribbon #3 slides in from the TOP (the black end), but the lock is on the BOTTOM (the white end).

On the BOTTOM, you can open the lock easily by lifting the bottom edge upward... it flips straight up.

now I understand.. the pic is of the 3GS, but this is correct for the 3G. Hard to visualize, but the lock is opposite of where the ribbon went in. Doh.

tware, · Reply

I successfully completed the project, but have one issue. Looking at the iPhone 3G (vertically) the whole right side of the screen linearly about about a quarter of an inch from the edge, will not respond to my touch. Thus, making letter 'o','p', 'l', and 'back space' unresponsive when pressing.

This is entirely a new issue...even with a cracked screen like my original was, it still responded to all touches.

My only guess is that the ribbon wasn't all the way in, but from the looks of your diagram, I believe it is.

Any help would be great. Thanks.

Yokalow, · Reply

Hi there.

I think I also got a problem with reversing step 6. Tab is open and I tried to get in the ribbon cable. How far back in do I have to push it? There is a white line with an arrow. Is that how far? I tried and tried but can't get it back that far... and now the display remains black. The phoen does sync with iTunes when attached to my Mac - so I guess that I only have a problem with the display.

Please help!

Thank's

Phil, · Reply

Quote from Phil:

I can even take a screenshot (Home and Sleep) and download it to iPhoto. It is a black pic...

HELP!!!! PLEASE!!!!

OK, this information might help some of you. My problem is solved. What happened?

I turned on my iPhone by accident during repair. So it was switched on when I reatached all the connectors. My guess is that the display of the iPhone is simly no "plug and play" component that can be attached while the device is running.

As I wrote in my previous postings: the Phone was running after repair, but the display remained dark. Home and Sleep buttons worked and so I waited until the battery was empty and the Phone turned itself off. After that I charged it and then I already saw the "low battery" screen - I never was so happy to see this screen in my life before!

When the iPhone was ready with all the booting it worked perfectly again.

What a nice day after all the tears.... :-)

Phil, · Reply

just finished the whole process and finally got it to work. By far the hardest part was getting the #2 ribbon to snap back in & know where to place the #3 ribbon. Just trial & error, and it finally worked.

FYI. Instead of using a spudger I gently pulled the glass top from the bottom (after I had removed the 2 bottom screws & gotten the 2 pieces separated) & ribbons 1 & 2 just popped out. I thought I had broken or torn them at first since I didn't see that might happen. I had that 'oh crap' moment u get when something happens that's not specifically mentioned in the directions.

at first when i put it all back together after the glass was replaced it came on and the home button worked, as did the on/off button & sound. But could NOT use the touch screen. So I had to figure out how the 3 ribbons worked. The #1 ribbon snapped in without a problem, but I had to keep sliding around the #2 ribbon and pushing down gently until it felt secured.

A suction cup is the best way to get the glass off the casing. I had a pry tool but didn't need it. This job is not easy & is not for the faint of heart.

dave, · Reply

Quote from Danfog:

Just like mine :(

OK I broke the little black 'ribbon lock' off too. (sinking feeling). Then I tried to wiggle ribbon three in to the white connector - - then I realized it goes UNDER the white connector. I was trying to wedge it on top of the white connector, and under the black ribbon lock. I managed to get it under the white connector as securely as I could. Then I had to even-more-carefully put connectors 1 & 2 back on. Voila. Power up - - - almost everything works. Only thing still questionable is hearing phone thru the earpiece - - have to use speakerphone . . .

bobroch, · Reply

Quote from bobroch:

OK I broke the little black 'ribbon lock' off too. (sinking feeling). Then I tried to wiggle ribbon three in to the white connector - - then I realized it goes UNDER the white connector. I was trying to wedge it on top of the white connector, and under the black ribbon lock. I managed to get it under the white connector as securely as I could. Then I had to even-more-carefully put connectors 1 & 2 back on. Voila. Power up - - - almost everything works. Only thing still questionable is hearing phone thru the earpiece - - have to use speakerphone . . .

i have exactly the same as you, i hope the speaker does not rely on that small connector!

tommy williams, · Reply

Quote from tommy williams:

i have exactly the same as you, i hope the speaker does not rely on that small connector!

does anyone know if this is vital, if so where can you get the small ribon keeper from?

I would ask if someone can reply ASAP as my iPhone is unsuable really!

Many thanks

Tommy

tommy williams, · Reply

Quote from Phil:

OK, this information might help some of you. My problem is solved. What happened?

