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Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement

What you need

  1. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Back Panel: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Place the device face down on a clean cloth or another smooth surface.

    • In the following steps, you will need to apply some force to your device. If your device is on a rough surface, you may scratch the screen.

    • Insert the plastic opening tool between the device’s front and back panels. You might need to wiggle the tool up and down to wedge it in the gap.

    • Maneuver the tool around the device until the back unclips from the front panel.

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    • Carefully separate the back panel from the rest of the device internals.

  3. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Speaker: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the two 3.5mm T5 Torx screws at the base of the speaker.

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    • Unclip the speaker wire that runs up the side of the battery and clips into the motherboard next to the battery connector. Gently pull it straight up.

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    • Lift the speaker out of the device.

  6. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Rear Facing Camera: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the two 3.5mm T5 Torx Screws from the top of the camera.

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    • Be careful not to damage the camera lens as you remove the camera.

    • Gently pull the camera up and out of the device. As you pull, unclip the black and white connector with orange tape by popping it off at its base.

  8. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Battery: step 8, image 1 of 1
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    • Gently pry the battery free from the adhesive holding it in place.

    • Take care not to pierce or rupture the battery, which can release dangerous chemicals.

    • If you're having trouble working the battery free, warm it up with an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive, and then slide a credit card behind the battery to break up the adhesive.

    • Be careful not to yank the battery out—you'll need to disconnect a connector before removing the battery completely.

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    • Remove the multi-colored connector that joins the battery and the motherboard by pulling it straight up.

    • Remove the battery.

  10. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Motherboard: step 10, image 1 of 2 Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Motherboard: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Zero insertion force connectors can break easily. Before performing this step, read the iFixit Guide to Recognizing and Disconnecting Cable Connectors to find out how to safely remove them.

    • Use the tip of the spudger to disconnect the two zero insertion force connectors on the bottom and top of the motherboard.

    • The first connector is attached to an orange tape, and is located in the bottom-right corner of the motherboard. Remove this connector.

    • The second connector is long and thin, and is located at the top of the motherboard, a bit to the right of center. Remove this connector.

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    • Disconnect the black and white connector at the very top-center of the motherboard by unclipping it using the flat side of the spudger.

  12. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the ten 3.5mm T5 Torx screws around the edge of the motherboard.

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    • Starting from the bottom, lift the motherboard out of the device. You will have to push the motherboard about two millimeters toward the top of the device to unhook the top edge.

  14. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement, Screen: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the five gold-colored 2mm T5 Torx screws from the metal plate.

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    • An orange tape that connects to the motherboard runs through the metal plate. When removing the plate, be careful to maneuver the plate around the tape, and make sure not to stretch or rip the tape.

    • Lift the metal plate up using the flat side of the spudger.

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    • Remove the metal plate from the device.

  17. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Unscrew the four silver-colored 2mm T5 Torx screws that connect the screen to the bezel.

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    • Be careful not to scratch the screen while you're removing it. After you've removed the screen, place it on a cloth or another smooth surface to make sure that you don’t scratch it once it is out of the device.

    • Push the suction cup against the screen. Press down firmly on the center of the suction cup to create a good seal.

    • Gently pull the screen out of the device.

  19. Kindle Fire HD 6 Screen Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Place your screen on a cloth or another smooth surface to prevent it from getting scratched.

Conclusion

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

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8 Comments

Yes, author didn't go the complete distance. When actually removing glass by heating til adhesive softens. And releases from the bezel. Before tossing the cracked digitizer, I noticed 2 silver rectangle pieces, stuck to outer glass adhesive. That had black double stick tape on these pieces of silver colored metal which are a smaller rectangle. And somewhat camouflaged their existence . And I determined, they stick to rectangle recesses in the bezel. Easily overlooked by most. I hunted around, never finding any reference anywhere in text or video. However, I did find a picture of them. On a pink colored bezel on ebay. I don't know their function, but, could it the source of the problem that people are experiencing. After they replace digitizer they can't get the fire hd 6 to recognize it. DON'T KNOW! Hope you can shed some light on this!!! Other than this snafu, I give author good marks for the rest of very helpful guides Thank you.

jeff toler - Reply

After completing this task completely the touch screen is not working? Did I do something wrong or need to fix a connection? Please help!!!

Cwebb - Reply

I just did this, twice actually. The first time I tried to separate the new digitizer from the frame, since the replacement frame was black and my original was blue. BAD IDEA. Don't do it - trying to get it out of the frame, settled into the original one, including the metal spacers referred to above, is bound to fail. Just remove the camera from the old frame with the cracked digitizer and move it to the new one - it's only taped in place. Other than that and the fact that the article *seriously* understates the incredible amount of 2-sided glued foam that holds the battery in, the replacement was a breeze.

Tom Jackson - Reply

I discovered you don’t actually even have to remove the battery. I gave up trying to get it off and just unscrewed everything. However, after replacing the screen, the touch screen won’t work now. Any ideas what I did wrong?

Darcy - Reply

Add me to the list of people who tried this but ended up with a non-working digitizer after replacement. Anyone ever figure this out?

Peter Wood - Reply

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