LCD DIGITIZER & SCREEN REPLACEMENT

Introduction

Use this guide to replace the LCD Digitizer and Screen. This guide will show you how to remove the old display and the home button.

Note: If you do not transfer your phone's original home button to the new display, you will lose Touch ID functionality. This is demonstrated on an iPhone 6; instructions may vary with phone models. Opening your phone voids all manufacturer's warranty.

Tools:

Required:

Required:
Recommended:
  • 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 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.
  • 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.

Step 3 Double Clamp Opening Procedure

  • If you have the double suction tool, place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups. If not, please skip to the next section.
    • Position the double suction tool's upper suction cup against the display, just above (but not covering) the home button.
  • Open the handles to close the jaws of the double suction tool. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.

The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone just enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage the display cables.

  • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the double suction tool to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case.
  • The double suction tool is designed to safely open your iPhone just enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage the display cables.
  • Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.

Step 4 Manual Opening Procedure

  • If you don't have an double suction tool, use a single suction cup to lift the front panel:
    • Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.
    • Be sure the cup is pressed securely onto the screen to get a tight seal.

If you don't have an iSclack, use a single suction cup to lift the front panel:While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.
  • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.
    • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.
  • Using a plastic opening tool or plastic spudgers, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the display assembly, while continuing to pull up with the suction cup.
  • There are several clips holding the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.
  • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.
  • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.
Step 5 Opening up the phone
  • Open the iPhone by swinging the home button end of the front panel assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.
    • Several clips along the top edge of the front panel form a partial hinge.
    • During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.

Step 6

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.In a pinch, an unopened canned beverage works well for this.
  • 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.
  • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

Step 7 Removing the battery connector bracket screws

Remove the following Phillips screws from the battery connector bracket:
  • Remove the following Phillips screws from the battery connector bracket:
    • One 2.2 mm screw
    • One 3.2 mm screw
  • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

Step 8 Disconnecting the battery connector

Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Use a plastic spudger to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Take care to only pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.
Step 9 Removing the front panel assembly cable bracket screws
Remove the following five Phillips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket:
  • Remove the following five Phillips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket:
    • Three 1.2 mm screws
    • One 1.7 mm screw
    • One 3.1 mm screw
  • Note: Incorrect placement of these screws during reassembly will cause permanent damage to your iPhone's logic board.
  • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.

Step 10

  • In the next steps, take care to pry up only on the cable connectors, and not on their sockets on the logic board.
  • Use a spudger or tweezers to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.
Step 11
Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step.
  • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step.
  • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the display data cable connector.
  • When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off its connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the digitizer cable connector.
  • 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.

Step 12 Separating front panel assembly and rear case

Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.
  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

Step 13 Home Button

  • Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket.
Remove the home button bracket from the front panel.
  • Remove the home button bracket from the front panel.

Step 14

Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button.Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button.

  • Use the point of a spudger or tweezers to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button.

Do not push the home button all the way through—you only need to get a corner free so that you can pry it free with a spudger.

  • Gently push the top left corner of the home button up away from the front panel.
  • Do not push the home button all the way through—you only need to get a corner free so that you can pry it free with a spudger.
  • This membrane is very thin. If you feel like you're going to tear the button, apply mild heat (with a heat gun, or hair dryer) and try again.

    • Peel the home button the rest of the way off of the display by prying gently with a spudger.
    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully separate the home button cable from the adhesive securing it to the front panel.

    • Once all the adhesive has been separated, remove the home button from the front panel.
      • If you are replacing a broken front panel, there may be glass shards stuck to the home button. Carefully remove any remaining glass before transferring your home button to a new display.
    • Your replacement part may come with an extra Phillips screw already installed left of the Home Button. Remove the unnecessary screw so that you can reinstall the home button bracket.

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