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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the lidar sensor on an iPhone 13 Pro.

  1. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Pentalobe Screw: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Caution: Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 6.8 mm-long pentalobe P2 screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

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    • If your iPhone has a cracked screen, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping over the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

    • If the broken glass makes it difficult to get a suction cup to stick in the next few steps, try folding a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) into a handle and lifting the display with that instead.

  3. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Heat the lower edge of the iPhone: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone helps soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hairdryer or heat gun, or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

    • The edge should feel slightly too hot to the touch. Be careful not to overheat the iPhone, or you may damage the display.

  4. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Apply suction cup(s): step 4, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Apply suction cup(s): step 4, image 2 of 2
    • The next two steps demonstrate the iSclack, a handy tool that we recommend for anyone doing frequent repairs. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip down two steps for an alternate method.

    • If the plastic depth gauge is attached at the center of the iSclack, remove it now—it's not needed for larger iPhones like the iPhone 13 Pro.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of your iPhone—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • Press both suction cups firmly into place.

    • If your display or back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cups adhere. The iSclack also includes two pieces of tape for this purpose.

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    • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to slightly separate the screen from the rear case of the phone.

    • Don't try to completely separate the screen; a small opening along the bottom edge is all you need.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap under the display on the lower edge of the iPhone.

    • Skip the next two steps.

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    • Apply a suction handle to the bottom edge of the phone, while avoiding the very edge of the glass.

    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your opening pick.

  7. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Heat and separate the screen adhesive: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer, heat gun, or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the left edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

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    • Slide the opening pick around the lower left corner and up the left edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert the pick more than 3 mm inside your phone, or you may damage the display cables.

  9. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer, heat gun, or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the right edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

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    • Re-insert your pick at the bottom edge of the iPhone, and slide it up the right side to continue separating the adhesive.

    • Don't insert the opening pick more than 3 mm into your iPhone, or you may cause damage to internal components.

  11. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer, heat gun, or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

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    • Insert your pick into the right edge of the phone. Slide it around the top-right corner and across the top edge.

    • Again, don't insert the pick more than 3 mm or you may damage the front panel sensor array.

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    • Insert your pick into the left edge of the phone. Slide it around the top-left corner and across the top edge.

    • Again, don't insert the pick more than 3 mm or you may damage the front panel sensor array.

  14. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Remove your suction handle from the screen.

    • Open your iPhone by swinging the display up from the right side, like the front cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • During reassembly, lay the display in position, align the clips along the top edge, and carefully press the top edge into place before snapping the rest of the display down. If it doesn't click easily into place, check the condition of the clips around the perimeter of the display and make sure they aren't bent.

    • Use a Y000 screwdriver to remove the three 1.3 mm screws securing the battery connector cover.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your iPhone.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPhone and test all functions before you seal the display in place. Be sure to power your iPhone back down completely before you continue working.

  15. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery connector cover.

  16. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end a spudger or a clean fingernail to pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Try not to damage the black silicone seal surrounding this and other board connections. These seals provide extra protection against water and dust intrusion.

    • Bend the connector slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

  17. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end a spudger or a clean fingernail to pry the display connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • 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.

  18. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor connector cover: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Y000 screwdriver to remove two 1.1 mm screws from the front sensor connector cover.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the remaining two screws from the cover:

    • One 1.5 mm screw

    • One 1.8 mm screw

  19. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the front sensor connector cover.

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

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  22. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Unscrew the camera cover: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Y000 driver to remove the four screws securing the rear-facing camera sensor cover:

    • Three 1.4 mm screws

    • One 1.3 mm screw

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove one 1.6 mm screw.

  23. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the camera cover: step 24, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the camera cover: step 24, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the camera cover: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the camera cover from the edge closest to the logic board, and remove it.

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    • When reinstalling the camera module cover, ensure the lip along the right edge slides underneath the phone's chassis.

  25. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the camera assembly: step 26, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the camera assembly: step 26, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the camera assembly: step 26, image 3 of 3
    • Pry up with the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the two camera cables from the logic board.

  26. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the rear-facing cameras: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the rear-facing cameras: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the camera assembly out of the iPhone.

  27. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the rear-facing cameras.

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    • During reassembly, you'll need to insert the two camera assembly cables into the gap between the upper battery wall and lower camera wall.

  29. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Remove the lidar cover: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Y000 screwdriver to remove the three screws from the lidar cover:

    • Two 1.4 mm screws

    • One 1.3 mm screw

  30. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the lidar cover.

  31. iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the lidar cable: step 32, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Lidar Sensor Replacement, Disconnect the lidar cable: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the lidar cable from the logic board.

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    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to lift the lidar sensor up out from the chassis and remove it.

Conclusion

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.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPhone 13 Pro Answers community for help.

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