Replacing the Lightning connector

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 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 Lightning Connector in Gray

    iPhone 6 Lightning Connector in Gray

    A defective Lightning connector can cause all kinds of problems. If you can’t charge your iPhone, your computer doesn’t recognize it, the headphone output has a loose connection or remote control of the headset stops working, you need a new Lightning connector. You also need to replace it if people can’t understand you on the phone because your microphone isn’t working.

    €25.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

With our tools and the right replacement part, your repair will be a success.

iPhone 6 Lightning Connector in Gray

A defective Lightning connector can cause all kinds of problems. If you can’t charge your iPhone, your computer doesn’t...

Basic Tool Kit

Do you need to repair your smartphone? This kit includes the tools you need to tackle basic repairs for yourself, from the ESD spudger to the...

together for €50.00

iPhone 6 Lightning Connector in White

A defective Lightning connector can cause all kinds of problems. If you can’t charge your iPhone, your computer doesn’t...

Basic Tool Kit

Do you need to repair your smartphone? This kit includes the tools you need to tackle basic repairs for yourself, from the ESD spudger to the...

together for €50.00

Getting started

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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 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. 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.
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  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).
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  8. 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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  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).
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  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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  11. 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.
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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
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  17. 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.
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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