Apple iPhone 7 - Replacing the Taptic Engine

The vibration motor isn’t working.

  • iPhone 7
  • 15 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 7’s defective Taptic Engine. You need this repair if your phone doesn’t vibrate or only barely vibrates.
Back up all your data before the repair, and touch something like a radiator to get rid of any static charges.

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.

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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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  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

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

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Required replacement part

  • iPhone 7 Taptic Engine

    iPhone 7 Taptic Engine

    Tired of missing calls and texts when your phone is on silent? If your iPhone 7 no longer vibrates or the vibration is very weak, your Taptic Engine module is probably defective. Replace it with a new one so you can start picking up those good vibrations and never miss another notification. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

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iPhone 7 Taptic Engine

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone 7

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15 steps
  1. Switching off your device

    iPhone 7 - Switching off your device 01
    iPhone 7 - Switching off your device 02
    1. To protect your device during the repair process, you should switch it off completely. Press the Standby button until the "Switch off" slider appears.
    2. Swipe from left to right to turn off your iPhone. This process takes about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 7 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone 7 - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
    1. Use a Pentalobe screwdriver (PL1) to remove the two Pentalobe screws located to the left and right of the Lightning connector. Store both screws together in a field on the magnetic pad.
  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 7 - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 7 - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 7 - Lifting the display 03
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    iPhone 7 - Lifting the display 05
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    iPhone 7 - Lifting the display 07
    1. Place your iPhone 7 on a clean, soft surface. This will protect the back of your iPhone from scratches.
    2. Have a suction cup, a hard plastic plectrum and a hot air device (a normal hairdryer will also work) ready. With this you can lift off the display. If the glass is broken very badly, you should also use parcel tape - tape off the whole screen before you continue.
    3. The screen is glued to the frame. To loosen the glue, use a hairdryer and heat the outside edge to about 60°C (140°F).

    You may have to repeat this step several times. On the side on which the standby button is located are the Flex cables of the display. Additionally, the display unit is hooked to the edge of the earcup. Once the iPhone is opened, the warranty for dust and splash water protection of the IP67 classification is no longer valid.

    1. If the edge of the display is well heated, you can place the suction cup above the Home button. If this is not possible, place it next to it. Now lift the front screen using the key ring on the suction cup. At the same time, insert the hard plastic plectrum between the screen and the aluminium case and press the case down.
      The display is completely glued. Therefore, the plectrum must be led completely around the iPhone. Be careful not to insert the hard plastic plectrum too far into the device on the side of the standby button to avoid damaging the flex cables of the display.
    2. Now lever the display upwards using the plectrum. This will release the lugs from the aluminium frame. Then you can open the display to the side.

    Never fold the display more than 180° to avoid overstretching the sensitive flexible cables. So don't lay it flat, but lean it diagonally against a stable object. Alternatively, you can use the iHold Evo tool to hold the display securely.

  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the battery contact 03
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the battery contact 04
    • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • Battery Connector

    At the beginning of the repair, loosen the battery contact. 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. Using a Y-type screwdriver (Y000), remove the four Y-type screws and then lift the cover. Place all the parts in a common field of the magnetic mat.
    2. Now you can carefully lift off the battery contact. Use a plastic spudger and go under the plug very gently. If you don't have a suitable tool at hand, you can also try it with your fingernail.
  5. Disconnecting the display contacts

    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the display contacts 01
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the display contacts 02
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the display contacts 03
    • Display
    • Home Button
    1. Now disconnect the contacts for the display and the home button - also by using the plastic spudger.
  6. Disconnecting the FaceTime contact

    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the FaceTime contact  01
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the FaceTime contact  02
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the FaceTime contact  03
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the FaceTime contact  04
    iPhone 7 - Disconnecting the FaceTime contact  05
    • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips
    • Facetime Connector
      1. Remove the two Phillips screws with a Phillips screwdriver (PH00). Then lift off the cover and place everything on one field on the magnetic pad.
      2. Now you should carefully remove the contact of the Facetime camera from the board.
      3. Finally you can lift off the display completely.
      1. Removing the Taptic Engine

