Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the display assembly, including the display frame. This requires the battery as well as many other components to be removed from the old frame and transferred to the new frame.

Your replacement part should look like this. If your replacement part consists only of the display assembly, you must complete additional steps, which are not covered by this guide.

For your safety, discharge your battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair.

  1. Power off your phone before you begin working.
    • Power off your phone before you begin working.

    • Insert a SIM eject tool, SIM eject bit, or a straightened paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.

    • Press to eject the tray.

    • Remove the SIM card tray assembly from the phone.

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  2. Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the phone for a minute.
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the phone for a minute.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

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    • Angle an opening pick and firmly press so that it slips under the back cover.

      • Depending on the age of the phone, this can be difficult. Additional heating with the iOpener may help. You can pry carefully with a metal spudger to create a gap for the opening pick.

    Use a heat gun to loosen adhesive prior top using spudger

    chris.reinert - Reply

    • Slide the opening pick along the top edge of the phone to break up the adhesive.

      • Use the pick to release the deeper areas but avoid slicing through the camera bezel area.

    It took me over an hour to pry the back cover off the phone.   Don't give up – it can be done!  It takes some time, heat, and persistence to wedge the blue picks under the back.  And not knowing what is under there can cause stress!  Bottom line - don't be afraid to apply pressure to the pick to break the seal between the back and the metal edge, and then you can slide the pick in under the back cover without breaking any electronics.  I did not notice the blue plastic prying tool until after I wrestled the back off – I think that would have helped with the final peeling off stage.

    Thomas Johnson - Reply

    • Repeat the iOpener heating and slicing procedures for the remaining three sides.

    • Make sure to cut into the deeper areas as the back cover is held on by a large adhesive surface.

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    • Once you have cut through the adhesive, slowly peel the back cover away from the frame.

    • Remove the back cover.

    • Before reassembly, check if the phone operates normally. Remove all adhesive residue from the back cover and the frame, and apply new adhesive to the body.

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    • Insert an opening pick under the flash connector rubber cover and pry forward to remove it.

    • To reinstall the cover, align the cover and use your finger to push it forward into place.

    The two plastic covers do not fit snugly in place, so after putting them back in place, use small bits of electrical tape to secure them before installing a new adhesive back cover. I tested my phone thoroughly before the last step, so that I would not have to buy a new cover if something didn't work.

    Bill Koonce - Reply

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and remove the coil connector rubber cover.

    • To reinstall the cover, align the cover and use your finger to push it forward into place.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the flash connector.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

    Be careful to note the picture as to how the flash connector and wireless charging coil connector are disconnected:  you just pry them up a bit and leave them sitting there at an angle – you do not pull them out!  Reconnecting them for me was a delicate operation - I wasn’t sure how to seat them - one of them seemed to plug in fairly easily, and the other didn’t seem to seat right until I gently pushed down on it while replacing the cover.  I was worried I might have broken a wire or bent a connector in the process, but the good news is when all was said and done the phone worked!

    Thomas Johnson - Reply

    Good point! I have added a bullet about how to reconnect these type of connectors.

    Arthur Shi -

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the wireless charging coil connector.

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    • Remove the following T3 screws securing the midframe:

      • Thirteen 3.1 mm black screws

      • Four 4.3 mm silver screws

    My phone (purchased 12/2015) has only 2 silver screws top and bottom (4 total), and they're also T3, not Philips.

    With a Torx screw this tiny, it pays to take time to make sure that the driver is well seated before turning it. This will eliminate stripped screws. Also, I loosened each screw first, and then removed them. Breaking them free before turning them also helps prevent stripping.

    Bill Koonce - Reply

    Also need to add to the tool list: PH00 and PH000. These should be in the iFixit tool kit.

    Dan - Reply

    eitherway its a T4 torx in my phone. Double checked my bit. T-4 same for all these screws

    Raymond Lewis - Reply

    T4 in mine as well. Stripped out a T3 bit figuring this out.

    Shane Kennington -

    They were all T3’s in the one I am repairing. Must be different depending on where it is manufactured.

    James Blaine - Reply

    I recommend placing your phone down on a flat surface and then you can put good pressure straight down to remove the screws.

    Leif Thorson - Reply

    One of the small screws was stripped. I used a 1/8” drill to eliminate the head - very . The mid-plane came off, and I finished removing the screw with a small pair of needle-nose pliers.

    Larry Peterson - Reply

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    • Insert an opening pick along the frame seam and twist slightly to release the midframe from the phone.

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    • Remove the midframe from the phone.

