Replace the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact LCD screen, step by step.

This video will show you all the steps and it is recommended you watch it before starting.

Note that this guide describes how to replace the LCD + touchscreen (digitizer) assembly.

A less common alternative repair is to replace LCD + touchscreen (digitizer) + midframe, which can sometimes be bought as a pre-assembled set.

Finally, it is also possible (but much, much harder) to replace the touchscreen part (digitizer) only while keeping a functioning LCD screen. The process requires specialised tools and is not covered here.

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  1. Heat up along the edges of the cover to soften the glue.
    • Heat up along the edges of the cover to soften the glue.

      • Ideal temperature is around 120 - 150 °C for 60 seconds.

    Alternatively, use a heat pack to soften the internal glue/adhesive holding the screen.

    In any case, make sure the glue/adhesive comes off nicely, otherwise you will have to spend a lot of time cleaning off glue residues before putting the new adhesive on.

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  2. Place a suction cup on the back cover and pull to open a gap.
    • Place a suction cup on the back cover and pull to open a gap.

    • Insert a guitar pick into the gap and slide it around the corner of the back cover to cut the adhesive sticker.

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    • Finally, remove the back cover.

      • Be careful, the back cover is fragile and can break.

      • It can be a good idea to wear protective glasses. If the glass shatters, it could enter your eye.

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    • Prepare the removal of the back frame:

      • Unclip the NFC antenna.

      • Put the information label aside.

    • Unscrew all the screws and put them aside.

      • For reassembly: Silver screws (2) belong to the side of the frame. Golden screws (3) for top and bottom.

    • Remove the back frame: carefully pop it out, using a spudger as a lever to lift it out, for example.

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    • Disconnect the battery flex cable.

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    • Release LCD screen connector.

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    • The steps are same as removing the back cover but a bit more difficult. Heat up for 3 minutes, lift the screen with the suction cup and if necessary, cut through the adhesive.

      • When removing the screen, be careful: the earpiece is stuck to it. Don't lose it.

      • If your screen is cracked or broken, be careful when removing as bits of glass may come off and cut your fingers.

    • Why does the disassembled screen come with the earpiece? The reason is that the earpiece is stuck in place on the touch panel/screen combination directly, rather than kept in a frame on the main flex (like the cameras, for instance).

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    • Before going any further, test your new screen by plugging it to the device's main flex and powering it on. If all is well, power off. If not, contact your screen reseller.

    • Carefully remove the earpiece from screen, by pulling on it gently and separating the adhesive. Notice the position of the earpiece on the back of the screen, as you will need to put it back in the same position on the new screen.

      • Ideally, remove the earpiece with its adhesive, as you will need to put the earpiece back on the new screen when you reassemble the device. Earpiece adhesive keeps the earpiece properly in place on the screen.

      • Make sure the earpiece is in the right position and connects properly with the main flex before you reassemble for good. Otherwise you will not get sound from the earpiece, and won't be able to make calls normally.

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    • Ensure the midframe is clean: any glue residue will limit the new adhesive's capacity to stick to the midframe

    • Carefully apply the front screen adhesive, starting at one end of the phone (top or bottom) and slowly applying it along the midframe edges, on the sides.

    • Finally, put the new screen in place, pressing it firmly into place.

      • Be careful: don't press too hard on the earpiece area at the top, as the screen is particularly fragile around the earpiece.

      • Don't forget to put the information label back in the phone!

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

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Be really careful placing the glue/sticker for the front cover to go back on, I had a small ruck underneath and it cracked my replacement screen, so annoyed! Other than that everything is pretty easy.

Benjamin Brace - Reply

so true,

also to note is the earpiece speaker sits below the plane of the glass if you remove the existing adhesive on the earpiece. when pressing down the new glass in this area, it's soo easy to break your brand new replacement screen because of the depression. in my opinion, Xperia phones have an excessively fragile construction and very brittle, thin glass..

Andrew -

My screen was broken so unable to switch of phone so switched screen with power on.

When the screen was replaced everything seemed Ok but the digitizer/touch did not work so I thought I had zapped the screen.

I then disconnected - reconnected the battery and cold rebooted the phone and that got the digitizer working.

So I suggest that You disconnect the battery before connecting the new screen to ensure the power is off

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Ingemar - Reply

are this devise water proof after it and what is the name of the Glue that u used for glue the new lcd

sajad alipoor -

You magnificent responder!!! I totally panicked when everything worked except for the touch part of my screen, then I just detached and reattached the battery and now everything works perfectly. Thank you!

Steven Hunsche -

I have the same problem with unworking touch / digitizer. But disconnecting then connecting the battery has no effect. So I try with a new LCD / digitizer assembly spare part and the touchscreen is still unresponsive... Anybody have a suggestion to help me ? Thanks.

