iPhone 7 - Replacing the display

  • iPhone 7
  • 23 Steps
  • Medium
  • 60 min.
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The display of your iPhone 7 is broken? The touch screen is no longer responding? Pixel errors are constantly displayed?

Don't panic! In this repair guide we show you step by step how to replace the defective display of your iPhone on your own.

You can find the matching iPhone tool kit and a high-quality original replacement display for your iPhone 7 in our online store. We wish you every success with your repair!

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.

    €2.00 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.

    from €14.47 on Amazon
  • 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
  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Y-type screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

Getting started with the repair of your iPhone 7

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

23 steps
  1. Switching off your iPhone 7

    iPhone 7 - Switching off your iPhone 7 01
    iPhone 7 - Switching off your iPhone 7 02
    iPhone 7 - Switching off your iPhone 7 03
    1. In order to protect your device from short circuits during repair, you should switch it off completely beforehand.
    2. Press the sleep/wake button until the "Switch off" slider appears on the display.
    3. Wipe the slider from left to right.
    4. Your iPhone will shut down completely in about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the rear case screws

    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
    1. Use a Pentalobe screwdriver to remove the two Pentalobe screws located to the left and right of the Lightning connector.
    2. Place the loosened screws in a screw storage.

    To avoid losing any of the disassembled parts or screws, we recommend that you use a screw store. You can use an old sewing box for this purpose. We at iDoc use a high-quality magnetic mat for our repairs, on which the removed parts can be arranged in the same way as they were installed in the phone.

  3. Heating up the display

    iPhone 7 - Heating up the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Heating up the display 02
    Used tools

    iPhone 7 opens from the display. This is strongly glued to the rest of the case and must be warmed up before opening.

    1. First place your iPhone 7 on a clean, soft surface to protect the back cover from scratches.
    2. Using a hot air tool, such as a heat gun or a regular hairdryer, run it over the edge of the screen from the outside to heat the adhesive.

    As a rule of thumb, heat your device only enough to make it comfortable to touch without burning your fingers.

    Used tools
  4. Lifting up the display

    iPhone 7 - Lifting up the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Lifting up the display 02
    iPhone 7 - Lifting up the display 03
    Used tools

    Once the iPhone 7 is opened, the warranty for dust and splash protection as well as waterproofness is void.

    1. Once the display edge is well heated, you can place a suction cup on the display at the height of the home button.
    2. Pull the suction cup upwards to create a narrow gap between the aluminium frame and the display.
    3. At the same time, insert a flat, stable tool into the resulting gap. We use a hard plastic plectrum for this purpose.
    4. Try to enlarge the gap by pushing the aluminium frame down with the tool.
    Used tools
  5. Detaching the display

    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display 02
    Used tools

    Be careful not to insert the picks too far on the side of the sleep/wake button, to avoid damaging the flex cable of the display.

    1. Now move the pick once around the display and slightly lift the display up so that the noses come off the aluminium frame.

    Keep heating the edge of the display and leave individual flat picks in the frame, so that the glue doesn't rebond in the already loosened areas.

    Avoid laying the display flat, otherwise the sensitive flex cables can easily be overstretched. We therefore recommend leaning the display against a stable object.

    1. Once the display is completely detached, you can carefully flip it open towards the sleep/wake button.
    Used tools
  6. Disconnecting the battery connector

    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • Battery connector

    Loosen the battery connector at the beginning of the repair. This will help prevent a possible short circuit and ensure that you don't accidentally turn on your iPhone 7 while you're working.

    1. Use a Y-type screwdriver to loosen the four Y-type screws and then remove the bracket plate over the battery connector.
    When detaching the battery connector start from the side where there are no small components on the board. This way you avoid potential damage.
    1. Now move a plastic lever tool under the exposed battery connector and carefully lift it off. We use a plastic spudger for this purpose.
  7. Detaching the display connectors

    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display connectors 01
    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display connectors 02
    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display connectors 03
    iPhone 7 - Detaching the display connectors 04
    Used tools
    • Display connector
    • Home button connector

    When detaching the display connectors lever from the side where there are no small components on the board. This way you avoid potential damage.

