Things to know before you dive in:

- This repair is very challenging. Unless you are very confident in your DIY skills, it may be a better option to take it to a professional, or maybe even... Microsoft.

- Be sure to replace the screen with the correct version. Most devices are stock with the V1.1 screen/digitizer. If you are replacing the screen/digitizer with the wrong version, your results may vary.

- It is imperative to make sure the metal casing is not bent. If your metal casing is even slightly bent, your new screen will not fit because the tolerances are very tight. Carefully bend it back or take it to a professional.

  1. Before you begin, discharge the Surface Pro's battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally damaged during the repair.
    • Before you begin, discharge the Surface Pro's battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally damaged during the repair.

    • The display is strongly glued to the frame of the device.

    • To remove the display, first soften the adhesive by applying heat. You can use a heat pad, heat gun, or iOpener. In a pinch, a hair dryer can also work.

      • Be careful when using a heat gun, as too much heat can permanently damage the display and/or battery.

    • Steadily and evenly heat the perimeter of the display until it's too hot to touch, and try to maintain that temperature for several minutes.

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  2. Use a suction cup or an iSclack to pull up on the glass and create a slight gap between the glass and the metal frame.
    • Use a suction cup or an iSclack to pull up on the glass and create a slight gap between the glass and the metal frame.

      • If your display is badly cracked, a suction cup may not adhere. It may help to first cover the display with a layer of packing tape. Alternatively, you can superglue your suction cup to the display.

    • Carefully insert an opening pick into the gap between the screen and the device to cut the adhesive.

    • Slide the pick around the sides and bottom of the display to cut the adhesive. Apply more heat as needed.

      • Work carefully—the glass is thin and will crack easily if you try to force it.

      • The wi-fi antennas are glued under the screen border along the top edge (on either side of the camera), and can be damaged easily. Use extra care when separating the top edge, and apply more heat if necessary.

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    • Continue to heat sections of the screen with the heat gun.

    • As you make your way around the screen with the heat gun, use the plastic opening tool and the opening picks to pry the screen loose.

    • The screen is extremely thin and very easy to break. Be careful working with broken glass.

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    • Lift the screen up carefully so that no wires are torn.

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    • Remove the 3 mm T3 Torx screw securing the battery connector, and disconnect the battery connector.

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    • Remove the single 4 mm T5 Torx screw securing the display cable.

    • Lift the connector up from the device.

    It's always best to disconnect the battery before disconnecting the display cable. Ensuring there is no power to the device will also ensure you don't damage the backlight components when disconnecting the display. You should also make sure to reattach the display cable before reattaching the battery cable when putting it back together.

    KCrepairguy - Reply

    There is also a tiny little board between the ribbon cable and motherboard. Be sure not to lose it!!! If you do the part is 1631 LCD Contact Shield Plate.

    Joseph Neilson - Reply

    You’ll notice a spring on the back of your old screen. The new screens don’t have that spring so it will need to be transferred over by the heat gun trick.

    Thierry Plouchart - Reply

    On mine this was a T3 screw, not a T5.

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    • Grasp the orange cable connected to the silver connecter.

    • Carefully lift the orange cable up until the connecter pops off.

    • The screen will now be completely disconnected.

    • The replacement display may not include all the parts needed for installation. Save all the parts from the original display, and transfer them to the new display as needed.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Once reassembled you may be required to do some additional steps such as updating firmware and drivers or even reverting your device to factory reset.

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I live in the UAE and I have a broken screen. The screens work just no touch screen. Getting it replaced over here will cost a lot. Over 600 usd. The screen will cost the most.

Instead, I thought about buying the screen and digitizer myself and have someone fix it here for me. This will he relatively cheaper.

How do I know which screen and digitizer to buy? And where can I buy one from? I found the v1.1 on etrade supply but I don't know how reliable this site is.

Can you please guide me?



Julius Caesar - Reply

what do you ended up doing? same problem here and i dont want to crack it open just to check the screen model

lautaro -

i’ve just changed my screen with mixed results. I tried to remove the cracked screen in case it turned out to be something other than v1.1. in fact I ended up chipping off hundreds of shards around the edges until it finally came out. It was a 1.1, hooray! So then I plugged in the replacement and it works great, but I’m afraid to tape it in permanently because I damaged all three antennae which I didn’t anticipate being buried in the adhesive along the top edge. As I was chipping glass and peeling pieces out I didn’t realize those were prices of the antennae I was tearing out. Wi-Fi speed test runs fine in my shop where I’m close to the access point. I‘m trying to decide whether to order the antennae to replace just in case. I’l need those tiny torx drivers to remove screws.

Contrary to the photos above I didn’t need to remove screws to remove the display. The connector is actually the one just below the one indicated -the smaller one that has no screw.

