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iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement

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  1. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Prepare your phone for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Prepare your phone for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Allow your phone's battery to drain below 25%, as a charged lithium-ion battery is a potential safety hazard.

    • Unplug any cables from your phone.

    • Hold the power and either volume buttons and slide to power off your phone.

  2. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 2, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Tape over any cracks: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • If your screen or back glass is badly cracked, lay overlapping strips of packing tape over the glass to protect yourself and make disassembly easier.

    • Make sure there's a smooth area near the bottom edge that's big enough for a suction cup to stick to.

  3. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Mark your opening picks: step 3, 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.

  4. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use a P2 pentalobe driver to remove the two 7.7 mm-long screws on either side of the charging port.

  5. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure the screen: step 5, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure the screen: step 5, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure the screen: step 5, image 3 of 3
    Tool used on this step:
    Anti-Clamp
    $24.95
    Buy
    • The next four 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 four steps for an alternate method.

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

    • The Anti-Clamp applies suction to both the screen and the back glass. To open only the back glass, you need to secure the screen with tape. You can also check out the full instructions on how to use this tape.

    • Cut two strips of tape, apply them along the long edges of the phone, and fold them over the screen to secure it.

  6. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure an Anti-Clamp: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure an Anti-Clamp: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Secure an Anti-Clamp: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the Anti-Clamp's blue handle backward to unlock the arms.

    • With the back glass facing up, slide the arms over the right edge of your phone, with one suction cup on the back glass and the other on the screen. Center the suction cups near the bottom edge.

    • Support your phone so it rests level while between the Anti-Clamp's arms—a small box works well.

    • Squeeze the cups together to create suction.

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

  7. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the blue handle forward to lock the arms.

    • Turn the handle one full turn (360 degrees) or until the cups start to stretch.

    • As the cups stretch, make sure they stay vertically aligned with each other. If they keep slipping, remove the Anti-Clamp and apply tape for the cups to stick to.

    • If you don't have tape, you may warm up the suction cups to help them stick.

  8. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the bottom edge of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

    • Be careful not to heat the phone hotter than this—the battery is susceptible to heat damage.

    • Wait up to a minute for the adhesive to separate and a gap to form between the back glass and the frame.

    • If a gap doesn't appear after one minute, apply more heat and rotate the handle a quarter turn. Let the Anti-Clamp and time do the work for you.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • Remove the Anti-Clamp using the pull tabs on the suction cups.

    • Skip the next two steps.

  9. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Heat the bottom edge: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the bottom edge of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

    • Be careful not to heat the phone hotter than this—the battery is susceptible to heat damage.

  10. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 10, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 10, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Apply a suction handle to the bottom edge of the back glass.

    • Pull up on the handle with a strong, steady force to create a gap between the back glass and the frame.

    • Insert the tip of an opening pick into the gap.

  11. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Back glass information: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • As you slice the adhesive securing the back glass in the next steps, be careful of the following areas:

    • There's a delicate cable connecting the back glass to the phone, right next to the volume up button. Don't insert your pick here to avoid slicing the cable.

    • There are multiple spring contacts around the perimeter of the phone. Be extra careful not to insert your pick deeper than suggested in each step to avoid bending these contacts.

  12. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 12, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 12, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom edge adhesive: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your opening pick deeper than 5 mm along the bottom edge.

    • Slide your pick back and forth along the bottom edge to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave your pick inserted in the bottom right corner to prevent the adhesive from re-sealing.

  13. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Heat the right edge: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the right edge of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

  14. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom right corner adhesive: step 14, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom right corner adhesive: step 14, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the bottom right corner adhesive: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 7 mm along the right edge.

    • Rotate your pick around the bottom right corner and slide it halfway up the right edge or until you feel a hard stop at a clip securing the back glass.

    • Don't slice near the volume buttons to avoid damaging the wireless charging cable.

    • Leave this pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  15. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Heat the left edge: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the left edge of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

  16. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 16, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 16, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the left edge adhesive: step 16, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 5 mm along the left edge.

    • Insert a second opening pick at the bottom edge.

    • Rotate the second pick around the bottom left corner.

    • Slide this pick up to the top left corner to separate the adhesive.

    • Leave this pick inserted to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  17. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Heat the top edge: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the top edge of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

  18. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 18, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 18, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top edge adhesive: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 3 mm along the top edge.

    • Rotate your second opening pick around the top left corner and slide it to the top right corner to separate the adhesive.

    • You might hear and feel clicks as the top two clips release.

    • Leave this pick in place to prevent the adhesive from resealing.

  19. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Heat the top right corner: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Heat the top right corner of the back glass until it's hot to the touch.

  20. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top right corner adhesive: step 20, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top right corner adhesive: step 20, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Separate the top right corner adhesive: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Don't insert your pick deeper than 4 mm along the right edge.

    • Rotate the second opening pick around the top right corner and slide it to the volume up button to separate the adhesive.

  21. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Swing open the back glass: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Swing open the back glass: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Gently swing open the back glass to the right of the phone.

    • If the back glass feels stuck, go back around the perimeter to check for missed sections of adhesive or stuck clips.

    • Rest the back glass against a raised surface so it doesn't strain the cable.

  22. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Unfasten the lower connector cover: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Unfasten the lower connector cover: step 22, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    FixMat
    $36.95
    Buy
    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

    • Use a tri-point Y000 driver to remove the two 1.3 mm-long screws securing the lower connector cover.

  23. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the lower connector cover: step 23, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the lower connector cover: step 23, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the lower connector cover: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use tweezers to slide the cover toward the top of the phone to unlatch it from the logic board.

    • Remove the cover.

    • During reassembly, latch the top edge of the cover onto its slot on the logic board before securing it with its screw.

  24. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Hold the back glass upright with one hand and rotate the bottom edge to the left to reveal the battery press connector just below the volume buttons.

    • Use the tip of an opening pick to pry up and disconnect the battery press connector from the logic board.

    • A plus and minus sign is printed on the head of this connector.

    • To reconnect a press connector, align it over its socket and gently press down on one side until it clicks into place, then press down on the other side. Make sure it sits flat, as the insulating rubber around the sockets might prevent it from connecting fully.

  25. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Unfasten the middle connector cover: step 25, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Unfasten the middle connector cover: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use your tri-point Y000 driver to remove the 0.9 mm-long screw securing the middle connector cover.

  26. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the cover: step 26, image 1 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the cover: step 26, image 2 of 3 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Remove the cover: step 26, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your finger to push the cover toward the bottom of the phone and unclip its top edge.

    • Remove the cover.

    • During reassembly, place the cover so its tab is just behind the clip on the logic board. Press down with one finger and slide the cover forward to engage the clip.

  27. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Disconnect the wireless charging coil: step 27, image 1 of 2 iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement, Disconnect the wireless charging coil: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use an opening pick to pry up and disconnect the wireless charging coil and NFC connector.

  28. iPhone 15 Plus Back Glass Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the back glass.

    • During reassembly:

    • This is a good point to test your repair before sealing up your phone. Temporarily reconnect the battery and back glass, power on your phone, and make sure it works as expected. Power it back down and continue reassembly.

    • Use this guide to reapply adhesive and install your back glass.

Conclusion

To reassemble your phone, follow this guide to reapply adhesive and install your back glass.

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