      • You can tape over the side buttons to prevent them from falling out during your repair.

    • If the buttons fall out of the midframe, reinsert them in the orientation as shown before you reinstall the midframe.

    I'm assuming the reverse of the buttons falling out is just to put them back in. The question I have, however, is... Are they reversible, or is there only one orientation in which each of these buttons fits back in?

    pj.catania - Reply

    The buttons will NOT "fall in" when reassembling, so it's important to remember to put them back. I found that putting them in the frame before replacing it is the only way. Check to see how they fit on the phone first, then drop them into their slots outside-in. The power button will fit only one way; the volume buttons should go in oriented as they fit best on the phone. Be sure to test them to make sure they click freely often! It's easier to readjust them before all those screws are back in.

    Bill Koonce - Reply

    Going to make a small etch on the very bottom (as the phone is held portrait) of each button before beginning the project. A fine tip Sharpie might also work for some people.

    Dan - Reply

    I have not done this yet but, try using a small bit of electrical tape to secure them to the mid-frame before removal

    jerryj26 - Reply

    Yes, a small strip of tape on the mid frame to hold the buttons in place works great. Thanks for the idea. I simply put a piece over the buttons and onto the whole frame, then cut it carefully along the edge between the glass an mid frame when I separated the two piece. This held the buttons nicely in place and ready for reinstalling.

    Rob Reynolds -

    I dropped the volume button on the floor. The electrical tape is brilliant.

    Larry Peterson - Reply

    Be careful putting the mid-plane back on. The volume control innards were bent and straightening it back out took a lot of time - on phone #2.

    Larry Peterson - Reply

    Be very careful with these buttons as the contacts are very delicate! Tape is great idea. Wish I did. My power & volume buttons don’t work freely like before this procedure. Those contacts got tweaked on assembly.

    Frederick Minney - Reply

    It sounds like people like the tape idea and it’s a helpful step, so I’ve added it into the guide step. Thanks for the comments!

    Arthur Shi - Reply

    I tried taping the side buttons on but they slipped out anyway.  Observe the photo to replace them in the proper orientation.  It’s actually quite easy, and I’m not certain how effective taping them would ultimately be as it’s important to seat the slots over the tabs inside the body.  You need to be an extraordinary taper to stick them in place such that they “presto!” drop in place when reinstalling the mainframe

    Thomas Johnson - Reply

    • Carefully peel the black tape layer from the phone.

    • While it is unnecessary for normal operation, the tape layer can be reused during reinstallation if it is in good condition.

    I found that the black tape was like a bag--as I pulled it off, it filled with air, and the air did not escape when I put it back. I used the knife to make a small hole to let the trapped air escape.

    Bill Koonce - Reply

    I’m pretty OCD and wanted to reuse the plastic bag, but when I pulled if off it got all twisted up, so I just tossed it.  The instructions are correct that it is not necessary for normal operation - my phone worked just fine without it.

    Thomas Johnson - Reply

    • Remove the two 4.2 mm T3 screws securing the metal bracket adjacent to the battery.

    • Remove the metal bracket.

    based on my phone all these screw on this phone are T4, not T3

    Jeremy Mikesell - Reply

    Based on my phone all the screws are T4 not T3

    Jeremy Mikesell - Reply

    +1 same here

    Raymond Lewis -

    Mine were T3’s on the metal bracket. It’s gotta be a manufacturing thing. So weird

    James Blaine - Reply

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery pack connector.

    If you're going to use metallic tweezers, make sure not to touch any part of the connector when removing. I momentarily shorted a connection (sparks).

    Michael Keyser - Reply

    Also when installing new battery, note battery does not fill up entire space so there is some discretion on positioning.  In reference to above photo, make sure new battery is shifted slightly to right (towards top of phone) so as to not lay on top of circuit board below (left in photo).  After reassembling mine the phone speaker would not work, so I took it apart again and figured out the battery connector harness was partially on top of the circuit board and interfering with needed electrical contact between the mid-frame and the circuit board.  Easily fixed by adjusting battery position.  Fortunately I had tested phone operation BEFORE reattaching back cover so this was an easy fix.

    TERRY COSS - Reply

    • Angle and insert an opening pick under the long edge of the battery away from the motherboard side.

    • Insert a second opening pick along the same battery edge next to the first pick.

    This may seem silly, but I’d suggest inking an X on the old battery and setting it aside a good distance from your project when you remove it so you don’t get it mixed up with the new battery!

    Thomas Johnson - Reply

    • Apply firm, constant prying pressure to the picks to release the battery from the frame.

