Introduction

Use this guide to replace the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna.

Image 1/1: Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
  • 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 P2 Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

Pentalobe P2

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  • The next two steps demonstrate using the iSclack, a great tool for safely opening the iPhone 6 Plus that we recommend for anyone doing more than one repair. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip to Step 4.

  • If the plastic depth gauge is attached at the center of the iSclack, remove it now—it's not needed for larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Close the handle on the iSclack, opening the suction cup jaws.

  • Place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups.

    • Position the iSclack's upper suction cup against the display, near the home button.

  • Open the handles to close the jaws of the iSclack. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.

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Image 1/2: The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any of the display cables. Image 2/2: Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.
  • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case.

  • The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any of the display cables.

  • Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.

  • Skip the next three steps and continue on to Step 7.

It's very difficult if you want to remove a cracked screen. The suction cup and Islack won't work. Does anybody know a better way?

Herbert - Reply

I don't recommend replacing the home button. HOWEVER, I would purchase an iSesamo tool (I paid $8 for a 3 pack on FleaBay) and jam that in between the frame and bezel. Most effective way to open a iPhone. Once you get used to it an iSesamo becomes an extension of your arm.

iRevive Mobile -

I use Scotch Tape, shipping tape. Put a couple of layers over the crack screen. That seals it so you can use the suction cup to remove the front of phone.

Michael Wallace -

I used the plastic pry took and the spudger to open it up. I place the pry tool dead center below the home button and was able to put some pressure around the seam and the top popped up enough for me to get the spudger in there to hold it open and then work my way around with the plastic pry tool.

johnoconna -

Apply clear packaging tape to screen. Then suction cup to that.

Tracey -

Use clear nontextured tape place that over the phone screen. Refer to any guide that addresses replacing a shattered screen

Abigail Cherry - Reply

I know it's tough with cracked glass. You just need enough to get in a plstic pry tool or guitar pick. Then you can pry it apart. Just be patient, I cannot stress that enough; the electronics are very, very small and fragile.

Mike - Reply

Image 1/1: Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.
  • If you don't have an iSclack, use a single suction cup to lift the front panel:

    • Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the cup is pressed securely onto the screen to get a tight seal.

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Image 1/1: Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.
  • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.

    • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the display assembly, while continuing to pull up with the suction cup.

  • There are several clips attaching the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

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Image 1/2: Remove the suction cup from the display assembly. Image 2/2: Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.
  • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.

  • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

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Image 1/3: Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone. Image 2/3: Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables. Image 3/3: In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to hold the display.
  • Pull the home button end of the front panel assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.

  • Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

    • In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to hold the display.

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Image 1/2: During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case. Image 2/2: During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.
  • Several clips along the top edge of the front panel form a partial hinge, allowing the front panel assembly to swing open like a book.

  • During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.

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Image 1/1: One 2.3 mm screw
  • Remove the following Phillips screws from the battery connector bracket:

    • One 2.3 mm screw

    • One 3.1 mm screw

for the iPhone 6 Plus, all screws were Phillips #000

Michael Adams - Reply

Thank you :)

Daniel Benet - Reply

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  • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

Was not able to remove the battery connector bracket as one of the cable connectors was glued/stuck to the underside. Instead moved the bracket out of the way to disconnect the battery. Care should be taken not to over bend/stretch the ribbon cable.

dwtan - Reply

That may be just the foam connector adhering to the bracket. If you pull up gently and twist slightly it should separate.

Evan Noronha -

It was the foam connector, and it did twist free with a gentle pull

Al Taylor - Reply

Image 1/1: Take care to '''only''' pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.
  • Gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Take care to only pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.

you may consider placing a thin non-conductive item between the connector and the socket like a bit of rubber band to prevent any power flowing during this procedure

Michael Adams - Reply

It was too close to other parts to pry up with either end of plastic tool. Finally used 1 tine of tweezer to lift edge. Came free easily

Al Taylor - Reply

Image 1/1: Three 1.2 mm screws
  • While holding the front panel open at about a 90º angle, remove the following Phillips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 1.5 mm screw

    • One 2.9 mm screw

There's an other panel with one screw in the middle.........