Happy fixing!

Rick Beesley -

Look up the correct replacement screen by including your Surface model # in the query. Find your model # under the kickstand.

Model # location image:

Ryan - Reply

Many thanks for the reply. I ended up getting the screen fixed via Microsoft. It turns out that they have a service center in the UAE. Something that not even the UAE microsoft store was aware of!



Julius Caesar -

Could you please tell me where is the repair center in UAE? Because mine is broken for a long time now. Only the touch doesn't work. And did they format the tablet?

Omid Balak -

Hello Ryan,

how can I predict which LCD version is required to fix my Surface PRO 3, before open it?

Is there any way to obtain the info from the Serial Number?



f.vergentini -


Would it be possible to replace only the glass and use original digitzer. The digitizer seems to be responsibe. Please advise

Chris - Reply

The digitizer is in the glass…

So no, that would not be possible.

I don’t even know how you would get the glass off of the LCD. They are glued together pretty well.

Reed Deemer -

Do I need any kind of adhesive for the screen or should it fit perfectly and automatically adhear to the tablet with application of the heat gun afterward?

gratgreg - Reply

Hi Julias, Could you please advise how much did the Microsoft service centre in UAE billed for the change in display.

Syed zainalabuddin - Reply

I hooked up a new screen and the device is not coming on at all. I tried the old screen with the same result. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem?

Cory - Reply

There is a little contact board between the lcd connector and the MB. Mine was doing the same thing and I found that the connector contact board is missing. Still wondering where to find that exact part if anyone has any info.

Brian Carthans -

Did you find a solution to this problem?

Tim Myhre-Larsen -

How do i check which version of screen i have before the repair, is there any online tool for that? Many thanks

Vlad - Reply

did you find any tool? i have the same problem

lautaro -

Great guide! We've done the RT several times and this was a little different with the glue around the bezel. Thank you for the guide!


Sooo.... What glue do i use to put it back, and how do i do that?

"repeat steps backwards" I'm pretty sure blowing a heat gun on it isn't going to seal it back on.

Foxx Riddle - Reply

Yes I'd like to know the answer to this too if anyone can advise

Michael Gladstein -

You need to reheat it once you put the adhesive and then put it under the press to let the adhesive cool down and work..

Junar -

Is it preferable to use adhesive tape, or LOCA glue? This is a good guide except for that detail.

JohnEric Clements - Reply

adhesive tape

SeanKwon -

I have successfully taken of the cracked screen - When I connect the new screen and tur on the Surface Pro 3 - There is light in the attached keyboard but nothing i shown on the screen - I have tried to put the old screen back on but still no succes. Now it looks like the machine turns on, but no connection or light in the screen - Any one who knows what to do?

Tim Myhre-Larsen - Reply

Digitizer question:

My screen is cracked and does not sense finger touch but I did have to disable the touch screen driver because it sensed touches in the top left corner. Can I assume that my digitizer is still ok and that I only need to replace the screen? Or do I need to replace the whole setup?

bari_saxy_man - Reply

You need to replace the whole assembly(digitizer+lcd).

SeanKwon -

The little contact board between the ribbon cable and mother board is called 1631 LCD Contact Shield Plate. They can be had on eBay.

I had the same issue of losing mine and the LCD screen not working after I replaced it. Touch worked fine.

There are 4 different Contact shield plates so be sure to order the right one.

Joseph Neilson - Reply

Is there an adhesive tape that you recommend? Name brand? Does IFixit sell it?

Marvin Lopez - Reply

Ok, so some details from a professional. Check your screen res, it should be 2160 x 1440 this is v1.1 and is 99.9% of all Surface Pro 3 machines. The Surface 3 was 1920 x 1280 and 10.8" not 12". Surface Pro 4 is the same size as the 3 Pro, but screen res is 2736 x 1824 , they are NOT interchangeable. Use only medium hard carbon fiber or hard plastic tools, no metal screwdrivers to remove the old screen. 3M 5mm double sided tape can be cut in half if the 3mm can't be found. Use E6000 or B7000 glue only at the four corners, just a touch. Heat is VERY important, but not too much; take your time, small even actions are what is needed here. Be sure to replace ALL the parts or it may not work at all. All replacements are now aftermarket imports from Asia. Quality runs from very poor to very good, and price does not mean better, read the reviews, all of them. Last note: if you have done cell phones or iPads in the past, you'll be fine; if you have never done this type of work before, watch YouTube videos-GoodLuck

WJohnson Enterprises - Reply

Hi, there are various 3M adhesive out there. I have tried 3M300LSE but does not seem to hold well. Which specific adhesive do you use. What about Tesa tapes? An Amazon or eBay link would be appreciated.

engineer_cj -

So using the old glue is ok?

dan - Reply

I successfully replaced the screen on mine but after powering on I found the touch screen wasn’t working.

