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

    • 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.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the 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.

  4. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: 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 display on the lower edge of the iPhone.

    • Skip the next two steps.

  5. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 6, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Apply a suction cup: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, while avoiding the very edge of the glass.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

  6. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • 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 Screen Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Heating the edges of the iPhone will make it easier to cut through the adhesive securing the display.

    • Apply heat to the left edge of the iPhone for about one minute to soften the adhesive underneath.

  8. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 9, 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 2 mm or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone.

  9. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Apply heat to the right edge of the iPhone for about one minute to soften the adhesive underneath.

  10. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 11, 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 the pick more than 2 mm or you may damage internal components.

  11. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Apply heat to the top edge of the iPhone for about one minute to soften the adhesive underneath.

  12. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • The top edge of the display is secured with both glue and clips.

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

    • Don't insert the pick more than 1 mm or you may damage the front panel sensor array.

  13. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • If you haven't removed your suction handle or iSclack, remove it now.

    • Open the 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 Phillips screwdriver to remove the three 1.3 mm screws securing the battery and display 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.

  14. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the battery and display connector cover: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the cover.

  15. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use 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.

  16. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display cable: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the display cable connector.

    • 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.

  17. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor connector cover: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove three screws securing the front sensor connector cover:

    • One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.8 mm Y000 screw

  18. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor connector cover: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor connector cover: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Swing the cover up from the center of the phone until the small clip by the edge of the phone unhooks.

  19. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the cover.

    • During reassembly, insert the clip on the left edge into its slot first, then hinge the rest of the cover into place.

  20. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

  21. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the screen: step 23, image 2 of 2
  22. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Unfasten the front sensor bracket: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • The remaining steps demonstrate how to transfer the front sensor assembly to a new screen. If your replacement screen comes with the assembly pre-installed, skip these steps.

    • Use a Y000 screwdriver to remove the three 1.4 mm-long screws securing the from sensor assembly bracket.

  23. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor bracket: step 25, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor bracket: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to remove the front sensor assembly bracket.

  24. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Heat the front sensor assembly: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the top edge of the screen for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the phone—the display is susceptible to heat damage.

  25. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the ambient light sensor: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the ambient light sensor: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick between the ambient light sensor and its recess in the screen.

    • Pry up with the pick to separate the ambient light sensor from the screen.

  26. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the proximity sensor: step 28, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the proximity sensor: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick between the proximity sensor and its recess in the screen.

    • Pry up with the pick to separate the proximity sensor from the screen.

  27. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Reposition the proximity sensor: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Reposition the proximity sensor: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use tweezers, or your fingers, to move the proximity sensor cable away from the screen.

  28. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the microphone: step 30, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the microphone: step 30, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Disconnect the microphone: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick under the microphone cable, close to the microphone (the metal rectangle).

    • Slide the opening pick around the perimeter of the microphone to separate its adhesive.

  29. iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor assembly: step 31, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor assembly: step 31, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 Screen Replacement, Remove the front sensor assembly: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • At this point, the adhesive may have cooled down. If so, apply a heated iOpener to the assembly for one minute before continuing.

    • Insert an opening pick under the left side of the front sensor assembly.

    • Slide the pick under the assembly to separate it from the frame.

    • Remove the front sensor assembly.

    • When transferring the assembly to a new screen, follow these instructions:

    • Connect the sensors to their slots in the frame to help align the main section of the assembly.

    • Use Tesa tape to re-adhere any sections of the assembly that are no longer sticky.

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 Answers community for help.

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Kyle Smith

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Complimenti per le istruzioni ben fatte ! Potrebbe essere utile ricevere ad ogni riparazione l’elenco dei pezzi di ricambio da acquistare con i relativi codici così da quantificare anche il costo della riparazione. Utile anche per non sbagliare l’acquisto. Ciao, Roberto

Roberto Garancini - Reply

Can we now change the display without FACEID issue?

kerozine84 - Reply

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