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Introduction

This is a general disassembly, mainly intended for replacement of the LCD / screen assembly. My first guide on iFixit so please be gentle. :) If you are looking for the LCD assembly, we have them available for sale, with fast shipping from California.

  1. Pry rear cover off starting at the corner Continue down the side Lift rear cover off
    • Pry rear cover off starting at the corner

    • Continue down the side

    • Lift rear cover off

  2. Remove Kapton tape covering fingerprint scanner cover Unscrew two screws holding on fingerprint scanner flex cover Along with that upper screw, there goes your warranty!
    • Remove Kapton tape covering fingerprint scanner cover

    • Unscrew two screws holding on fingerprint scanner flex cover

    • Along with that upper screw, there goes your warranty!

    • Disconnect fingerprint sensor flex cable and set rear cover aside.

    • Remove the 15 Phillips 00 screws securing the midframe to the phone.

  3. Carefully insert pry tool on side of phone between LCD and frame Continue down the side the phone and around the edges until frame and LCD assembly are separated Ta-da!
    • Carefully insert pry tool on side of phone between LCD and frame

    • Continue down the side the phone and around the edges until frame and LCD assembly are separated

    • Ta-da!

    • Don't laugh at my terrible Photoshop cropping.

  4. Remove Kapton tape over battery plug Disconnect battery Disconnect this other flex cable above the battery, whatever it goes to
    • Remove Kapton tape over battery plug

    • Disconnect battery

    • Disconnect this other flex cable above the battery, whatever it goes to

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  6. Disconnect this one Now this one And this camera one also
    • Disconnect this one

    • Now this one

    • And this camera one also

  7. Disconnect antenna Unscrew motherboard screw Disconnect LCD flex cable
    • Disconnect antenna

    • Unscrew motherboard screw

    • Disconnect LCD flex cable

  8. Lift out logic board Easy
    • Lift out logic board

    • Easy

    • Now on to the fun part...

  9. Heat up battery Heating a battery is dangerous and could cause the battery to explode or expand. Use caution. Find appropriate tool to pry battery
    • Heat up battery

    • Heating a battery is dangerous and could cause the battery to explode or expand. Use caution.

    • Find appropriate tool to pry battery

    • Ensure your tool of choice is heat resistant

  10. Once you have found the proper tool, begin prying up on either side of the battery. If utilizing a metal ruler, make sure to use a pink one. Other colors of ruler, such as blue or green, are simply not up to the task. Be careful not to damage previously disconnected flex cables that run under the battery.
    • Once you have found the proper tool, begin prying up on either side of the battery.

    • If utilizing a metal ruler, make sure to use a pink one. Other colors of ruler, such as blue or green, are simply not up to the task.

    • Be careful not to damage previously disconnected flex cables that run under the battery.

    • Finally, bend the battery back into shape so it doesn't look too bad in your photos.

  11. Remove tape holding charging board down (red outline) Pry up charging port / antenna daughterboard. Remove from frame and set aside
    • Remove tape holding charging board down (red outline)

    • Pry up charging port / antenna daughterboard.

    • Remove from frame and set aside

  12. Lift up digitizer flex cable from frame Peel up this flex cable and tweezer it off where it's stuck to the frame Peel up the LCD flex cable
    • Lift up digitizer flex cable from frame

    • Peel up this flex cable and tweezer it off where it's stuck to the frame

    • Peel up the LCD flex cable

  13. Slide something in between the screen and frame. Make sure to slide it in there real nice Separate LCD assembly from frame, starting at the bottom.
    • Slide something in between the screen and frame.

    • Make sure to slide it in there real nice

    • Separate LCD assembly from frame, starting at the bottom.

  14. Push digitizer flex cable through frame Remove LCD assembly from phone Remove LCD assembly from phone
    • Push digitizer flex cable through frame

    • Remove LCD assembly from phone

Conclusion

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

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Brennan Murphy

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Does the digitizer snap in? Or will I need adhesive to install my new digitizer?? Other phones that I have replaced the digitizer I needed adhesive, but I know some just snap in. I'm hoping this is one of those that just snap in.

thestoryofrecovery - Reply

With this phone, you would need new adhesive. I would recommend using the 2mm Tessa 61395 tape ( Tesa 61395 Tape )

Nate Evans -

So is it even possible to actually just replace the digitizer? Because it seems like in getting it out I took the lcd with it?? is that "always" the case???

Dave K - Reply

The digitizer may be built into the LCD panel it self, it's not uncommon. If that's the case, no, it would not be possible to replace just the digitizer. And the cost to difficulty ratio would be rather low

Nate Evans -

Is it possible to replace just the lcd glass (front piece) and not the lcd digitizer, or are they glued together? Some places sell just the glass and that's all that's broken on my phone.

Patrick - Reply

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