Step 1 Pentalobe Screws
Opening the iPhone’s display will compromise its waterproof seals. Take extra care not to expose your iPhone to liquid damage after completing your repair.
Remove the two 3.4 mm pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.
Step 2 iOpener Heating
We recommend that you clean your microwave before proceeding, as any nasty gunk on the bottom may end up stuck to the iOpener.
Place the iOpener in the center of the microwave.
For carousel microwaves: Make sure the plate spins freely. If your iOpener gets stuck, it may overheat and burn.
Heat the iOpener for thirty seconds.
Throughout the repair procedure, as the iOpener cools, reheat it in the microwave for an additional thirty seconds at a time.
Be careful not to overheat the iOpener during the repair. Overheating may cause the iOpener to burst.
Never touch the iOpener if it appears swollen.
If the iOpener is still too hot in the middle to touch, continue using it while waiting for it to cool down some more before reheating. A properly heated iOpener should stay warm for up to 10 minutes.
Remove the iOpener from the microwave, holding it by one of the two flat ends to avoid the hot center.
The iOpener will be very hot, so be careful when handling it. Use an oven mitt if necessary.
Step 5 Opening Procedure
Lay the warm iOpener over the lower edge of the phone to soften the adhesive holding the display in place.
Wait about a minute for the adhesive to warm up before proceeding to the next step.
Apply a suction cup to the lower half of the front panel, just above the home button.
Be sure the suction cup does not overlap with the home button, as this will prevent a seal from forming between the suction cup and front glass.
Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.
Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap.
The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you’re having a hard time opening a gap, rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you can fit a spudger inside.
While pulling up on the suction cup, twist the spudger to widen the opening between the screen and rear case.
Insert the flat end of the spudger between the front panel and the rear case at the lower left edge of the iPhone.
Slide the spudger 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.
Do not try to pry the top edge of the display away from the rear case, as it is held in place by plastic clips that may break.
Remove the spudger from the left side of the phone and insert the flat end into the bottom right corner.
Slide the spudger up the right edge of the phone to the top corner, breaking up the adhesive holding the display in place.
Pull up on the suction cup to lift up the display and open the iPhone.
Do not raise the display more than 10º as there are delicate ribbon cables along the right edge of the device connecting the display to the logic board.
Pull up on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.
Slide an opening pick underneath the display along the top edge of the phone to loosen the last of the adhesive.
Pull the display assembly slightly 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.
Don’t try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone’s logic board.
At this point you may lay the phone down on a flat surface like an open book.
Step 14 Battery Disconnection
Remove the following four tri-point Y000 screws securing the lower display cable bracket to the logic board:
Three 1.2 mm screws
One 2.6 mm screw
Remove the lower display cable bracket.
Use the point of a spudger to lift the battery connector out of its socket on the logic board.
Bend the connector cable up slightly to prevent it from making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone.
Step 17 Display Assembly
Use the flat end of a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the two lower display connectors by prying them straight up from their sockets on the logic board.
To re-attach press connectors, press down on one end until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other end. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is even slightly misaligned, the connector can bend, causing permanent damage.
Remove the three tri-point Y000 screws securing the bracket over the front panel sensor assembly connector:
One 1.3 mm screw
Two 1.0 mm screws
Remove the bracket.
Disconnect the front panel sensor assembly connector from its socket on the logic board.
This press connector should also be reconnected one end at a time to minimize the risk of bending.
Remove the display assembly.
Step 21 Barometric Vent
Remove the following two Phillips screws securing the barometric vent to the rear case:
One 2.9 mm screw
One 2.1 mm screw
Remove the vent.
Step 23 Taptic Engine
Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine connector from its socket on the logic board.
Remove the three 1.5 mm Phillips screws securing the Taptic Engine to the rear case.
Remove the Taptic Engine.