Introduction

Use this guide to replace a cracked or broken screen in an iPhone 6s Plus. This includes removing the front-facing camera and sensor assembly, display EMI shield, and home button assembly—all of which should be transferred to your new front panel. To replace the entire display assembly instead, follow this much shorter guide.

Please note: it's important to transfer the original home button onto the new display in order for Touch ID (fingerprint scanning) to function.

You can also reference this guide to replace the following parts:

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

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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.
  • 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.

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Yoav Karmon - Reply

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.
  • 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.

djwooten -

I used a suction cup on each side to provide counter traction. I braced the iphone between my knees and pulled apart while my helper inserted the spudger

jkanne - Reply

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. 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. Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel and the rear case.
  • 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. While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display. While firmly pulling up on the suction cup, slide the edge of the spudger under the bottom left corner of the display.
  • 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. Slide the tip of the spudger up the left side of the phone, between the front panel and the rear case.
  • 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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Insert the flat tip of the spudger under the right edge of the display. 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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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.
  • 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. Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display.
  • Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the display.

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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.
  • 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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Remove the following Phillips screws securing the battery connector bracket to the logic board:
  • 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. Remove the battery connector bracket.
  • 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. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from the logic board. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to disconnect the battery connector from the logic board.
  • 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. Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it. Bend the connector back to ensure it doesn't make contact and power the iPhone on while you're working on it.
  • 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

Remove the following Phillips 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 -

I just changed my battery and also left the screen attached. I was lucky enough to get all 3 adhesive battery strips out clean so I didn’t have a struggle with the battery coming out. If I was going to need to get rough with it I was going to take the screen off at that point.

Michael Gross - Reply

Remove the display cable bracket. Remove the display cable bracket.
  • Remove the display cable bracket.

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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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.

Thanks you i fix it

God Hand - Reply

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

After finishing the assembly I got the message “Touch ID cannot be enabled on this phone”. I found this connector was loose. Plugged it back in and that fixed it.

Bryan Province - Reply

Remove the display assembly. During reassembly, pause here if you wish to replace the adhesive around the edges of the display.

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 -

For instructions on home button swap out to the new screen you just installed, go here

iPhone 6s Plus Home Button Assembly Replacement

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

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

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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.
  • 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. Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the lightly-adhered home button flex cable off the display assembly. Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the lightly-adhered home button flex cable off the display assembly.
  • 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. Remove the home button assembly.
  • 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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Remove the following three Phillips screws:
  • Remove the following three Phillips screws:

    • Two 2.7 mm screws

    • One 1.4 mm screw

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Remove the earpiece speaker bracket. Remove the earpiece speaker bracket.
  • Remove the earpiece speaker bracket.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the FaceTime camera out of its housing. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the FaceTime camera out of its housing.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the FaceTime camera out of its housing.

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Pull the FaceTime camera back and remove the earpiece speaker. Pull the FaceTime camera back and remove the earpiece speaker.
  • Pull the FaceTime camera back and remove the earpiece speaker.

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Use the pointed tip of a spudger to lift the ambient light sensor from its housing in the front panel. Use the pointed tip of a spudger to lift the ambient light sensor from its housing in the front panel.
  • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to lift the ambient light sensor from its housing in the front panel.

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Insert the pointed tip of a spudger between the microphone flex cable and the front panel to break the adhesive holding it in place. Insert the pointed tip of a spudger between the microphone flex cable and the front panel to break the adhesive holding it in place.
  • Insert the pointed tip of a spudger between the microphone flex cable and the front panel to break the adhesive holding it in place.

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Use the flat tip of a spudger to lift up the microphone and earpiece gasket. Use the flat tip of a spudger to lift up the microphone and earpiece gasket. Use the flat tip of a spudger to lift up the microphone and earpiece gasket.
  • Use the flat tip of a spudger to lift up the microphone and earpiece gasket.

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Remove the FaceTime camera and sensor assembly. Remove the FaceTime camera and sensor assembly.
  • Remove the FaceTime camera and sensor assembly.

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Remove the seven 1.5 mm Phillips screws holding the display EMI shield in place. The screw on the far right in the first photo is recessed about 1.8 cm from the edge of the display.
  • Remove the seven 1.5 mm Phillips screws holding the display EMI shield in place.

    • The screw on the far right in the first photo is recessed about 1.8 cm from the edge of the display.

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Remove the EMI shield from the front panel. Remove the EMI shield from the front panel.
  • Remove the EMI shield from the front panel.

So, this guide is garbage right here. There is no mentioning the home button connector, wich holds the bottom of the EMI shield in place. You can not remove the shield if this is not loosened. You also need to heat it or the cable will break. I now have to buy a new heat shield since my cable broke thanks to this guide

Albert - Reply

Front panel remains.
  • Front panel remains.

  • The Touch ID function will ONLY work with your phone's original home button assembly, so you'll need to transfer the home button assembly from your old display assembly to your new display assembly to retain Touch ID.

  • After reassembly, clean the touchscreen surface with an alcohol wipe prior to turning the iPhone back on. The alcohol helps dissipate any lingering static electricity, which can cause problems with the display.

  • After reassembly, connect the iPhone to an AC power source before turning it on for the first time. Once the iPhone has booted up successfully, you can disconnect the AC power.

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Conclusion

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

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with the new update, how do I avoid bricking my phone. i read an article that said if a non authorized apple person attempts to fix my phone the phone will be bricked. iphone 6 plus firmware 4.52.00 update 9.2.1.

Josuee Lara - Reply

I believe you are referring to the Error 53 bug which has since been fixed. Initially, it was caused by people attempting to update their iPhones with a Home Button other than the original factory-installed unit—the update would pause halfway through and the iPhone would be bricked.

This guide involves transferring your original Home Button to the new display, so that's not an issue in this situation, but if you were to use a new Home Button, you would still be safe since Apple's issued a fix for Error 53.

Evan Noronha -

Whats the reasoning behind letting the AC charger turn the phone on and not the power button?

Rob Blank - Reply

My iphone 6s plus was water damaged and I've been told that I only need to replace the screen as the parts are still in good condition. My question is in this case do I have to replace only the front panel or the full display assembly?

Mariam - Reply

You left out the part about loosening the home button connection wich are attached to the large heat shield. If it is not carefully heated and removed it will break and you will not have a home button to use. Should be step 37

Albert - Reply

I've performed this without using the ‘iOpener’ by carefully peeling with a spudger (step 26) as directed. It worked fine.

In response to comment Sept 17 from Albert, I did not have an issue during steps 36-37. Not sure what that comment is about. Unless it was confused with steps 26-27 having to do with the removal of the touch ID/home button. Again, I did not use heat to loosen the adheshive. I did have a warm rice bag (poor man’s iOpener, just a cloth bag with dry rice in it, warmed in the microwave at half power…) on hand in case it felt like not releasing easily. From what I found disassembling an iPhone6S Plus that’s over a year old is all the cable adhesives (top and bottom of phone) were ready to release with very little effort.

Side/screen adhesive lifting from the case proved to be the most challenging. This is due to the original damage, left side bracket that connects to EMI shields was broken on the phone. Be careful when separating if damage is extensive!

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