Using an external keyboard/mouse it showed it could not detec the driver for the screen (it was using the default factory build of Windows 8) and the Windows update couldn’t find better drivers.

In the end I installed Windows10 and it all worked, so there must be some versions of the screen that don’t have older drivers available.

To reseat the screen I ordered some 5mm wide double sided tape from Amazon (about $2 for a roll) and cutting this to size worked a treat - no need to heat seal the screen again.

The device cost me nothing to buy (it was being thrown out as an uneconomic repair) and for $180 (the screen) I now have a great little Surface Pro 3.

Iain - Reply

Thanks for the info Iain. Can you send on a link to the replacement screen you used?

Tom McManamon -

how were you able to reload windows - without a display ? Sorry if it is a stupid - don’t know what i am doing question?

Perry White -

Having broken the second corner after like 30 minutes, I just took two little forks, placed a foil over the whole screen to prevent pieces of glas from flying around and just leveraged the thing out. Took like 2 minutes and 15 minutes to remove pieces of glass and the glue from the edges. I should have done this right from the start. Just hammer a screwdriver through the glas on the lower left corner where no motherboard or battery is underneath and break it out. The adhesive is of the most disgusting type I’ve ever seen. Shame on you, Microsoft! This is clearly on purpose to make people buy new stuff! I’ve completely removed the adhesive on 3 sides. The display isn’t falling out even without any glue! I will probably just glue some little spots with very weak glue.

Smon - Reply

i just did the screen on my surface pro 3 and removed the hinges. the screen broke from one of the hinges breaking and pushing on the inside of the glass, i use a uae cover with it’s own kickstand now, so i just put a strip of 3m adhesive leftover from the screen at the top edge and let the magnet hold the bottom, it opens up just enough to slip a microsd in and out. strangely, the tablet feels more solid in the hand now.

Kowalskithegreat - Reply

Where can i get the adhesive for the screen? the replacement screen being sold on this site doesn’t have adhesive.

Patrick Gerlach - Reply

Have a look on Amazon for titles like “5mm wide, 50m length, Black Adhesive Glue Double Sided Tape Sticker Repair Cell Phone Glass Screen” - most of these are Scotch double sided tape cut to the advertised thickness and do the job well. They also cost like $2. Mine has held for the last year of daily use in a 4 hour commute so they do the trick.

Iain -

Hi, how I could know the specific model of Lcd that I need to my surface pro 3?, because I discover theres 2 models the 16131v1.1 and the 1631 tom12h20 v1.1

Joshep - Reply

Once you open the tablet, the black ribbon on the bottom left hand corner connected to the windows button has the correct m odel

Bobby Panarisi -

How to find which version Do need I to buy? Where can I get this LCD version number?

Dinesh Kumar - Reply


I bought a Surface Pro 3 years ago.

Three months ago i bought a screen replacement from Aliexpress. I should have known better. Contrary to product description, no screen replacement tools were included. Secondly, when i finally got a “pro” to change it in a shop, I was told the touch and digitizer never worked. I tried myself. Customer support has been so so kind but totally worthless. I can’t send it back because I dont have the seller adress. Seller doesn’t reply.

And this is an I7 256 GB.

If I were to buy a screen replacement, what should it be? Living in Denmark if it matters.

Omol - Reply

I got mine off e-bay from a Canadian seller for $157 US with free shipping. It included the adhesive but nothing else. Went in no problem and works perfectly. My advice is take your time and only use plastic picks on the top so you don’t damage the antennas. Tape the screen with packing tape as well to keep the risk of flying glass to a minimum! Good luck it’s a tough repair but doable.

hexdump -

I have just replaced screen on my pro3 now its not turning on. The shows battery sign for few seconds and goes off. I charged the computer long enough, still no luck. Any suggestions?

saini_anjana - Reply

Hi, it seems that several folks on here have asked the same question without a response that is working for any of us. 1. What surface pro screen replacement would you recommend, there are so many one star ratings on amazon and ebay that it is making my head spin. I’m looking for a quality replacement screen, not some cheap junk and 2. without removing the existing functioning cracked screen, how do you specifically (step by step for novices please) identify the current version that your surface pro has for ordering. I read the resolution post and it wasn’t clear as it addressed the surface pro 3 twice in the first two sentences without differentiating HOW to determine which one you have. Thanks for your help in advance. Just want to fix my screen and don’t want to buy 1) The wrong screen and 2) a junk screen. Thanks!

jasonoutside313 - Reply

This was super friggin easy.. I don’t know why it’s listed as VERY DIFFICULT.. It’s definitely easier than a phone.. Took like 45 minutes..

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