iPhone 6s - Replacing the screen

  • iPhone 6s
  • 19 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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The display of your iPhone 6s is broken, or remains black?

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 6s’ defective display unit. You need this repair if the glass is cracked, 3D Touch no longer responds to touch, or the LCD remains black or flickers.

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.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • 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 6s

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19 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

    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
  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 6s - Lifting the display 02
    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.
  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

    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.
  5. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the connectors 02
    iPhone 6s - Disconnecting the 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
    3. Test the new display
      • Connect the new display provisionally. Connecting the display cable is not always easy.
      • Start your iPhone and make sure the LCD and touchscreen are working properly. Make sure the display contacts are firmly seated on the connectors. If they are not, the display will stay black or show streaks.
      • If the display looks a bit yellowish, check the last step of this manual.
  6. Removing the earpiece

    iPhone 6s - Removing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the earpiece 03
    1. You can find the earpiece at the upper display edge. Remove the three Phillips screws from the earpiece cover and put them in the same field of the magnetic pad.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the earpiece cover which is still attached to the display back with an adhesive strip. Put it with the screws you removed before.
    3. The earpiece is located under the front camera’s ribbon cable. To remove it, push the cable slightly aside.
  7. Removing the front camera/sensor cable set

    iPhone 6s - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 03

    Remove the cable set in two steps:

    1. First remove the sensors by lifting them up carefully.
    2. Now insert the spudger or spatula under the ribbon cable at the point where the ambient microphone is. At this point the cable is only slightly glued. Subsequently you can easily lift out the cable set.
  8. Removing the rear panel

    iPhone 6s - Removing the rear panel 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the rear panel 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the rear panel 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the rear panel 04
    1. Undo the eight Phillips screws that fix the rear panel (see picture 1).
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw (small head)
      6 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Pull off the adhesive strips on the left and right upper end of the rear panel.
    3. Now you can remove the rear panel (see picture 3).
  9. Removing the home button

    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 01
    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 02
    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 03
    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 04
    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 05
    iPhone 6s - Removing the home button 06
    1. Remove the two Phillips screws. Then remove the silver cover and put everything in the same section of the magnetic pad.
      1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
    2. To disconnect the contact of the home button cable you can use a spudger.
    3. Carefully insert the flat end of the spudger under the firmly adhered cable set to detach it.
    4. The home button is adhered to the screen from the inside. Carefully push the button inward from the front side on with your finger.
    5. Once the cable set is detached, you can lift it out.
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  11. Preparing the new display

    iPhone 6s - Preparing the new display 01
    1. Not all available displays have the same features. If necessary, you’ll have to take some of the following parts from your old display before installing the new screen:
      • Front camera bracket (lightly glued in place)
      • Sensor bracket (lightly glued in place)
  12. Installing the home button

    iPhone 6s - Installing the home button 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the home button 02
    iPhone 6s - Installing the home button 03
    1. Attach the home button again and connect the connectors.
    2. Put the silver cover back on and screw it tight.
    3. 1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
  13. Attaching the rear panel

    iPhone 6s - Attaching the rear panel 01
    iPhone 6s - Attaching the rear panel 02
    iPhone 6s - Attaching the rear panel 03
    iPhone 6s - Attaching the rear panel 04
    1. Place the silver rear panel on new display's back and screw it tight. Make sure that the 3D Touch cable lies under the rear panel.
    2. 1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw (small head)
      6 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    3. Attach the adhesive strips on the left and right upper end of the rear panel.
  14. Installing the camera/sensor cable set

    iPhone 6s - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 02
    1. First of all, attach the ambient microphone in its original position.
    2. Then, put each of the sensors in the corresponding bracket on the inside of the display frame.
      Make sure your place the sensors correctly, because otherwise the proximity sensor won’t work properly!
  15. Installing the earpiece

    iPhone 6s - Installing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 6s - Installing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 6s - Installing the earpiece 03
    1. Put the earpiece back in its previous position between the FaceTime camera and the sensors. Subsequently, put the cover plate back on and the adhesive strip back in its original position.
    2. Fasten the Phillips screws. Make sure the front camera is centered on the display front. Move it slightly if necessary.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw

    Note that the screws aren’t the same length! If you mix them up, a screw could press against the display glass from the inside and damage it.

  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Optional: Correct the display's color temperature

    iPhone 6s -  Optional: Correct the display's color temperature 01

    Since iOS 10, the color temperature of the display can be adjusted.

    • open "Settings"> "General"> "Accessibility"> "Display Accommondations"
    • select "Colour Filters"
    • activate "Colour Filters"
    • select the filter "Colour Tint"
    • the color intensity can be adjusted with a slider
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