Introduction

If your screen is unresponsive, flickering, blank, or has dead pixels, replacing your screen may solve the problem.

Turn off the device. Prepare an iOpener and lay it along one edge of the display for about 90 seconds to soften the adhesive underneath. Alternatively, you may use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the adhesive.
  • Turn off the device.

  • Prepare an iOpener and lay it along one edge of the display for about 90 seconds to soften the adhesive underneath. Alternatively, you may use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the adhesive.

  • Use a suction cup to pull up on the display and create a slight gap between the display and the phone's enclosure.

    • If your display is cracked, cover it with packing tape to help the suction cup adhere and to prevent glass shards from popping loose.

  • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

  • Slide the opening pick around the perimeter of the display, slicing through the adhesive that secures it.

This one step has broken my screen and I didn’t even manage to remove it. I suspect it was the amount of heat that was applied as the left side of the screen, the side which I applied the heat, the pixels are blue/pink instead of white. The bottom inch of the screen is black. The touch screen is sporadic, which makes the phone unusable. After about 20 minutes of applying heat with the iOpener and the screen not budging, it eventually raised enough for me to get the blue opening pick. As I slid the pick up, I notice a tiny crack forming on the screen, so I gave up at this point, not wanting to break the screen. When I turned the phone back on, I noticed the damage I’ve mentioned. So I don’t know if it was the heat, or the pressure of the pick, but the damage matches the iOpener pack.

Neil Martin - Reply

Considering the instruction says to apply heat for 90 seconds and you did it for 20 minutes, I'd say it's a safe bet you burned your screen.

Andrew Bowman - Reply

When reassembling, does the adhesive still hold the phone together when closed or do we need to apply more adhesive?

Jess Haddow - Reply

I successfully removed the screen and changed the battery. However the screen is completely broken and replacing it would me $130. A complete disaster.

Christopher Wang - Reply

This step makes no mention of how fragile the screen underneath is, and that slicing under the glass carries a real risk of screen damage. I would add it myself but the editor refuses to add a single bullet point and wants to put in an entirely new step instead. Oh, right, and I’m also out $80 for a new screen. Admittedly I should have went offsite for more comprehensive repair guides, as I would have held off on replacing the battery had I known how fragile the screen itself was, which several other guides mention implicitly.

Andrew Creeves - Reply

Slowly pull the screen off the device with your hands.
  • Slowly pull the screen off the device with your hands.

  • Be careful to not pull too hard on the ribbon cable behind the display when lifting the screen off of the device.

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Using a screwdriver, remove the two black 3.5 mm T5 screws that secure the display cable connector bracket.
  • Using a screwdriver, remove the two black 3.5 mm T5 screws that secure the display cable connector bracket.

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Use tweezers to remove the bracket that holds the display connector in place.
  • Use tweezers to remove the bracket that holds the display connector in place.

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Use a spudger to remove the connector from the device, and remove the screen completely.
  • Use a spudger to remove the connector from the device, and remove the screen completely.

  • Before applying new adhesive, clean the edges of the frame, taking special care to remove any small glass fragments. Clean adhesion areas with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%).

  • Be sure to turn on your phone and test your repair before installing new adhesive and resealing the phone.

  • The replacement adhesive should only be applied to the edges of the frame, but may come with the center filled in.

    • To remove the unnecessary center section of the adhesive strip, carefully peel away the perforated rectangle in middle of the white backing. At the same time, peel up the black adhesive underneath the white backing.

    • Only adhesive for the edges of the frame should remain.

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Conclusion

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

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hey, is the replacement screen meant to have adhesive on it already?

noisycrow - Reply

No, it does not. Just replaced my screen. The residual adhesive is good enough to keep it on temporarily, but I’m going to a local repair shop to grab something better.

Vitaliy Isikov -

I've got exactly same question as noisycrow

Miguel F - Reply

Is there no part for the Google Pixel screen replacement equal to this ?

Galaxy S7 Touch Screen Adhesive

noisycrow - Reply

It’s also best to, if you haven’t already, look at your replacement part to get a feeling of how far you can go with the guitar pick or pry tool. It’s around 1/16th of an inch on the sides so you don’t want to go too far in and damage the display

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