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Introduction

Use this guide to open your Apple Watch Series 6 for repairs.

You’ll need replacement adhesive to reattach the display when reassembling the device.

  1. Opening Procedure, Power down the watch: step 1, image 1 of 2 Opening Procedure, Power down the watch: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Because the gap between the screen and watch body is so thin, a sharp blade is needed to separate the two. Read the following warnings carefully before proceeding.

    • Protect your fingers by keeping them completely clear of the knife. If in doubt, protect your free hand with a heavy glove, such as a leather shop glove or gardening glove.

    • Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this might cause the knife to slip and cut you, or damage the watch.

    • Wear eye protection. The knife or glass may break, sending pieces flying.

    • Attach or remove the watch band as needed to provide more control as you make repairs.

  2. Opening Procedure, Soften the display adhesive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Prepare an iOpener (or use a hair dryer or heat gun) and heat the face of the watch to loosen the display adhesive.

    • Leave the iOpener on the watch for at least two minutes to fully heat the screen and soften the adhesive holding it to the case.

    • You may need to reheat the iOpener and repeat this procedure several times until the display adhesive softens.

  3. Opening Procedure, Display opening: step 4, image 1 of 3 Opening Procedure, Display opening: step 4, image 2 of 3 Opening Procedure, Display opening: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Place the edge of a curved blade into the thin gap between the display and the outer case. Start at the short side of the display, most distant to the digital crown.

    • Press firmly straight down into the gap.

    • Once inserted, tilt the blade to pry the display open slightly.

  4. Opening Procedure: step 5, image 1 of 3 Opening Procedure: step 5, image 2 of 3 Opening Procedure: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick in the gap your created.

    • Slide the opening pick along the short edge of the watch to cut the adhesive.

  5. Opening Procedure: step 6, image 1 of 2 Opening Procedure: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the corner and along the long edge on the opposite side of the watch crown to cut the display adhesive.

  6. Opening Procedure: step 7, image 1 of 2 Opening Procedure: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the opening pick around the corner to cut the remaining adhesive on the short edge of the watch next to the watch crown.

  7. Opening Procedure: step 8, image 1 of 2 Opening Procedure: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Place the watch on a flat surface and use an opening pick to slice through any remaining adhesive.

    • Try not to slice near the watch crown to prevent damaging the display cables. If you must slice near the crown, don't insert the opening pick deeper than 1/16th of an inch (~2 mm).

    • Slide an opening pick under the opposite display edge of the watch crown.

    • Twist the opening pick to loosen the display off the watch case.

    • Don't try to remove the display. It is still connected to the watch assembly.

  8. Opening Procedure: step 9, image 1 of 3 Opening Procedure: step 9, image 2 of 3 Opening Procedure: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Be careful not to strain the display cables when you fold the display to the side.

    • Lift the display and carefully pull it towards the watch crown.

    • Swing the display open to an upward position.

Conclusion

To reassemble your Apple Watch Series 6, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Apply a little bit of high isopropyl alcohol (>90%) to a Q-tip or use a cleaning pad to gently remove the leftover adhesive on the edges of the watch case and the screen before installing new adhesive.

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