Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken screen. Sliding the plastic opening tool between the back panel and the front glass can be difficult. This guide is relatively simple, mainly unscrewing and disconnecting a ribbon connector.

Image 1/2: Wedge your fingernail in between the back panel and the plastic tab and pull the plastic tab towards your body. Image 2/2: Wedge your fingernail in between the back panel and the plastic tab and pull the plastic tab towards your body.
  • Using your finger, open the plastic tab to the right of the rear-facing camera.

  • Wedge your fingernail in between the back panel and the plastic tab and pull the plastic tab towards your body.

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Image 1/3: Once the card pops out, use your finger to pull the card completely out of the SD card slot. Image 2/3: Once the card pops out, use your finger to pull the card completely out of the SD card slot. Image 3/3: Once the card pops out, use your finger to pull the card completely out of the SD card slot.
  • Using your finger, remove the SD card by pressing down on top of it (toward the bottom of the device) until you hear a clicking sound.

  • Once the card pops out, use your finger to pull the card completely out of the SD card slot.

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  • Remove the 5 mm screw using the Phillips PH00 bit in the iFixit metal Screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: Use a second plastic opening tool to help pry the front glass from the back panel. Image 2/3: You will hear some cracking sounds when separating the front glass from the back panel. That is okay! That is the back panel latches releasing the front glass. Image 3/3: You will hear some cracking sounds when separating the front glass from the back panel. That is okay! That is the back panel latches releasing the front glass.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to separate the back panel by carefully sliding the narrow end of the tool between the front glass and back panel.

  • Use a second plastic opening tool to help pry the front glass from the back panel.

  • You will hear some cracking sounds when separating the front glass from the back panel. That is okay! That is the back panel latches releasing the front glass.

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Image 1/2: Do not to pull the device apart with too much force. If you do, you may break or bend the back panel. Image 2/2: Do not to pull the device apart with too much force. If you do, you may break or bend the back panel.
  • Use your hands to completely separate the rest of the front glass from the back panel.

  • Do not to pull the device apart with too much force. If you do, you may break or bend the back panel.

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Image 1/3: Using the Phillips #0 bit with the iFixit screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws connecting the motherboard to the back of the digitizer. Image 2/3: Using the Phillips #0 bit with the iFixit screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws connecting the motherboard to the back of the digitizer. Image 3/3: Using the Phillips #0 bit with the iFixit screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws connecting the motherboard to the back of the digitizer.
  • Using the Phillips #0 bit with the iFixit screwdriver, remove the four 5 mm screws with the washers around them connecting the digitizer to the screen.

  • Using the Phillips #0 bit with the iFixit screwdriver, remove the two 5 mm screws connecting the motherboard to the back of the digitizer.

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Image 1/3: Pull the ribbon out of the ribbon connector using your finger. Image 2/3: Pull the ribbon out of the ribbon connector using your finger. Image 3/3: Pull the ribbon out of the ribbon connector using your finger.
  • Using the flat end of the plastic spudger, open the black ribbon connector door on the right side of the motherboard.

  • Pull the ribbon out of the ribbon connector using your finger.

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Image 1/3: If you tilt the device too far the digitizer may fall out. Image 2/3: The upper left corner of the motherboard may be harder to disconnect from the screen. Image 3/3: The upper left corner of the motherboard may be harder to disconnect from the screen.
  • To separate the digitizer from the screen, tilt the device on its right side and use your other hand to pull the battery to the right.

  • If you tilt the device too far the digitizer may fall out.

  • The upper left corner of the motherboard may be harder to disconnect from the screen.

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Conclusion

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

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No parts? Except the replacement screen. No link to buy the replacement screen. What are you doing putting the same broken screen back on?

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