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iPhone won't turn on

I've replaced my iphone 6 screen half a dozen times. When I replaced it this time, everything worked fine but I messed up the ear piece. After I went back in and fixed it and closed it up, it wouldn't turn on but when I plugged it into iTunes, the phone was recognized but I still had a blank screen. I took another iPhone 6 and put the new screen on it and it did the same thing (blank screen but iTunes recognized it. When I tried to put the old screen back on the spare phone, the screen didn't work anymore either. Did the new screen ruin both phones somehow?

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Yes, I believe you have blown a backlight filter. Where you wearing any metal rings ect. ESD is really easy to do. Seen this several times in my shop


@mobilebarn_dane @refectio I'm not saying you're wrong as you guys probably have more experience than me but if it was just the backlight on the screen, then wouldn't the vibrate switch be responsive or even siri?


My iphone 6 has a similar problem. There is no damage to the screen, but the display won't illuminate. However, there is a very dim glow when I press the Hold button, which will turn off when I press the Active/Sleep button. I can hear Siri and feel vibrations as if the phone is working, just not displaying what it is doing. Any comments?


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Based on your troubleshooting, which was well done, the first thing to check is the condition of the connectors on your logic board. They may have been damaged from the repeated screen changes. Most people don't realize this but those connectors are not rated for many connect/disconnections (typically a few dozen). Most of the time you can do it over and over again but they are very delicate.

If the connectors are in good condition, check to see if any surrounding components were accidentally removed. If that is okay, then I suspect that you damaged the backlight circuit on the logic board when you replaced the screen. Did you disconnect the battery before removing and installing the screen assembly?

You could probably do this 50 times and not damage the backlight circuit but it does happen and we see this "problem" pretty regularly on iFixit.

If that is your problem (or a damaged connector), you will need to find a repair shop that does micro-soldering repairs.

EDIT 2017/04/03

Yeah, I think I mis-read your question. Its difficult sometimes to keep track of multiple phones and components ;>).

Anyway, if I understand correctly, the original phone needed to be repaired for something (cracked screen?) and while the new screen did not work, you tried it on a spare phone and it did not work there either. Then the original phone blew up during a secondary repair effort (battery?).

So now you only have the spare phone, its original screen and the new replacement screen. But now neither screen works although the phone is detected by iTunes and appears to charge...correct?

So if this is the case, you should still check the condition of the connectors. It's unlikely to be the problem but you have to eliminate that. Then my question remains, did you disconnect the battery before doing all of this screen swapping? That is the most common cause of backlight circuit failures and you haven't answered that yet.

Assuming everything is in good condition and the battery was properly disconnected, then it is indeed possible for a poor quality replacement screen to have damaged the backlight circuit on your logic board(s) by drawing excess current. The part that fails the most is the filter (a ferrite bead). In some cases, more extensive damage can occur to the rest of the components responsible for driving the backlight.

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@refectio the spare phone that I used had never had a screen replaced so I don't think that it has to do with the connections. I attempted to take out the battery on the first phone and it blew up. Now, I'm left with the spare phone and the original screen doesn't work anymore after I tried to put my new screen on it. Do you think its possible that I damaged the backlight circuit on both phones by connecting the new screen?


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It sounds like you've got a blown backlight filter. Get a flashlight and have a look on the screen. You'll usually just be able to see that the phone is on and working just no backlight to illuminate the screen. Your going to need to get the filter replaced and your screen will work again. Hope this helps

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