Introduction

Use this guide if your new display assembly comes with the front-facing camera and sensor assembly and the display EMI shield already installed. All you need to do is remove the old display assembly and transfer the home button to the new display assembly.

If your replacement display does not include those parts, follow the longer version of this guide here.

In either case, it's important to transfer the original home button onto the new display in order for Touch ID to function.

You can also use this guide to replace the display cable bracket.

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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 3.4 mm Pentalobe screws on either side of the Lightning port.

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Image 1/1: Apply a suction cup to the lower left corner of the display assembly.
  • Opening the display on the 6s Plus separates a thin strip of adhesive around the perimeter of the display. If you prefer to replace the adhesive, have a set of new adhesive strips ready before you continue. It's possible to complete the repair without replacing the adhesive, and you probably won't notice any difference in functionality.

  • Apply a suction cup to the lower left corner of the display assembly.

take out screws first!!

Yoav Karmon - Reply

Image 1/2: Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case. Image 2/2: Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.
  • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

  • Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.

I had a shattered front glass panel so I could not get the suction cup to seal properly. I tried a couple of different ways to get good suction but to no avail. I eventually used a Stanley knife to pry up the corner so I could get the spudger into the opening.

John Architzel - Reply

A really high quality packing tape over the entire screen will usually be enough to use the suction cup on a shattered screen.

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Image 1/3: While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack. Image 2/3: While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack. Image 3/3: While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack.
  • The safest place to pry from is the notch in the front panel above the headphone jack.

  • While still maintaining pressure on the suction cup, insert the flat tip of a spudger into the gap, directly above the headphone jack.

This was by far the hardest part of the repair for me. Getting leverage while finding a way to prod with a spudger is a challenge in coordination. I used a second spudger with point holding the phone down by the headphone jack, with the other end of the spudger anchored to my desk.

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  • Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel and the rear case.

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  • While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display.

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  • Slide the tip of the spudger up the left side of the phone, between the front panel and the rear case.

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Image 1/2: Slide the spudger up the right side. Image 2/2: Slide the spudger up the right side.
  • Insert the flat tip of the spudger under the right edge of the display.

  • Slide the spudger up the right side.

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Image 1/2: Do '''''not''''' remove the display completely, or you will damage the data cables connecting the display near the top edge of the iPhone. Image 2/2: Do '''''not''''' remove the display completely, or you will damage the data cables connecting the display near the top edge of the iPhone.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to hold down the rear case while pulling up the suction cup to open the phone.

    • Do not remove the display completely, or you will damage the data cables connecting the display near the top edge of the iPhone.

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  • Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display.

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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: Don't open the display more than 90º—it is still connected to the top of the phone by the display, digitizer, and front camera cables which can tear easily. Image 3/3: Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.
  • Gently grasp the display assembly and lift it up to open the phone, using the clips at the top of the front panel 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.

    • Don't open the display more than 90º—it is still connected to the top of the phone by the display, digitizer, and front camera cables which can tear easily.

    • 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 support the display.

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Image 1/1: One 2.9 mm screw
  • Remove the following Phillips screws securing the battery connector bracket to the logic board:

    • One 2.9 mm screw

    • One 2.3 mm screw

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  • Remove the battery connector bracket.

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  • Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from the logic board.

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  • Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it.

See my comment at the end of the procedure. If you work carefully, you need not remove the logic board and can skip ahead to step 38 after completing this step (disconnecting battery).

Mark Cousins - Reply

Image 1/1: Three 1.3 mm screws
  • Remove the following Phillips screws:

    • Three 1.3 mm screws

    • One 1.6 mm screw

    • One 3.0 mm screw

      • During reassembly, it's critical to place this 3.0 mm screw in the top-right corner of the bracket. Placing it anywhere else may damage the logic board.

I really don't see value in removing screen use box and rubber band keep at 90 degrees.

John Parker - Reply

I leave screen on as well for this. - Tho I prefer a 45 degree lean.

Thor -

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  • Remove the display cable bracket.

