Introduction

Use this guide to correctly apply replacement adhesive under your iPhone's display after a repair. Replacing the adhesive can help maintain your iPhone's water resistance. The pre-cut adhesive strips are very delicate and are easily damaged if not applied correctly, so you may want to have a spare on hand if following this guide for the first time.

Be sure you purchase adhesive that matches the color of your display to maintain the original look of the phone.

This procedure applies to all iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus models. (Prior models did not use display adhesive.)

Before you begin, you should have already removed your iPhone's display assembly and set it aside. Detailed instructions for each model can be found at the following links:

Image 1/3: You can pull the adhesive off with tweezers, or roll it up on the tip of a spudger with a roll-and-pull motion. Image 2/3: You can pull the adhesive off with tweezers, or roll it up on the tip of a spudger with a roll-and-pull motion. Image 3/3: You can pull the adhesive off with tweezers, or roll it up on the tip of a spudger with a roll-and-pull motion.
  • Begin by removing all the old display adhesive around the perimeter of your iPhone's case.

  • You can pull the adhesive off with tweezers, or roll it up on the tip of a spudger with a roll-and-pull motion.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Use the tip of your spudger to remove any remaining smaller bits of adhesive.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • If you're reinstalling your existing display rather than replacing it with a new one, be sure to remove any remaining adhesive from the back of your display as well.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: This will help remove any remaining adhesive residue and prep the surface for the new adhesive. Image 2/2: This will help remove any remaining adhesive residue and prep the surface for the new adhesive.
  • Using a lint-free cloth (or coffee filter) with a bit of isopropyl alcohol, clean the areas of the case and rear display where you removed the old adhesive.

  • This will help remove any remaining adhesive residue and prep the surface for the new adhesive.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Don't completely separate the backing yet. Image 2/2: Don't completely separate the backing yet.
  • Begin peeling the backing from your replacement adhesive, starting with the large tab on the lower right.

    • Don't completely separate the backing yet.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Once the adhesive is pressed into place, you can't reposition it—you'll have to remove it and start over with new adhesive. Image 2/3: When it's correctly aligned, gently press the exposed lower adhesive strip into place. Image 3/3: When it's correctly aligned, gently press the exposed lower adhesive strip into place.
  • Carefully align the exposed lower edge of the adhesive strip with the bottom edge of your iPhone's case.

  • Once the adhesive is pressed into place, you can't reposition it—you'll have to remove it and start over with new adhesive.

  • When it's correctly aligned, gently press the exposed lower adhesive strip into place.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: If you correctly aligned the lower edge of the adhesive, the side and top edges will fall perfectly into place. If the adhesive is misaligned, remove it and start over with fresh adhesive. Image 2/3: If you don't have another set of adhesive strips handy, it's okay to temporarily put your iPhone back together and use it normally without any adhesive. Just keep in mind that your iPhone's water resistance will be compromised until you replace the adhesive. Image 3/3: If you don't have another set of adhesive strips handy, it's okay to temporarily put your iPhone back together and use it normally without any adhesive. Just keep in mind that your iPhone's water resistance will be compromised until you replace the adhesive.
  • Continue peeling away the backing from the adhesive, gently pressing the adhesive into place from the bottom of your iPhone to the top.

    • If you correctly aligned the lower edge of the adhesive, the side and top edges will fall perfectly into place. If the adhesive is misaligned, remove it and start over with fresh adhesive.

    • If you don't have another set of adhesive strips handy, it's okay to temporarily put your iPhone back together and use it normally without any adhesive. Just keep in mind that your iPhone's water resistance will be compromised until you replace the adhesive.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Finish separating the adhesive backing and discard it.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Be careful not to press on the camera or other internal components. Image 2/3: Be careful not to press on the camera or other internal components. Image 3/3: Be careful not to press on the camera or other internal components.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to gently press all the adhesive into place around the entire perimeter of your iPhone.

  • Be careful not to press on the camera or other internal components.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Use the flat edge of your spudger to press the adhesive into place at all four corners of your iPhone.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: On some versions, this liner may consist of up to four smaller pieces rather than a large single piece. Image 2/3: On some versions, this liner may consist of up to four smaller pieces rather than a large single piece. Image 3/3: On some versions, this liner may consist of up to four smaller pieces rather than a large single piece.
  • Grab the small pull tab at the top left corner and peel down to separate the large front liner from the adhesive.

  • On some versions, this liner may consist of up to four smaller pieces rather than a large single piece.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: At this point you should still have very thin strips of release liner covering all of the adhesive, which will prevent it from accidentally sticking to anything while you begin reassembling your iPhone. Don't remove these small release liners just yet. Image 2/2: At this point you should still have very thin strips of release liner covering all of the adhesive, which will prevent it from accidentally sticking to anything while you begin reassembling your iPhone. Don't remove these small release liners just yet.
  • Completely separate the front adhesive liner(s) and discard it.

