iPhone 6 Lightning connector repair guide

Your iPhone won’t charge, or the microphone and audio port aren’t working.

  • iPhone 6
  • 21 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 6’s defective Lightning connector on your own. You need this repair if your computer doesn’t recognize your iPhone, you can’t charge your iPhone, the headphone output has a loose connection, or remote control of the headset isn’t working. You also need to replace the Lightning connector if people can’t understand you on the phone because your microphone isn’t working.

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.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €7.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone 6

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21 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. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the connectors 02

    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the lower oblong connector for the Lightning connector).
    2. Testing the new Lightning connector
      • Temporarily connect the new Lightning connector and the Battery .
      • Then temporarily connect the display.
      • Start your iPhone and check whether the headphone jack (including remote control of the headphones) and the microphone work. Check whether your PC recognizes your iPhone.
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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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  12. 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 figures 6 and 7).
    5. Then carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers.
  13. 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).
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Installing the speaker

    iPhone 6 - Installing the speaker 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the speaker 02
    1. Put the new speaker in the original position. 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 (see figure 1). 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
  18. Connecting the cables

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the cables 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the cables 02
    1. Now reconnect the little antenna cable and the connector for the Lightning connector in the appropriate positions.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
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