Use this guide if your new display assembly comes with the front-facing camera, earpiece speaker, and LCD shield plate already installed. You'll simply remove the old display assembly and transfer the home/Touch ID sensor to the new display assembly.

If your replacement display does not include those components, you'll need to remove them from your old display and transfer them to the new one. We'll have detailed guides for this process in the near future, so stay tuned.

In either case, the original home/Touch ID sensor must be transferred onto the new display in order for it to function.

Note: If your iPhone’s auto brightness feature does not work properly after your screen repair, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 12. True Tone functionality is disabled after a screen replacement, even when using an original Apple screen.

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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.

  • Remove the two 3.5 mm pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone.

  • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

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If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping over the glass.
  • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping over the glass.

  • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

  • If the broken glass makes it difficult to get a suction cup to stick in the next few steps, try folding a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) into a handle and lifting the display with that instead.

In case of broken glass you can make the suction cup much more effective by covering the glass with a broad piece of translucent tape which eliminate air leakage through cracks in the glass.

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Il n’est pas nécessaire de mettre beaucoup de scotch.

Au contraire plus vous mettez de scotch, plus il y aura de défauts et la ventouse ne collera pas.

Une bande bien positionnée suffit.

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  • 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 phone for about 90 seconds in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

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  • Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, 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.

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  • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

  • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

The screen on my phone was so broken, a suction cup did not work, so I softened the adhesive with a blow dryer and used a Jimmy to carefully pry open the phone from the bottom just enough to slip a pick in.

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  • Slide the opening pick up the left edge of the phone starting at the lower edge and moving towards the volume control buttons and silent switch, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.

  • Stop near the top left corner of the display.

  • Do not try to pry the top edge of the display away from the rear case, as it is held in place by plastic clips that may break.

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  • Re-insert your tool at the lower right corner of the iPhone, and slide it around the corner and up the right side of the phone to separate the adhesive.

    • Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.

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  • Gently pull up on the suction cup to lift up the bottom edge of the display.

    • Do not raise the display more than 15º or you'll risk straining or tearing the ribbon cables connecting the display.

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

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  • Slide an opening pick underneath the display around the top left corner and along the top edge of the phone to loosen the last of the adhesive.

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  • Slide the display assembly slightly down (away from the top edge of the phone) to disengage the clips holding it to the rear case.

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  • 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.

  • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

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  • Remove four Phillips screws securing the lower display cable bracket to the logic board, of the following lengths:

    • Two 1.3 mm screws

    • Two 2.8 mm screws

  • Throughout this guide, keep careful track of your screws so that each one goes back where it came from during reassembly. Installing a screw in the wrong place can cause permanent damage.

  • Remove the bracket.

Not Y000 this time haha

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  • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector out of its socket in the logic board.

  • Bend the battery connector cable slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to pry the lower display connector out of its socket.

  • To re-attach press connectors like this one, press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. 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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  • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the second lower display cable.

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

  • Remove the bracket.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector.

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  • Remove the four Y000 screws securing the bracket over the home/Touch ID sensor:

    • One 1.2 mm screw

    • Three 1.3 mm screws

  • Remove the bracket.

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  • Use an opening tool to pry under the left edge of the home button cable connector to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the entire connector begins to flip up without separating, press down on the cable at the top edge of the connector with the flat of your spudger, while simultaneously prying up the left edge of the connector. Be very careful not to damage the cable or connector, or you will permanently disable the sensor.

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  • Heating the area around the home/Touch ID sensor will help soften the adhesive holding its delicate cable in place, making it easier to remove safely.

  • Flip the display assembly over. Use a hairdryer or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the display for about 90 seconds in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

    • Don't overheat the display. It should be slightly too hot to touch comfortably.

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  • Use an opening pick to gently separate the adhesive holding the home/Touch ID sensor cable to the back side of the display panel.

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  • Remove the home/Touch ID sensor assembly by lifting it through the front side of the display.

  • To reinstall, first feed the cable through the hole in the front of the display as shown.

  • Your replacement part may come with extra Y000 screws already installed near the Home Button. Remove the unnecessary screws so that you can reinstall the home button bracket.

How do you replace the new screen

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How do you replace new screen

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To reassemble your device, reapply the display adhesive and follow these instructions in reverse order.

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So once the adhesive seal is broken, obviously the warranty is done for, but is there any way to restore water-resistance?

Chris - Reply

You need to buy a special waterproof glue for it.

Ou Hiroshizon -

And do you just wing it for the front camera, proximity sensor etc ?

kyle - Reply

This guide assumes you’re replacing the entire display assembly, with those parts included. If you bought a bare display then yes, you’ll have to transfer those additional components over, and that’s beyond the scope of this guide—although as mentioned in the introduction, we’re working on adding guides for those additional components as well.

Jeff Suovanen -

I’m looking to replace the back glass as well. Any advice?

Trey Granger - Reply

This video shows what’s involved. Basically, remove ALL of the internals from the phone, and then painstakingly heat + pry the glass shards off the back of the chassis. The metal camera housing has to be forcibly twisted out and replaced. It’s a very difficult repair, with a high risk of damage to your phone (and a high risk of injury if you don’t wear gloves and safety glasses). I’m not sure the phone will ever look 100% again or retain its IP67 rating. My advice would be to wait until a full enclosure replacement part becomes available with the glass preinstalled, and then transplant your entire phone into that. Meantime, the glass itself is purely cosmetic, so I’d suggest covering it with a custom skin or wrap. Of course, the final option is to pay Apple $349 USD for an “other damage” repair and make it their problem (they’ll swap you out for a new phone and yours will go to a refurbishing center somewhere).

Jeff Suovanen -

wait a second… Are you saying that when we change the screen it is also necessary to change the front camera?

Caio Antonius - Reply

@eitantonius A lot of new screens come with a replacement front camera already installed. They cost a bit more, but make the job easier. You can save a few bucks if you buy a stripped-down display, but you’ll need to go through some additional steps to transfer the original front camera (and a few other components) from your broken screen to the new one.

Jeff Suovanen -

I cracked the camera glass (housing) on the back of the phone. Is it possible to replace without replacing the entire back of the phone/case?

Chris - Reply

May I know any way to fix the auto-brightness issue after screen replacement?

Alison - Reply

Is there any update on the ambient light sensor yet? Is it working with the new beta version of IOS12? I would be delighted to hear about it.

valentijnawc - Reply

To the best of my knowledge, no, there is no update. Apple seems to be ignoring the problem for the time being. Various aftermarket screen suppliers and refurbishers are trying to develop a fix, but none of them have made it to market yet.

Jeff Suovanen -

any idea when the guide for full replacement will be available?

Cody Robinson - Reply

Replaced screen a success now it is stuck on a boot loop….. help please.

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