In this photo tutorial we show you step by step how to change the back cover of your iPhone SE on your own, and give your phone a new lease on life.

The photos in this repair guide depict the iPhone 8. Since this is almost identical in construction to the iPhone SE (2nd generation), we decided to reuse the photos from the iPhone 8 manual for this manual. All the steps to be carried out have also remained the same.

We wish you good luck with the replacement of your back cover and would appreciate your rating of our instruction!

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.

    €3.00 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
  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

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

    €5.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €7.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €3.00 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
  • Phillips screwdriver with centering pin

    Phillips screwdriver with centering pin

    Phillips screwdriver with practical centering pin for logic board 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
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Replacing the back cover

Steps

51 Steps

Getting started with the repair of your iPhone SE (2020)

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

51 steps
  1. Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation)

    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 03
    1. Turn off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) completely in the first step, to protect it from potential damage during repair.
      To do so, keep the standby button pressed until the "Power off" slider appears.
    2. Wipe the slider from left to right. Your iPhone will shut down completely in about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the rear case screws

    • 2 × 3.4 mm Pentablobe
    1. Remove the two Pentalobe screws to the right and left of the Lightning connector with a Pentalobe screwdriver. Then put the screws in your screw storage box.

    In order not to lose any of the removed parts or screws, we recommend that you use a screw storage box. For example, you can convert an old sewing box into a screw storage box. We use a high-quality magnetic pad on which you can also arrange the components exactly as you found them in your phone. This way you know exactly where each screw has been and makes it much easier for you to assemble it later.

  3. Heating up the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 02
    Used tools
    1. First, place your iPhone SE on a soft, clean surface to prevent scratches when lifting the display.
    2. Since the display is glued to the edge, you will need to heat it up to make it easier to detach from the rest of the case.
      To do this, use a hot air device like a heat gun or alternatively a regular hairdryer to drive evenly over the edge of the display from the outside.

    The rule of thumb for warming up is: you should still be able to touch your device without it becoming unpleasantly hot.

    Used tools
  4. Detaching the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the display 03
    Used tools

    After opening the iPhone SE (2nd generation) the warranty for protection against dust and splashing water of the IP67 classification expires.

    1. Press the suction cup on the display in the area above the home button and pull it upwards. By lifting the display screen, you create a narrow gap between the aluminium and display frames.

    If the display screen is badly broken, apply parcel tape to it beforehand.

    1. Insert a flat plastic tool into the narrow gap between the aluminium frame and the display frame and try to use it to additionally push the aluminium frame upwards. We use flat plastic picks for this.

    Take care not to insert the picks on the side of the standby button too far, in order not to damage the display's flex cable.

    1. Drive the pick once completely around the display frame. Keep warming the edge of the display and leave individual picks in the frame to prevent the adhesive from rejoining in the areas that have already been loosened.
    Used tools
  5. Opening the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 02

    Never open the display more than 180° while it is still connected, otherwise the flex cables may tear.

    1. Now carefully push the display upwards with the plectrum so that the lugs come off the aluminium frame.
    2. Then open it laterally towards the standby button. Lean the display against a stable object to avoid overstretching the flexible cables,
  6. Disconnecting the battery connector

    • 2 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    • Connector

    Disconnect the battery connector immediately at the beginning of the repair. This not only prevents a short circuit, but also ensures that you do not accidentally switch on your phone during the repair.

    We're using photos of iPhone 8 in this guide. The battery connector may look slightly different in iPhone SE (2nd generation), but it's in the same place in the device.

    1. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the four screws of the contact cover and carefully lift it out of your device with tweezers.
    2. Now disconnect the battery contact by carefully sliding a plastic spudger under the plug and lifting it off. We always use a plastic spudger for this.


  7. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 04
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Using the plastic spudger, lever off the two connectors that are attached to the display (display and home button).
    Used tools
  8. Disconnecting the FaceTime connector

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the FaceTime connector 04
    • 3 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Using the Phillips screwdriver (PH00), loosen the three Phillips screws to remove the cover over the FaceTime connector.
    2. Use a spudger to carefully detach the FaceTime connector from the board.
    3. Now you can remove the display completely.
  9. Removing the iSight camera

    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 3.0 mm Standoff
    • Connector
    1. Unscrew the two screws which fasten the bracket plate of the iSight camera and put the bracket plate aside.

    There are special screwdrivers for removing the internal thread screw, but you can also use a regular, thin slotted screwdriver.

    1. Disconnect the camera by carefully prying off its connector using a spudger.
    2. Then remove the camera from your iPhone using tweezers.
  10. Disconnecting the connector of the volume control cable

    • 1 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.7 mm Phillips
    1. First remove the screws of the bracket plate located above the connector of the standby and volume button.
    2. Carefully separate the connector from the logicboard with the spudger.
  11. Removing the plastic bracket

    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    1. First unscrew the four Phillips screws from the plastic bracket to be able to remove the bracket afterwards.

    One of the screws is screwed into the side of the backcover.

