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HomePod Disassembly

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  1. HomePod Disassembly, Top Touch Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 HomePod Disassembly, Top Touch Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Be sure to unplug your HomePod before disassembly.

    • Using a hairdryer on hot, heat up the top touch surface and remove.

    • The cover is not flexible. Special care must be taken to avoid cracking or snapping the top cover.

  2. HomePod Disassembly, Removing the Touch Surface: step 2, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Removing the Touch Surface: step 2, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Removing the Touch Surface: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Remove four T6 screws.

    • Using a hair dryer on hot, soften the adhesive holding the touch pad assembly to the top frame.

    • Using a guitar pick, carefully pry up the touch pad.

  3. HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Touch Surface: step 3, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Touch Surface: step 3, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Touch Surface: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Maneuver the touch assembly board up from the top frame.

    • Flip the retaining lever upwards with a spudger to release the ribbon cable.

    • Remove the ribbon cable from the connector.

  4. HomePod Disassembly, 3D Mesh Draw Strings: step 4, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, 3D Mesh Draw Strings: step 4, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, 3D Mesh Draw Strings: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Using tweezers (or fingers) unwind the drawstrings from the moorings.

    • The drawstrings are wrapped/looped around each T6 screw post. Remove or loosen each and unwrap the drawstring.

  5. HomePod Disassembly, Touch Surface Support Plate: step 5, image 1 of 2 HomePod Disassembly, Touch Surface Support Plate: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four T6 screws securing the touch surface support disc to the lid and slide the 3D mesh fabric sleeve downwards.

    • Remove the touch surface support frame disk from the HomePod.

  6. HomePod Disassembly, Logic Board Removal: step 6, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Logic Board Removal: step 6, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Logic Board Removal: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Flip the logic board up and using a spudger, carefully pry the retaining lever upwards.

    • Pop the ribbon cable straight upwards and out. This cable has "ears" on each side and doesn't not slide into the connector.

  7. HomePod Disassembly, Top Cover Removal (screws): step 7, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Top Cover Removal (screws): step 7, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Top Cover Removal (screws): step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Using a spudger, remove the nine rubber screw caps.

    • Using a Torx T6 screwdriver, remove the nine T6 screws securing the top to the main housing.

  8. HomePod Disassembly, Softening the Adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Softening the Adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Softening the Adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Using a hairdryer on high heat, aim the hairdryer as shown and heat the perimeter just below the seam where the top meets the main housing.

    • This step is critical. If you have trouble with the next step, repeat the heating process in the trouble area.

  9. HomePod Disassembly, Separating the Top: step 9, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Separating the Top: step 9, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Separating the Top: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • This step requires significant force even with plenty of heat applied in the previous step.

    • Insert a wide flat blade screwdriver wrapped in 1-2 layers of electrical tape.

    • You will need to apply a fair amount of pressure to wedge the screwdriver head in the small gap.

    • Pull the top cover straight up. This will need to be done in four sections.

  10. HomePod Disassembly, Top Removal (continued): step 10, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Top Removal (continued): step 10, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Top Removal (continued): step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Be careful when freeing the top from the glue. The ribbon cable we disconnected in Step 7 is adhered to the top and can easily become torn.

  11. HomePod Disassembly, Top Removal (continued 2): step 11, image 1 of 2 HomePod Disassembly, Top Removal (continued 2): step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Careful peel the ribbon cable from the top.

    • Take your time as you don't want to tear this cable.

  12. HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Removal: step 12, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Removal: step 12, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Removal: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the six Torx T6 screws securing the woofer.

    • Carefully lift the woofer out by it's edges and slip the logic board ribbon cable through.

  13. HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Woofer: step 13, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Woofer: step 13, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Disconnecting the Woofer: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Support the woofer on the top edge of the HomePod with your hand.

    • With your other hand, reach inside and squeeze the tab on the connector and pull strait up to disconnect the woofer from the amplifier board.

    • Remove the woofer from the HomePod.

  14. HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Gasket: step 14, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Gasket: step 14, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Woofer Gasket: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the woofer's gasket.

    • This is a simple, yet critical part and sealing the enclosure with the driver installed. Failure to replace this gasket will result in degradation of sound and excessive air noise.

