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Introduction

If your iPhone 13 Pro Max screen is cracked, not responding to touch, or not showing a picture when your phone is powered on, use this guide to restore your iPhone to working order with a new screen, a.k.a. display assembly.

Note: True Tone and auto brightness functionality is disabled after a screen replacement, even when using an original Apple screen. Face ID is also disabled, unless the iPhone is running iOS 15.2 or newer.

  1. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: 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.

  2. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • 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 Max Screen 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.

  4. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Apply suction cup(s): step 4, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen 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 Max.

    • 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.

  5. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Separate the screen: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Separate the screen: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Separate the screen: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • 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 screen on the lower edge of your iPhone.

    • Skip the next two steps.

  6. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • 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 tool.

  7. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Heat and separate the screen adhesive: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer or 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.

  8. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • 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 Max Screen Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer or 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.

  10. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • 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 your opening pick more than 3 mm into the iPhone, or you may cause damage to internal components.

  11. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer or 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.

  12. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  13. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • 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 Max Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen 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 Max Screen Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery connector cover.

  16. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of 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 Max Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen 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 Max Screen 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 front sensor connector cover:

    • One 1.5 mm screw

    • One 1.8 mm screw

  19. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the front sensor connector cover.

  20. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

  21. iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Pro Max Screen Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
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 the above steps 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 Max Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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4 Comments

There is more to this repair than what you are showing. You aren’t showing us how and what to transfer off the old screen to the new one.

Screen Dr. - Reply

What components will need to be transferred over will depend on the replacement screen you receive. Some come with everything, some don't. I reference the parts iFixit sells when writing guides, and this guide will be updated if necessary once we have these screens in stock.

Sam Omiotek -

how do i aply a new screen

Riley - Reply

thanks for the article. I had a slightly different setup and your step 14 didn't address this and I tore one of the ribbon connectors that goes up tot the camera. I don't know what this is called so i don't know what to order. the ribbon that broke was the one disconnected in step 21. what is this and can it be replaced? thanks!

Art - Reply

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