Introduction

Follow the steps in this guide to replace the top left antenna in your iPhone 6s Plus.

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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Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the top left antenna cable from the logic board. Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the top left antenna cable from the logic board.
  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the top left antenna cable from the logic board.

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Remove the sticker covering the third screw securing the top left antenna to the rear case. Remove the sticker covering the third screw securing the top left antenna to the rear case. Remove the sticker covering the third screw securing the top left antenna to the rear case.
  • Remove the sticker covering the third screw securing the top left antenna to the rear case.

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Remove the following five Phillips screws:
  • Remove the following five Phillips screws:

    • Three 2.7 mm screws

    • One 1.3 mm screw

    • One 1.7 mm screw

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Remove the audio control cable bracket. Remove the audio control cable bracket.
  • Remove the audio control cable bracket.

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Disconnect the audio control flex cable. Disconnect the audio control flex cable.
  • Disconnect the audio control flex cable.

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Use the pointed end of a spudger to gently nudge the top left antenna cable out from under the rightmost clip on the logic board. Use the pointed end of a spudger to gently nudge the top left antenna cable out from under the rightmost clip on the logic board. Use the pointed end of a spudger to gently nudge the top left antenna cable out from under the rightmost clip on the logic board.
  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to gently nudge the top left antenna cable out from under the rightmost clip on the logic board.

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Continue derouting the top left antenna cable from the second and third logic board clips. Do not pull the cable out of the center clip, as it  will tear easily. Instead, use the pointed tip of a spudger to gently pry it from the clip. In order for the cable to reach its  socket on the logic board, you must route it between the logic board and the audio control cable bracket, and underneath the audio control flex cable.
  • Continue derouting the top left antenna cable from the second and third logic board clips.

  • Do not pull the cable out of the center clip, as it will tear easily. Instead, use the pointed tip of a spudger to gently pry it from the clip.

  • In order for the cable to reach its socket on the logic board, you must route it between the logic board and the audio control cable bracket, and underneath the audio control flex cable.

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Remove the top left antenna. Remove the top left antenna.
  • Remove the top left antenna.

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Conclusion

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

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This is one of the wifi antennas.

Tom Chai - Reply

If I have a GPS problem, can I replace this cable?

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