Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace the Pentalobe screws.

Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
  • Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the 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 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

When reconnecting be VERY careful not to over tighten. The connectors on the screen that these 3.6mm Pentalobe screws lock with are notorious for breaking off

Blair Tryba - Reply

what do i do if ive managed to tighten them too hard and now they wont come off?

kristian686 -

Before opening the phone, I gently warmed it using a buckwheat heating pad. This made removal of the adhesive strips (steps 20 to 24) easy.

Howard Bales - Reply

Exactly what I did as well, the gently warming made the adhesive removal work like a charm. The heat as well help to lift the screen easily, no need for the prying tools for me to open te phone.

For the adhesive removal just pull it slowly to the bottom of the phone and keep in under tension.

On reassembly, turn on the phone after getting all connectors back in place to verify all is working fine before putting all screws back in their spot.

Maarten Vergauwen -

I put mine back together but mine looks very different than this one. Why is it that when I make a call I cannot hear through the ear piece and have to put it on speaker. Also my screen doesn't go black when my face touches it

Bailey Wilson - Reply

Hey Bailey, which repair were you attempting? Is it possible you have a 6s, or maybe a 6 Plus? You may have better luck with faster troubleshooting if you post in our Answer Forum!

Sam Lionheart -

See its a long time ago you had this issue. You can try to remove the cable from front camera/sensor/earpiece from the motherboard port and gently push it back on. All the problems you relate to is thru the same cable. If this dont solve your problem, check if the earpiece is correctly placed onto the polarity poles, and that the proximity sensor is lying right down into the corresponding socket. If something is blocking the sensor, yeah then the screen wont turn on/off when you put it onto your ear.

Kenneth Hilstan -

Conclusion

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

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What size screwdriver do I need to remove these screws?

ronrola - Reply

P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver

sbrown9615 -

really? follow these steps in reverse to reinstall? it already is laughably short...

beautron7 - Reply

also how is this moderate difficulty?

beautron7 - Reply

I have the correct screwdriver, but after taking out the original pentalobe screws, they will not screw back into the iPhone. Really bizarre. Do these screws get easily stripped?

dcs Bu - Reply

If they won't go back in, I find it's usually because the display hasn't quite lined up perfectly with the phone's lower frame—the two little prongs at the bottom edge of the display have to line up exactly with the screw holes in the chassis. Try pressing down gently on the display while you insert the screws, and use varying amounts of pressure until the screws go in easily. If you still have trouble, check the prongs on the display for damage. Good luck!

Jeff Suovanen -

Are the screws the same for the iPhone 6s?

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