By Adam O'Camb • Difficulty: Moderate
Learn how to replace your iPhone 8 screen. This part comes with the front facing camera, earpiece speaker, and EMI shield already installed, making for an easier repair.
All you need to do is remove the old screen and transfer the home button to the new screen, in order for Touch ID 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.
- Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
- Remove the two 3.5 mm pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, just above 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.
- Insert an opening pick into the gap.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gently pull up on the suction cup to lift up the bottom edge of the display.
- Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.
- 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.
- Slide the display assembly slightly down (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.
- Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.
- 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
- Remove the bracket.
- 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.
- Use the point of a spudger to pry the lower display connector out of its socket.
- Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the second lower display cable.
- Remove the three 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector.
- Remove the bracket.
- Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector.
- Remove the display assembly.
- 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.
- Use an opening tool to pry under the left edge of the home button cable connector to disconnect it from its socket.
- 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.
- Use an opening pick to gently separate the adhesive holding the home/Touch ID sensor cable to the back side of the display panel.
- Remove the home/Touch ID sensor assembly by lifting it through the front side of the display.
To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Don't forget to reapply the display adhesive before reinstalling the display.
Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.
Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our iPhone 8 Answers community for troubleshooting help. Or if you’re in the market for a new device, consider getting a refurbished iPhone 8 from our friends at Backmarket!