  • At this point you should still have very thin strips of release liner covering all of the adhesive, which will prevent it from accidentally sticking to anything while you begin reassembling your iPhone. Don't remove these small release liners just yet.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Reconnect all display cables Image 2/2: Reconnect the battery
  • Refer to your iPhone's display replacement guide in order to:

    • Reconnect all display cables

    • Reconnect the battery

    • Reinstall the cable connector cover brackets, and secure their screws.

  • This is a good time to power on your iPhone and test all functions before you seal the display in place. Be sure to power your iPhone back down completely before you continue.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: If the gaskets are misaligned, use tweezers to carefully recenter them. Image 2/2: iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models don't have these gaskets.
  • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus only: Before installing your display, check the condition of the black gaskets on the two small screw bosses on the bottom edge of your display, near the home button.

  • If the gaskets are misaligned, use tweezers to carefully recenter them.

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models don't have these gaskets.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • While supporting the display, use tweezers to begin peeling off the final release liners, exposing the adhesive.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Take care not to touch the exposed adhesive. Image 2/3: Take care not to touch the exposed adhesive. Image 3/3: Take care not to touch the exposed adhesive.
  • Continue removing the release liner from the entire perimeter of the iPhone.

  • Take care not to touch the exposed adhesive.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • The release liner may consist of two or more pieces. As you remove the final piece, you may need to pause and reposition the display.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • Hold the display out of the way as you remove the final piece of release liner.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Position the display so that the tabs along the top edge fit into place just underneath the top edge of the iPhone's case. Image 2/2: Position the display so that the tabs along the top edge fit into place just underneath the top edge of the iPhone's case.
  • Carefully align the top edge of the display with the top edge of the phone body.

  • Position the display so that the tabs along the top edge fit into place just underneath the top edge of the iPhone's case.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: If any cables get pinched between the edge of the display and the body of the iPhone, they may be damaged beyond repair. Image 2/2: If any cables get pinched between the edge of the display and the body of the iPhone, they may be damaged beyond repair.
  • Before closing up the display, check to make sure that all cables are clear.

  • If any cables get pinched between the edge of the display and the body of the iPhone, they may be damaged beyond repair.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: This also prevents the [https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/nenhRt2JwWB41lAC|two small gaskets near the home button|new_window=true] from scraping against the iPhone's lower edge. Image 2/3: Press on the sides of the display near the top of the iPhone, and work your way down to click the display into place. Image 3/3: Press on the sides of the display near the top of the iPhone, and work your way down to click the display into place.
  • As you lower the display into place, apply gentle pressure against the display's bottom edge so that the top edge stays flush with the top edge of the iPhone.

  • Press on the sides of the display near the top of the iPhone, and work your way down to click the display into place.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: You can use coins of any denomination, so long as they are [https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/knXTbG3jswp6xOxV|as thick or slightly thicker than the camera bump|new_window=true]. Image 2/3: Place a coin at each corner of your iPhone, and place two coins on either side of the camera bump. Image 3/3: Place additional coins around the entire perimeter of your iPhone.
  • In order for the adhesive to bond correctly, you'll need to apply even pressure around the perimeter of your iPhone. The camera bump complicates matters, but you can compensate by laying your iPhone face-down and placing coins around the perimeter.

  • You can use coins of any denomination, so long as they are as thick or slightly thicker than the camera bump.

  • Place a coin at each corner of your iPhone, and place two coins on either side of the camera bump.

  • Place additional coins around the entire perimeter of your iPhone.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: The coins may leave a slight impression on the bottom book cover, so don't use anything valuable. Image 2/3: Leave the books in place for about thirty minutes. Image 3/3: Leave the books in place for about thirty minutes.
  • Grab four or five of your heaviest hardcover books, and place them squarely on top of your iPhone.

    • The coins may leave a slight impression on the bottom book cover, so don't use anything valuable.

  • Leave the books in place for about thirty minutes.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Press for about 3 seconds and then release. Image 2/2: Remember to install your iPhone's two pentalobe screws.
  • Remove the books and use your fingers to press firmly on all four corners of the display.

    • Press for about 3 seconds and then release.

  • Remember to install your iPhone's two pentalobe screws.

Add Comment

Finish Line

7 other people completed this guide.

Jeff Suovanen

Member since: 08/06/2013

107,649 Reputation

134 Guides authored

Team

iFixit Member of iFixit

Community

119 Members

5,411 Guides authored

0 Comments

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 105

Past 7 Days: 425

Past 30 Days: 1,388

All Time: 1,388