  15. HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal: step 15, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal: step 15, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the six Torx T6 screws.

    • Note the small delicate rubber O rings that go with each screw. Replace any damaged or missing O rings.

  16. HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal (Continued): step 16, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal (Continued): step 16, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Upper Ring Removal (Continued): step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Using a spudger, push the silicone grommet through the upper ring.

    • Remove the upper ring from the HomePod.

  17. HomePod Disassembly, Middle Ring Removal: step 17, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Middle Ring Removal: step 17, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Middle Ring Removal: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • With the upper ring removed, remove the grommet from the ribbon cable.

    • Rotate the middle ring counter clockwise to unscrew it from the HomePod.

  18. HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal: step 18, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal: step 18, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Push down on the locking tab and pull in the direction of the arrow.

    • Remove the four Torx T6 screws securing the power supply to the amplifier board.

  19. HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal Tips: step 19, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal Tips: step 19, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Power Supply Removal Tips: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Be sure to pull straight up (orange arrow) when removing the power supply (after removing the screws). This connector is fragile and easily damaged during removal and installation!

    • The third photo shows how the power supply board properly mates with the amplifier board.

  20. HomePod Disassembly, Amplifier Board Removal: step 20, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Amplifier Board Removal: step 20, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Amplifier Board Removal: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Disconnect the ribbon cable connecting the amplifier board to the logic board.

    • Remove the 14 Torx T6 screws securing the amplifier board to the 7 tweeters.

    • Carefully lift out and remove the amplifier board from the HomePod.

  21. HomePod Disassembly, Microphone Board Removal: step 21, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Microphone Board Removal: step 21, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Microphone Board Removal: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Disconnect the 3 ribbon cables from the Microphone board.

    • Using a hair dryer, heat the microphone board from the back side.

    • Using a plastic spudger, remove the PCB from the housing.

  22. HomePod Disassembly, Tweeter Retaining Ring: step 22, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Tweeter Retaining Ring: step 22, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Tweeter Retaining Ring: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • This is difficult to do, but with two spudgers and a finger nail, it's possible.

    • Using one hand to depress the 2 spiders and a finger nail to depress the 3rd clip, use your free hand to unscrew (counter clockwise) the tweeter retaining ring.

    • It is only necessary to rotate the tweeter retention ring several turns. It is not necessary to remove it entirely.

  23. HomePod Disassembly, Tweeter Removal: step 23, image 1 of 2 HomePod Disassembly, Tweeter Removal: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the three screws that secure the tweeter in place.

  24. HomePod Disassembly, Main Ribbon Cable Removal: step 24, image 1 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Main Ribbon Cable Removal: step 24, image 2 of 3 HomePod Disassembly, Main Ribbon Cable Removal: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the two T6 screws securing the diagnostic port to the bottom housing

    • Careful peel the ribbon cable from the wall of the HomePod. Take care not to tear this cable.

    • Remember it helps to heat the outside of the housing near the ribbon cable with a hair dryer to soften the adhesive securing this ribbon cable in place.

Conclusion

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

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Nicholas Ouimet

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4 Comments

Probably one of the hardest Apple product I've disassembled, took me almost an hour to remove the top.

Thank you for your guide!

Lulucmy - Reply

My homepod was knocked off a table during a party and started buzzing like crazy with any bass. I was able to follow this, and remove the woofer with no problems. turns out the woofer cage had bent unsealing the woofer, i was able to hammer it straight, reassemble, and it works perfectly again. THANK YOU.

mn mongo - Reply

What's the best way to test the PSU? My HomePod bricked, I disassembled it using this guide (Thank you!), the cable checks out, the next suspect is the PSU.

yarikos - Reply

Thank you for the information, it is really very useful.

A family member gave me his first generation Homepod which is not working after a fall from a table. Due to its age it is out of warranty and was not repaired or replaced by the official Apple service. He tried unsuccessfully to repair it.

Today I opened it up and the flat cable that connects the motherboard to other components on the bottom of the device is broken very close to its connection to this motherboard.

I really don't think this is the original fault of the device but I would like to know if there is a possibility to repair or replace this cable.

Thank you very much.

Guiseppe - Reply

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