Introduction

Opening your Apple Watch will destroy the adhesive that keeps it together. Finish every repair by replacing the adhesive and following the reassembly guide shown here.

Parts

No parts required.

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

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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Be sure to get both the double-sided adhesive and the brown backing paper.
  • 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.

Where do I get the adhesive

Bret Moor - Reply

It comes with the "Force Touch" parts kit, so you have to buy that to get the adhesive.

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Image 1/3: Start in a corner with the tape as close to the corner wall as possible. Image 2/3: Press on the brown backing paper with a plastic opening tool to secure the adhesive around the entire perimeter. Image 3/3: Press on the brown backing paper with a plastic opening tool to secure the adhesive around the entire perimeter.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Be careful not to touch any of the contacts directly, as your finger oils may impede connectivity. Image 2/2: Be careful not to touch any of the contacts directly, as your finger oils may impede connectivity.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Snap the upper bracket in place. Image 2/3: Snap the upper bracket in place. Image 3/3: Snap the upper bracket in place.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Use tweezers to press the two connectors together. Image 2/3: Use tweezers to press the two connectors together. Image 3/3: Use tweezers to press the two connectors together.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Press the battery down against the S1 to re-adhere it in place. Image 2/3: 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. Image 3/3: 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.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: Center the screen over the case and press it down firmly onto the adhesive. Image 2/3: Center the screen over the case and press it down firmly onto the adhesive. Image 3/3: Center the screen over the case and press it down firmly onto the adhesive.
  • 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.

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29 Comments

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

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

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!!!!!!

Anthony Zamora -

After replacing my damage Apple Watch screen the Lcd is no more responding, what can I do

Lawrence Campbell - Reply

Why are there no screens available? Is there something wrong with repairing the Apple Watch that iFixit knows that we don't?

applerepairshop - Reply

A fine guide on disassemble, but nothing on reapplying adhesive when installing new glass... ? ? ?

Peter White - Reply

Great help excellent guide

kris johnson - Reply

attention a la nappe du capteur qui reste collée et que l'on arrache en même temps

gremlins72 - Reply

I need a battery replacement

heroe22 - Reply

Followed this to a tee, but the screen does not stay attached to the watch, The adhesive keeps letting go. Do you need the adhesive to be a certain temperature to seal completely?

Sean Eliseev - Reply

So... where I can find or buy the adhesive strip pads??

Ashymer - Reply

@Ashymer or others, do we know where we can buy the adhesive strip pads? I am willing to pay for a precut one.

Aether Mass -

I got mine off eBay.

prodigalseer -

this makes me so sad because after paying I believe around 600$ for the iwatch when it first came out now I have to pay around 240$ to get apple to stick some adhesive on it and give to me. Just really sucks and feels like a rip off. Please tell me if anyone has luck finding these strips.

Jessica - Reply

Hi they sell the sticky strips at Amazon about $8

kevin jubb -

I agree with Jessica! It IS a rip off! I paid $749 for my Gen 1 SS 1 watch with Milanese loop band! I barely wear it! I put it on to go out and the screen pops off! Otherwise works perfectly! I call Apple Support and because it is out of warranty, they tell me I can pay $249 for a repair! SERIOUSLY!?? I may as well buy ANOTHER WATCH! And trust me when I tell you, if that's the stance Apple wants to take, my next watch WILL NOT BE AN APPLE WATCH!!! I told the representative just that! She put me on hold and told me if I go in the Apple Store, they "may be" able to offer me a solution without cost. We will see!

Wenmos - Reply

Please don't complain to Apple!!!! This is their reply to me...... I'm sorry but if you pay nearly £1000 for a watch you really don't expect the front face to just pop off while you are totally motionless... If it does I would have thought you would be utterly entitled to a little rant! I have looked very closely but I can't find any words like, WE ARE SORRY YOUR APPLE WATCH JUST FELL APART, HOW CAN WE HELP YOU CORRECT THIS DISTRESSING SITUATION.... Instead, their words are, you are not allowed to complain about Apple products on an Apple website. What a bunch of ..

We removed your post watch face fell off because it contained rants or complaints that weren’t constructive. We understand wanting to share .....

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Paul Stephens - Reply

So I spent a day or two trying to find the adhesive, as well as doing a lot of searching on how to reattach the watch face. I found some on Amazon but it was rated fairly low. I then considered going to the Apple Store, but since it was no longer covered, there was a $250 fee. Given that, I considered getting a new Apple Watch, but was also tour as it was going to be $500+.

All of that seems pretty high, especially given the watch itself is still completely fine.

I then realized I had a much simpler, much cheaper option: a watch case.

I got a case online that cost about $10. It didn't really "solve" the problem in that the screen is still detached, but it solved to the extent it made the watch usable again. :)

William Reardon - Reply

Where'd you find a $10 case?

Robert Lewis -

When can we get the adhesive tape

Anthony Zamora - Reply

Why not start a page on FB and I'll bet there will be thousands complaining....

MIke McCool - Reply

I fixed mine with super glue.

Tony - Reply

I want to buy the tape. Do any of the Ifix it kits comes with the tape ? why isn't this a spare part ?

Tim Kershaw - Reply

I was devastated when my screen popped up, Apple of coz tried to get more money off me...

Anyways I bought an adhesive replacement sticker for mine on eBay. The sticker came with a free tool also Awesome!!!

James D - Reply

I have the same problem. My screen popped off and was told at the Apple store it would take $249 to get it fixed. To correct their watch defect?

Not for me and very poor on Apple's part. May try finding the adhesive band on eBay. Very disappointed in Apple.

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