Replacing the back cover

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 tool

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

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

    €1.00 in the iDoc store
  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

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

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €2.00 in the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €6.00 in the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €3.00 in the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €18.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 in the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 6 Back Cover in Space Gray

    iPhone 6 Back Cover in Space Gray

    If your back cover is warped or scratched, you can replace it with this new enclosure, which includes the power/Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, as well as the SIM card tray. Whether or not your cover’s busted, this is a great way to see how your phone looks in a different color. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

    €69.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

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Replacing the back cover

Steps

48 Steps

Getting started

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48 steps
  1. Turning off your Device

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

    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 6.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. Put both screws in the same container.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 03
    1. Put your iPhone 6 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup and a hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape before you continue.
    3. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it (see figure 1). While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display frame and press down the aluminum frame. Also use the hard plastic pick to raise the screen (see figure 2). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. As soon as you can lift the screen a few millimeters, you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides (see figure 3).
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  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
    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screws on the battery connector (see figure 1). Then lift the cover (see figure 2). Put all the parts in the same container.
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully lift the battery connector by inserting the pointed tip of the ESD spudger slightly below the connector (see figure 3). If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
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  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    1. First remove the five Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it.
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following four overlapping connectors (see figure 2) in the order shown below. Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
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  6. Removing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 02
    1. Remove the two screws that hold the vibration motor in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the vibration motor (see figure 2)
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  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 is attached to the enclosure by two adhesive strips. Use the laboratory spatula to detach the two black ends of the adhesive strips from the battery (see figure 1).
    2. Now pull off the adhesive strips very slowly. Hold the adhesive strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone. (See figures 2 and 3).
    3. Now simply remove the battery.
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  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).
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  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
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  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.
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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.
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  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).
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  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).
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  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).
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  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).
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  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).
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  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).
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  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
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  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).
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  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
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  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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  25. 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
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  26. 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
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  27. 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


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  28. 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.
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  29. 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).
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  30. 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
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  31. 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
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  32. 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
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  33. 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
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  34. 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
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  35. 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
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  36. 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)
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  37. 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
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  38. 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
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  39. 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



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  40. 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
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  41. 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).
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  42. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Attach new adhesive strips below the battery. Otherwise, the battery will have too much room and move around
    2. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and connect the connector (see figure 1).
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  43. Installing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 02
    1. Place the new vibration motor at the original location (see figure 1).
    2. Screw the vibration motor in place again (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
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  44. Connecting the display

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 02
    1. Reattach the connectors (see figure 1). Connecting the LCD connector generally takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connector.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
    2. Start your iPhone as soon as the connectors are securely attached. Check the function of the LCD, touchscreen, proximity sensor, front camera and earpiece.
      If the connectors are not connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen will not work.
    3. Now attach the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
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  45. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 02
    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 03
    1. Attach new adhesive strips below the battery. Otherwise, the battery will have too much room and move around
    2. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and connect the connector (see figure 1).
    3. Put on the silver cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
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  46. Attaching the display

    iPhone 6 - Attaching the display 01
    1. Then carefully fold down the screen. Make sure that the edge on the upper part of the screen where the cables are clicks into place properly. Now carefully push the screen on toward the Home button until it is properly installed in the frame.
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  47. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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  48. Setting the time

    iPhone 6 - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone loses the time and sets itself to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time is not set..

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WLAN network and wait until the time is set.
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
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