Replacing the Lightning connector

Your iPhone won’t charge, or the microphone and audio port aren’t working.

  • iPhone SE
  • 18 Steps
  • Medium
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone SE’s defective Lightning connector on your own. You need this repair if your computer doesn’t recognize your iPhone, you can’t charge your iPhone, the headphone output has a loose connection, or remote control of the headset isn’t working. You also need to replace the Lightning connector if people can’t understand you on the phone because your microphone isn’t working.

Required tool

  • 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 in 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 in 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 in the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €6.00 in 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 in the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €18.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 in the iDoc store
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Getting started

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18 steps
  1. Turning off your iPhone SE

    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 01
    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
    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. Put the screws in the same container.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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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
    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 display contacts

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 03
    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.
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
    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.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touchscreen
      Display
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  5. 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
    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 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    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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  6. Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 02
    1. Disconnect the plug connection on the Lightning connector’s ribbon cable. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up. The ribbon cable is lightly glued to the logic board. Detach it from the logic board and then carefully fold the cable over.
    2. Also use the spudger to detach the antenna cable from the logic board.
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  7. Removing the Lightning connector’s screws

    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector’s screws 01
    1. Remove the following seven Phillips screws. Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
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  8. Removing the speaker

    iPhone SE - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the speaker 02
    1. Use the flat end of the spudger to carefully lift the speaker out of the enclosure. Note that there are two tabs holding the speaker in the device. One of the two tabs is under the logic board, below the antenna connection. The second tab is below the connection for the Home button on the Lightning connector.
    2. Use the tweezers to turn and remove the speaker.
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  9. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    1. The Lightning connector is glued to the back cover. To detach the glue, use a heat gun to heat the back cover and the connector.
    2. Using the steel laboratory spatula, carefully disconnect the Lightning connector by inserting the steel spatula under various parts of the flexible flat cable.
    3. Carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers or the tweezers.
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  10. Installing the Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Installing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the Lightning connector 02
    1. Put the Lightning connector in its original position in the back cover.
    2. Press on the flexible flat cable firmly so the glue will stick to the back cover better.
    3. Make sure the microphone with the rubber sleeve, the Lightning connector and the headphone jack are fitted properly in the frame.
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  11. Installing the speaker

    iPhone SE - Installing the speaker 01
    1. Put the speaker back where it was originally. Note that there are two tabs holding the speaker in the device. One of the two tabs is under the logic board, below the antenna connection. The second tab is below the connection for the Home button on the Lightning connector.Use the tweezers to turn the speaker and insert it.
    2. Drehe den Lautsprecher mit der Pinzette hinein.
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  12. Fastening the Lightning connector’s screws

    iPhone SE - Fastening the Lightning connector’s screws 01
    1. Fasten the Lightning connector with the seven Phillips screws.
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
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  13. Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 02
    1. Connect the antenna cable to the logic board.
    2. Reconnect the Lightning connector to the logic board.
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  14. 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
    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.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
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  15. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 03
    1. Reconnect the connectors. Connecting the display connector sometimes takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connectors.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touchscreen
      Display
    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.
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
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  16. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 03
    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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  17. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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  18. Setting the time

    iPhone SE - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone loses the time and sets itself to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time isn’t set.

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WLAN network and wait until the time is set.
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
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