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Image 1/2: Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector. Image 2/2: Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.
  • Be careful to only pry up on the connector itself and not the socket on the logic board.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.

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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.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the digitizer cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

  • 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.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the display data cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

How much is this to replace?

Alistair knight - Reply

And where could I buy from?

Alistair knight - Reply

Image 1/2: During reassembly, pause here if you wish to [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone+Display+Adhesive+Replacement/93983|replace the adhesive around the edges of the display|new_window=true]. Image 2/2: During reassembly, pause here if you wish to [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone+Display+Adhesive+Replacement/93983|replace the adhesive around the edges of the display|new_window=true].

You need to clarify where exactly these "adhesive strips around the display" are, what they look like, and where to purchase new ones from.

Anthony - Reply

You can see what they look like in this blog post. Hopefully we'll have replacement adhesive strips available in the future, but right now I don't know of any suppliers. Your phone will work fine without replacing the adhesive—if I had to guess, I'd say it's there as a little extra insurance against display wobble now that 3D Touch has users pushing harder on their phones.

Jeff Suovanen -

We now have a detailed guide for replacing the adhesive strips, and we should have them in stock soon. The guide has been updated to reflect this.

Jeff Suovanen -

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  • Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket.

Maybe this should be totally obvious, but it took me a minute or two to realize that this step is performed on the DISPLAY ASSEMBLY that was just removed, rather than the main body of the phone, which is the part on which all the previous steps were performed.

Tom - Reply

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  • Remove the home button bracket.

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  • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable from its connector on the display assembly.

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Image 1/2: The gasket is very thin and will tear easily. Apply steady pressure and give it time to separate. Image 2/2: The gasket is very thin and will tear easily. Apply steady pressure and give it time to separate.
  • Using your fingertip, gently press up on the home button from the front side of the display assembly to slowly separate the home button's rubber gasket from the front panel.

    • The gasket is very thin and will tear easily. Apply steady pressure and give it time to separate.

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  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the lightly-adhered home button flex cable off the display assembly.

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  • Remove the home button assembly.

Make sure you remove any broken glass from around the button edges. Took me a few times to realize it had some glass on it.

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Conclusion

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

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What do you do about the 3D touch?

Brayden Weller - Reply

The 3D Touch sensor should be integrated into the replacement part that you buy. If you check out our display teardown you can see that it's embedded two layers deep in the display assembly, so there are no discrete parts you need to worry about.

Evan Noronha -

it's great, thanks

sharonsl - Reply

And if you replace the home button with a new one the finger sensor usually don't work again

Michael Kimmel - Reply

This is because the home button that originally comes with the phone is "married" is married to the phone. This connection can never be returned if home button is broken or replaced. That in turn makes touch id not work because its not coded to the phone. Apple can not remarry phones in case anybody was wondering. Take good care of your home button

massacre13581 -

Awesome step-by-step guide. You have passed on a huge wealth of information and saved me gobs-o-ca$h! I am indebted to you and will now and forever, patronize your store. Thanks very much! Darrell

cazrnbsn - Reply

I need help on step 16. I got the bag with screws and the plate. I purchase also the Ifixit digital caliper. I can not find the screews. I clean the. plates as normally do, put that on cero(0) and star measures all of it. I got 3.05mm in one. 1.69 on others. ant ideas there. please a little help since with I order that the customer services did not get me help on that area. the plate has 4. three 1.3mm one 1.6mm and one 3.0 mm

Carlos De Bernard - Reply

Screw measurements in these guides are always rounded to the nearest tenth of a mm, so don't worry about trying to be more exact than that. Manufacturing tolerances and the margin of error on your caliper will make for inconsistent measurements in the hundredths of a mm range.

Jeff Suovanen -

Had bought a new screen pulled from another iPhone 6s Plus so... it worked! Great guide! and first time operating on a 6S PLUS!

SerJay - Reply

I'm having an issue. This phone I'm working on was VERY damaged. The screen crumbled off like peanut brittle. When I installed the new screen, I have sound and i Have touch sensitivity, but the LCD won't light up. No picture! Even the broken screen had a picture! What gives?