        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 01
        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 02
        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 03
        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 04
        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 05
        iPhone 7 - Removing the Taptic Engine 06
        • 2 × 1,9 mm Phillips
        • Taptic Engine
        • 3 × 1,5 mm Phillips
        1. Unscrew the two Phillips screws in the plastic cover using a Phillips screwdriver (PH00) and remove them.
        2. Use a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine’s contact.
        3. Use a Phillips screwdriver (PH00) to remove the three Phillips screws holding the Taptic Engine in place.
        4. Now remove the Taptic Engine.
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      3. Installing the Taptic Engine

        iPhone 7 - Installing the Taptic Engine 01
        iPhone 7 - Installing the Taptic Engine 02
        iPhone 7 - Installing the Taptic Engine 03
        iPhone 7 - Installing the Taptic Engine 04
        iPhone 7 - Installing the Taptic Engine 05
        • 3 × 1,5 mm Phillips
        • Taptic Engine Connector
        • 2 × 1,9 mm Phillips
        1. Put the Taptic Engine back between the battery and the Lightning connector.
        2. Fasten the Taptic Engine with the three Phillips screws again.
        3. Connect the Taptic Engine’s contact to the Lightning connector again.
        4. Put the plastic cover back in the iPhone and secure it with the two Phillips screws.
      4. Attach a frame sticker

        iPhone 7 - Attach a frame sticker 01
        iPhone 7 - Attach a frame sticker 02
        iPhone 7 - Attach a frame sticker 03
        iPhone 7 - Attach a frame sticker 04
        iPhone 7 - Attach a frame sticker 05

        We will show this step using iPhone 8 as an example; the process is the same for iPhone 7.

        1. Remove all adhesive remains from the metal frame and the display. This will ensure that the new adhesive frame will fit properly.
        2. Remove the first protective film from the adhesive frame.
        3. Now attach the adhesive frame - first on one side, then gradually apply it to the whole device. Only when you are convinced that the frame is in place you should press the frame down with your fingers.
        4. Remove the remaining protective film.

        The corners of the adhesive frame are shaped differently and thus give you an orientation for the correct positioning.

        Although you apply a new adhesive frame onto your iPhone 7, it won't be 100% waterproof after repair.
      5. Connecting the FaceTime contact

        iPhone 7 - Connecting the FaceTime contact 01
        iPhone 7 - Connecting the FaceTime contact 02
        iPhone 7 - Connecting the FaceTime contact 03
        • Facetime-Kontakt
        • 2 × 1,2 mm Phillips
        1. To reattach the Facetime cable to the Logicboard, place the display upright on the frame. Connect the contact.
        2. Set the display on the side of the frame.
        3. Now put the cover of the Facetime contact back into the iPhone 7 and fix it with the two Phillips screws.
      6. 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
        • Display
        • Homebutton
        1. Reconnect the contacts of the Home button and display to the motherboard.
      7. Connecting the battery contact

        iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 01
        iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 02
        iPhone 7 - Connecting the battery contact 03
        • 1 × 2,4 mm Y-Type
        • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
        1. Reconnect the battery by attaching the battery contact.
        2. Put the cover back in the iPhone 7 and secure it with the four Y-Type screws.
      8. Attaching the display

        iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 01
        iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 02
        iPhone 7 - Attaching the display 03
        1. Put the display on the side of the frame and lower it onto the iPhone.
        2. Push the display toward the Sleep/Wake button so the tabs click into place.
        3. Then press the entire display into the frame.

        We can’t guarantee that it will still be waterproof. You’d have to reglue the display to make sure of that.

      9. Fastening the enclosure screws

        iPhone 7 - Fastening the enclosure screws  01
        • 2 × 3,3 mm Pentalobe
        1. Now fasten the last two Pentalobe screws left and right of the Lightning connector.
      10. Setting the time

        iPhone 7 - Setting the time  01

        If your iPhone is disconnected from the battery, it automatically resets the time to "1:00 am on 01.01.1970". This may cause problems connecting to cellular networks.

        To solve this problem, you should connect to a WLAN network after the repair. With an existing Internet connection, the time will come back on its own. If this does not work, remove the SIM card and reinsert it. Alternatively, it may help to switch the flight mode on and off again.
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