iPhone 6 back cover repair guide

The back of the enclosure is warped or the camera lens is scratched

  • iPhone 6
  • 48 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 105 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 6’s defective back cover on your own. This repair can help if the back cover is warped or scratched, or if your rear camera no longer takes sharp pictures because the lens is scratched.

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Picks

    Hard Plastic Picks

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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Replacing the back cover

Steps

48 Steps

Getting started with the repair of your iPhone 6

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment. We’d be happy to help.

48 steps
  1. Turning off your Device

    iPhone 6 - Turning off your Device 01
    iPhone 6 - Turning off your Device 02
    1. Turn off your iPhone 6 completely to avoid damaging it during the repair.
    2. Press the standby button for about three seconds until the slider appears.
    3. Wipe it to completely shut down your iPhone. This can take about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    1. To open the iPhone 6 you should use a pentalobe screwdriver.
    2. On the lower side of the body you will find two Pentalobe screws. They are located left and right of the Lightning connector. Remove them and place them in one square on your magnetic pad.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
  3. Lifting the screen

    iPhone 6 - Lifting the screen 01
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the screen 02
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the screen 03
    1. Lay your iPhone 6 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratches on the backcover.
    2. With a suction cup and a hard plastic plectrum, you can lift the front screen of your iPhone 6. If the screen is heavily cracked, you should tape it entirely before lifting it. This way you can protect yourself from small glass splinters.
    3. Place the suction cup on the display - if possible directly above the Home button, alternatively next to it (see figure 1). Use the ring on the suction cup to lift the screen. At the same time, press the pletrum between the aluminium and display frame, pushing the aluminium frame downwards. This way you can lift the screen with the plectrum (see figure 2). This step requires some patience - you will probably need several attempts.
    4. When you have succeeded and the display can be lifted a little bit, work your way carefully on the outside until the two long sides are loosened (see figure 3).
  4. Disconnecting the battery connector

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 03

    After lifting the screen you should disconnect the battery contact. This way you can avoid a short circuit during the repair. It also helps ensure that your device does not accidentally turn on during repairs.


    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screws that are attached to the battery connector (see figure 1). Take off the cover (see figure 2) and put all parts in the same container.
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully remove the battery connector. To do this, use the sharp end of the ESD spudger - go very gently under the plug (see figure 3). You do not have a spudger available? You can also try to remove the plug with your fingernail.
  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    1. The silver cover is fixed with five Phillips screws. Remove them (see figure 1) and place the screws in one section of the magnetic pad. Then you can remove the cover.
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now you see four overlapping connectors (see picture 2). Loosen them very carefully in the order shown below. To do this, gently go under the contact with the pointed side of the spudger and lift it up.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
  6. Removing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 02
    1. Pull out the two screws that fix the vibration motor (see figure 1).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now you can take out the vibration motor (see figure 2).
  7. Removing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 03
    1. The battery sits firmly in the body due to two adhesive strips. With your spatula you can loosen the two black ends of these from the battery (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the adhesive strips. Therefore you have to work very slowly and keep the strips as flat as possible, at the height of the iPhone (See figures 2 and 3).
    3. Now take off the battery from the iPhone 6.
  8. Removing the iSight camera

    iPhone 6 - Removing the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the iSight camera 03
    iPhone 6 - Removing the iSight camera 04
    iPhone 6 - Removing the iSight camera 05
    1. First uncover the upper screw in the camera cover. (See figure 1).
    2. Unscrew the two Phillips screws from the camera cover (see figure 2).
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
    3. Now remove the silver camera cover (see figure 3).
    4. Then disconnect the camera connector by placing the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lifting it up (see figure 4).
    5. Now lift the camera out of the phone (see figure 5).
  9. Removing the silver cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver cover 02
    1. First remove the two Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put both screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it (see figure 2).
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
  10. Disconnecting the logic board connectors

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 02
    1. Disconnect the contact for both the volume control cable and the standby cable.
  11. Removing the Wi-Fi cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the Wi-Fi cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Wi-Fi cover 02
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the Wi-Fi cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it (see figure 2).

