Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Screen Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

In this guide you will be able to remove the kindle screen and, in doing so, will be left with two separate halves of the kindle.

  • Author: Jesus Perez
  • Time estimate: 3 - 7 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The plastic opening tool needed in this guide may be soft, but it will not scratch your screen and will be your aid as you disassemble your kindle. Do not be afraid that the plastic will break - it will most likely do the trick!

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Edit Step 1 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Make sure the arrow on the prying tool is facing the back of the Kindle.

Edit Step 1 Screen  ¶ 

  • Insert large prying tool next to the Kindle's headphone jack.

    • Make sure the arrow on the prying tool is facing the back of the Kindle.

  • Move the prying tool equally around the Kindle so that the Kindle does not bend in half.

  • Make sure to remove the lock key before separating the back and front halves.

  • Once the two halves have separated, leave the flex cables attached.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Locate the two flex cables.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Make sure the Kindle is laying flat like an open book and face down.

  • Locate the two flex cables.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently pull the cable horizontally away from the screen until the cable disconnects from the socket.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Place your finger under the small black tab of the upper flex cable that is attached to the screen and lift upward.

  • Gently pull the cable horizontally away from the screen until the cable disconnects from the socket.

    • Be careful not to crease or bend the flex cable too much because it can cause connection issues.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Place your finger under the black tab of the lower flex cable at the top of the back half and pull upward.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Move to the back half of the Kindle

  • Place your finger under the black tab of the lower flex cable at the top of the back half and pull upward.

  • Gently pull the flex cable horizontally toward the screen half of the Kindle.

    • Be careful not to crease or bend the flex cable too much because it can cause connection issues.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull apart the two disconnected halves

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Pull apart the two disconnected halves

    • The screen (left) is now separated from the back (right) half successfully.

Conclusion

To reassemble your kindle, follow these steps in reverse order. Just make sure that you successfully connect the two flex cables to each half of your kindle and that you then align the two halves on the side opposite the camera before reassembling it.

14 Comments

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Where are the rest of the instructions???? I now have a disassembled Kindle and no idea how to install the new screen!

Lisa Comer - Reply

At the end of every iFixit guide, next to the "I did it! Success!" button, there is a message that says "To reassemble your kindle, follow these steps in reverse order." However in some cases, there will be a slightly different message. In the case of this guide, the message says "To reassemble your kindle, follow these steps in reverse order. Just make sure that you successfully connect the two flex cables to each half of your kindle and that you then align the two halves on the side opposite the camera before reassembling it."

Ian Meeder -

I think Lisa is asking for instructions concerning LCD display unmount. I got the same issue

Marlon - Reply

How do you put the screen on??????

Ally - Reply

while you are at it, try replacing the battery for a better experience.

I did, checkout this battery for kindle here :

http://bestbattery.biz/Amazon/219010-Kin...

Kermit45 - Reply

Why does the title say for screen replacement when all it shows you is how to open and separate the kindle ? I still don't know how to replace the screen digitizer . Anyone figure it out ???

Christian - Reply

So lame post

Douglas - Reply

the lcd and digitizer are glued so both are replaced together

chughes60 - Reply

I was wondering how to reattach the flex cables, do they slide in or do they rest on top? Mine came with 2 little pieces of yellow tape.

librarylady7 - Reply

The connectors for the display assembly flex cables each have a delicate lever tab that flips up to release the flex cable and the cable slides out of a slot under the lever tab. To reinstall, the black lever tab should be up and the flex cable can then slide under the tab. When the flex cable feels like it is inserted as far as it will go fold the lever tab down flat over the cable. The yellow tape is typically installed after the cable is in place and the lever is closed. The tape provides some insurance that the lever will stay down and the flex cable stays in place.

Jeff Stephens -

What, and where is the "Lock Key" ? I was unable to find such on my grandson's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet when I disassembled it.

I am an experienced fixer, so I don't believe that I missed anything.

Thanks!

Michael Driver - Reply

This was useless. I now have the kindle in half with no way to figure out how to put the new screen in. Really? Can anyone help me?

svsmith24 - Reply

I've replaced the battery but the Kindle still doesn't work. It charges and the start up screen say Kindle Fire but the swipe screen doesn't come up. The screen doesn't show any visible cracks. Hate to purchase a new screen to find out there something else wrong with the device any help would be appreciated.

treehousecq - Reply

I purchaed a lcd and digitizer to do this repair. It did not come with the frame around it. How do i replace without breaking anything. Seems like things are glued together. This guide only really shows how to replace with a full frame and already has the lcd and digitizer glued in

Chris Porter - Reply


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