Replacing the display

The screen is broken or remains black.

  • iPhone SE
  • 20 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

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

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €9.00 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
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone SE Display in Black

    iPhone SE Display in Black

    Remove your iPhone SE’s defective display and install a new one. This replacement part is a real sight for sore eyes if your screen is cracked, the touchscreen doesn’t work right, or the LCD stays black or flickers. The powerful LCD display ensures consistent illumination so you can see what’s on your screen even in bright sunlight. Your new display assembly comes equipped with stable plug connections to make it easier to connect the LCD and touchscreen cables, while the precise workmanship ensures a perfect fit in your phone. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

    €49.00 at the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

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

iPhone SE Display Repair Kit in Black

Our display repair kit will help you replace your iPhone SE’s defective display. The new display is a real sight for sore eyes...

for €69.00

iPhone SE Display Repair Kit in White

Our display repair kit will help you replace your iPhone SE’s defective display. The new display is a real sight for sore eyes...

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Getting started

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

20 steps
  1. Turning off your iPhone SE

    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 01
    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 02
    1. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair.
    2. Press the standby button for about three seconds until the slider appears.
    3. Wipe it from left to right. Now your iPhone will shut down completely, which can take about ten seconds.
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  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    • 2 × Pentalobe
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone SE.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Store these screws in the same box.
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  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 04
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 05
    1. Put your iPhone SE on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the display, you need a suction cup and a hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with tape before you continue. Risk of injury due to broken glass.
    3. Place the suction cup over the Home button if possible (otherwise, put it next to the button). While lifting the display with the suction cup, use the hard plastic pick to press down the aluminum frame. At the same time, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display. This usually takes several attempts.
    4. Once a little gap has opened up between these two parts, you can open it further by slightly turning the pick.
    5. As soon as you can lift the display a few millimeters, you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides.Don’t take off the display all the way. You have to disconnect the Home button first.
    6. There’s a metal cover blocking the Home button. Carefully detach the cover using a pair of tweezers.
    7. As soon as the cover is off, you can disconnect the Home button from the flexible flat Lightning cable.
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  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 03
    • 2 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. The battery contact and the contact for the flexible flat Lightning cable are under a cover. This cover is fastened with two Phillips screws. Remove the Phillips screws using a Phillips screwdriver and then lift the cover with a pair of tweezers. Put all the parts in the same compartment of the organizer tray.
    2. Carefully detach the battery contact using the spudger. Insert the pointed tip of the spudger slightly below the connector. If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
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  5. Disconnecting the display contacts

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 03
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 04
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 05
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 06
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    • LCD
    • Digitizer
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the silver cover. Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it.
    2. Disconnect the following three overlapping connectors in the order shown below. Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below each contact and lift it up.
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  6. Testing the new display

    iPhone SE - Testing the new display 01
    iPhone SE - Testing the new display 02
    iPhone SE - Testing the new display 03
    1. Temporarily connect the new display assembly. The LCD connector is a little tricky to connect.
    2. Also connect the battery again.
    3. Start the iPhone and check whether the LCD and touchscreen work properly. Make sure the connectors are securely plugged in to the connections. If not, the display will remain black or stripes will appear on it.
    4. If the display is slightly yellow, see the last step in this manual.
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  7. Removing the earpiece

    iPhone SE - Removing the earpiece 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the earpiece 02
    • 1 × 4.0 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.2 mm Phillips
    1. The earpiece is on the back of the display unit. Remove the two Phillips screws from the cover on the earpiece and put them in the same container.
    2. Take the cover off and put it with the screws you removed before.
    3. Remove the earpiece.
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  8. Removing the front camera/sensor cable set

    iPhone SE - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the front camera/sensor cable set 04
    1. You have to remove the cable set in two steps. First, carefully lift the sensors by pushing the spudger below the ribbon cable at the part where the earpiece is. The ribbon cable is lightly glued in place at this point.
    2. Now you can lift the cable set and fold it over toward the rear panel. Carefully detach the ambient microphone using a pair of tweezers.
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  9. Removing the Home button

    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 04
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 05
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 06
    • 1 × Phillips
    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    1. First remove the single Phillips screw fastening the home button cable and fold it up.
    2. Then remove the two equally sized Phillips screws on the home button bracket. Then take off the bracket and store everything together.
    3. Carefully insert the steel laboratory spatula below the cable set, which is glued on, to detach it.
    4. The Home button is glued to the screen from the inside. Using your finger, carefully press the button inward from the front side.
    5. Once the cable set is detached, you can lift it out.
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  10. Removing the rear panel

    iPhone SE - Removing the rear panel 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the rear panel 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the rear panel 03
    • 4 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the 5 Phillips screws that attach the rear panel to the display.
    2. Carefully remove the rear panel.
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  11. Preparing the new display

    iPhone SE - Preparing the new display 01
    iPhone SE - Preparing the new display 02
    iPhone SE - Preparing the new display 03
    iPhone SE - Preparing the new display 04
    iPhone SE - Preparing the new display 05
    • Front camera holder
    • Proximity sensor holder
    • Earpiece gasket
    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)
      • Proximity sensor bracket (lightly glued in place)
      • Black gaskets for earpiece etc.
    2. If there’s a protective film on the back of the new display, take it off.

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  12. Attaching the rear panel

    iPhone SE - Attaching the rear panel 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the rear panel 02
    • 4 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    1. Put the rear panel on the back of the new display and screw it in place.
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  13. Installing the Home button

    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 04
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 05
    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • 1 × Phillips
    1. Put the Home button in its original position and gently press it onto the display so the glue will stick.
    2. Put on the silver cover and screw the Home button in place with the two Phillips screws.
    3. Then place the cable on the hole of the cover plate and fasten it using the Phillips screw.
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  14. Installing the camera/sensor cable set

    iPhone SE - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 03
    1. First press the ambient microphone into the hollow in the rubber to secure it.
    2. Then connect the front camera and the sensors to the corresponding brackets, and press them with the spudger so the glue will stick.
      It’s important to position the flexible flat cable correctly because, otherwise, the front camera and proximity sensor won’t be fully functional.
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  15. Installing the earpiece

    iPhone SE - Installing the earpiece 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the earpiece 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the earpiece 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the earpiece 04
    • 1 × 4.0 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.2 mm Phillips
    1. Put the earpiece back in its original position on the front camera’s flexible flat cable. Then put the cover back on.
    2. Now fasten the Phillips screws. Make sure the front camera is centered on the front of the display. Move it slightly if necessary.

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

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  16. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 03
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 04
    • Front camera flex
    • LCD
    • Digitizer
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    1. Reconnect the connectors. Connecting the display connector sometimes takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connectors.
    2. Start your iPhone as soon as the connectors are securely attached. Check the function of the LCD, touchscreen, proximity sensor, front camera and earpiece.
      If the display connectors aren’t connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen won’t work.
    3. Install the cover and screw it in place.
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  17. Connecting the battery contact

    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 03
    • Connector
    • 2 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    1. Connect the battery contact to the logic board.
    2. Put the cover back on and screw it in place with the two Phillips screws.
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  18. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 03
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 04
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 05
    1. Insert the display into the enclosure at the upper edge where the connection cables are. The display has to click into place correctly.
    2. Before you can connect your device to the display, you have to connect the Home button to the Lightning connector and secure them with the cover.
    3. Carefully press on the display toward the Home button until it’s entirely in the frame. The display has to be flush with the frame.
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  19. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    • 2 × 3.8 mm Pentalobe
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
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  20. Optional: Correct the color temperature of the display

    iPhone SE -  Optional: Correct the color temperature of the display 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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