      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
  12. Removing the bracket

    iPhone 6 - Removing the bracket 01
    1. Remove both Phillips screws (see figure 1) and the bracket below them (see figure 2) that connects the antenna to the frame. Put the parts in the same container.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  13. Disconnecting the connectors for the antenna and the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the connectors for the antenna and the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the connectors for the antenna and the Lightning connector 02
    1. Disconnect the connectors for the Lightning connector (see figure 1) and the antenna cable (see figure 2) from the logic board using the pointed tip of the spudger
  14. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone 6 - Removing the SIM card tray 01
    1. You can use the SIM Tool or a paperclip to remove the SIM card tray. Press the SIM Tool into the small hole in the SIM card tray to remove it.
  15. Removing the logic board screws

    iPhone 6 - Removing the logic board screws 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the logic board screws 02
    1. Now unscrew all five screws that hold the logic board in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Note that the 1.3 mm Philipps screw (green) holds an antenna (arrow) in place. Remove the antenna along with screw, and put it with the screws.
    3. Now you can carefully remove the logic board by hand (see figure 2).
  16. Removing the silver LED cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver LED cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver LED cover 02
    1. First remove the Phillips screw from the silver LED cover (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Then lift the cover to remove it (see figure 2).
  17. Removing the standby cable

    iPhone 6 - Removing the standby cable 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the standby cable 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the standby cable 03
    iPhone 6 - Removing the standby cable 04
    1. Remove the two screws that hold the standby button in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base (see figure 2).
    3. Then use the spatula to detach the ambient microphone from the base (see figure 3).
    4. Now you can remove the standby cable (see figure 4).
  18. Removing the volume control cable

    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 03
    1. Remove the three Phillips screws that hold the volume control cable in place using a Phillips screwdriver (see figure 1).
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base (see figure 2).
    3. Remove the volume control cable (see figure 3).
  19. Removing the speaker

    iPhone 6 - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the speaker 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the speaker 03
    iPhone 6 - Removing the speaker 04
    1. Now remove the following four Phillips screws that hold the speaker in place (see figure 1). Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 2.9 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screws
    2. Carefully detach the small antenna connector using the spudger (see figure 2). Push the antenna cable off of the speaker (see figure 3).
    3. Now you can remove the speaker (see figure 4).
  20. Removing the Lightning cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning cover 02
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws from the Lightning cover (see figure 1).
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now lift the Lightning cover to remove it (see figure 2).
  21. Removing the screws

    iPhone 6 - Removing the screws 01
    1. Now remove the following seven Phillips screws. Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  22. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 05
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 06
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Lightning connector 07
    1. First remove the small black piece of plastic (see figure 1). Then carefully detach the microphone using the laboratory spatula or the spudger (see figure 2).
    2. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base (see figure 3). The cable is only glued in place at the point where the speaker was.
    3. Use the spatula or spudger to loosen the headphone jack (see figure 4) and the Lightning connector (see figure 5).
    4. Now carefully continue detaching the Lightning connector from the base using the spatula or spudger (see figure 6).
    5. Carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers or the tweezers (see figure 7).
  23. Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever

    iPhone 6 - Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever 01
    1. Unscrew the Phillips screw and remove the ejector lever. Put both in the same container.
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
  24. Removing the logic board bracket

    iPhone 6 - Removing the logic board bracket 01
    1. Unscrew the Phillips screw and remove the bracket. Put both in the same container.
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw


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  26. Removing the three retaining brackets

    iPhone 6 - Removing the three retaining brackets 01
    1. Each of the three retaining brackets is secured with two Phillips screws. Remove them. Put the screws in the same container.
      6 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
  27. Attaching the three retaining brackets

    iPhone 6 - Attaching the three retaining brackets 01
    1. Attach the three brackets to the new back cover using the Phillips screws.
      6 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
  28. Installing the logic board bracket

    iPhone 6 - Installing the logic board bracket 01
    1. Attach the bracket using the Phillips screw.
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw


  29. Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever

    iPhone 6 - Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever 01
    1. Attach the ejector lever using the Phillips screw. The higher part of the ejector lever is to the left of the SIM card slot.
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
    2. Check whether you can push the SIM card tray in and out.
  30. Inserting the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6 - Inserting the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Inserting the Lightning connector 02
    1. Now put the new Lightning connector in the original position (see figure 1).
    2. Make sure that the Lightning connector, the audio jack and the microphone are fitted properly against the frame (see figure 2).
  31. Attach the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6 - Attach the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Attach the Lightning connector 02
    1. Now insert the small black piece of plastic over the microphone again (see figure 1).
    2. Then screw in all seven screws that attach the Lightning connector again (figure 2).
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  32. Installing the Lightning cover