    1. Remove the other two screws, which attach a kind of connecting item under the plastic bracket, and take it out of your device.
  12. Removing the Wi-Fi antenna

    • 1 × 1.3 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. First unscrew the Phillips screws with which the Wi-Fi antenna is attached.
    2. Now carefully lever the antenna connector off the board with a plastic spudger.
    3. Loosen the slightly stuck antenna with the help of a little hot air and a flat, stable lever tool by sliding it under the antenna. We always use a steel spatula in this case.
    4. Once everything is loose, you can remove the antenna from your iPhone SE.
  13. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  03
    Used tools
    1. Take a SIM tool or a paperclip to remove the SIM card tray from your phone. To do so, press the SIM tool into the small hole in the SIM card tray.
    Used tools
  14. Disconnecting the logic board connectors

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 04
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 05
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Carefully detach the three connectors from the logic board with a spudger.
    Used tools
  15. Removing the logic board

    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.1 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    1. Untighten the three screws that hold the logic board in place.
    2. Please note, that the Phillips screw is covered by a sticker (see our photo).

    3. With the screws loosend you can carefully remove the logic board. Next to the two holes for the iSight camera, there is a plastic holder for a screw.
      This plastic holder lies above the logic board.
  16. Removing the speaker

    • 1 × 1.2 mm Y-type
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    1. First unscrew the three screws from the cover plate that is attached above the flexible cable of the speaker, and remove the cover plate.

    For the Y-type screw you need a suitable Y-type screwdriver.

    1. Then carefully separate the speaker connector with a spudger and lift up the flex cable.
    2. Loosen the screws that hold the speaker in place.
    3. As a last step, lift the speaker and the flex cable out of your device.
  17. Removing the Taptic Engine

    • 1 × 2.0 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.0 mm Phillips
    1. First, carefully pull off the small flex cable that is located above the Taptic Engine connector.
    2. Then loosen the screws that hold the Taptic Engine in place.
    3. Use a spudger to carefully detach the Taptic Engine connector and take it out of your phone.
  18. Removing the battery

    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the battery 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the battery 04
    Used tools

    The battery is glued to the case with four adhesive strips. The adhesive strips have tabs to pull them out. The tabs are glued to the top and bottom edges of the battery.

    1. Use tweezers or a spatula to peel off the black tabs. Underneath are the white adhesive strips.
    2. Now pull out the adhesive strips very slowly. Keep the strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone.
    3. Firmly hold the battery and iPhone while pulling out the last adhesive strip to prevent the battery from falling out of the device.

      If one of the adhesive strips tears, you have to pry out the battery carefully using a battery spudger. Try to bend the battery as little as possible.

    4. Once all the adhesive strips are off, you can remove the battery.
    Used tools
  19. Removing the barometric vent

    • 1 × 1.7 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.9 mm Phillips
    1. Unscrew the two Phillips-screws on the barometric vent.
    2. Carefully remove the glued barometric vent from the bottom of the back cover with tweezers.
  20. Removing the Lightning connector

    • 2 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    • 3 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    1. Now remove the five Phillips screws that attach the Lightning connector and place them in a common field on the magnetic pad.

    Two of the screws are screwed to the sides of the back cover and each one is hidden under a black tape.

    1. In the next step, heat the glued flex cable with hot air and carefully separate it from the back cover with the flat side of the steel spatula.
    2. Loosen the lightning connector and the two golden microphones with the spatula or the spudger.
    3. Then carefully remove the Lightning connector with the flex cable from the backcover with your fingers or tweezers.


  21. Removing the volume control cable

    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff
    • 2 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    1. First loosen the standoff screw that fixes the cover plate over the flash and take it out of your device.
    2. Then remove the five Phillips screws that fix the flex cable of the standby and volume button.

    If you heat the flex cable briefly with hot air, it will be easier to remove it from the backcover

    1. Drive with the flat side of the steel spatula under the flex cable and carefully separate it piece by piece from the bottom of the back cover.
    2. Take the cable out of the back cover as soon as it is completely detached.


  22. Removing the fastening brackets

    • 6 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    1. The three mounting clamps are fixed with two Phillips screws each on the edge of the back cover. Unscrew the screws and place them on a common field of the magnetic mat.
    2. There is a sticker on two of the clamps. Take it over.
  23. Removing the guide rail for the iSight camera

    • 1 × 1.3 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the Phillips screw that screws the guide rail into the edge of the back cover.
    2. Loosen the rail with a flat tool such as a steel spatula and take it out.
  24. Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons

    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 04
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 05
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 06
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 07
    Used tools
    1. Using tweezers, carefully pull the brackets of the sleep/wake button out of the back cover frame.
    2. Press the key holder vertically upwards from one side and then carefully pull it off the back cover frame as well.
    3. Now you can press the button from inside the frame.
    4. Do the same for the volume buttons.
    Used tools
  25. Remove charging coil / NFC

    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 04
    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 05
    iPhone SE (2020) - Remove charging coil / NFC 06
    Used tools

    The coil for contactless charging must also be transferred to your new backcover. It consists of a black adhesive surface in which a copper coil is integrated.

