Introduction

Are you having trouble hearing the other end of the phone line? It may be time to replace the earpiece speaker. Follow the steps in this guide to replace the earpiece speaker, which also functions as a secondary loudspeaker, in an iPhone 7.

Opening the iPhone 7 will damage the waterproof seals on the display. If you do not replace the adhesive seals, your phone will function normally, but will no longer be water-resistant.

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Image 1/1: Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
  • Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

  • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

  • Opening the iPhone's display will damage its waterproof seals. If you do not replace the seals, your phone will no longer be water resistant.

  • Remove the two 3.4 mm pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone.

Can anyone confirm 7/7P's pentalobe screws have a ring of seal near the screw head?

Cooper Chase - Reply

Image 1/1: Use a hairdryer or [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iOpener+Heating/25705|prepare an iOpener|new_window=true] and apply it to the lower edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.
  • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

  • Use a hairdryer or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

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Image 1/2: Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass. Image 2/2: Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.
  • Attach a suction cup to the lower half of the display assembly, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.

The glass is completely cracked and the suction cup doesn't work because it gets air in between. any tip?

Display is glued and doesn't come off.

support - Reply

A wide, single strip of packing tape, well placed, will solve this for you. :)

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Image 1/3: Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap. Image 2/3: The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong, and creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you can fit a spudger inside. Image 3/3: The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong, and creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you can fit a spudger inside.
  • Pull up on the suction cup to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong, and creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you can fit a spudger inside.

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Image 1/3: Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the display and rear case. Image 2/3: Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the display and rear case. Image 3/3: Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the display and rear case.
  • Slide the spudger to the left along the lower edge of the iPhone.

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

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Image 1/3: Do not pry along the top edge of the phone, you risk damaging the plastic clips securing the display. Image 2/3: Do not pry along the top edge of the phone, you risk damaging the plastic clips securing the display. Image 3/3: Do not pry along the top edge of the phone, you risk damaging the plastic clips securing the display.
  • Slide the spudger up the left side of the iPhone, starting at the lower edge and moving towards the volume control buttons and silent switch.

  • Do not pry along the top edge of the phone, you risk damaging the plastic clips securing the display.

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Image 1/3: Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the display assembly and the rear case. Image 2/3: Slide the flat end of the spudger up the right side of the phone to break up the adhesive holding the display in place. Image 3/3: Slide the flat end of the spudger up the right side of the phone to break up the adhesive holding the display in place.
  • Insert the flat edge of a spudger into the bottom right corner of the device

  • Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the display assembly and the rear case.

  • Slide the flat end of the spudger up the right side of the phone to break up the adhesive holding the display in place.

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Image 1/2: '''Do not raise the display more than 10º''' as there are ribbon cables along the right edge of the device connecting the display to the logic board. Image 2/2: '''Do not raise the display more than 10º''' as there are ribbon cables along the right edge of the device connecting the display to the logic board.
  • Pull up on the suction cup to lift up the display and open the iPhone.

  • Do not raise the display more than 10º as there are ribbon cables along the right edge of the device connecting the display to the logic board.

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Image 1/1:
  • Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

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Image 1/2: Be careful not to damage the plastic clips on the top edge of the phone. Image 2/2: Be careful not to damage the plastic clips on the top edge of the phone.
  • Slide an opening pick along the top edge of the iPhone, between the rear case and front panel, to break up the remaining adhesive holding the screen in place.

  • Be careful not to damage the plastic clips on the top edge of the phone.

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Image 1/3: Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back cover of a book. Image 2/3: Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board. Image 3/3: Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.
  • Pull the display assembly slightly away from the top edge of the phone to disengage the clips holding it to the rear case.

  • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

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Image 1/1: Three 1.2 mm screws
  • Remove the following tri-point Y000 screws from the lower connector bracket:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 2.4 mm screw

Ahhh shoot! accidentally ordered tri-wing vs tri-point (must have just looked for y000).. It seems they only did this to annoy repair folks because not everything is tri-point on the phone...

Steve - Reply

Just FYI, if you have an iFixit set with the PH000 you can use that bit to remove the Y000 if you're in a bind.

Colton Neifert - Reply

These screws just spin for me. They don't back out, but the heads aren't stripped either. I've tried applying backpressure to help lift the screws, but no luck

Jeff Hurst - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the lower connector bracket.

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Image 1/3: Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to  the phone. Image 2/3: Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to  the phone. Image 3/3: Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to  the phone.
  • Use the point of a spudger to lift the battery connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone.

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Image 1/3: To reconnect these cables, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the opposite end. '''Do not''' press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage. Image 2/3: To reconnect these cables, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the opposite end. '''Do not''' press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage. Image 3/3: To reconnect these cables, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the opposite end. '''Do not''' press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the two lower display connectors by prying them straight up from their sockets on the logic board.

  • To reconnect these cables, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the opposite end. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.

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Image 1/3: Remove the bracket. Image 2/3: Remove the bracket. Image 3/3: Remove the bracket.
  • Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector.

  • Remove the bracket.

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Image 1/2: This press connector should also be reconnected one end at a time to minimize the risk of bending. Image 2/2: This press connector should also be reconnected one end at a time to minimize the risk of bending.
  • Disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector from its socket on the logic board.

  • This press connector should also be reconnected one end at a time to minimize the risk of bending.

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Image 1/1: 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].

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Image 1/1: Two 2.6 mm screws
  • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the earpiece bracket to the front panel:

    • Two 2.6 mm screws

    • One 1.7 mm screw

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Image 1/1:
  • Remove the earpiece speaker bracket.

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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Lift the front facing camera out of the way to access the earpiece speaker.

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Image 1/1: One 1.9 mm screw
  • Remove the following two Phillips screws securing the earpiece speaker to the front panel:

    • One 1.9 mm screw

    • One 2.5 mm screw

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Image 1/1:
  • Remove the earpiece speaker.

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Conclusion

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

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