    iPhone 6 - Installing the Lightning cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the Lightning cover 02
    1. Now install the Lightning cover (see figure 5) and screw it in place (see figure 6).
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  33. Installing the speaker

    iPhone 6 - Installing the speaker 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the speaker 02
    1. Put the new speaker in the original position (see figure 1). Make sure it’s inserted correctly and the cables with the connectors are exposed. In this process, make sure the antenna cable with the little metal ring is installed on the speaker correctly. Now you can fasten the Philipps screws again (see figure 2).
    2. 2 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
  34. Installing the volume control cable

    iPhone 6 - Installing the volume control cable 01
    1. Put the volume control cable back in its original position and screw it in place with the three Phillips screws (see figure 1).
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
  35. Installing the standby cable

    iPhone 6 - Installing the standby cable 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the standby cable 02
    1. Put the standby cable back in its original position (see figure 1) and screw it in place with the two Phillips screws (see figure 2).
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
  36. Attaching the silver LED cover

    iPhone 6 - Attaching the silver LED cover 01
    1. Now attach the silver cover and screw it in place (see figure 1).

      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
  37. Inserting and screwing in the logic board

    iPhone 6 - Inserting and screwing in the logic board 01
    iPhone 6 - Inserting and screwing in the logic board 02
    1. Put the logic board back in its original position (see figure 1) and screw it in place with the five Phillips screws (see figure 2).
      1 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Make sure you put the antenna back under the 1.3 mm Phillips screw (green). (See arrow)
  38. Installing the bracket

    iPhone 6 - Installing the bracket 01
    1. Install the bracket that connects the antenna to the frame, and screw it in place.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  39. Installing the Wi-Fi cover

    iPhone 6 - Installing the Wi-Fi cover 01
    1. Now install the Wi-Fi cover and screw it in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
  40. Connecting the connectors to the logic board

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the connectors to the logic board 01

    1. Reconnect all the relevant connectors to the logic board.

    • Connector for the antenna cable
    • Connector for the Lightning connector
    • Connector for the volume control cable
    • Connector for the standby cable



  41. Installing the silver cover

    iPhone 6 - Installing the silver cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the silver cover 02
    1. Now install the silver cover (see figure 1) and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
  42. Connecting the iSight camera

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the iSight camera 03
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the iSight camera 04
    1. Put the camera back in its original position and connect the camera’s connection cable (see figure 1).
    2. Now install the camera cover (see figure 2) and screw it in place (see figure 3).
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
    3. Now put the small black sticker back on (see figure 4).
  43. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Now attach new adhesive strips on the bottom of the battery so that it does not move in the future.
    2. Insert the battery into iPhone, but don't connect it with your device to avoid a possible short circuit.
  44. Installing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 02
    1. Put the vibration motor back in its original place (see figure 1).
    2. Fix the component with the appropriate screws (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  45. Connecting the display

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 02
    1. Now attach the LCD connector (see figure 1). This usually requires several attempts. So no worries if it does not work the first time. However, it is important that you are extremely careful in your attempts so that the plug cannot be bent.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
    2. When the connectors are attached securely, you can turn on your iPhone 6 again! Run a few functional tests and see if the LCD, touch screen, proximity sensor, front camera and earcup still work.
      If you see streaks on the display or the touchscreen is partially not working, the connectors are not connected properly.
    3. Put the cover on the connectors and fix it with the five screws (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
  46. Connecting the battery

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the battery 02
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the battery 03
    1. Now it's time to connect the battery again.
    2. Put the silver cover into the case and fix it with the screws.
      1 x 3,2 mm Phillips-Schraube
      1 x 2,3 mm Phillips-Schraube
  47. Attaching the display

    iPhone 6 - Attaching the display 01
    1. You're nearly there! Carefully put the display back into the housing. Be careful not to pinch any cables and make sure that the edge at the top of the screen really clicks into place.
    2. Now carefully push your screen on towards the home button so that it fits correctly in the frame.
  48. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Take the last remaining Pentalobe screws and insert them into the lower side of the body.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
  49. Setting the time

    iPhone 6 - Setting the time 01

    Because the battery was disconnected from the iPhone 6 for a while, it is possible that the time is no longer set correctly and is now automatically set to "1:00 am 1/1/1970". This may cause problems with the connection to the cellular network.

    Connect your iPhone 6 to a wireless network to resolve this potential problem. When your device is connected to the Internet again, the time should reset itself. If it doesn't, try removing and reinserting the SIM card. Alternatively, it may help to turn Flight Mode on and off.

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