Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Display Assembly Replacement

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Replace the display assembly in your Kindle Fire HD 8.9".

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

If your Kindle Fire 8.9'' has cracked front glass or a damaged screen, use this guide to replace the entire display assembly, including the LCD display, touch digitizer, front panel, and frame.

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Edit Step 1 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Insert a large plastic opening tool next to the Kindle's headphone jack.

Edit Step 1 Screen  ¶ 

  • Remove the SIM card tray (if present in your model).

  • Insert a large plastic opening tool next to the Kindle's headphone jack.

    • Make sure the notch on the plastic opening tool is facing the back of the Kindle.

  • Move the plastic opening tool evenly around the Kindle, separating the two halves.

  • Be careful not to completely separate the rear cover. There are two delicate flex cables that connect the display assembly to the motherboard.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Holding the display assembly near the camera, carefully open the display assembly up to about 90 degrees from the rear case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Set the Kindle down on the rear case.

  • Holding the display assembly near the camera, carefully open the display assembly up to about 90 degrees from the rear case.

  • These images show the Kindle laying flat. In order to prevent damage to the flex cables, keep the Kindle open at 90 degrees while disconnecting the display assembly.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the retaining flap on the ZIF connector of the upper flex cable.

  • Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

    • This flex cable is delicate. Be careful not to crease or bend it while working.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently pull the flex cable from its socket.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Lift the retaining flap on the ZIF connector of the lower flex cable.

  • Gently pull the flex cable from its socket.

    • This flex cable is delicate. Be careful not to crease or bend it while working.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: When reassembling the device, align the two halves of the case before connecting the flex cables.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Separate the display assembly from the rest of the device.

  • When reassembling the device, align the two halves of the case before connecting the flex cables.

Conclusion

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

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16 Comments

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

The lock key the author is referring to is the SIM card tray. I had to remove it before the two halves would separate.

Julie - Reply

If you are replacing the digitizer glass only, you will need to use a heat gun to soften the adhesive so you can separate the glass from the lcd. You can then use a thin pry tool like a guitar pick or iSesamo to slowly pry the glass away.

Julie - Reply