Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the display of a Kobo Aura HD e-reader.

Parts

No parts required.

Starting at the bottom right corner, use a plastic spudger to separate the front bezel from the case. Work along the bottom, then up the side, slowly going all the way around the device. Work along the bottom, then up the side, slowly going all the way around the device.
  • Starting at the bottom right corner, use a plastic spudger to separate the front bezel from the case.

  • Work along the bottom, then up the side, slowly going all the way around the device.

There is some light adhesive attaching the bezel to the screen. Will take some pressure to get it off.

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Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the 4 screws at the corners of the display. Remove the display and motherboard assembly from the back plate.
  • Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the 4 screws at the corners of the display.

  • Remove the display and motherboard assembly from the back plate.

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Pry the battery connector up, away from (i.e. perpendicular to) the board to disconnect it. You may find it useful to use the spudging tool for this.
  • Pry the battery connector up, away from (i.e. perpendicular to) the board to disconnect it.

  • You may find it useful to use the spudging tool for this.

Make note of which side is red and which one is black.

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Gently open the Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector holding in the display cable. You may find it easier to pry it open with your spudger. The connector is hinged, and opens upwards. The hinge is on the right-hand side, so you should pry on the left-hand side.
  • Gently open the Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector holding in the display cable.

  • You may find it easier to pry it open with your spudger.

  • The connector is hinged, and opens upwards. The hinge is on the right-hand side, so you should pry on the left-hand side.

  • Once the connector is open, gently pull the cable to the left to slide it out.

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Gently open the second, smaller Zero Insertion Force connector by prying up the brown pressure-clip from the bottom. Slide the cable down to disconnect it. On the back of the display cable, you will find the full model number of your display, which you should use when searching for a replacement to ensure you get the correct part.
  • Gently open the second, smaller Zero Insertion Force connector by prying up the brown pressure-clip from the bottom.

  • Slide the cable down to disconnect it.

  • On the back of the display cable, you will find the full model number of your display, which you should use when searching for a replacement to ensure you get the correct part.

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Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the 6 screws holding the display to the motherboard. Separate the board from the display assembly. Separate the board from the display assembly.
  • Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver, remove the 6 screws holding the display to the motherboard.

  • Separate the board from the display assembly.

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The glass backing of the display is secured to the metal frame with adhesive strips. Slowly and gently pry the two apart. Note: it is very difficult to do this without breaking the glass. Go slowly and don't apply a lot of force.
  • The glass backing of the display is secured to the metal frame with adhesive strips. Slowly and gently pry the two apart.

  • Note: it is very difficult to do this without breaking the glass. Go slowly and don't apply a lot of force.

  • If you break the glass, make sure you have cleared away all pieces of it before attempting to install the new display.

Use a hair dryer to heat the metal frame. Pry the screen from the frame by pushing two plastic cards between the longside of screen and frame. Repeat this on the other longside.

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Fit the screen into the notches at the base of the frame to ensure it is correctly aligned. Feed the display and power cables through the cutouts in the frame.
  • Fit the screen into the notches at the base of the frame to ensure it is correctly aligned.

  • Feed the display and power cables through the cutouts in the frame.

  • If you replace the display immediately after removing the old one, you should be able to re-use the existing adhesive.

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Carefully align the screen with the frame and press it in to place.
  • Carefully align the screen with the frame and press it in to place.

  • Apply gentle, even pressure for 5-10 minutes to adhere the screen in place.

  • Be careful not to pinch the display cable between the display and frame.

Do not neglect this step. If the screen isn’t securely attached to the frame, it will affix to the front bezel instead, making disassembly much more difficult in the future.

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Perform the above steps in reverse to reassemble the device
  • Perform the above steps in reverse to reassemble the device

  • Once you have reconnected the display and power cables, and screwed the motherboard back in place, you can turn the device on to confirm the display is connected properly and working.

  • Note that it will not respond to touch until the front bezel is reinstalled.

  • Be careful of bending the display when reassembling it. It is very fragile and easily broken.

After plugging in the device, make sure it shows the battery charging indicator. If it doesn’t, you’ve not connected the battery cable correctly.

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Conclusion

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

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Spencer Harding

Member since: 08/06/2017

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Hi,

Many thanks for your tutorial.

One quick question, where did you buy the replacement screen?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kind regards

King Koton - Reply

Hello, King Koton,

I already had another broken Kobo, so I could reuse the screen. I don’t think you can buy original parts, so maybe you will have to get a broken Kobo at an auction.

Good luck, John

John Maier -

Hi King Koton, I brought a brand new screen on AliExpress, look for ED0680G1 (the Kobo Aura HD uses the exact same screen as the Kobo Aura H2O).

Marc -

Hello John, Ur information did helped me for 100%. We reinstalled a screen to based on ur guide. But i have a question. After reinstalling the front bezel the touch screen is responding reliable. sometimes he doesnt turn a page or somtimes turn more then one page etc. I usend also there the existing adhesive. Can that  be a the reason of less responding quality. I hope u have an advice. Kind regards, Jan de Jong

Jan de Jong - Reply

Sorry Jan, I don’t know either. Maybe someone else can give advice. Good luck. (This guide was written by Spencer Harding, I only added one comment), John

John Maier -

Hey, I followed your guide, but unfortunately it seems that I have a problem. I did as you instructed but the touch does not respond, at all, even after reinstalling the front bezel. I honestly don’t know about the adhesive, is that the problem? The adhesive on the front bezel has definitely worn off. What do I do? Please help me.

Regards, Uzayer Masud

anonymous 6585 - Reply

Sorry Uzayer Masud, I don’t have a solution for your problem. At my Kobo the adhesive still existed, so maybe you are right and the missing tape is part of the problem. Maybe you can use some other adhesive e.g. like for photos. Best wishes for success, John

John Maier - Reply

Hi, I also followed this guide and unfortunately the touch is not working. Did you find a solution? Or is my kobo just wasted?

I believe the touch functionality relies on infrared technology, but I don’t know how this applies to the kobo and how to fix it. What kind of tape do you have to use? The supplier of the screen told me a plastic cover should be used. But I have never found a plastic cover on the screen anyway.

Your help will be highly appreciated. Kind regards, Ruben

Ruben Boni - Reply

Hi, meanwhile I managed to get my kobo working! These were my actions : I removed all adhesive tape around the screen, motherboard and backplate. While assembling I made sure the IR sensors on the back of the motherboard were aligned and no obstacles (tape!) were blocking the sensors. I cleaned the front bezel thouroughly (dust, etc.) on the inside.

Now the touch is working!

Kind regards, Ruben

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Success! I replaced the screen on a Aura HD (ED0680G1 worked ).

the IR sensors worked after i put back the front bezel (two part).

i also removed the 4Go SD card, and replaced it with a 128 GB Samsung micro SDXC bought on Gearbest on sale.

i followed this: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showth...

it started right away, the card is recognised. Perhaps i will have problem if i try to put more than 32go of books, didn’t try it yet..

Thanks!

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