Today I will show a screen replacement onan iPhone 7.
Remember, this is harder than it looks somake 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 yourown risk.
Turn off the phone and at the bottom of thescreen there are two pentalobe screws – the same ones Apple always uses.
Since there are copious amounts of adhesiveunder this screen I found it easier to use a thin metal pry tool instead of a suctioncup.
Slipping it in-between the metal frame ofthe phone and the plastic frame of the screen.
Then gently twisting the tool to pry up onthe screen in a controlled way.
There are a few ribbon cables along the rightside of the phone that are extremely fragile so do not put any stress on them whatsoever.
A little bit of heat will help soften thescreen adhesive, so if you’re struggling bust out your mom’s hairdryer and warm thescreen up.
The trick is the releasing the top edge ofthe screen enough that you can un-tuck it from the top edge of the metal frame – that’swhat 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 anymoreafter replacing the screen, but a cracked screen isn’t water resistant either.
After releasing that top edge the phone unfoldslike a book and you can see those incredibly fragile ribbon cables I was talking aboutearlier.
This metal plate protects the connectionsto the main board.
It is held down by 4 Y shaped screws calleda tri-point or Y000.
I’ll link all the tools that I use in thevideo description.
I unplug the battery ribbon first and thenunclip the two screen ribbons right next to it; they just unsnap like little Legos.
Up here at the top of the phone we have anothermetal plate held down by two screws.
This is protecting another ribbon cable sopop that off and the screen comes loose from the phone.
The screen is made up of multiple componentsand these components need to be transferred over to your new, unbroken replacement screen.
If you need a replacement screen I will linkthem down in the video description along with everything else.
To start transferring components we need toremove 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 organizedthroughout this project.
It is incredibly important because nearlyall the screws are different sizes and you do not want to mix them up.
One more screw is at the top holding downthat big metal back plate, and two more screws above that holding down the earpiece bracket.
Once that earpiece bracket is set off to theside, the earpiece speaker can pop out and you can see the little spring contact pointsthat rest on the little golden circles; this is how it receives its signal.
The front camera ribbon cable is just lightlyglued into the frame so be extremely careful.
Pry that out making sure not to kink or tearit.
Here is the ribbon itself.
It has the front camera and all of the otherfront sensors attached to it.
On to the home button.
I’m going to explain a few more things aboutthis little guy at the end of the video so stick around for that.
There are a total of four screws holding itin place.
Remember, keep them organized.
The home button bracket can then be removedand the metal back plate itself can lift off.
It has a little bit of adhesive holding itdown to the ribbon cables and even if your old screen is broken to bits it’s stilla good idea to go slow while removing this so you don’t break anything new.
And I’ll just reiterate that the ribboncables 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 connectionand then dropping it out of the hole in front of the screen.
Now I grab the new replacement screen andI start installing the original components on the screen that isn’t broken.
Line the metal back plate up with the littlescrew holes on the sides and then tuck your original home button from your old phone upthrough the hole and plug it in.
Get the bracket screwed back onto the backof the home button making sure to put it over the little circular tabs on the metal backplate.
And then those 4 screws on the back go inthe same holes they came from originally.
Then the metal back plate has 6 screws totighten it down; all of them those same little tri-tips.
Then we have the front camera ribbon.
Fold that back into place like an origamimaster.
The earpiece with its springs will sit ontop of the little golden circles and it will be held down with two screws.
Then the top bracket will go down on top ofthe earpiece with its own two screws.
Now to reconnect the screen.
The funky looking ribbon cable at the topclips in like a little Lego.
And then the bottom two ribbons plug in nextto the battery connection.
Remember these ribbons are like paper so donot kink or rip them.
Get the battery plugged in and then I’lltest the screen out before I screw all the metal plates back in.
If your screen is dark or has lines runningthrough it or doesn’t respond to touch, it either has a bad connection with the mainboard or it is just a bad replacement screen.
Everything looks good on mine so I turn thephone back off and screw the metal plates back in with their original screws that Ikept organized from earlier.
Remember that the top edge of the screen goesin first and the rest of the screen gets gently placed down after that.
So if your frame has been bent by a drop youmight have to unbend it a little before your screen will fit into place so watch out forthat.
Don’t press too hard and crack your newone.
I’ve seen it happen.
Now back to the home button.
Since this phone is so new, this video isshowing literally one of the first few times the iPhone 7 has been taken apart in the wild.
After reading online several other peopleare complaining that their home button does no longer function when attached to a replacementscreen.
Apple has played dirty in the past with Error53, not allowing people to fix their own phones.
So it wouldn’t be super surprising to meto see Apple pull more anti-repair shenanigans against their own customers.
But obviously we have to wait until we geta larger sample size of broken phones.
If you have repaired an iPhone 7 leave anytips down in the comments below.
Remember, if Apple really is disabling thehome buttons of repaired phones, you can get around it by using the on screen home buttonlocated in your settings.
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