I turned on my iPhone by accident during repair. So it was switched on when I reatached all the connectors. My guess is that the display of the iPhone is simly no "plug and play" component that can be attached while the device is running.

As I wrote in my previous postings: the Phone was running after repair, but the display remained dark. Home and Sleep buttons worked and so I waited until the battery was empty and the Phone turned itself off. After that I charged it and then I already saw the "low battery" screen - I never was so happy to see this screen in my life before!

When the iPhone was ready with all the booting it worked perfectly again.

What a nice day after all the tears.... :-)

Thank you for this post! :)

Same thing happened to me. Accidentally turned on the phone during the repair and I didn't understand why it wouldn't work after I attached the screen. Came on here and read your post. My phoned was hooked up to iTunes so it could see it was working. Did a hard reset (power and home button held until I could see iTunes dropping connection to the phone, then let both buttons go). Waited a sec, powered on and held my breath. After 2 seconds, the familiar apple logo popped up. Man, I'm so happy now. Was my first iPhone screen replacement :)

Damien, · Reply

Replaced the the touch screen and now the phone earpiece no longer work. everything else works but not the ear speaker. A cable might not be connected. any advice.

Dinowarrior18, · Reply

Quote from bobroch:

OK I broke the little black 'ribbon lock' off too. (sinking feeling). Then I tried to wiggle ribbon three in to the white connector - - then I realized it goes UNDER the white connector. I was trying to wedge it on top of the white connector, and under the black ribbon lock. I managed to get it under the white connector as securely as I could. Then I had to even-more-carefully put connectors 1 & 2 back on. Voila. Power up - - - almost everything works. Only thing still questionable is hearing phone thru the earpiece - - have to use speakerphone . . .

I have that problem but did not break anything. the cable slide out as the instruction and slide back in need advice asap.

Dinowarrior18, · Reply

i had a problem with step 6 - during taking off the ribbon cable 3 i happen to brake the locking lach, actually the right side of the frame. now the iphone is not starting. is there anything i can do more??

zuzia, · Reply

When you remove the display/digitizer assembly from the phone, handle it carefully, ensuring that you do not touch the two bent metal tabs that are part of the button. They are extremely fragile and will break off if pushed down.

Robb Toliver, · Reply

I have to agree. Step six is not easy to "reverse." I had difficulty getting ribbon 3 in place, and I understood where to place it. I grasped the ribbon with some forceps to slide it in, but given the tiny space, this was tricky. I'm not sure if it is in place properly, or scratched, or what. But the earpiece does not work properly, and I cannot reliably place or receive calls now (bad signal?). What sort of tool would help get this little piece in place properly??

plansdowne, · Reply

Don't try to unlock the cable 3 THERE'S NO LOCK on the cable 3 on my iPhone 3GS, just slide the cable upside. Almost broke mine, don't try to "unlock", there's no lock actually!

Victor, · Reply

Victor, there most definitely is a lock. The latch pivots up 90 degrees and then the cable slides out just as described. I have done this with several 3GS phones. I don't know what happened to yours, but you risk breaking your cable if you don't open the lock.

flyingryan,

I should add that you can't properly reseat the cable unless it is unlocked when you put it back. Look closely at the picture with closeup of it open and closed. It's a very small latch but it's very important.

flyingryan,

I opened 2 iPhones, one is a 3G and other is a 3GS, both doesn't have the lock, just a slot without any lock, the ribbon cable detach easily, and both is working fine. I can open it again and take a picture.

Victor,

I tried several times to manually plug the ribbon cable #3 without success. But what worked for me was using tweezers, pinching not the golden end part but the black flat cord and pushing it quite firmly (but of course in the hole).

anonymous 6212, · Reply

The locking latch swivels up, away from the board. The ribbon pulls up towards the top of the phone. When putting the phone back together, if this ribbon is not in all the way, the small speaker at the top of the phone will not work (the speakerphone will work, because that uses different speakers). Getting the ribbon to slide in all the way was difficult. I had to use a pair of tweezers to slide it in all the way.

ifi91745, · Reply

Using the PH000 bit is easier

willfarino, · Reply

I can't get the screws out from step 8. They look rusted on the other side....any ideas?

