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Use this guide to replace a malfunctioning power and volume button cable—this includes the switches responsible for volume up and down, the ring/silent control and the power switch, as well as a microphone and the dual-LED flash. Follow this guide if you are looking to replace the exterior power button cover and this guide for the exterior volume control button cover.

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.

Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
  • 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?

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Heating the lower edge of the iPhone will help soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.
  • 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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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.
  • 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. :)

Mimic44444 - Reply

Last comment works well. Thank you !

Using packing tape for a cracked screen should be included in the description in Step 3.

Cracked screen is most probably the reason you are replacing it.

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

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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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.

I just broke the cable to the battery!

No Bama - Reply

same dude im such a freak lol omg haha

Aiden Polaski - Reply

Remove the following tri-point Y000 screws from the lower connector bracket:
  • 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

dang im such a freak i messed my i phone device up badly

Aiden Polaski - Reply

The Y000 took out one of the screws but not the other 3. I even tried the PH000 as suggested but nothing.

dbright - Reply

Remove the lower connector bracket.
  • Remove the lower connector bracket.

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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. 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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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. 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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Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector. Remove the bracket. 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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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.
  • 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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Remove the display assembly.

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Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray. Press to eject the tray. This may require a significant amount of force.
  • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.

  • Press to eject the tray.

    • This may require a significant amount of force.

  • Remove the SIM card tray assembly from the iPhone.

    • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera connector.

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Remove the following Phillips screws securing the rear camera bracket to the rear case: One 1.3 mm screw
  • Remove the following Phillips screws securing the rear camera bracket to the rear case:

    • One 1.3 mm screw

    • One 2.5 mm screw

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Remove the bracket.
  • Remove the bracket.

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Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the camera flash cable connector. Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the camera flash cable connector.
  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to disconnect the camera flash cable connector.

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Remove the two 1.2 mm tri-point screws securing the upper cable bracket.
  • Remove the two 1.2 mm tri-point screws securing the upper cable bracket.

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Remove the upper cable bracket. Remove the upper cable bracket.
  • Remove the upper cable bracket.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the upper cable connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the upper cable connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the upper cable connector.

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Remove the Phillips screws securing the Wi-Fi antenna: Three 1.2 mm screws
  • Remove the Phillips screws securing the Wi-Fi antenna:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 1.7 mm screw

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

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

    • One 1.3 mm screw

    • One 2.2 mm screw

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Remove the bracket. Remove the bracket.
  • Remove the bracket.

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Remove the 2.2 mm standoff screw from the grounding bracket.
  • Remove the 2.2 mm standoff screw from the grounding bracket.

    • You can remove these using an iPhone Standoff Screwdriver Bit, but a small slotted screwdriver will work in a pinch.

    • During reassembly, you can use the tip of a spudger to get the standoff screw started.

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Use tweezers to gently bend the logic board grounding bracket out of the way. Use tweezers to gently bend the logic board grounding bracket out of the way.
  • Use tweezers to gently bend the logic board grounding bracket out of the way.

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Use the point of a spudger to lift the two antenna cable connectors up off of the sockets on the logic board. Use the point of a spudger to lift the two antenna cable connectors up off of the sockets on the logic board. Use the point of a spudger to lift the two antenna cable connectors up off of the sockets on the logic board.
  • Use the point of a spudger to lift the two antenna cable connectors up off of the sockets on the logic board.

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Use tweezers to gently derout the antenna cables from the metal bracket on the logic board. Use tweezers to gently derout the antenna cables from the metal bracket on the logic board. Use tweezers to gently derout the antenna cables from the metal bracket on the logic board.
  • Use tweezers to gently derout the antenna cables from the metal bracket on the logic board.

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Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the lower cable connector. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the lower cable connector.
  • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the lower cable connector.

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Remove the following screws:
  • Remove the following screws:

    • One 1.4 mm Phillips screw

    • Thee 2.2 mm standoff screws

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Use the point of a spudger to move the SIM card eject plunger out of the logic board's way. Use the point of a spudger to move the SIM card eject plunger out of the logic board's way.
  • Use the point of a spudger to move the SIM card eject plunger out of the logic board's way.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift the battery connector end of the logic board up. Make sure you're not pulling against any cables. If you feel resistance, check all cables, connectors, and components are clear of the board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift the battery connector end of the logic board up.

    • Make sure you're not pulling against any cables. If you feel resistance, check all cables, connectors, and components are clear of the board.

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Lift the battery connector end of the logic board and pull it up and out of the rear case. Be careful not to snag the logic board on any cables. Be careful not to snag the logic board on any cables.
  • Lift the battery connector end of the logic board and pull it up and out of the rear case.

    • Be careful not to snag the logic board on any cables.

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Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the barometric vent to the rear case.
  • Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the barometric vent to the rear case.

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Remove the vent. Remove the vent.
  • Remove the vent.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine connector from its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine connector from its socket on the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine connector from its socket on the logic board.

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Remove the three 1.6 mm Phillips screws securing the Taptic Engine to the rear case.
  • Remove the three 1.6 mm Phillips screws securing the Taptic Engine to the rear case.

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Remove the Taptic Engine. Remove the Taptic Engine.
  • Remove the Taptic Engine.

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Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back one of the adhesive strips on the lower edge of the battery. Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back one of the adhesive strips on the lower edge of the battery. Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back one of the adhesive strips on the lower edge of the battery.
  • Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back one of the adhesive strips on the lower edge of the battery.

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Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back the other adhesive strip on the lower edge of the battery. Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back the other adhesive strip on the lower edge of the battery.
  • Use a pair of tweezers with blunt tips to peel back the other adhesive strip on the lower edge of the battery.

