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iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement

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  1. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • For your safety, discharge the battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

    • 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 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • If inserted too far, an opening pick can damage your device. Follow this step to mark your pick and prevent damage.

    • Measure 3 mm from the tip and mark the opening pick with a permanent marker.

    • You can also mark the other corners of the pick with different measurements.

    • Alternatively, tape a coin to a pick 3 mm from the tip.

  3. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 3, 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 clear packing tape over the iPhone's screenuntil the whole face is covered.

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

    • If you can't get the suction cup to stick in the next few steps, fold a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) into a handle and lift the screen with that instead.

    • If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the screen.

  4. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Anti-Clamp instructions: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • The next three steps demonstrate the Anti-Clamp, a tool we designed to make the opening procedure easier. If you aren't using the Anti-Clamp, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • For complete instructions on how to use the Anti-Clamp, check out this guide.

    • Pull the blue handle backwards to unlock the Anti-Clamp's arms.

    • Slide the arms over either the left or right edge of your iPhone.

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

    • Squeeze the cups together to apply suction to the desired area.

    • If you find that the surface of your iPhone is too slippery for the Anti-Clamp to hold onto, you can use tape to create a grippier surface.

  5. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the blue handle forwards to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle clockwise 360 degrees or until the cups start to stretch.

    • Make sure the suction cups remain aligned with each other. If they begin to slip out of alignment, loosen the suction cups slightly and realign the arms.

  6. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Support your iPhone on something sturdy such as a hardcover book so it rests hands-free and parallel to the ground; this makes it easier to work with in the following steps.

    • Use a hair dryer to heat along the bottom edge of the iPhone. The screen should feel slightly too hot to touch.

    • For complete instructions on how to use a hair dryer, check out this guide.

    • Wait one minute to give the adhesive a chance to release and present an opening gap.

    • Insert an opening pick under the screen's plastic bezel when the Anti-Clamp creates a large enough gap.

    • If the Anti-Clamp doesn't create a sufficient gap, apply more heat to the area and rotate the handle a quarter turn.

    • Don't crank more than a quarter turn at a time, and wait one minute between turns. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Skip the next three steps.

  7. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hair dryer or a heat gun to heat the bottom edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

    • Never leave your hair dryer in one spot for an extended period of time.

  8. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Apply a suction handle: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, as close to the edge as possible.

  9. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the screen and the frame.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap under the screen's plastic bezel.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the screen 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.

  10. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 10, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the right edge of the iPhone (the edge with the power button) for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

  11. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 11, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 11, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the right adhesive: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and along the right edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert your pick more than 3 mm, as you may damage internal components.

    • Leave the pick in the top right corner before continuing.

  12. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the top edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

  13. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the top adhesive: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Slide the opening pick around the top right corner of the iPhone to separate the top adhesive.

    • Don't insert your pick more than 3 mm, as you may damage the top sensors.

    • Leave the pick in the top left corner before continuing.

  14. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 14, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use a hair dryer to heat the left edge of the iPhone for 90 seconds or until the screen is slightly too hot to touch.

  15. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Screen information: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • There are delicate cables along the left edge of your iPhone. Don't insert your pick here, as you may damage the cables.

  16. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the left adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a second opening pick in the bottom left corner of the iPhone.

    • Twist both picks simultaneously until the left edge clips release.

    • Apply the twisting force gradually.

    • If you're having trouble separating the adhesive, reheat the left edge.

  17. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the suction cup(s): step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

  18. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Open the iPhone mini: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Open the iPhone mini: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate your iPhone so the right edge faces you.

    • 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.

  19. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Unscrew the battery and display connector cover: step 19, image 1 of 1
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    • Remove the 1.2 mm-long Y000 screw 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.

  20. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery and display connector cover.

  21. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 21, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 21, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry the battery and OLED panel cable connectors up from their sockets 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.

    • 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.

  22. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor connector cover: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three screws (securing the front sensor assembly cover):

    • One PH000 1.4 mm-long screw

    • One Y000 1.8 mm-long screw

    • One Y000 1.2 mm-long screw

  23. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front sensor assembly connector cover.

  24. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 24, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

  25. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 25, image 1 of 1
  26. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Unscrew the metal cover: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 1.4 mm-long tri-point Y000 screws securing the sensor assembly cover.

  27. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Remove the cover: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to remove the metal cover.

  28. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Heat up the top edge of the display: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer or heat gun or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the top front of the display for 1-2 minutes, in order to soften the adhesive securing the sensors.

  29. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the ambient light sensor: step 29, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement, Separate the ambient light sensor: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the ambient light sensor out of its recess.

    • Take care not to damage the light sensor ribbon cables while prying.

  30. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the proximity sensor and the microphone out of their recesses.

  31. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hairdryer or heat gun or prepare an iOpener and apply it again to the top front of the display for 1-2 minutes, in order to soften the adhesive securing the sensors.

  32. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully slide an opening pick underneath the front sensor assembly cable to loosen the adhesive.

  33. iPhone 13 mini Front Sensor Assembly Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front sensor assembly.

    • During reassembly, check the position of the sensors and the microphone. Avoid obstructing them with any adhesive.

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. Apply new adhesive where necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

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 mini Answers community for help.

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