Suzy Colpitts, · Reply

Thanks for the comments guys and gals, I spent the WHOLE DAY trying to change the screen assembly of my 3GS now using the 3G which has some issues, if I could only unlock my 4G would be great.... Well it began ok got the strip 3 in then could not get the ones that snap into place, so then the strip 3 loosened itself and wound up breaking the snap to it, till then no problem, placed scotch tape closed the phone and to my sadness the home button was not working so onto opening the phone again and again. The phone was perfect with the exception of the home button, so I kept on trying and trying to fix the problem while the phone was on the whole time. The screen responded about 5 times with all the touch options working, fixed my volume buttons and home buttons but the darn assembly came with a defective home button and now my 3GS does not respond at all :( the screen went from perfect the to white and then to black with no response connecting it to iTunes ): had many notes and voice ideas on that phone, got

sonicalchemy, · Reply

all the videos out of the 32 GB old bootroom model, white. Have no idea what happened because I have changed screens and assemblies over 8 times on 2G, 3GS 3xs and 3G 4xs. I really need the data inside the phone, is there any way possible to retrieve it? Does the logic board or another part need to be replaced? I should have left the broken screen, at least it was working perfectly, but now it's just awaiting some compassionate people that understand what could have happened, I even put back the broken screen and that's not working either. Maybe because it was on this al, happened but it would turn on w/o any probs the 1st couple times, just the darn home button, oh and I booted into safe mode turned on Skype by accident and could not get out of the safe mode, so the phone 3GS is non responsive in safe mode ): I really need to get the data out of there. Never thought that changing the screen would give me so much trouble. If anyone can help me out, bless you all eternally, if not,it had to be this way....

sonicalchemy, · Reply

I forgot to put the tape back on. What's its purpose?

Thanks

jdangler, · Reply

I'm not seeing any tape....

jaktup20, · Reply

There isn't any tape on mine either

I'm guessing its not a big deal and you other guys should not worry about putting it back on if you don't want to.

Ryan Hollis,

Quote from jdangler:

I forgot to put the tape back on. What's its purpose?

Thanks

I also forgot to put the tape back on. I'm not cracking this thing open again to replace it. I don't think it's entirely necessary. There are already screws in place to hold the LCD to the faceplate.

Kevin, · Reply

On iPhone 3GS no black strip along side.

gregorymosby, · Reply

If the tape is in poor condition, replace with black PVC electrical tape. By sticking the PVC tape to sticker or book covering adhesive backing paper, it can be more easily cut to size/shape as desired.

cheongi, · Reply

I think the tpae may haev a role in dust sealing and anti-vibration noise. I put extra tape in the spots where I think dust has penetrated under the glass by keeping my iPhone in my pocket. (Will have to double check if there a spots earthing contact is needed.)

cheongi, · Reply

If you have trouble removing the screws, carefully examine the back of the screws under a light. If there are blue traces of Loctite, you may need to use the tip of a soldering iron to briefly heat the screw so that you can remove it.

anonymous 629, · Reply

it is the right side not the left!

filzstiftman, · Reply

Be careful not to touch the gold prongs protruding from the home button area. They are very delicate and can easily break off with a careless swipe of a hand. Without them, the home button will not work.

AshD, · Reply

While replacing my display, I set the display assembly down and managed to bend back one of the contacts to the Home Button which you can kind of see in this picture. This kept the Home Button from working when I reassembled it. I successfully bent it back and the button works now.

jamesbrooks27, · Reply

I found step 11 a bit confusing. From the photo it really wasn't clear how the rails should be separated. And the instruction to "..insert a metal spudger between the two metal rails along the edge of the display assembly.." didn't really help.

I can't really describe what I did - once again, this is one of those cases where the photo should be clearer - but suffice to say that you need to closely examine the rail assembly, look at where the "joins" are between the rails and use the spudger accordingly. I found that gently levering the outer rail outwards away from the inner rail and slightly lifteng the display at the same time allowed me to separate the two rails and release the display assembly. Once it's starting to pop out of the rails you can slide it away from the ribbon cable end of the phone and remove it.

midahed, · Reply

Also, be VERY careful separating the LCD from the glass. Even though I worked extremely careful (at least I thought I did), it still got damaged probably by applying a little too much force with the spudger to separate the metal rails. It's till working, but one can clearly see the damage that looks like a crack. Other than that, the replacing worked well.

Reinhard, · Reply

I didn't have a metal spudger, so very gently used a small flat blade screwdriver under the metal screw hole tab at the bottom of the lcd to lever the lcd out. It didn't need a lot of pressure, but too much and the tab may bend.