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Try to keep the strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly. Slowly pull one battery adhesive tab away from the battery, toward the bottom of the iPhone. Pull steadily, maintaining constant tension on the strip until it slips out from between the battery and the rear case. For best results, pull the strip at a 60º angle or less.
  • Try to keep the strips flat and unwrinkled during this procedure; wrinkled strips will stick together and break instead of pulling out cleanly.

  • Slowly pull one battery adhesive tab away from the battery, toward the bottom of the iPhone.

  • Pull steadily, maintaining constant tension on the strip until it slips out from between the battery and the rear case. For best results, pull the strip at a 60º angle or less.

    • The strip will stretch to many times its original length. Continue pulling and re-grab the strip near the battery if necessary.

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Repeat the previous step for the second strip.
  • Repeat the previous step for the second strip.

    • Hold down the battery as you remove the second strip, or the strip may fling the battery when it separates from the case.

  • If you removed both adhesive strips successfully, skip the next step.

    • Otherwise, if either of the adhesive strips broke off underneath the battery and could not be retrieved, continue with the next step below.

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If you successfully removed both adhesive strips, move on to the next step. Otherwise, you will need to pry the battery from the rear case. Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the back of the rear case, directly over the battery. Alternatively, you can apply heat using a heat gun or  hair dryer.
  • If you successfully removed both adhesive strips, move on to the next step. Otherwise, you will need to pry the battery from the rear case.

  • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the back of the rear case, directly over the battery. Alternatively, you can apply heat using a heat gun or hair dryer.

  • After about a minute, remove the iOpener, flip the phone over and use a plastic card to break up any remaining adhesive behind the battery.

    • Avoid bending the battery. Damage to the battery may release dangerous chemicals, and could start a fire.

    • Do not pry under the top third of the battery, you may damage the volume button ribbon cable.

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Remove the battery.
  • Remove the battery.

  • When installing the battery, refer to this guide to replace your battery's adhesive strips.

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Remove the following Phillips screws: Two 1.9 mm screws securing the power button.
  • Remove the following Phillips screws:

    • Two 1.9 mm screws securing the power button.

    • Three 2.3 mm screws securing the volume buttons.

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Remove the following 1.3 mm Phillips screws: One screw beside the rear-facing camera
  • Remove the following 1.3 mm Phillips screws:

    • One screw beside the rear-facing camera

    • One screw on the rear case

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From the outside of the phone, push the hold switch into the rear case with the point of a spudger. This action  will free the hold switch and gasket from the rear case.
  • From the outside of the phone, push the hold switch into the rear case with the point of a spudger.

  • This action will free the hold switch and gasket from the rear case.

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Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the rear-facing camera.

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Moving from power button side of the phone, use an opening pick to separate the adhesive holding the antenna flex cable to the rear case. Moving from power button side of the phone, use an opening pick to separate the adhesive holding the antenna flex cable to the rear case.
  • Moving from power button side of the phone, use an opening pick to separate the adhesive holding the antenna flex cable to the rear case.

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Slide the point of an opening pick underneath the antenna flex cable towards the top of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive. Slide the point of an opening pick underneath the antenna flex cable towards the top of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive.
  • Slide the point of an opening pick underneath the antenna flex cable towards the top of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive.

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Use tweezers to move the antenna flex cable away from the edge of the phone, freeing the screw bracket from the rear case. Remove the antenna flex cable.
  • Use tweezers to move the antenna flex cable away from the edge of the phone, freeing the screw bracket from the rear case.

  • Remove the antenna flex cable.

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Remove the 2.3 mm standoff screw securing the flash bracket to the rear case.
  • Remove the 2.3 mm standoff screw securing the flash bracket to the rear case.

    • You can remove these using an iPhone Standoff Screwdriver Bit, but a small slotted screwdriver will work in a pinch.

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Remove the flash bracket. Remove the flash bracket.
  • Remove the flash bracket.

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Use the point of a spudger to gently unseat the flash module. Use the point of a spudger to gently unseat the flash module.
  • Use the point of a spudger to gently unseat the flash module.

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Use the blade of a Halberd spudger to separate the adhesive holding the microphone to the rear case. Use the blade of a Halberd spudger to separate the adhesive holding the microphone to the rear case.
  • Use the blade of a Halberd spudger to separate the adhesive holding the microphone to the rear case.

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Gently fold the power button module from the edge of the rear case. Gently fold the power button module from the edge of the rear case.
  • Gently fold the power button module from the edge of the rear case.

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Slide the blade of a halberd spudger under the power button end of the button cable to separate it from the adhesive on the rear case. Continue to separate the adhesive by moving the blade towards the top of the phone. Continue to separate the adhesive by moving the blade towards the top of the phone.
  • Slide the blade of a halberd spudger under the power button end of the button cable to separate it from the adhesive on the rear case.

  • Continue to separate the adhesive by moving the blade towards the top of the phone.

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Continue to move the blade of the halberd spudger underneath the power and volume control cable. Move slowly to make sure that the cable is not damaged during removal. Move slowly to make sure that the cable is not damaged during removal.
  • Continue to move the blade of the halberd spudger underneath the power and volume control cable.

  • Move slowly to make sure that the cable is not damaged during removal.

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Slide the halberd spudger under the volume control portion of the button cable. Gently slide the blade underneath the cable towards the bottom of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive. Gently slide the blade underneath the cable towards the bottom of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive.
  • Slide the halberd spudger under the volume control portion of the button cable.

  • Gently slide the blade underneath the cable towards the bottom of the phone, separating the remaining adhesive.

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Remove the power and volume control cable.
  • Remove the power and volume control cable.

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Conclusion

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

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