Today I will show a screen replacement on
an iPhone 7. Remember, this is harder than it looks so
make sure to watch the video all the way through before you decide to dive into your own repair. As always, you attempt this project at your
own risk. Turn off the phone and at the bottom of the
screen there are two pentalobe screws the same ones Apple always uses.
Since there are copious amounts of adhesive
under this screen I found it easier to use a thin metal pry tool instead of a suction
cup. Slipping it in-between the metal frame of
the phone and the plastic frame of the screen. Then gently twisting the tool to pry up on
the screen in a controlled way. There are a few ribbon cables along the right
side of the phone that are extremely fragile so do not put any stress on them whatsoever.
A little bit of heat will help soften the
screen adhesive, so if youre struggling bust out your moms hairdryer and warm the
screen up. The trick is the releasing the top edge of
the screen enough that you can un-tuck it from the top edge of the metal frame thats
what is holding it in place. The adhesive you see stretching is structural,
it is only for keeping water out. Your phone will not be water resistant anymore
after replacing the screen, but a cracked screen isnt water resistant either.
After releasing that top edge the phone unfolds
like a book and you can see those incredibly fragile ribbon cables I was talking about
earlier. This metal plate protects the connections
to the main board. It is held down by 4 Y shaped screws called
a tri-point or Y000. Ill link all the tools that I use in the
I unplug the battery ribbon first and then
unclip the two screen ribbons right next to it; they just unsnap like little Legos. Up here at the top of the phone we have another
metal plate held down by two screws. This is protecting another ribbon cable so
pop that off and the screen comes loose from the phone. The screen is made up of multiple components
and these components need to be transferred over to your new, unbroken replacement screen.
If you need a replacement screen I will link
them down in the video description along with everything else. To start transferring components we need to
remove the huge metal plate from the back of the screen. There are 3 tri-tip screws on either side. Make sure you keep all of your screws organized
throughout this project.
It is incredibly important because nearly
all the screws are different sizes and you do not want to mix them up. One more screw is at the top holding down
that big metal back plate, and two more screws above that holding down the earpiece bracket. Once that earpiece bracket is set off to the
side, the earpiece speaker can pop out and you can see the little spring contact points
that rest on the little golden circles; this is how it receives its signal. The front camera ribbon cable is just lightly
glued into the frame so be extremely careful.
Pry that out making sure not to kink or tear
it. Here is the ribbon itself. It has the front camera and all of the other
front sensors attached to it. On to the home button.
Im going to explain a few more things about
this little guy at the end of the video so stick around for that. There are a total of four screws holding it
in place. Remember, keep them organized. The home button bracket can then be removed
and the metal back plate itself can lift off.
It has a little bit of adhesive holding it
down to the ribbon cables and even if your old screen is broken to bits its still
a good idea to go slow while removing this so you dont break anything new. And Ill just reiterate that the ribbon
cables are extremely fragile; they can tear like paper. Now that the big back metal plate is off,
the home button or touch pad can be removed by unclipping the little Lego like connection
and then dropping it out of the hole in front of the screen. Now I grab the new replacement screen and
I start installing the original components on the screen that isnt broken.
Line the metal back plate up with the little
screw holes on the sides and then tuck your original home button from your old phone up
through the hole and plug it in. Get the bracket screwed back onto the back
of the home button making sure to put it over the little circular tabs on the metal back
plate. And then those 4 screws on the back go in
the same holes they came from originally. Then the metal back plate has 6 screws to
tighten it down; all of them those same little tri-tips.
Then we have the front camera ribbon. Fold that back into place like an origami
master. The earpiece with its springs will sit on
top of the little golden circles and it will be held down with two screws. Then the top bracket will go down on top of
the earpiece with its own two screws.
Now to reconnect the screen. The funky looking ribbon cable at the top
clips in like a little Lego. And then the bottom two ribbons plug in next
to the battery connection. Remember these ribbons are like paper so do
not kink or rip them.
Get the battery plugged in and then Ill
test the screen out before I screw all the metal plates back in. If your screen is dark or has lines running
through it or doesnt respond to touch, it either has a bad connection with the main
board or it is just a bad replacement screen. Everything looks good on mine so I turn the
phone back off and screw the metal plates back in with their original screws that I
kept organized from earlier. Remember that the top edge of the screen goes
in first and the rest of the screen gets gently placed down after that.
So if your frame has been bent by a drop you
might have to unbend it a little before your screen will fit into place so watch out for
that. Dont press too hard and crack your new
one. Ive seen it happen. Now back to the home button.
Since this phone is so new, this video is
showing literally one of the first few times the iPhone 7 has been taken apart in the wild. After reading online several other people
are complaining that their home button does no longer function when attached to a replacement
screen. Apple has played dirty in the past with Error
53, not allowing people to fix their own phones. So it wouldnt be super surprising to me
to see Apple pull more anti-repair shenanigans against their own customers.
But obviously we have to wait until we get
a larger sample size of broken phones. If you have repaired an iPhone 7 leave any
tips down in the comments below. Remember, if Apple really is disabling the
home buttons of repaired phones, you can get around it by using the on screen home button
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