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Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement

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  1. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Power down the watch: step 1, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Power down the watch: step 1, image 2 of 2
  2. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Safety Requirements: step 2, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Safety Requirements: step 2, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Safety Requirements: step 2, image 3 of 3
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    • Because the gap between the screen and watch body is so thin, a sharp blade is needed to separate the two. Read the following warnings carefully before proceeding.

    • Protect your fingers by keeping them completely clear of the knife. If in doubt, protect your free hand with a heavy glove, such as a leather shop glove or gardening glove.

    • Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this might cause the knife to slip and cut you, or damage the watch.

    • Wear eye protection. The knife or glass may break, sending pieces flying.

    • Attach or remove the watch band as needed to provide more control as you make repairs.

  3. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Soften the display adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the screen for at least two minutes to loosen the adhesive underneath.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the watch—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

    • You may need to reheat the iOpener and repeat this procedure several times until the display adhesive softens.

  4. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Create a gap: step 4, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Create a gap: step 4, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Create a gap: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Be aware that a sharp tool easily scratches your watch housing when not handled with care. To avoid undesired scratches, take your time and work carefully rather than hastily.

    • Place the edge of a curved blade into the thin gap between the display and the outer case. Start at the short side of the display, most distant to the digital crown.

    • Once inserted, tilt the blade to pry the display open slightly and create a gap between the screen and the watch body.

    • The Apple Watch Series 7 display is equipped with a plastic bezel on its rear side. If you want to reuse your display, avoid using too much pressure with the knife or you may separate the bezel from the screen.

  5. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 5, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick in the gap your created.

    • Slide the opening pick along the short edge of the watch to slice the adhesive.

  6. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the corner and along the long edge on the opposite side of the watch crown to slice the display adhesive.

  7. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the corner to slice the remaining adhesive on the short edge of the watch next to the watch crown.

    • Don't try to remove the display. It is still connected to the watch assembly.

  8. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Swing open the display: step 8, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Swing open the display: step 8, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Swing open the display: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Be careful not to strain the display cables when you fold the display to the side.

    • Lift the display and carefully pull it towards the watch crown.

    • Swing the display open to an upward position.

  9. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Soften the battery adhesive: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the rear side of your Apple Watch for at least two minutes to loosen the adhesive underneath the battery.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the watch—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  10. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Determine which procedure to follow: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • From this point, the battery removal procedure for the 41 mm watch differs slightly from the 45 mm version.

    • If you're replacing the battery for a 41 mm watch, continue with this step.

    • If you're replacing the battery for a 45 mm watch, continue with this step.

  11. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 11, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 11, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • The following six steps show how to remove the battery from a 41 mm Apple Watch Series 7.

    • Insert an opening pick between watch body and the long edge of the battery.

    • Use constant, steady pressure to slowly pry up the battery.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a fire.

    • Don't try to remove the battery all the way yet. It is still connected to the motherboard.

  12. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Move the battery: step 12, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Move the battery: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • The battery flex cable is long enough to allow you to place the battery outside the watch housing, but avoid straining or folding the the cable sharply when you lift the battery out of its recess.

    • Carefully lift and swing the battery out of its recess and place it next to the watch body.

  13. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Peel the black protective tape off the ZIF connector: step 13, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Peel the black protective tape off the ZIF connector: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the black protective tape off the ZIF connector.

    • Make sure to only peel the tape off the connector but avoid to remove it completely. Otherwise you have to replace the tape during reassembly.

  14. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Open the ZIF connector: step 14, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Open the ZIF connector: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use one arm of your tweezers or the pointed end of a spudger to pry up the lock bar on the ZIF connector securing the battery cable.

  15. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 15, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the battery cable out of the battery ZIF connector.

    • During reassembly make sure to push the cable all the way back into the ZIF connector before locking the it. Reapply the black tape on top of the connector to secure the battery cable or replace it with new one. Otherwise the battery cable may slip out of the connector and your watch won't turn on.

  16. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery if it has been deformed or damaged, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • If you're reusing your old battery during reassembly, you can reuse the existing adhesive to secure the battery during reassembly.

    • Secure a new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. In order to position it correctly, apply the new adhesive into the device at the places where the old adhesive was located, not directly onto the battery. Press the new battery firmly into place.

  17. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 17, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 17, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Pry up the battery: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • The following six steps show how to remove the battery from a 45 mm Apple Watch Series 7.

    • Insert an opening pick between watch body and the long edge of the battery.

    • Use constant, steady pressure to slowly pry up the battery.

    • Take care not to puncture or bend the battery with your tool—a punctured or bent battery may leak dangerous chemicals or cause a fire.

    • Don't try to remove the battery all the way yet. It is still connected to the motherboard.

  18. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Move the battery: step 18, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Move the battery: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • The battery flex cable is long enough to allow you to place the battery outside the watch housing, but avoid straining or folding the the cable sharply when you lift the battery out of its recess.

    • Carefully lift and swing the battery out of its recess and place it next to the watch body.

  19. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector bracket screw: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Tri-Point Y000 screwdriver to remove the 1.1 mm-long screw securing the battery connector bracket.

  20. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector bracket: step 20, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery connector bracket: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery connector bracket.

  21. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 21, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery cable: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the battery cable by prying the connector straight up from its socket.

  22. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

    • Do not reuse the battery if it has been deformed or damaged, as doing so is a potential safety hazard. Replace it with a new battery.

    • If you're reusing your old battery, you can reuse the existing adhesive to secure the battery during reassembly.

    • Secure a new battery with pre-cut adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. In order to position it correctly, apply the new adhesive into the device at the places where the old adhesive was located, not directly onto the battery. Press the new battery firmly into place.

    • During reassembly apply new adhesive where necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

  23. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Peel the protective tape off the display connectors: step 23, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Peel the protective tape off the display connectors: step 23, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Peel the protective tape off the display connectors: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully peel the black protective tape off both display connectors.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your watch and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your watch back down completely before you continue working.

  24. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Open the ZIF connectors: step 24, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Open the ZIF connectors: step 24, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Open the ZIF connectors: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger or one arm of your tweezers to pry up the lock bar on the ZIF connectors securing the display cables.

  25. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Soften the protective tape adhesive: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the screen for at least two minutes to loosen the protective tape on its rear side.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  26. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Separate the display cables: step 26, image 1 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Separate the display cables: step 26, image 2 of 3 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Separate the display cables: step 26, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully slide an opening pick underneath the display cables to separate them from the screen.

  27. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 27, image 1 of 2 Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cables: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull both display cables out of the ZIF connectors.

    • Avoid pulling on the watch assembly, or you may rip the display cables.

    • If not damaged you can reuse the old tape during reassembly. Otherwise replace it with new tape.

  28. Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the screen.

    • Apply new adhesive where it's necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

Conclusion

If possible, turn on your device and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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2 Comments

Hat alles funktioniert, habe einen 2 Komponenten Kleber verwendet.

Max Weber - Reply

does apple add any warnings or tries to sabotage the devices like it does with iphones by removing true tone, etc or it is like new if screen is replaced

mark - Reply

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