Herbert - Reply

I _love_ the color coding of screws. I know this is a little OCD, but it would be incredibly useful if there were an 8.5 X 11 you could print with indicated homes for where to drop items from each step of disassembly. That is, in the box for step 9, little colored circles for where to place each screw type. As long as you don't jostle the paper, it would make it a lot easier to know exactly where you are in reassembly.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

On my iPhone 6 plus, none of the screws listed in this step are removable with the Phillips 00 screwdriver! I got this far and now am stymied because I can't get these four screws out! Any other screwdrivers I should use?

garth libhart - Reply

You are absolutely right, and you will strip the heads if you try very hard with the PH00. These screws are all PH000.

oscar -

I used the 000 bit from the ifixit 54 piece kit.

hhandh - Reply

Actually you don’t need to do steps 12 to 18 if you attach the display panel to the iPhone box as shown in step 7 and handle your iPhone with care during the replacement. I didn’t disconnect the display panel mainly because the more you work on the interior of your phone the higher is the chance you break something.

Dany Castillo - Reply

That's what I was thinking.

The Wizard - Reply

I skipped this series of steps too. I was very careful when removing the battery and never had an issue with the screen leaning back against the box that this battery shipped in. I even broke half of the third strip of adhesive but used a plastic card to slide under the battery and it slowly lifted out without applying heat.

mark - Reply

I'm having trouble with one screw not wanting to come out. Any suggestions to keep from stripping the head and getting it?

Patric - Reply

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  • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.

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Image 1/2: While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector. Image 2/2: While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector.
  • In the next four steps, take care to pry up only on the cable connectors, and not on their sockets on the logic board.

  • While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the home button cable connector.

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Image 1/2: When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to [guide|29424|disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.|stepid=69596] Image 2/2: When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to [guide|29424|disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.|stepid=69596]
  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the display data cable connector.

  • When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.

The piece of advice about power cycling the phone by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery proved crucial to the success of my repair (camera and lens replacement). At first when charging the phone after closing it, I got a dark, blank screen with an intermittent buzzing noise. After re-opening the phone and making sure all cables had been properly reconnected, I ignored the advice to power cycle the phone. Still all I got was a dark, blank screen (and intermittent buzzing if charging t). Then I opened it a third time (leaving the screen connected and attached at a 90 degree angle) and I only disconnected and reconnected the battery. Voila! When I closed the phone and powered it up, I got the screen to light up!

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Image 1/2: When reconnecting the digitizer cable, '''do not press the center of the connector'''. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage. Image 2/2: When reconnecting the digitizer cable, '''do not press the center of the connector'''. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.
  • Finally, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the digitizer cable connector.

  • When reconnecting the digitizer cable, do not press the center of the connector. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.

some images and guidance regarding reassembly would be helpful. You don't need to use the spudger to get them back on: fingers are better because there's a really subtle click you feel when you get them seated properly.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

When you're reassembling, a note that this is the step where you should test for proper screen function would be really useful. First time I reassembled, I didn't seat something properly, got all the screws back together and then realized the screen wasn't functioning properly. Had to disassemble back down to step 14 and then re-reassemble.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

I am having this issues right now! I have unplugged and plugged in these cables at least 20 times and each time I get white lines. I finally have it to where there are only 4 white lines and I am almost willing to live with it. Any suggestions?

mattmay002 -

Clean the screen connectors incase they are not making a clean connection

Karen Jones - Reply

I'm having nightmares with the digitizer connector. Simply can't get it to work unless I'm applying some pressure on the connectors. Everything seems almost microscopically clean. Any suggestions friends?

Henry A -

could it be the replacement screen? test with your old screen and see if you have the same problem.

ChiangFeng - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

Never remove the screen without disconnecting the battery. It's possible the back light can be blown and that's a even more difficult repair. Always, ALWAYS, disconnect battery before repairing items. (Unless it's not possible.)

Marvin Ballard - Reply

How do you disconnect the battery from the screen?

Shamil Bhatti -

The Step 11 disconnects the battery :)

jeffxtechs - Reply

I think you mean Step 8 :)

Jeff Suovanen -

How do you disconnect the battery from the phone

Brian - Reply

How do you disconnect the battery

I tried it once and

Brian - Reply

Image 1/1: One 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screw
  • Remove the following screws securing the antenna bracket to the rear case:

    • One 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screw

    • One 2.8 mm Phillips #00 screw

This is not the top cellular antenna.