Matthew Joseph Shaker - Reply

Matthew Joseph Shaker, I suspect that one of the display connectors isn't seated properly (this has happened to me on more than one occasion). I would re-open the phone, and check the connectors in step 18 through step 20 (I would suspect it is the connector in step 20 not connected properly). Give this is a shot and let us know if that fixes the problem!

Scott Havard -

Im having an issue i repaired my iphone 6s plus noticed that i left out the little thing that goes with the front facing camera i put that in its place then put everything else back together and now the screen wont come on what could be the problem?

Kaderrin Hollins - Reply

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I just cracked the screen on my iphone 6s plus. I see at the top of this manual you sell the replacement equipment for $244.95 (iPhone 6s Plus LCD Screen and Digitizer Full Assembly). I checked the Apple website and saw that they will fix it for $149 (https://support.apple.com/iphone/repair/...). Am I understanding this correctly, but if I need to replace my screen, if I did it myself, it would be $100 more?

Adam Robbins - Reply

I replaced mine and everything is great except the display has a slight fade from left to right. How do I fix that?

srf_green - Reply

more than any of the other iPhone models, we seem to have customers return their 6s Plus screen replacements claiming touch issues after our repair. we use OEM certified assembly replacements and stick with the same reputable vendors we have used over the years. the returns seem to come in droves. months without a return and then 3-5 returns in one week for a couple weeks in a row. just curious if anyone else has noticed such issue or has an explanation to the phenomenon.

Steve B -

It's a bit unclear, is the adhesive (home button) enough to stick to the new display when i move it over or do i need to replace some part from it to move it over to the new frame ?

Mihai - Reply

Nope, no additional parts to replace. The adhesive just seals the little rubber gasket around the home button in place, preventing water and dust intrusion. The actual home button is held in place by sturdier stuff (the bracket, screws, and the display itself).

Jeff Suovanen -

If you do not disconnect the battery while doing this can it mess anything up?

dylynflorence - Reply

Don't skip disconnecting the battery. As a rule of thumb you should never perform electronics repairs while the device is still connected to power. In the case of iPhones, leaving the battery connected while you remove the display cables can blow the backlight circuit; at that point you're no longer in DIY territory and you'll need the help of a microsoldering pro to undo the damage. Can you take shortcuts and get away with it? Sure, sometimes... but disconnecting the battery is easy, so there's really no reason to risk it.

Jeff Suovanen -

I used a gel heating pad that I microwaved for 2 minutes to remove the Home button. I replaced a screen on an iPhone 6 a few months ago and removing the Home button was the most difficult part of the procedure. I damaged the Home button cable and had to replace that as well. On this repair, I used a gel heating pad that I microwaved for 2 minutes to remove the Home button. The heating pad was very hot, but not unbearable so. I left it on the Home button for about 30 secs and the button and cable came right off, I didn't even have to pry anything off.

Since this was the second time completing this procedure, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish.

jlall - Reply

I was repairing an iPhone 6s today, just the 4.7 inch display. I had the battery plugged in while I was doing this. As I plugged in the LCD, I’ve seen smoke rise up. Was it because of the adhesive gasket around the connectors for the LCD & digitizer connectors. That maybe I had accidentally pinch in the adhesive within the connectors or was it because i didn’t disconnected the battery.

Osvaldo Banda - Reply

Is your phone still working? For your next repair, never forget to detach the battery connector!

Zaim -

Sounds to me like you blew the backlight diode. This is a common problem, and perfectly fixable, but requires board-level repair skills and equipment. Always disconnect the battery before beginning repairs!

Jeff Suovanen -

so i just replaced screen and battery on 6s plus from what i read can someone confirm that once the screen is replaced touch id will not work before i button this project up

austin vangelder - Reply

@firefighter709 Touch ID should work just fine after a screen replacement, as long as you carefully transfer your original home button to the new screen without damaging it.

Jeff Suovanen -

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