    1. Now separate the two display connectors (display and home button) in the same way - also with the plastic spudger.
    Used tools
  8. Detaching the FaceTime connector

    • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    • FaceTime connector
    1. In the first step, remove the two Phillips screws fixing the bracket plate over the FaceTime connector and take it out.

    When detaching the FaceTime connector start from the side where there are no small components on the board. This way you avoid potential damage.

    1. Now carefully separate the FaceTime connector from the logicboard with a plastic spudger.
    2. At this point you can completely remove the display and put it aside.
  9. Removing the earpiece

    • 1 × 1,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 2 × 2,6 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 2,3 mm Phillips-Schraube

    The earpiece is attached to the inner side of the display. It is located on the upper edge, under a bracket plate and the flex cable of the FaceTime camera.

    Note that the screws are of different lengths. To avoid damage to the display during reassembling, the screws must not be mixed up.

    1. Loosen the five Phillips screws that hold the bracket plate over the earpiece.
    2. Put the bracket plate aside and carefully bend the flex cable together with the FaceTime camera to the side.
    3. Now you can easily remove the earpiece.
  10. Removing the FaceTime cable set

    iPhone 7 - Removing the FaceTime cable set 01
    iPhone 7 - Removing the FaceTime cable set 02
    iPhone 7 - Removing the FaceTime cable set 03
    iPhone 7 - Removing the FaceTime cable set 04
    iPhone 7 - Removing the FaceTime cable set 05
    Used tools

    The FaceTime camera cable set is glued to the inside of the display. Several sensors and the ambient microphone are integrated on it.

    1. In the first step, carefully remove the sensors from their lead at the upper edge of the display using tweezers.

    Heat the cable set with hot air to make it easier to remove.

    1. Next, you can carefully separate the flex cable from the inside of the display by using tweezers.
    2. When the complete cable set is detached, you can remove it and put it aside.


    Used tools
  11. Removing the home button

    • 3 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    • Home Button

    Also the home button is attached to the inside of the display. It is screwed to the lower display edge under a silver bracket plate. The flex cable of the home button is glued.

    1. First remove the bracket plate by unscrewing the Y-type screws.
    2. Then you can detach the connector of the home button with a plastic spudger. The button is thereby not connected to a board, but to another connector, which is installed in the display unit.

    Remember that the glued flex cable is very sensitive when you remove it. Even small damages can lead to a failure of the entire home button

    1. Loosen the flex cable by sliding a pair of tweezers under it and carefully lifting it off the inside of the display.

    The cable will be easier to loosen if you briefly heat it with hot air.

    1. Once the complete unit of the home button is released, you can press it out of the display from the inside.


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  13. Removing the heat shield plate

    • 6 × 1,0 Y-Type
    • Glue under the metal cover

    The heat shield plate is screwed to the inside of the display. At its lower edge the plate is glued to the flex cable set below.

    1. Remove the heat shield plate from the inside of the display by loosening the six Y-type screws.
    2. Use a pair of tweezers to slide under the lower edge of the plate to release it from the flex cable set underneath.
    3. Take the detached heat shield out of the display unit.
  14. Preparing the new display

    iPhone 7 - Preparing the new display 01
    iPhone 7 - Preparing the new display 02
    Verwendete Ersatzteile

    Before you can insert the new display into your iPhone 7, you must peel off the protective film and remove all seals. Also compare the old display to your new one. Because not all replacement displays are the same, you may need to take over the following components:

    • slightly glued mount for the front camera
    • lightly glued mount for the sensor
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
  15. Attaching the heat shield plate

    iPhone 7 - Attaching the heat shield plate 01
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the heat shield plate 02
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the heat shield plate 03
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the heat shield plate 04
    • 6 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • Correct position
    • Wrong position

    First, reattach the silver heat shield plate to the inside of the display.

    1. Press the flex cable flat on the display.

    When replacing the heat shield, make sure that it is correctly positioned over the screw holes

    1. Place the heat shield plate over the cable set and screw it tight. Do not tighten the screws completely at first, so that the plate can still be moved slightly if necessary.
    2. If the heat shield is positioned correctly, you can tighten the screws.