    1. First heat the edge of the loading coil with hot air to warm up the glue that fixes the coil to the backcover.
    2. Then use a flat, stable tool to move under the edge of the coil to release it from the backcover.

    If you don't want to use the old backcover anymore, you can definitely work with a flat metal tool. Otherwise we recommend to use a plastic tool to loosen the loading coil so that you don't scratch the inside of the backcover.

    1. Once it is released at the edge, you can push the tool completely under the coil.
    2. The charging coil should now be easy to remove from the back cover. If not, reheat it.


    Used tools
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  27. Preparing the new back cover

    • Plastikführung
    • Dichtungen

    Check your new back cover and compare it with the old one. You may have to take over plastic guides or seals from the old back cover.

    1. Remove all parts from the old backcover that are not on the new one, e.g. stickers or plastic frame.

    You also have to transfer the small plastic pen for the SIM holder into the new backcover.

    1. Attach the parts to the new back cover.
  28. Attach charging coil / NFC

    iPhone SE (2020) - Attach charging coil / NFC 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attach charging coil / NFC 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attach charging coil / NFC 03
    1. Glue the loading coil into the new backcover. Make sure that it lies as flat as possible.
    2. Position the contact properly, so that it can be connected to the logic board later.
    3. If the adhesive does not hold properly, warm it up again with hot air and press it firmly.
  29. Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons

    iPhone SE (2020) - Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 04
    iPhone SE (2020) - Installing the sleep/wake and volume buttons 05
    Used tools
    1. Re-insert the sleep/wake button by pressing it from the outside into the frame of the back cover.
    2. Insert the key holder on the inside of the back cover frame first vertically and then rotate it horizontally.
    3. Now hook the brackets of the sleep/wake button into the key bracket with the tweezers. You'll need a little skill for that.
    4. Proceed in the same way for the volume buttons.
    Used tools
  30. Installing the guide rail for the iSight camera

    • 1 × 1.3 mm Phillips
    1. Install the rail in its original position and fasten it with the Phillips screw.
  31. Installing the retaining brackets

    • 6 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    1. Place the fixing clamps correctly aligned in their original position and fix them each with two Phillips screws.
  32. Installing the volume control cable

    • 2 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff

    When inserting the flex cable, make sure that the cable lies flat and does not bend.Make sure that the microphone and the flash light are correctly aligned before you screw the flex cable tight.

    1. Put the flex cable of the standby and volume button back into the backcover and fix it with the five Phillips screws.
    2. Check the pressure sensitivity of the keys after tightening them. Readjust if necessary via the screws.
    3. Press the entire cable, including microphone and flashlight, firmly into the housing.
    4. Attach the cover of the flash light with the stand-off screw.


  33. Installing the Lightning connector

    • 2 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    • 3 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    1. Put the flex cable of the Lightning connector back in its original place and press it firmly against the back cover, so that it lies flat.
    2. Press the two microphones, which are integrated on the flex cable, into their openings in the back cover frame.
    3. Now fasten the Lightning connector with all previously loosened screws.
  34. Installing the barometric vent

    • 1 × 1.7 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.9 mm Phillips
    1. Place the barometric vent back in the back cover.
    2. Fasten it using the two Phillips screws.
  35. Preparing the battery

    In order to position the battery correctly, you can either reinstall all parts except for the logic board, or put the logic board temporarily into the back cover.

    Pay attention to the alignment of the adhesive strips. Check their alignment by placing them into the device for a test.

    1. Remove the large blue protective foil from the adhesive strip and place it in the middle of the underside of the battery.

    When attaching the tape, leave enough space on both sides to fold the tabs over.

    1. Rotate the battery so that the top is up and remove the small blue and pink protective films from the tabs of the adhesive strips.
    2. Stick the tabs to the top of the battery.
    3. Rotate the battery again and pull the pink protective film from the adhesive strips.
  36. Inserting the battery

    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 03

    Keep distance on all sides between the new battery, the frame and other components.

    1. Insert the battery back into your iPhone SE. Use the battery connector as a guide to align it correctly.

    Once you have inserted the battery, remove the logicboard at this point to properly position the battery.


  37. Installing the Taptic Engine

    • 1 × 2.0 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.0 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. Put the Taptic Engine back between battery and Lightning connector.

    Make sure that the screw holes of the taptic engine fit correctly.

    1. Press the Taptic Engine connector so that it clicks into place.
    2. Fix the Taptic Engine with the screws that were previously loosened.
    3. Put on the small flex cable and attach its connector.
  38. Inserting the speaker

    • 1 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.2 mm Y-type
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    1. Put the speaker back in its original place and press it firmly.

    Be sure to position the flex cable correctly between the battery and speaker.

    1. Now screw the speaker back on.
    2. Attach the connector of the flex cable.
    3. Place the cover plate over the flex cable and fix it with the screws.
  39. Inserting the logic board