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Introduction

If you removed your Apple Watch’s screen but don’t need to replace the Force Touch sensor, you can use this guide to install a strip of pre-cut adhesive and seal your watch closed.

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    • Use a plastic opening tool to scrape adhesive off the back of the screen.

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    • You may be able to peel up the adhesive with tweezers.

    • Once you have all of the pieces of adhesive removed, you may want to use an alcohol soaked q-tip to clean any residue off the back of the screen.

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    • Use tweezers to peel the outer ring off of one of the adhesive strip pads.

    • Be sure to get both the double-sided adhesive and the brown backing paper.

    • Be very careful not to fold, bend, or stretch the adhesive tape, as this will make it too thick to seal the screen without a ridge between the screen and the case.

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    • Lay the backed adhesive tape down on the Force Touch sensor, around the edge of the case where the screen rests.

    • Start in a corner with the tape as close to the corner wall as possible.

    • Press on the brown backing paper with a plastic opening tool to secure the adhesive around the entire perimeter.

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    • Use a plastic opening tool to reconnect the display data and digitizer cable connectors.

    • Be careful not to touch any of the contacts directly, as your finger oils may impede connectivity.

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    • To reinstall the metal bracket, line up the single tab with the slot in the top of the lower half, and slide the bracket down.

    • Snap the upper bracket in place.

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    • Line the battery connector up with its mate on the cable inside the watch body.

    • Use tweezers to press the two connectors together.

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    • If your replacement battery came with pre-installed adhesive, peel off the protective tab now, exposing the adhesive.

    • Rotate the battery down into its slot, and press it into position.

    • Press the battery down against the S1 to re-adhere it in place.

    • Now is the best time to test powering on your watch—if it doesn't turn on, double check all three connectors and try again.

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    • Use tweezers to peel off the adhesive backing strip.

    • Peel the backing strip up halfway, then snip it with scissors so you can peel the rest off without it snagging on the display.

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    • Move the screen back to the right, folding the display data and digitizer cables neatly.

    • Center the screen over the case and press it down firmly onto the adhesive.

    • Alternatively, you can use screen vice clamps around the perimeter of your device to set the new adhesive.

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Where can I find the new screen.

Crissel Largo - Reply

THERE WOULD BE A PROBLEM WITH THE I.C. rewriting aiu moment of the change of LCD.?

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vallottonge - Reply

How long before the adhesive strips will be back in stock? I've been waiting months now and still no update :)

Annie Booth - Reply

me too when can we expect it?

Luis Deluna -

me too!!!!!!

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