Kev -

This is really interesting and shows why I'd rather someone else did the job! However it also shows why I've had 3 repairs on this phone as the people who did it have set the screen in such a way that its cracks easily. The last time it had a tempered glass protector on top, which did not crack, suggesting the tension was from underneath.

petrolheadbabe - Reply

I found this very difficult.

The digitizer had cracked and was unresponsive in an area of the screen, so I tried to replace just the digitizer as the LCD was in perfect working order.

The digitizer needed separating from the LCD and the glue is very strong and needed to be heated for quite a while until it was malleable.

I didn't manage to get the glue between them to be clear (I ended up with a rainbow effect) and I managed to damage the LCD controller when reassembling the digitizer/LCD assembly.

The connector between the digitizer and LCD is very fiddly to reconnect, especially when folding it back over to seat it in the main housing; and the seal around the front panel was unsatisfactory.

I gave up in favour of a professional repair!

IanW - Reply

Where did you end up getting the phone repaired? I think i have the same problem you had & i think it would be easier if i sought professional help.

angelica cerchie -

Issues I had:

+ The top front glass was pretty shattered, so I wasn't able to pry off the screen at that point. I had to do it from the sides and then sort of rip it off at the point where it was shattered.

+ It was non-trivial to create a little enclosure thing for the microphone to have the right contact with the front glass. I ended up making one out of wall tack (adhesive putty). Maybe it's possible to just keep the original on?

+ I had to manually remove all traces of adhesive from the inside of the back cover before putting on the new adhesive.

+ For both the front and back, I failed on the first attempt to put the adhesive on as straight as I would have liked. I ended up having to put in an extra order and wait for another set of stickers to arrive. I recommend you are very careful, or just order two of each sticker (they're cheap!).

Thanks for the guide!

gmm - Reply

My Z3C screen became loose on upper-left corner. Do I still need to remove back cover too? Or would separating only screen and changing adhesive seal seems possible? As I understand from the guide that will be more logical way in my case yet I couldn't be sure with it.

Any suggestion is welcome.

(I've nearly forget to tell that I also very appreciate for this guide )

Harun C - Reply

Same happened to me, really interested in an answer to the question! Do I need to remove the back cover when I only need a new sticker on the screen?

slattsveen -

After I received my stickers, I only remove my screen from its frame without separating from board. Then I cleaned the frame and place the sticker from top to down of the phone, cut the seal from a point to get it around of screen cord. Then I did this with second seal because I couldn't trust my cheap seal. That cause a tiny bit more bump for framing around my screen and I had to push down a litte for a cleaner seating. As I've forget to support screen under the middle/centre of it, I can feel a little bit more bending in center. This way is more tricky but with a little more care, it would sealed perfectly

Harun C -

You could try, but the likelihood of not getting the screen adhesive right and making a mess of the whole thing is high.

I would follow the whole procedure, it’s a bit long but not very hard.

In any case, get more than one screen adhesive, so that you can fail and retry if needed. I find that putting the adhesive on the screen/backpane is the part that requires most precision, in the end.

axel -

my Z3 compact screen became loose on upper!!

but more interesting is that upper speaker doesn't work in playin music!!

Are these two problems are related?

Farhad Rahbaran - Reply

the "upper speaker" your referring is most likely the earpiece for hearing someone when you're in a phone call. (in order for the earpiece to work correctly, the front glass needs to put enough pressure for the earpiece contacts to make a connection) if your glass is not seated properly it won't put the pressure needed for the earpiece contacts.

the "loud speaker" on the bottom of the phone is where the music will come from.


Andrew -

My z3 compact doesn't working (sorry for my english.) . Today i change the screen but the display doesn't working ,is all black, instead the phone is on . I lose the earpiece. Can you solve the problem ,please? I dont't what is the problem...

Riccardo Nocella - Reply

You need to make sure that lcd screen flex well connected. I think you broken earpiece when teardown the screen.

Witrigs -

I replace me cracked sreen for new lcd but screen is black

Ivan Milo - Reply

- Zuerst Display kleben (in meinem Fall 24 St. trocknen lassen, s. unten), dann erst den connector einklicken/verbinden

- es gibt 2 größere Schrauben, merken, wo sie hinhgehören

- den Lautsprecher nicht auf Display kleben, einfach ins Body in dafür vorgesehene Versenkung legen, bleibt dann automatisch auf der richtigen Stelle kleben

- zum Kleben "Marina Aquarium Silicone Sealant" = Aquarien Silikonkleber benutzen.

1. Den alten Kleber, Schmutz, Fett mit Isopropanolum aus der Apotheke entfernen

2. Display ankleben, 5-10 Min. mit der Hand zudrücken, dann 24 Stunden unter schweren Bücher trocknen lassen,

3. Den nächsten Tag den connector anschließen (testen - ein/ausschalten) die hintere Akku Glasabdeckung auf die gleiche Weise ankleben, wieder 24 St. trocknen lassen.