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  • Grasp the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna bracket with a pair of tweezers and lift it off the iPhone.

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  • Carefully pry the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna connector up off the logic board with a plastic opening tool.

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  • Grasp the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna connector with a pair of tweezers and gently lift it from its retaining clip on the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the power button cable and audio control cable connectors from their respective sockets on the logic board. Image 2/2: Disconnect the power button cable and audio control cable connectors from their respective sockets on the logic board.
  • The two connectors may be coupled by a single adhesive tab. If this is the case, then they may detach as a pair.

  • Disconnect the power button cable and audio control cable connectors from their respective sockets on the logic board.

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Image 1/1: One 2.8 mm Phillips #00 screw
  • Remove the following screws securing the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna to the rear case:

    • One 2.8 mm Phillips #00 screw

    • Two 1.6 mm Phillips #00 screws

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Image 1/2: During reassembly, make sure to place the small washer in the top left corner of the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna. Image 2/2: During reassembly, make sure to place the small washer in the top left corner of the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to grasp and remove the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna out of the iPhone.

  • During reassembly, make sure to place the small washer in the top left corner of the 5GHz Wi-Fi antenna.

Thank you for teaching me, i have my iphone 6 plus just got grayed wifi and circling bluetooth, i tried network reset, didnt work yet, thanks alot

William - Reply

Conclusion

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

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My wifi toggle is grayed out and my bluetooth wont turn on. Is this what I need to follow to get it working? I saw there was another part for wifi and bluetooth in the store.

Michael Hodge - Reply

Is it possible to swap wifi/bluetooth antenna from my old iphone 5 to iphone 6 plus?

vivek4ever02 - Reply

No. iPhone parts are not interchangeable.

Tom Chai -

I notice that there are people who believe that this is the celular antenna but is not. This is the Wi-Fi antenna.

Brapair - Reply

What happens when you forget the washer on the top left of the antenna?

Tuan Nguyen - Reply

I have the same question. I swear that I looked for it when removing but didn't see one. Also, as an aside, the wifi on this phone wasn't working all that great to begin with. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate a replacement washer anywhere. If anyone happens to know where I can get one, or if it even affects anything, please let me know.

Rodrigo Bustos -

This worked for me. I had poor intermittent wifi reception and it affected my location accuracy for GPS. I swapped out the antenna and all is good. I did not remove the screen cables though. Just the 2 screws for the screen, flip it up but still attached. Then 2 screws for the antenna bracket, then 4 screws for the antenna. Easy

hattrickmac - Reply

Hi - just checking - by 'swapping out' you mean replacing the wifi antenna with a new one? I've got the same issue - poor wifi connection and GPS location... Thanks.

Jimmy -

Don't know why but it still didn't end up working, I did everything correctly and was very careful handling anything I even used an antistatic wrist strap but after everything and re-opening the phone the wifi bar was still grayed out

staticcrush97 - Reply

I understand the iphone 6 wifi antenna may be different. But is the replacement procedure the same as the iphone 6 plus?

Agustin Fuentes - Reply

So my iPhone's screen is crack on the bottom right front face right above the antenna. My phone does not connect to data outside of wifi I already had the SIM card replaced should I replace the screen or the antenna or both?

Lexxi diehl - Reply

My iPhone screen is cracked right above the antenna and does not work outside of wifi I had the SIM card replaced yesterday and it didn't fix anything ahould i replace both the antenna and the screen or just the screen?

Lexxi diehl - Reply

Id like someone to show me this mysterious washer he refers to in Step 25. Anybody? Anybody?

Gary - Reply

What the different with Flex Cable? Which one actually handle WIFI signal?

Moses Mk - Reply

Schritt 9 / 10 / 11 ist identisch zu Schritt 19 / 20 / 21

19 / 20 / 21 können also aus der Anleitung entfernt werden dann ists auch direkt etwas übersichtlicher :)

Sebastian Sobisch - Reply

Would this piece help if my phone just says no service?

Brittany Lowman - Reply

No. Basically not related at all.

Tom Chai -

My iphone 6s Plus shows "no service", I have done all tricks. Wifi is working fine, what other hardware issue can be? please suggest

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