Apple iPhone 6s - Replacing the back cover

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

  • iPhone 6s
  • 39 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 120 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 6s’ 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

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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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.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €1.00 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.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Hexagon nut driver, 2.5 mm

    Hexagon nut driver, 2.5 mm

    You need the right screwdriver for removing 2.5 mm hex screws.

    €12.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 6s Back Cover in Space Gray

    iPhone 6s 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 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

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

39 steps
  1. Turning off your Device

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

    iPhone 6s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 6s.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Put the screws in the same container.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 04
    1. Put your iPhone 6s on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup, a hard plastic pick and a heat gun. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape before you continue.
    3. The screen is lightly glued to the frame. Use a heat gun to heat the outer edges of the display to about 60°C (140°F).
    4. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it. 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. This usually takes several attempts.
    5. 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.
      If necessary, heat the outer edges of the display a few times.
  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the battery contact 03
    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screws on the battery connector. Then lift the cover. Put all the parts in the same container.
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully lift the battery connector by inserting the ESD spudger slightly below the connector. If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the silver cover. Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it.
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following three overlapping connectors in the order shown below. Be very careful. Carefully place the pointed tip of the spudger below the contact and lift it up.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      Display
  6. Removing the Taptic Engine

    iPhone 6s - Removing the Taptic Engine 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Taptic Engine 02
    1. Unscrew the two screws that hold the Taptic Engine in place.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the Taptic Engine.
  7. Removing the battery

    iPhone 6s - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the battery 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the battery 04
    1. The battery is attached to the enclosure by two adhesive strips. Use a pair of tweezers or a laboratory spatula to detach them.
    2. Now pull the adhesive strips off to one side very slowly. Hold the adhesive strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone.
    3. Now simply remove the battery.
  8. Disconnecting the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the Lightning connector 02
    1. Disconnect the connectors for the Lightning connector and the antenna cable from the logic board using the pointed tip of the spudger.
  9. Removing the speaker

    iPhone 6s - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the speaker 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the speaker 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the speaker 04
    iPhone 6s - Removing the speaker 05
    1. Remove the black sticker next to the Lightning connector. There’s another Phillips screw below it.
    2. Now remove the following five Phillips screws that hold the speaker in place. Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
    3. Carefully pull the antenna cable to the side.
    4. Now you can remove the speaker.
  10. Unscrewing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Unscrewing the Lightning connector 01
    1. Now remove the following eight Phillips screws. Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  11. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 05
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 06
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Lightning connector 07
    1. First remove the little black piece of plastic next to the audio port.
    2. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base. The cable is only glued in place at the point where the speaker was. A little hot air can make the ribbon cable easier to detach.
    3. Use the spatula or spudger to loosen the headphone jack, the Lightning connector and the two gold microphones.
    4. Carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers or the tweezers.
  12. Removing the iSight camera

    iPhone 6s - Removing the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the iSight camera 03
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws from the camera cover.
      1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the camera connector by placing the spudger very slightly below the contact and lifting it up.
    3. Now remove the camera.
      The silver cover is lightly glued to the camera.
  13. Disconnecting the volume connector

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the volume connector 01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the volume connector 02
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the volume connector 03
    1. First remove the two Phillips screws from the silver cover. Put everything in the same container.
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Then lift the cover to remove it.
  14. Removing the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 6s - Removing the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    1. First remove the five Phillips screws from the Wi-Fi cover. Put the screws in the same container.
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Then lift the cover to remove it.
  15. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone 6s - 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.
  16. Removing the logic board

    iPhone 6s - Removing the logic board 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the logic board 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the logic board 03
    1. Now unscrew all six screws that hold the logic board in place.
      1 x 2.3 mm hex screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Take out the little antenna cable.
    3. Now you can carefully remove the logic board by hand.
  17. Removing the antenna

    iPhone 6s - Removing the antenna 01
    1. Remove the longer black antenna cable. It’s attached to the side of the back cover.
  18. Removing the flashlight cover

    iPhone 6s - Removing the flashlight cover 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the flashlight cover 02
    1. First remove the Phillips screw from the cover.
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Then lift the cover to remove it.
  19. Removing the standby/volume control cable

    iPhone 6s - Removing the standby/volume control cable 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the standby/volume control cable 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the standby/volume control cable 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the standby/volume control cable 04
    iPhone 6s - Removing the standby/volume control cable 05
    1. Remove the five Phillips screws that hold the standby/volume control cable in place using a Phillips screwdriver.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. If you heat the cable for a little while, it’s easier to remove from the back cover.
    3. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base.
    4. Now you can remove the cable.
  20. Transferring the retaining brackets