Rob James, · Reply

when reattaching the LCD< be VERY careful to not cut the cables to the digitizer/screen as you snap it back as I assembled it, the flat thin ribbon cable got cut/ripped the cable very easily.

deanmcrobie, · Reply

so the kit I got sent me all the tools I need including the glass panel but step 12 said to separate the lcd from the glass by separating the 2 metal rails. The new glass I got does not have the other set of rails, the speaker or the button. How do you separate that stuff from the old glass assembly?

happydaisey2001, · Reply

I first tried this with a hairdryer for a good 40 seconds and it did not get hot enough to budge the adhesive. 5 seconds with a heat gun on low and the glass separated easily. Be careful with the heat gun, go slowly and only heat small portions at a time but it works much better than a hairdryer.

bcs909, · Reply

Quite frankly the hardest part about this process is removing the old adhesive. Take your time!!!

We used the hair dryer and heated the glass side and pryed as I went and it all came up.

Shackscs, · Reply

Another thing that was not in the manual, that really should be in the manual. I powered off the phone before the install, and then powered it on at the last step of attaching the cables, to verify all was connected fine. Then powered off again, closed up the case and powered on again.

BUT the display was clunky and unresponsive, which was strange to me because it was perfectly functional with the shattered glass. I had to power off and on to get it to respond, and even then pressing buttons on the screen was still clunky and unresponsive. Finally I went to troubleshoot the display at Apple (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1737) where I reset it and then reset all settings. After that the display responded perfectly. I basically followed these steps from the above link:

If iPhone won't turn on, or the display freezes or doesn't respond

See iPhone and iPod touch: Frozen and unresponsive for information on addressing these symptoms.

iPhone OS 2.x and earlier: Press and hold the Home button until the application quits.

iPhone OS 3.x and later: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the application quits.

If that doesn't work, turn iPhone off and turn it on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then slide the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

If that doesn't work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If iPhone continues to freeze or not respond after you reset it

Reset iPhone settings. From the Home screen choose Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. All your preferences are reset, but no data or media is deleted.

If that doesn't work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears restore the iPhone software. See Backing up, updating and restoring your iPhone and iPod touch software.

bcs909, · Reply

Step 14 is missing: insert small spudger or screwdriver on left and right sides to separate the display panel from the metal backing plate.

Pepper, · Reply

I have been repairing iPhones now for 2 years. This procedure is a waste of time and money, spend the extra 15 bucks and get the glass with the digitizer, you don't have to spend 3 hours to replace your broken glass because you spent 2 of them separating glass from glass. by the way, good luck getting the new glass on with out a scratch or piece of lint/dust in between.

DAR, · Reply

Quote from DAR:

I have been repairing iPhones now for 2 years. This procedure is a waste of time and money, spend the extra 15 bucks and get the glass with the digitizer, you don't have to spend 3 hours to replace your broken glass because you spent 2 of them separating glass from glass. by the way, good luck getting the new glass on with out a scratch or piece of lint/dust in between.

So my iphone decided to get the "white" screen of death. I have opened it up and cant find anything to be broken. What or how could I diagnose the issue in an attempt to purchase the right parts?

FFPENGUIN, · Reply

Quote from FFPENGUIN:

So my iphone decided to get the "white" screen of death. I have opened it up and cant find anything to be broken. What or how could I diagnose the issue in an attempt to purchase the right parts?

Mine too. Does your iPhone still work?

Mine got wet and I dried it for days in a bag of rice. Eventually it started working again and I managed to have iTunes recognize my iPhone once more. I restored it and now the phone works again. Calls etc. all sound brilliant, but it has got a bright, white screen. Underneath I can make out the clock and all the symbols, and it recognizes my finger gestures instantly, but the screen remains bright white with gray horizontal lines/flickerings. I opened up my iPhone yesterday and this didn't resolve the issue. Would this be an LCD problem or can someone tell me what to do?

Daan Zijlstra, · Reply

Quote from bcs909:

Another thing that was not in the manual, that really should be in the manual. I powered off the phone before the install, and then powered it on at the last step of attaching the cables, to verify all was connected fine. Then powered off again, closed up the case and powered on again. BUT the display was clunky and unresponsive, which was strange to me because it was perfectly functional with the shattered glass. I had to power off and on to get it to respond, and even then pressing buttons on the screen was still clunky and unresponsive. Finally I went to troubleshoot the display at Apple (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1737) where I reset it and then reset all settings. After that the display responded perfectly. I basically followed these steps from the above link: If iPhone won't turn on, or the display freezes or doesn't respond See iPhone and iPod touch: Frozen and unresponsive for information on addressing these symptoms. iPhone OS 2.x and earlier: Press and hold the Home button until the application quits. iPhone OS 3.x and later: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the application quits. If that doesn't work, turn iPhone off and turn it on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then slide the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears. If that doesn't work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears. If iPhone continues to freeze or not respond after you reset it Reset iPhone settings. From the Home screen choose Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. All your preferences are reset, but no data or media is deleted. If that doesn't work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears restore the iPhone software. See Backing up, updating and restoring your iPhone and iPod touch software.