Martin tuttist - Reply

Hi. The screen of my z3 stopped to work cause some water get inside it. The touch was working but there was no images on the screen. So I changed the screen with a new one following this guide. But it the same thing. The touch works fine but the screen doesn't. Can be the new screen broken? Or the problem is somewhere else?

Nicolas S - Reply

Those who has replaced the screen and still have no backlight, this might be helpful:

No backlight after screen replacement z3 xperia compact

awataraz - Reply

Do I need the backcover sticker and the adhesive strip, or just one of the two?

Tzadik Azaria - Reply

They are usually sold together. I don't know you could buy seperately but either way you would need both because strip-glues are different for front and back. I guess 3M has "universal" strip that you can apply by cutting to shorter strips.

Harun C -

I have recently replaced my z3 compact's LCD screen. While assembling it I discovered a part that I am unfamiliar with and do not know where to place it. Please see the below links of pics of the part and advise me where I should place it

Juan Botha - Reply

No worries, I have solved the placement of the part.

Juan Botha -

Hello ladies and gentlemans, i had a recent problem with the new glasses i got for my z3 compact. Everything was working good again and stuff, then ... the phone fallen down like a little, nothing enough to break this little and precious z3 compact glass, but actualy there are some vertical white lines covering everything on the screen.

The touch screen is working and stuff, there is just those white line making things you do on the phone impossible to see/read.

Is there something broken inside or just a bad contact to the lcd, just let me know pretty please.

I had to change the screen 3times now so if someone can help it would be a really kind thing to do (Sorry for bad english btw hope you understand).

Gabin Martinez - Reply

basically you broke the LCD again. Z3C is one of the worst designed phones I've come across. I stopped offering this repair as they simply all break, far too easily. I suggest moving on from this device. life is too short.

Andrew -

Good tutorial, but the video clears some things up - the pictures are not enough - as some users reported specific issues / some points that are very important.

Touch didn't work, only after disconnecting the battery- so maybe that should be done anyway before installing the new screen.

Benjamin Klomfass - Reply

Thank you for this fantastic guide! After I performed this repair (screen+LCD replacement on Xperia Z3 compact), everything seems to work on my phone except for two things: when I make a phone call people can't hear me and I can't hear them. If I make the call via Skype or Google Hangouts then voice transmission works both ways. It appears that I have disconnected something specific to voice calls during the repair. Thanks for letting me know if you think of a fix!

Nicolas - Reply

Worked like a charm! Obviously the phone is no longer water resistant because I don't trust my newly applied adhesive as much as the factory-installed one, but other than that, I got this phone 100% working again!

Francesco Barbieri - Reply

ich habe dieses Problem mit meinem Z3 Compact.

das Handy fiel mir aus der Hand und danach war das Display defekt, aber noch an. Es war nicht viel zu erkennen und die Beleuchtung war an. Kumpel hat das Display raus gebaut und ein neues verbaut. Seit dem geht gar nichts mehr. Ich habe zwei weitere Displays gekauft und das selbe Ergebnis. Das angeschlossene Display geht nicht an und auch die Beleuchtung nicht. was kann ich machen damit das Handy wieder an geht? da meine gesamten Daten und alles noch auf dem Gerät sind und das Gerät noch immer eingeschaltet ist. Was bedeutet Benachrichtigungen und Anrufe gehen weiterhin auf das Handy ein, aber ohne Display nicht zu beantworten. Ich war auch bei einem Handyladen der Reparaturen anbietet aber wurde zur Tür raus geschickt, da das Display bereits entfernt wurde...

MHL Adapter habe ich mir auch schon gekauft womit ich wenigstens den Inhalt des Displays auf dem TV sehe aber mir fehlt die Möglichkeit mit einer Maus den Pin für die Tastensperre einzugeben.

Stefan Hennicken - Reply

J’ai changé moi même mon écran, ce n’est pas si galère que ça et au final, tout s’est bien passé !

J’ai acheté mon écran original SONY + dalle LCD + outils sur ebay chez mobilestore66 pour 39 euros (livré en 48 heures en France)

Toujours sur ebay : un peu de colle B7000 (3,5 euros), adhésif avant/arrière (1,5 euros en chine, prévoir 3 semaines pour la livraison), et ce n’était pas utile mais j’ai aussi acheté le kit ifixit “Essential Electronics Toolkit Smartphone Tablet Réparation Pentalobe” (25 euros)

macgyver07 - Reply

Something that is worth mentioning is removing the battery connector before connecting the screen! While testing everything worked fine, so I disconnected it to put the stickers in place and afterwards the screens (both old and new) didnt work anymore!

Turned out that the backlight had broken, according to the phoneshop i went to it’s a pretty common mistake seen with replacing screens… Luckily it’s fixable by soldering a bridge over the backlight fuse but it’s stupid as it could’ve been prevented if it was mentioned in this article.

F Verkleij - Reply

Thanks for this comment—that seems like a pretty serious oversight on the part of the guide author. I’ve added a step for disconnecting the battery.

Jeff Suovanen -

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