By Jeff Suovanen • Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide if your new display assembly comes with the front-facing camera and sensor assembly and the display EMI shield already installed. All you need to do is remove the old display assembly and transfer the home button to the new display assembly.
If your replacement display does not include those parts, follow the longer version of this guide here.
In either case, it's important to transfer the original home button onto the new display in order for Touch ID (fingerprint scanning) to function.
You can also use this guide to replace the front panel assembly cable bracket.
- Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
- Remove the two 3.4 mm P2 Pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone, 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.
- 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.
- Apply a suction cup to the lower left corner of the display assembly.
- Take care not to place the suction cup over the home button.
- Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.
- Place the flat edge of a spudger into the gap between the screen and rear case, directly above the headphone jack.
- Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel assembly and the rest of the phone.
- Insert the flat end of the spudger on the left side of the phone, between the display assembly and rear case.
- Slide the spudger up the side of the phone to separate the adhesive and pop the clips free.
- Remove the spudger and reinsert it on the bottom edge, where you pried the phone open.
- Slide the spudger to the right, along the bottom edge of the phone.
- Slide the spudger up the right side to continue separating the adhesive and popping the display clips free from the iPhone.
- Use the suction cup to open the display, breaking the last of the adhesive.
- Pull up on the nub on the top side of the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.
- Gently grasp the display assembly and lift it up to open the phone, using the clips at the top of the front panel as a hinge.
- 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.
- Remove two Phillips screws securing the battery connector bracket, of the following lengths:
- One 2.9 mm screw
- One 2.2 mm screw
- Remove the battery connector bracket from the iPhone.
- Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.
- Push the battery connector away from the logic board until it stays separated from its socket, so as to avoid any accidental connection to the battery while you work.
- Remove the following four Phillips screws securing the display cable bracket:
- Three 1.2 mm screws
- One 2.8 mm screw
- Remove the display cable bracket.
- Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the front camera flex cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.
- Disconnect the digitizer cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.
- Disconnect the display cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.
- Remove the display assembly.
- Remove the three 1.7 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket.
- Lift the lower edge of the home button bracket until it clears the small peg on the right side.
- Slide the bracket out from under the EMI shield to remove it.
- Use a spudger to disconnect the home button connector by popping it out of its socket on the back of the display panel.
- Apply mild heat (with an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer) to soften the adhesive securing the home button gasket.
- Using your fingertip, gently press up on the home button from the front side of the display assembly. Use firm, constant pressure to slowly separate the home button's rubber gasket from the front panel.
- Use the pointed tip of a spudger to carefully separate the home button flex cable from the back of the display panel.
- Remove the home button assembly.
- Only the display assembly remains.
To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.