    The silver chip on the cable must lie exactly in its original position. If this is not the case, you will see changes in the color of the display at exactly this position after installation. Then you have to adjust the position of the cable again.

  16. Installing the home button

    • 3 × 1,2 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    1. Insert the home button through the opening of the display unit from the outside to the inside.
    2. Press the button flex cable down and reattach the connector.
    3. Now you can put the silver bracket plate back on the button and screw it tight with the Y-type screws.
  17. Installing the FaceTime cable set

    iPhone 7 - Installing the FaceTime cable set 01
    iPhone 7 - Installing the FaceTime cable set 02
    iPhone 7 - Installing the FaceTime cable set 03
    iPhone 7 - Installing the FaceTime cable set 04
    Used tools
    1. Place the FaceTime camera cable set in its original place at the upper edge of the display and press it down.

    Make sure that the microphone as well as the sensors are correctly seated in their leads, otherwise they will not function properly

    1. Push the ambient microphone and sensors back into their leads.
    Used tools
  18. Installing the earpiece

    • 1 × 1,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 2 × 2,6 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 2,3 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Put the earpiece back to its original position at the upper edge of the display.

    The small golden contacts of the earpiece will help you align it the right way. These must be positioned exactely above the golden contacts of the FaceTime cable set.

    1. Place the FaceTime camera's flex cable back over the earpiece and push the camera back into its lead.
    2. Secure earpiece and flex cable with the bracket plate by screwing it tight with the Phillips screws.
  19. Attach the adhesive frame

    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 01
    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 02
    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 03
    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 04
    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 05
    iPhone 7 - Attach the adhesive frame 06
    Used tools
    Verwendete Ersatzteile

    Despite the attachment of a new adhesive frame, your iPhone 7 is no longer 100% waterproof after repair.

    We will show how to attach the adhesive frame using iPhone 8 as an example. The process is the same for iPhone 7.

    1. To make sure the new adhesive frame fits properly, you must first remove all old adhesive residue from the back cover and display frame.
    2. Try placing the adhesive frame on the back cover to align it correctly.

    The corners of the glue frame differ and help to align it correctly.

    1. Remove the first large protective film from the bottom of the adhesive frame.
    2. Then place it on one side of the back cover frame and press it down firmly one by one.
    3. Finally, remove the remaining protective film from the adhesive frame, leaving only a thin, transparent adhesive film on the edge of the back cover.
    Used tools
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
  20. Attaching the the FaceTime connector

    • FaceTime connector
    • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    1. To reconnect the display unit to the logicboard, first place it upright at the top of the back cover.
    2. Reattach the connector of the FaceTime camera by gently pressing it with your finger until it clicks into place.
    3. Once the connector is attached, you can place the display on the side of the back cover.

    Just as with detaching the FaceTime connector, it is recommended to lean the display against a stable object to prevent the flex cables from overstretching.

    1. Finally, put the bracket plate back on the FaceTime connector and fix it with the two Phillips screws.
  21. Connecting the display

    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 03
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 04
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 05
    iPhone 7 - Connecting the display 06
    • Display connector
    • Home button connector
    1. Reconnect the home button and display connector to the logicboard.
  22. Attaching the battery connector

    • Connector
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    1. Now also reconnect the battery connector.
    2. Then put the bracket plate back on the battery connector and fix it with the four Y-type screws.
  23. Attaching the display

    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 03
    iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 04
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
    1. Place the display on the side of the back cover frame and carefully fold it over.
    2. Slide the display in the direction of the sleep/wake button so that the lugs on the display hook properly into the back cover.
    3. Then press the display into the frame over its entire surface.
    Verwendete Ersatzteile
  24. Fastening the rear case screws

    iPhone 7 - Fastening the rear case screws  01
    iPhone 7 - Fastening the rear case screws  02
    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
    1. Now fasten the two Pentalobe screws again left and right of the Lightning connector.
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