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: Gently pry the bezel off the screen using a spudger. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Gently pry the bezel off the screen using a spudger. 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Unscrew the 11 Phillips 3.0 mm screws surrounding the frame.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the 11 Phillips 3.0 mm screws surrounding the frame.

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

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the midframe out of the case.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • 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: Turn over the midframe to locate the battery.

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.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently lift the battery from the bottom, and slide it out.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 6 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/3: With the case and battery removed from the midframe, begin removing all cables attached to the motherboard.

Edit Step 6 Screen  ¶ 

  • With the case and battery removed from the midframe, begin removing all cables attached to the motherboard.

  • Place the device so the midframe's backside faces up. Start with the cable on the bottom left corner.

  • Use a spudger to lift up the white locking cable tensioner and slide the flex cable out.

  • Proceed counterclockwise to the next cable and repeat.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the white flex cable by gently lifting the yellow plastic connector.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the white flex cable by gently lifting the yellow plastic connector.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the yellow anti-static tape from the display ribbon cable connector.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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

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Use a spudger to lift up and disconnect the cable tensioner.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The screen is glued to the midframe, so some [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Instructions/11677|heat|new_window=true] and gentle spudging will be required to remove it cleanly.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • With the flex cables removed, the screen is now disconnected from the rest of the Kindle.

  • The screen is glued to the midframe, so some heat and gentle spudging will be required to remove it cleanly.

Conclusion

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

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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,

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