Introduction

Is the screen of your device cracked and in need of replacement? This guide will walk you through the removal and replacement of your screen.

Use iFixit plastic opening tool to make small opening in the side of the device, and continue opening back panel.
  • Use iFixit plastic opening tool to make small opening in the side of the device, and continue opening back panel.

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There are 5 ribbon cables connected to the motherboard. Two of these cables are clipped on and one is soldered on. Remove the 4 ribbon cables you can clip off using the plastic spudger. For large ribbon cable use plastic spudger or your fingers to release ribbon cable clip by pulling the black edges down and pulling ribbon cable out. For ribbon cable on the left side, flip up black hinge to remove ribbon cable
  • There are 5 ribbon cables connected to the motherboard. Two of these cables are clipped on and one is soldered on. Remove the 4 ribbon cables you can clip off using the plastic spudger.

  • For large ribbon cable use plastic spudger or your fingers to release ribbon cable clip by pulling the black edges down and pulling ribbon cable out.

  • For ribbon cable on the left side, flip up black hinge to remove ribbon cable

  • Desolder fifth ribbon cable with soldering station.

    • If soldering is new for you, then follow this useful guide on soldering and desoldering connections.

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Desolder 2 speaker wires Desolder Battery Desolder antenna wire
  • Desolder 2 speaker wires

  • Desolder Battery

  • Desolder antenna wire

  • Disconnect all wires you desoldered

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Black Friday
Broken doesn't stand a chance.
Desolder the microphone wire
  • Desolder the microphone wire

  • Disconnect the wires you just desoldered.

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Remove 4 screws that connect the motherboard to the device.
  • Remove 4 screws that connect the motherboard to the device.

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Take off motherboard by lifting off right hand side and pulling sideways.
  • Take off motherboard by lifting off right hand side and pulling sideways.

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Remove 4 screws on corners of the digitizer and lift off. Remove 4 screws on corners of the digitizer and lift off.
  • Remove 4 screws on corners of the digitizer and lift off.

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Now that the digitizer is disconnected from the screen you can replace the screen. Place the screen face down in front of you facing downward and apply pressure with your thumbs around the outside of the glass to remove the screen.
  • Now that the digitizer is disconnected from the screen you can replace the screen.

  • Place the screen face down in front of you facing downward and apply pressure with your thumbs around the outside of the glass to remove the screen.

  • Next, replace with your new screen and follow steps in reverse order to reassemble.

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Conclusion

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

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