Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation Screen Replacement

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Use this guide to install a new screen into your Kindle Paperwhite.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Using a spudger or plastic opening tool, gently pry the bezel from the screen. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.

  • Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

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Image 1/3: At the top of the display, a strip of black tape covers one screw.

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  • Remove the eleven 3.0 mm Phillips screws surrounding the midframe.

  • At the top of the display, a strip of black tape covers one screw.

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Image 1/1: If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

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  • Lift the midframe out of the case.

  • If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws securing the battery to the midframe.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Turn over the midframe to locate the battery.

  • Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws securing the battery to the midframe.

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  • Gently lift the battery from the bottom, and slide it out of the midframe.

Edit Step 6 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently pull the large ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

Edit Step 6 Screen  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to lift up the retaining flap on the large ZIF connector at the bottom left of the motherboard.

  • Gently pull the large ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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Image 1/1: Pull the small ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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  • Flip up the retaining flap on the small ZIF connector at the bottom of the motherboard.

  • Pull the small ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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  • Lift up the flat, yellow connector from its socket on the bottom right of the motherboard.

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Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the display cable ZIF connector.

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  • Remove the yellow anti-static tape from the display cable.

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Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the display cable ZIF connector.

  • Carefully pull the display cable out of its socket.

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Image 1/3: The screen itself is glued to the midframe. If your replacement screen does not include the midframe, [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Instructions/11677|heat|new_window=true] the screen with an iOpener and gently pry it from the midframe with a spudger or plastic card.

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  • Lift the motherboard out of the midframe.

  • The screen itself is glued to the midframe. If your replacement screen does not include the midframe, heat the screen with an iOpener and gently pry it from the midframe with a spudger or plastic card.

Conclusion

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

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13 Comments

A few points.

1 could be clearer as to which particular model is being used in this dis-assembly (is this the wifi version?).

2 could do with showing the removal of MB from system (not hard but incomplete without it).

3Can you either go further by demonstrating how to remove screen from mid frame and or identify a supplier of the midframe and lcd combined? This would be particularly helpful as the screen appears to be completely glued to the midframe with no obvious way to remove it.

Pete B - Reply

Whilst this is a lovely example on how to get to the point when you remove the screen best you all be beware the the original Paperwhite (The one I took apart) screen is bonded glass to metal and is practically impossible to clean off. After a great deal of scraping I got to the point where I could fit my replacement screen. Alas all my work has been wasted so far because the replacement screen is not up to scratch. Personally, after attempting replacing the screen I'd pay the £60 to get someone else to replace it.

Flynn Gardener - Reply

Maybe you guys can help me:

I have a paperwhite 1st-gen that doesn't charge via usb anymore, but the screen is perfect. At first i wanted to replace the usb jack, buti then I found a paperwhite 2nd-gen with a defect screen.

So I decided to dissasemble both of them and assemble them to one working device. I used the 1st-gen-screen and the 2nd-gen-board. But when I switch it on and do a reset i get the error: "INVALID BATTERY: -22".

adisdurakovic - Reply

i have new kindle paperwhite with 300dpi screen. i have that crooked screen problem with it and i am interested is there a way for you guys to make a guide how to fix that 1-2degrees rotation that is so irritating?

pedjoti - Reply

I found this guide useful. I also found that it takes a LOT of heat to remove the screen from the midframe. When buying a new display unit, it comes with the midframe so you don't have to remove the damaged screen from the original midframe.

I ordered a display unit (including the midframe) from fixit and it was sent pretty fast. Unfortunately, it came with a scratch in the middle of the screen that is very bright when using the Kindle. Maybe, it's a result from 2 tiny screws (those holding the midframe to the back cover) that were packaged with the display unit. I guess they were overlooked when disassembling and packaging the display unit. I'm not that happy with this. Anyway, this guide is useful when replacing the screen of your Kindle.

knut3000 - Reply

Btw, I sketched the midframe on a piece of cardboard and taped the screws and things onto it, to be sure to have them on the proper position when reassembling it.

knut3000 -

I just used these instructions to replace the screen on my Gen 2 Kindle Paperwhite Wifi. Thanks for the help. It's nice to spend $40 to fix the Kindle instead of buying a new one.

Tim Diller - Reply

Tim - Can you verify that you installed this in a Gen 2 Paperwhite? The iFixit part listing says it is for first gen. I'm looking at repairing my mother's 2nd gen and want to be sure this screen will work. Thanks.

Bob Boehmer -

Bob, my wife is happily using her Gen 2 Kindle Paperwhite Wifi repaired with this method.

Tim Diller -

This guide does not cover the 3G version at ALL.

BJones - Reply

On 3G version you will not have the top middle screw.

BJones - Reply

There are clips in the bottom of the case helping hold the midframe in. Lift the top of the midframe up enough to clear the black back piece and then slide up and out.

BJones - Reply

We should add a link to how to separate the motherboard from the display. I used this guide and had to hunt these steps down! Other than that, my repair worked out great! Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation Motherboard Replacement

Cait Emma Smith - Reply