iPhone 6s Lightning connector repair guide

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

  • iPhone 6s
  • 20 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

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

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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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  • 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.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone 6s

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20 steps
  1. Turning off your device

    iPhone 6s - Turning off your device 01
    iPhone 6s - Turning off your device 02
    1. Turn off your iPhone before reparation to prevent it from damage. Therefore, press the standby button for about three seconds until the slider appears on the display.
    2. Swipe it from the left to right-hand side. Your iPhone will shut down in approximately 10 seconds.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    Used tools
    1. To open the iPhone 6s you need a pentalobe screwdriver.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws right and left of the lightning connector. We recommend you to arrange the removed screws on a magnetic pad, just like they were located in your phone before .
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
    Used tools
  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 02
    Used tools
    Heat gun
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    1. Put your iPhone 6s on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. Use a suction cup to lift the front panel, a hard plastic plectrum and a hot-air gun. If the screen is severely damaged, cover it entirely with adhesive tape before you continue.
    3. The screen is slightly adhered to the frame. Use the hot-air gun to heat the outer edges of the display to about 60°C (140°F).
    4. Place the suction cup over the home button or next to it. While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic plectrum between the aluminum frame and the display frame. Try to press down the aluminum frame as well as to push up the display with the hard plastic plectrum. Usually this takes several attempts.
    5. As soon as you can lift up the screen a few millimeters, slide carefully alongside the outer edges until the display is loosened on both sides.
      If necessary, heat the outer edges of the display several times.
    Used tools
    Heat gun
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  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
    Used tools
    Pry Tool
    €2.00

    To avoid a short circuit, disconnect the battery contact at the beginning of the repair. This will also ensure that you do not accidentally switch on the device during the repair.

    1. Remove the Phillips screws and the plug cover that secure the battery plug. Place the loosened parts in a common field on the magnetic pad to make them easier to find later.
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully remove the battery plug by carefully driving an ESD spudger under the plug. If you do not have a spudger at hand, you can also try it with your fingernail.
    Used tools
    Pry Tool
    €2.00
  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 loosen the four Phillips screws of the silver contact cover. Place the loosened screws together with the cover in a field on the magnetic pad to make them easier to find again afterwards.
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Release the following three overlapping display connectors in the order shown below. To do this, slide the spudger under the respective connector and lift it carefully.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      Display
  6. Disconnecting the connector

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the connector  01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the connector  02
    1. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to detach the antenna cable as well as the flex cabel from the main board.
  7. Removing the taptic engine

    iPhone 6s - Removing the taptic engine 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the taptic engine 02
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws fixing the taptic engine.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now you can remove the taptic engine.
  8. 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. Detach the black adhesive strip next to the lightning connector. You can find another Phillips screw under it.
    2. Now loosen the following five Phillips screws that hold the speaker in place. Drop the screws in different sections on the magnetic pad to 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.
  9. Unscrewing the lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Unscrewing the lightning connector 01
    1. Remove the following eight Phillips screws. Place the loosened screws in a common field on the magnetic mat and arrange them as you find them in the device to make them easier to recognize 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
  10. 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 plastic piece next to the headphone port.
    2. Insert a laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it. The cable is only adhered where the speaker was before. With a little hot air you can pull off the ribbon cable easier.
    3. Use the spatula or spudger to loosen the headphone port, the lightning connector and the two gold microphones.
    4. Subsequently, carefully pull off the ribbon cable using your fingers or the tweezers.
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  12. Attach the lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Attach the lightning connector 01
    1. Insert the small black piece of plastic over the microphone.
    2. Then screw tight all eight screws that fix the lightning connector.
      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
  13. 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 its little metal ring is installed properly on the speaker, and the silver contact point is placed back in its original position.
    3. Now you can fasten up the Phillips screws.
    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 adhesive tape back on the speaker.
  14. Connecting the lightning connector

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the lightning connector 01
    1. Reconnect the connectors for the antenna and the lightning connector.
  15. Installing the taptic engine

    iPhone 6s - Installing the taptic engine 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the taptic engine 02
    1. Put the taptic engine back to its original place.
    2. Fix it with screws again.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  16. Installing the connector cover

    iPhone 6s - Installing the connector cover 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the connector cover 02
    1. Put on the silver connector cover and screw it tight.
    2. 1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
  17. Connecting the display

    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone 6s - Connecting the display 03
    1. Plug the display connectors. This usually takes several attempts. Be careful not to bend the connectors.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      Display
    2. Start your iPhone as soon as the connectors are properly attached. Check the function of the LCD, touchscreen, proximity sensor, front camera and earpiece.
      If the display connectors aren’t properly connected, stripes are displayed or parts of the touchscreen won’t work!
    3. Now put back the connector cover and screw it tight.
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
  18. 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 plate and screw it in place.
      1 x 2,9 mm Phillips-Schraube
      1 x 2,2 mm Phillips-Schraube
  19. Attaching the display

    iPhone 6s - Attaching the display 01
    1. Carefully fold down the display. Make sure that the edge on the upper screen side with the connected cables snaps in properly. Now carefully push down the display towards the home button alongside the display edge until it is properly placed in the frame.
  20. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6s - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw tight the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
  21. 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 and deactivate flight mode on your device.
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