    • As the battery loosens from the frame, move the picks inward and continue to pry upwards.

    • The battery is secured to the frame with strong double-sided tape. To help release the battery, apply some high concentration (90% or higher) isopropyl alcohol under the battery to help loosen the adhesive.

    • Don't deform or puncture the battery, or it may leak dangerous chemicals or catch fire.

    My replacement battery came with the ribbon cable facing the wrong direction. I had to fold the black part over so the connector was oriented properly.

    Bill Koonce - Reply

    They did that on purpose as reports of ripped battery ribbon cables were coming in, folding the "excess" solves that torsion!

    Dan Lo Fat - Reply

    I want a link to a legitimate exact battery replacement purchase

    Dan Lo Fat - Reply

    Did you find a replacement battery? I don't see one on this site.

    Richard Drawdy -

    This step was one of the most difficult. The adhesive beneath the battery required extremely careful prying to slowly loosen it up. Lithium batteries are spooky enough as it is, without bending them for removal. Tread carefully on this step.

    surfdaworld - Reply

    If its glued down like iphones are then use a length of dental floss or 2 to make it stronger. Loop it behind the battery then use it to saw through the glue.

    Anthony shackman -

    That's really smart.

    Michael Keyser -

    I don’t think I could have gotten dental floss behind my battery due to all of the tape. I just pried up on the side shown in the picture and worked the tool towards the center and up and down the side. I was afraid to break something trying to pry from the opposite side.

    Tim Borow - Reply

    The poly bag will stretch out if you go too hard too fast, I actually punctured the outer bag and caught a whiff of super strong solvent, shat myself, and finished removing the bag over the concrete of my empty garage. No fire tho, thankfully. Use a credit cardto seperate the glue from the bag without having to pull it up so far.

    Jake B - Reply

    I used Isopropyl Alcohol (99%) and small bottle with needle to get under the edges of battery. Once I did the battery came off without any problems.

    James Blaine - Reply

    • Remove the battery.

    • Never reinstall a damaged or deformed battery. Replace the battery.

    • To reinstall the battery, orient it such that the wires exit near the bottom towards the motherboard side.

    • Clean off any adhesive residue which may prevent the battery from sitting flush against the frame. Use a few strips of adhesive included in the battery kit or some double-sided tape to secure the battery to the frame.

    question for all yours guys after replacing your battery, is your phone charging fast like suppose to be?

    Antoine Perez - Reply

    @Antoine Perez: I have never fast-charged any of my lithium-powered devices, as it tends to shorten battery life. All I can tell you is that the genuine LG Chem battery that I used as a replacement seems to be behaving exactly like the original. Source:

    https://www.mobiledefenders.com/battery-...

    Vulcan Tourist - Reply

    • Insert an opening pick underneath the flat flex cable and slide it to free the cable from the frame.

    What is this cable called and where can i find a replacement?

    Adrienne S - Reply

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the antenna cable.

    • De-route the antenna cable from the phone.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the accessory module connector.

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    • Peel away the yellow tape covering the display ZIF connector.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently flip up the ZIF connector lock.

      • The ZIF lock is prone to breaking due to its width.

    I used a pick for this step, seemed much easier than the spudger.

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    • Use a spudger or tweezers to walk the flat cable out of the ZIF connector.

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    • Peel away the yellow tape covering the digitizer ZIF connector.

    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the ZIF connector lock.

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    • Use tweezers or a spudger to walk the ribbon cable out of the ZIF connector.

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    • Slide an opening pick underneath the motherboard below the copper shield.

    • Twist the pick slightly to release the adhesive tape securing the motherboard to the frame.

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    • Lift the motherboard out, making sure it does not catch on any cables.

    • Remove the motherboard.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the front facing camera connector.

    • Remove and transfer the front facing camera onto the new display frame.

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    • The earpiece speaker module is very delicate and prone to breaking. Be gentle when handling the module.

    • Insert a pointed end of a pair of tweezers into a corner as far down as possible.

    • Pry very slightly to help loosen the earpiece speaker module.

    • Repeat the process in the remaining corners.

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    • Continue to pry with the point of a pair of tweezers until the earpiece module feels loose.

    • Remove the earpiece module and transfer it to the new display frame.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and remove the speaker grille cover.

    • Remove and transfer the speaker grille cover onto the new display frame.

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    • Only the LCD screen and digitizer assembly (with frame) should remain.

    • Compare your new replacement part to the original part. You may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

    • When reassembling your phone replace old adhesive with double-sided tape or pre-cut adhesive strips.

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Conclusion

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

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