    iPhone 6s - Transferring the 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
    2. Transfer all the other small parts that aren’t preinstalled in the new back cover.
  21. Installing the standby/volume control cable

    iPhone 6s - Installing the standby/volume control cable 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the standby/volume control cable 02
    1. Now put the standby/volume control cable in the original position and screw it in place with the five Phillips screws.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Make sure the cable is lying flat and not bent.
    3. After tightening the screws, check how sensitive the buttons are to pressure and adjust the screws as necessary.
  22. Attaching the flashlight cover

    iPhone 6s - Attaching the flashlight cover 01
    iPhone 6s - Attaching the flashlight cover 02
    1. Now attach the cover and screw it in place.
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
  23. Connecting the antenna

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the antenna 01
    1. Put the black antenna cable back in its original position.
      Make sure the cable’s positioned properly in the plastic guide.
  24. Inserting the logic board

    iPhone 6s - Inserting the logic board 01
    iPhone 6s - Inserting the logic board 02
    iPhone 6s - Inserting the logic board 03
    iPhone 6s - Inserting the logic board 04
    iPhone 6s - Inserting the logic board 05
    1. Put the logic board back where it was originally.
    2. Now reconnect the contacts for the standby/volume cable set and the antenna cable.
    3. Install the little antenna cable.
    4. Fasten it with the five Phillips screws again.
    5. 1 x 2.3 mm hex screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
  25. Inserting the SIM tray

    iPhone 6s - Inserting the SIM tray 01

    Now slide the SIM card tray into the appropriate opening.

  26. Installing the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 6s - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    1. Now install the Wi-Fi antenna and screw it in place.
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
  27. Connecting the volume connector

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the volume connector 01
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the volume connector 02
    1. Attach the connecter to the board.
    2. Now attach the silver cover and screw it in place.
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
  28. Connecting the iSight camera

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the iSight camera 03
    1. Put the camera back in its original position and connect the camera’s connection cable.
    2. Now install the camera cover and screw it in place. It may still be on the camera.
    3. 1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
  29. Attach the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Attach the Lightning connector 01
    1. Now insert the small black piece of plastic over the microphone again.
    2. Then screw in all eight screws that attach the Lightning connector again.
      2 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
  30. Installing the speaker

    iPhone 6s - Installing the speaker 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the speaker 02
    iPhone 6s - Installing the speaker 03
    iPhone 6s - Installing the speaker 04
    1. Put the new speaker in the original position.
    2. Make sure that the antenna cable with the little metal ring is installed properly on the speaker, and put the silver contact point back in the original position.
    3. Now you can fasten the Phillips screws again.
    4. 2 x 2.6 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
    5. Now put the antenna cable’s black sticker back on the speaker.
  31. Connecting the Lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the Lightning connector 01
    1. Reconnect the connectors for the antenna and the Lightning connector.
  32. Prepare the battery

    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 01
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 02
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 03
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 04
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 05
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 06
    iPhone 6s - Prepare the battery 07
    1. Attach new adhesive strips to the underside of the battery. Otherwise, the battery will move inside your device and be damaged.
    2. First remove the blue protective film from the adhesive strips.
    3. Stick the adhesive strips to the back of the battery. Make sure that the tabs overlap.
    4. Remove the small blue films from the black tabs and stick them to the edge of the battery.
    5. Remove the last protective film.


  33. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6s - Installing the battery 01
    1. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and connect the connector.
  34. Installing the Taptic Engine

    iPhone 6s - Installing the Taptic Engine 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the Taptic Engine 02
    1. Put the Taptic Engine back where it was originally.
    2. Fasten the Taptic Engine with the screws again.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  35. Connecting the display

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 03
    1. Reconnect the connectors. Connecting the display connector generally takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connector.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      Display
    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 display connectors aren’t connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen won’t work.
    3. Now install the cover and screw it in place.
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
  36. Connecting the battery

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the battery 01
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the battery 02
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the battery 03
    1. Connect the battery connector.
    2. Put on the silver cover and screw it in place.
      1 x 2,9 mm Phillips-Schraube
      1 x 2,2 mm Phillips-Schraube
  37. Attaching the display

    iPhone 6s - 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.
  38. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6s - 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
  39. Setting the time

    iPhone 6s - 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 isn’t 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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