I thought my wifes phone was a goner - the reset you advised did the trick. Thanks

Walter, · Reply

if your gentle you wont need any heat source. I was able to remove my old screen without any heat. THAT SAID BE VERY CAREFUL.

Also a question for everyone... Any ideas how to get the screen to sit flatter (if thats a word). I have replaced the screen however the glass (when re assembled) seems to sit a bit higher.

FFPENGUIN, · Reply

My Screen was totally white... the only thing working was the digitizer. I ended up replacing the LCD after some help from a guy at the local ATT Store (we trouble shot the LCD... he had extra go figure). I would probably say look into just the LCD or the entire top assembly (glass, digitizer, lcd, ect). I dont know for sure but I would thing that water probably destroyed something in there.

Quote from Daan Zijlstra:

Mine too. Does your iPhone still work?

Mine got wet and I dried it for days in a bag of rice. Eventually it started working again and I managed to have iTunes recognize my iPhone once more. I restored it and now the phone works again. Calls etc. all sound brilliant, but it has got a bright, white screen. Underneath I can make out the clock and all the symbols, and it recognizes my finger gestures instantly, but the screen remains bright white with gray horizontal lines/flickerings. I opened up my iPhone yesterday and this didn't resolve the issue. Would this be an LCD problem or can someone tell me what to do?

FFPENGUIN, · Reply

I changed everything but the mother board on my iPhone and when I turn it on it gets stuck on the apple logo. I think I may have done something wrong when putting the screen together because when I pull a complete screen assembly off a working iPhone and put it on the one I am repairing, everything works fine. I tried pinpointing the problem to see which part might be not functioning. I pulled the new LCD and put it into a functioning iPhone and it booted up fine. Can it be that the ribbon on the digitizer is messed up? Is my connection faulty?

Les, · Reply

I totally agree with you. When removing the glass, you risk breaking a rubber seal which will allow dust to penetrate. If you get that combo of digitizer+glass and all the frames in one, you get new home buttons, flex cables, speaker and sensor as well. I am going for that one as I feel this step is too laborious.

Quote from DAR:

I have been repairing iPhones now for 2 years. This procedure is a waste of time and money, spend the extra 15 bucks and get the glass with the digitizer, you don't have to spend 3 hours to replace your broken glass because you spent 2 of them separating glass from glass. by the way, good luck getting the new glass on with out a scratch or piece of lint/dust in between.

Riz, · Reply

Quote from DAR:

I have been repairing iPhones now for 2 years. This procedure is a waste of time and money, spend the extra 15 bucks and get the glass with the digitizer, you don't have to spend 3 hours to replace your broken glass because you spent 2 of them separating glass from glass. by the way, good luck getting the new glass on with out a scratch or piece of lint/dust in between.

This guide is how to separate the glass from the frame. The glass has the digitizer on it. We aren't separating glass from glass.

Nicholas Ouimet, · Reply

Quote from FFPENGUIN:

So my iPhone decided to get the "white" screen of death. I have opened it up and cant find anything to be broken. What or how could I diagnose the issue in an attempt to purchase the right parts?

Check cable number 1

Gerhard Muhlbauer, · Reply

Before you part the rails & slide the LCD out, ALWAYS check you have all the screws out. I accidentally left one in and as a result the lcd twisted slightly on this & was ruined. (bleeding around area of screw & white screen on rest). Never apply too much force or twist LCD as you slide it out as its VERY fragile and expensive to replace.

Paul baskeyfield, · Reply

Read the steps before, do NOT memorize them!

Be prepared. RIGHT tools, parts, proper workspace, no disturbance for the next hour.

Patience!

Be "OCD" cautious and systematic!

Study carefully the positions of every little tabs, holes, screws, cables... Take notes, mark your screws, etc...

Proceed like a neuro-surgeon. Very gently, but firmly, precisely. And do not improvise! Follow the steps as described!

Be extra carefull on your way back to rebuild:

*At step 7, there is a small black metallic tab that should go UNDER the metallic screw hole tab. Invisible before you remove the metallic plate holding the LCD.

Consider that before screwing back anything from step 10 onward to step 1.

Inserting the FPC connector at step 6 is easier when you aim externally, from where you can see the top edge and the glass plate, holding the casing and the glass plate at a 90deg angle from one another. Between these two parts, with a proper lighting, it is easier to see where to insert the connector.

Tweezers are helpful here.

gervaisandre, · Reply

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